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Differences from a guitar amplifier

  • It features a wide playback range.
    Compared to the fact that many guitar amplifiers are made to distort, the bass amplifier is designed to resist distortion.
  • Less use at full volume (because it will be distorted when used at full volume)
    ※ Therefore, as a guideline of the amplifier used in live shows, it is desirable to have about twice the output of the guitar amplifier when playing at the same time. (Guitar amplifier 100W → bass amplifier 200W or more)
  • The reverb and overdrive channels that are included in many guitar amplifiers are basically not included, except for some models.

Shape difference

Separate type

Separate type

Amplifier (head) and speaker (cabinet) are divided into two units. There is a merit that the combination of the cabinet can be changed and the sound and the output can be adapted to the environment.

Combo type

Combo type

The type in which the amplifier (head) and the speaker (cabinet) are integrated. It is compact and has no connections to be made (between head and cabinet), and it is often cheaper than preparing similar types of separate units.


Vacuum tube and transistor (solid state)

As with guitar amps, bass amps have tube amps equipped with vacuum tubes and solid-state amps not equipped with vacuum tubes.
Each feature is as follows.

Tube amplifier

There are full tube amplifiers equipped with a tube in both the power amplifier and the preamp, and pre-tube amplifiers with a tube installed only in the preamp. It features a thick, warm sound that is unique to vacuum tubes. Vacuum tubes are consumables and need to be replaced after long-term use.

Transistor (solid state) amplifier

Amplifier not equipped with a vacuum tubes. It features a hard and clear sound, and has the advantage that the performance is constant and maintenance does not take much time compared to tube amplifiers.


Output difference

In general, the amplifier of the following output is used as a standard because of the difference in applications.

  • For practice at home: about 10W to about 30W
  • Small-scale live:80W~
  • Large scale live:300W~

  • Choose by application

    For home

    For home

    For home

    Bass amps for home practice are small, lightweight and have convenient functions, and can be enjoyed at home. Most models can connect headphones and earphones, so you can practice even at night when you can't use loud volumes. Some of the amplifiers are equipped with a convenient AUX IN that allows you to connect a smartphone and play back music as well.

    For street performance

    For street performance

    For street performance

    Bass amplifier that run on batteries. Compact sizes that are perfect not only for outdoor use but also for home practice.

    For studio

    For studio

    For studio

    For live performances in studios and small venues, we recommend combo-type bass amps that combine the amplifier and the speakers! Please choose according to your needs based on amp output and functions.

    For live

    For live

    For live

    Amp heads are recommended for bassists who often play at different live houses and clubs. Lately, small, lightweight bass amp heads are becoming more and more popular.


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