Best of 2019: Top 10 Reader Favorite Bass Amps
We covered a ton of bass gear news this year, including plenty of amps. Here is the list of top 10 reader favorites for 2019.
Fender expanded their Rumble series of bass amplifiers this year with a new combo called the Rumble LT25 as well as the Rumble 800 Head. Each unit was debuted at the 2019 Winter NAMM Show and will be hitting the market in March.
Gallien-Krueger is set to start shipping a new line of amps next month called the Legacy Series. The range coincides with fifty years of bass amp designs from Bob Gallien.
Joyo has introduced the MA-10 series of dual-channel portable amps. The lineup has three models, including the MA-10B for bass, that each have two channels, a headphone output, and a five-inch off-frequency speaker.
Vox has introduced the Mini Superbeetle Bass. The new amp is a compact tribute to the company’s 1960s models and comes equipped with a Nutube analog preamp circuit.
Ashdown Engineering introduced an interesting new bass cabinet called the CL-310-DH. Rated at 450 watts at 8 ohms, the cabs were inspired by vintage British PA systems and feature a 3×10" configuration with dual high-frequency horns.
Darkglass Electronics has expanded its limited-edition line of amps with the Alpha·Omega 900 “Centurion”. The new model houses their Alpha·Omega 900 in a red chassis with laser-etched artwork by Ignacio Bazán.
Ampeg is celebrating five decades of the SVT bass amp with the Heritage 50th Anniversary SVT, which is launching at the 2019 Summer NAMM Show. The unit combines the SVT’s “most celebrated circuits” with the 1969 “Blue Line” and 1970s Magnavox-era circuits.
Hartke has introduced the HD508, a bass combo amp that dishes out 500 watts via four of the company’s 8-inch HyDrive speakers. The design also utilizes a Class D power section to keep the weight down to just 49 pounds.
After fifteen years, Ashdown Engineering has reinstated the ABM 300 to ABM EVO IV series of bass amps. The new head has a lower power rating to fill in the flagship range.
After unveiling the Upshot two years ago, Acoustic Image has expanded their speaker cabinet line with the Doubleshot. The cab is described as “the world’s lightest 2×10” and features two opposing side-firing woofers with a single five-inch midrange driver.