Top 10 Bass Guitar Amps For Clear, Pristine Sound (Combos, Head, and Cabinets)

Bassists, listen up. You are the unsung heroes. Your notes aren’t necessarily remembered by your listeners, but you are the one who makes the song complete.

You need a proper amp to accomplish that. We’ve compiled a list of the top 8 bass amps on the market in 2015 for you to take a look at (click here for the top bass guitars list). For your convenience, we’ve sorted them by price and included some of the best cabinet amps at the bottom.

Top 10 Best Bass Amp

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Guitar Amps
Summary
Rating
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Fender Rumble 25 v3 Bass Combo Amplifier
Combo that moves a lot of air at a very reasonable price.
4.6 Stars
Total of 4.6/5
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Orange Crush Pix CR25BX
Lightweight and capable amp from Orange that lacks no power or range.
4.2 Stars
Total of 4.2/5
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Peavey Electronics Max Series 03608000 Max 112
When power is the key, this Peavey delivers on point every time.
4.9 Stars
Total of 4.9/5
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TC Electronic RH450 450W Head
Great solution for those looking for a refined tone with good features.
4.7 Stars
Total of 4.7/5
Fender Rumble 200 v3 Bass Combo Amplifier
Massive sound with enough muscle to amplify just about any medium-sized venue.
4.8 Stars
Total of 4.8/5
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Aguilar Tone Hammer
Not the most popular, but definitely among the best bass amps around.
4.4 Stars
Total of 4.4/5
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Marshall MB Bass Series MB150
Marshall always takes care of the performing musician, and here's the proof.
4.6 Stars
Total of 4.6/5
Fender Rumble 1x15 Cabinet v3
Top of the line bass cab capable of moving lots of air
4.9 Stars
Total of 4.9/5
Hartke HyDrive 410 Bass Cabinet
This thing offers more power than most bass players will ever need.
4.7 Stars
Total of 4.7/5
Orange OBC115 1x15" 400-Watt Bass Cabinet 8-ohm
Powerful cab with a great tone and range suitable for most heads.
4.8 Stars
Total of 4.8/5

Bassists, no matter what your budget is or what you’re looking for, you’ll find it on this page.

Bass Amplifier Under $100:

Fender Rumble 25 v3 Bass Combo AmplifierRumble 25 v35

Features:4.6 Stars
Controls:4.6 Stars
Performance:4.6 Stars
Value:4.6 Stars
Average:4.6 Stars

If you’re just starting out, cheap equipment is the way to go. This bass amp from Fender packs 25 watts of power and an upgraded speaker system for a surprisingly good sound at just under $100.

This is an amp that will function as a practice amp… but not much more. You’ll be able to play by yourself and the sound will be just fine. In fact, you’ll be surprised at how good you sound considering how little you’re spending.

If you play with others, you may be able to get by if your drummer plays particularly softly, but its real purpose is to be used as a practice amp.

Final thoughts: If you’re looking for a no-nonsense, reliable, affordable practice amp, go with the Fender Rumble 25.

Click here to purchase the Fender Rumble 25 v3


Bass Amplifier Under $200:

Orange Crush Pix CR25BX 1×8″ 25-Watt Combo41Fr0wMEvnL

Features:4.4 Stars
Controls:4.2 Stars
Performance:4.2 Stars
Value:4.4 Stars
Average:4.3 Stars

Orange amps have a unique look in general. On the CR25BX, there’s an attached handle at the top for easy transportation and the unit weighs slightly less than 20 pounds. It’s one of their lightest amp offerings, bass or otherwise.

The parts are pretty standard – included is an 8” speaker and 25 watts of power. However, most customers said that they were pleasantly surprised at how loud the amp could get.

Volume aside, sound quality has always been a strong suit of Orange… and the CR25BX is no exception. Its output is crisp and clear, even at higher volume levels. Don’t underestimate the 8” speaker!

Final thoughts: The Orange Crush is a lightweight, portable amp that really shines for a mere $179. We think it’s the best all-around choice for this budget range.

Click here to purchase the Orange CR25BX


Bass Amplifier Under $300:

Peavey Electronics Max Series 03608000 Max 112 Combo Amppeavey_max_112_combo_amplfier_1720068-2

Features:4.9 Stars
Controls:4.8 Stars
Performance:4.9 Stars
Value:4.9 Stars
Average:4.9 Stars

Bringing your budget up to under $300 is when you start to see some really cool amps. Amps begin to be loud and clear enough for performances and even outdoor play.

The Peavey Max 112 is one of those really cool amps. With an amazing 200 watts, you are more than ready for almost all gigs and rehearsals. It can be used as a practice amp as well. If you get into a groove while practicing with it, just dial it up and really let the creativity flow.

Reviewers attest to how adjustable the distortion is on the amp. Both distorted and clean sounds come through clear. If you play other instruments – maybe the 6-string guitar – you can use this amp just as well as you can with your bass guitar.

Final thoughts: Tons of power. Not cheap, but not expensive, either. Bassists looking for serious punch without spending a fortune should seriously consider the Max 112.

Click here to purchase the Max 112


Bass Amplifiers Under $500:

TC Electronic RH450 450W Head

TC Electronic

Features:4.7 Stars
Controls:4.7 Stars
Performance:4.7 Stars
Value:4.7 Stars
Average:4.7 Stars

Tone and clarity are important to you? You’ll love the TH450 from TC Electronic. Multiple reviewers on the official page have made comparisons to other similarly-priced and more-expensive amps… the TH450 won by a longshot in sound clarity every time.

Some people gripe about the 450 amps – we’re not sure who those people are! At under $500, you’re not going to be getting the absolute best amplifier in the industry. At this price range, 450 watts is an enormous amount of power – if you crank the dial to the right and aren’t pleasantly surprised with your decibel level, you may be hard of hearing.

The design is sleek and it’s easy to adjust for the perfect sounds. Between the wattage, the expansive adjustable controls (including TubeTone), and the upscale quality of the materials inside, this is your best bet for under $500.

Final thoughts: You don’t have to spend your entire budget for a fantastic piece of equipment. The TC Electronic RH450 is premium equipment at standard prices.

Click here to purchase the RH450


Fender Rumble 200 v3 Bass Combo Amplifier

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Features:4.8 Stars
Controls:4.8 Stars
Performance:4.8 Stars
Value:4.8 Stars
Average:4.8 Stars

Fender’s classic Rumble 200 amplifier features a newly-developed overdrive circuit for grittier/punchier sounds. And seeing as it’s a Fender, you know that the tone of the amp was already top notch. Over 90% of reviewers on the official page have rated the Rumble 200 as 5/5.

It’s not the smallest amp, but it’s surprisingly light for its size. At 34.5 pounds, it’s not a walk in the park, but you’re not struggling, either. (Hey, at least you don’t have the drums.)

With 200 watts, this amp functions as a performance amp or practice amp. It’s able to mimic the sounds from all of the greats – Metallica, ACDC, etc.

Final thoughts: This is an amp for anyone looking for Fender-style sound quality in an extremely stylish and lightweight design. Tied with the product above for best bass amp under $500.

Click here to purchase the Rumble 200


Bass Amplifiers Under $1,000:

Aguilar Tone Hammer 500-Watt Headth500-3

Features:4.6 Stars
Controls:4.4 Stars
Performance:4.5 Stars
Value:4.5 Stars
Average:4.5 Stars

The Tone Hammer from Aguilar gets a few style points right off the bat. Click the link above to see pictures. Seriously who wouldn’t want this displayed proudly while shredding?

At under $1,000, you should be looking for an extreme amount of customization, and with the Tone Hammer, you get it. On top of its laundry list of features, customers use words like “unreal”, “epic”, and “breathtaking” to describe the sound quality and volume it can produce.

Final thoughts: There’s not much else to say. You don’t have to buy a $999.99 amp to get professional equipment. The Tone Hammer comes in at just under $700 and is easily one of the best amplifiers available for under $1,000.

Click here to purchase the Tone Hammer


Marshall MB Bass Series MB150 150 Watt Bass Combo Amplifier715jEHmjn5L._SL1000_

Features:4.6 Stars
Controls:4.6 Stars
Performance:4.6 Stars
Value:4.6 Stars
Average:4.6 Stars

Sure, the Tone Hammer above looks cool, but some people will want a Marshall for under $1,000. We don’t blame you – they’re iconic, and for most people, owning one is a prerequisite to transcending into a rock legend.

Looks aside, the 15” combo speaker (displayed proudly on the front), two channels, and multitude of features (including a variable compressor and the ability to loop effects) all combine to make this one of the best amps for bass musicians. Under $1,000, sure, but also just in general. It’s one of the highest offerings from Marshall, and that says quite a bit in itself.

Final thoughts: Get this amp as the last amp you’ll ever need. Unparalleled sound quality, deafening volume, and a name you can trust for well under the amount you were prepared to spend.

Click here to purchase the MB150


Bass Amplifier Cabinets:

Fender Rumble 1×15 Cabinet v3fender ruble 1x15

Features:4.9 Stars
Controls:4.8 Stars
Performance:4.9 Stars
Value:4.9 Stars
Average:4.9 Stars

Fender recently upgraded the cabinet on its Rumble line of bass amps. This amp was good before – now, no other cabinet amps in its price range can come close.

On top of that, Fender amps in general are built with Magnetic Rumble Head-Attachment Systems – this is a patented system by Fender that produces superior sound quality. When you combine it with the upgraded cabinet, you have a really good start.

It only gets better – instead of carrying a cabinet amp that looks like a house, you’ll find that the Rumble is relatively light and very easy to carry. You can fit it onto almost any stage without taking up excess room.

Final thoughts: In this price range, no one beats out Fender’s cabinet amps. Specifically, the Rumble 1×15 is a fantastic budget solution for anyone looking to take his or her sound to the next level.

Click here to purchase the Rumble Cabinet v3


Hartke HyDrive 410 Bass Cabinet

Hartke HyDrive

Features:4.7 Stars
Controls:4.7 Stars
Performance:4.7 Stars
Value:4.7 Stars
Average:4.7 Stars

More of a 4×10 type of bassist? We don’t blame you. The look of this thing alone is enough to sell you on it. Click the link above to see pictures.

But obviously, you should look at the specs before you make the purchase. We’ll give you one spoiler – this amp boasts 1,000 watts of power. No, that is not a typo. Again, click the link above to see the full list of features… there are far too many to list on this page.

Last but not least, the HyDrive 410 comes on wheels by default. This is a kickass amplifier for serious bassists… and you don’t even have to lug it around by hand.

Final thoughts: For serious power, get the HyDrive 410.

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Orange OBC115 1×15″ 400-Watt Bass Cabinet 8-ohm

Orange OBC115

Features:4.8 Stars
Controls:4.8 Stars
Performance:4.8 Stars
Value:4.8 Stars
Average:4.8 Stars

Last but not least is the cousin of the HyDrive 410, except this time with one 15” speaker instead of four 10” ones.

It’s a heavy-duty bass amp capable of outputting 400 watts of power. Reviewers attest to two things – how easily this thing fills a room and how clearly the sound comes out, even at louder volumes.

As with all Orange amps, quality of materials is paramount. This is an amp that will last you for years into the future without any repairs whatsoever.

Final thoughts: It looks cool, it sounds fantastic, it’s made by a reputable company, and the customer reviews are nothing short of beaming. If you prefer a single speaker, go with the OBC115 for your cabinet amplifier purchase.

Click here to purchase the OBC115


Last Words

So you’ve reached the end of the page without buying anything yet – you’re smart. A bassist’s amp is his most valuable asset, and you can’t jump into one without doing your research (click here for  the best comprehensive buying guide on amplifiers)

Scroll up and click through to the official product pages for some of the ones that interested you. Look at the reviews and full specs of each one before you make a purchase. All we can tell you is that if you need a bass amp, you will find one on this list, no matter what you’re looking for.

 

Good luck, and happy shredding!