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Ever since Fender invented the bass guitar, players have been in search of the perfect bass amp.
No, it is not acceptable to play bass through a guitar amp — the sound is awful and the speakers
might not take it.
Here are some of the most respected bass amp models, from the greatest names in bass amps, including Ampeg, Fender, Gallien-Krueger, and Hartke. These models include both inexpensive entry-level models and well-priced pro amps. Of course this is only a tiny fraction of our vast selection of bass amps and represents only a few of our many bass amp brands.
Ampeg Bass Amps
Ampeg has been making bass amps since the 1960s, and some of the great bass players have used them, from Paul McCartney to Scot Shriner of Weezer.
Fender Bass Amps
As you might expect from the company that invented the bass guitar, Fender has always been one of the great bass amp makers. From the first Fender Bassman in the 1950s to today’s Fender Rumble bass amps there is a model to fit your needs and your budget.
Gallien-Krueger Bass Amps
Some bassists need big sound from a small, lightweight package. That is where GK fits in. Known for powerful, compact, and lightweight amplification, the Galliien-Krueger company, based in Stockton, California, has been making great bass amps ever since it was founded in 1968 by two former HP engineers, Bob Gallien and Rich Krueger.
Hartke Bass Amps
You’ve seen the trademarked Hartke silver coned speakers on stages everywhere, backing up some of the greatest bass players of all time. Hartke has always been a great innovator in bass amplification and its patented HyDrive speakers with their combination of aluminum and paper cones take bass sound to the next level.
Still can't decide? Take a look at our
Amp Buyers Guide.
Ready to start shopping? Visit our Bass Guitar Department to check out our entire selection of bass guitars, bass amps and bass effects.
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