Now here comes a short list of some great bass amps that are currently out there for you and which fall more or less into the affordable zone as well. What is most important in bass amps for me is their ability to produce some top notch low tunes, along with sufficient volume with quite a fair bit of distortion if need be.
Thus unlike some bass amp reviews, I am not looking for the cleanest of sounds, but more so for a good relative punch to cost ratio. It’s not a list for the faint hearted out on the lookout for particularly refined sound.
1. Orange Crush Pix CR100BXT
Since I am a sucker for Orange amps, then it is of no surprise that the 15” 100 Watt Orange Crush Pix CR100BXT ends up on this list.
The amp has a 5 band EQ section in order to give you plenty of ability for fine-tuning your sound, while adding to this there are plenty of useful features as well. The 15” 4 ohm Crush Speaker packs a lot of punch for its 100 Watts and produces some satisfying warm clean tones, while the punchy mids and the deep lows are something to truly be happy about.
The amp is suitable for rehearsals, while it works well for not too big gigs as well, making it a great value for money bass amp. While it is not the best bass amp in the share scale of watts, then you can always also go for something like the Orange OBC210 Bass Cabinet or the likes.
2. Fender Rumble 200 v3 Bass Combo Amplifier
It is probably impossible to have a list of best bass amps without the 200 Watt Fender Rumble 200 v3 on it. Coming with a powerful 15” Eminence speaker this amp can surely pack a punch and is suitable for the practice room, as well as live shows.
The amp weighing at only 34.5 pounds is also extremely light for the amount of punch it can produce, so carrying it around at gigs is relatively easy.
There are also plenty of features like and FX loop, XLR output and so on. In terms of sound this 3-band EQ amp has some nice Fender vibe to it, meaning great deep low ends, along with warm clean sounds.
3. Hartke VX3500 Bass Combo
With its 350 Watts delivered through the internal 4 ohm speaker system the Hartke VX3500 is quite a heavyweight on this list. The amp features a 10-band graphic EQ, while the amp section features both solid state and tube preamps along with treble, bass and contour controls.
The Cabinet has four 10” traditional paper cone drivers, as well as a high frequency compression driver. The downside of the Hartke VX3500 is that at 121 pounds it weighs quite a lot, but then again it packs some great warm sounds and an especially juicy deep low end.
4. Marshall MB Bass Series MB150
Although Marshall is in general more a weapon of choice for guitarists, then this bass amp from Marshall is quite a worthwhile specimen. The amp comes with a 15” 150 Watt speaker and features two channels (Classic and Modern), while packing a lot of features like the FX Loop, Footswitch, Built-in-limiter and many more.
The 150 Watt speakers have a good quality deep low end and the amp offers a lot of versatility in terms of tone shaping. All of what you would really expect from a Marshall. It is good for both the rehearsal room, as well as small to medium sized venues.
5. Ampeg BA115v2 1 x 15” Combo Bass Amplifier
This Ampeg comes with a 150 Watt 15” Ampeg Custom15 speaker, and thus packs enough punch for both the practice room and for live shows.
This flexible amp offers the great signature Ampeg bass tone, while having a design that puts the bassist front and center, which provides and increase in clarity.
The Ampeg BA115v2 also features the Ampeg Bass Scrambler overdrive circuit and the overall cost of this amp is relatively small as well, so it is quite a value for money bass amp.
6. Eden E410C E-Series Bass Combo Amplifier
Here is another bass amp that offers a fair bit of extra punch. With its 320 Watts of power through its 4×10” Eden Designed speakers along with switchable audio compression, this amp serves all your live gig needs without a problem.
It also doesn’t weigh as much as the comparable Hartke VX3500, making it a bit easier to move around. The amp also offers a fair amount of useful and essential features and packs a fine warm clean sound along with some fine low end.
7. Ampeg Ba600-115 Combo Amp
The second Ampeg on this list of best bass amps is quite a beast. Its 1×15″ lightweight custom designed Neodymium speaker packs an amazing 600 Watts. The multi-stage 12AX7 tube preamp, 3-Band EQ and style control also make for some great tone-shaping for which Ampeg is positively known for.
Adding to this the Ampeg Ba600-115 offers two channels that are the Modern channel and Vintage B15 channel. It is also worth mentioning that while it packs a whopping 600 watts, then the Ampeg Ba600-115 is much lighter than Eden E410C and the Hartke VX3500, so transporting it is much easier.
8. Peavey MAX 112 200 Watt 1×12″ Bass Combo Amp
The only Peavey bass amp on this list is the 200 Watt Peavey Max 112. It is a relatively cheap amp whose 12” speakers pack enough punch for smaller gigs and anything else.
The amp features a 3-band EQ, gain control, DDT Speaker Protection and TransTube tube circuitry gain boost among other things. It is a pretty robust and durable bass amp, with respectable sound both in the lows as well as in the clean section. A pretty good choice for a small budget.
9. Ashdown ABM-C115-500-EVO-III 575-Watt 1×15 Bass Combo Amplifier
This 575 Watt Ashdown amp with a 15″ Ashdown BlueLine speaker packs a precision tuned cabinet, Foot-switchable on board compressor, as well as footswich selectable tube and solid-state preamps.
While this bass offers a lot of punch and is in high regard, then the downside is its high cost. Otherwise in terms of sound it offers some truly great overdriven and warm tones, as well as respectable clean, making it a great amp for live shows.
10. SWR WorkingPro 15 200 Watt 1×15″ Bass Combo Amp
Here is another good 200 Watt bass amplifier that comes with a tilt-back design and has a 3-band active EQ together with sweepable mids. The other most notable things worth mentioning are that the SWR WorkingPro features Bass Intensifier circuitry, making it easy to boost the low end, as well as packing a Wedge EQ.
All in all it is a good amp for both rehearsals and live shows, while it is the really juicy and great low end that allows this bass amp to reach this list of best bass amps.