Bass Amps

Bass Amps

Beginning in the 1920s, the first amplifiers and speakers designed for gigging musicians became available. From the 1920s to the 1940s, upright bass players who wanted to strengthen the acoustic sound of their instrument had to use small portable PA systems or guitar amp combos designed for acoustic guitar or archtop guitars. Since these systems were not specifically designed to amplify bass instruments, their utility was limited. The only speakers available during the early 1920s were "radio horns of limited frequency range and low acoustic output,"[citation needed] and the modern cone speaker was not available until 1925. The first amplifiers and speakers were PA speaker setups, and were powered with large batteries, which made them heavy and hard to carry around.

Engineers invented the first loud, powerful amplifier and speaker systems for public address systems and movie theaters. These were bulky and very expensive, not intended to be readily transportable, and so they could not be used by most touring and gigging musicians. After 1927, smaller, portable AC mains-powered PA systems "quickly became popular with musicians"[citation needed]; indeed, "...Leon McAuliffe (with Bob Wills) still used a carbon mic and a portable PA as late as 1935."[citation needed]

During the late 1920s to mid-1930s, small portable PA systems and guitar combo amplifiers were fairly similar. These early amps had a "single volume control and one or two input jacks, field coil speakers"[citation needed] and thin wooden cabinets, and generally did not have tone controls or even an on-off switch.[1]

  • Fender Rumble 410 Cabinet (V3), Black/Silver

    Fender

    READY TO RUMBLE For bassists everywhere at all levels who prize a great-sounding 4x10" enclosure with textbook Fender punch, power and clarity, the Rumble 410 Cabinet delivers all that plus great affordability. Re-voiced from previous versions to...
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  • Fender Rumble 100 (V3)

    Fender

    READY TO RUMBLE For bassists everywhere at all levels, Rumble bass combos are re-engineered to be astoundingly compact, portable and lightweight, with seismic Fender bass tone and stage-worthy features.The stylish Rumble 100 combo pumps 100 watts of...
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  • Fender Rumble 15 v3 Bass Combo Amplifier

    Fender

    Murphy's Price: $79.99
    From the company that invented the electric bass amp, the Fender Rumble Series is a mighty leap forward in the evolution of portable bass amps. Don"t let its diminutive stature fool you - Rumble 15 uses every last electron of its 15 watts to pump out a...
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  • Fender Rumble 200 v3 Bass Combo Amplifier

    Fender

    From the company that invented the electric bass amp, The Fender Rumble 200 Combo is a mighty leap forward in the evolution of portable bass -engineered from the ground up, new Rumble amps are lighter and louder than ever, with even more power and a...
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  • Fender Rumble 25 v3 Bass Combo Amplifier

    Fender

    Murphy's Price: $99.99
    For bassists everywhere at all levels, Rumble bass combos are re-engineered to be astoundingly compact, portable and lightweight, with seismic Fender bass tone and stage-worthy features. The stylish Rumble 25 combo pumps 25 watts of pure Fender bass tone...
    Murphy's Price: $99.99
  • Fender Rumble 40 (V3) Bass Guitar Amplifier

    Fender

    READY TO RUMBLE For bassists everywhere at all levels, Rumble bass combos are re-engineered to be astoundingly compact, portable and lightweight, with seismic Fender bass tone and stage-worthy features. The stylish Rumble 40 combo pumps 40 watts of...
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  • Fender Rumble 500 (V3)

    Fender

    For bassists everywhere at all levels, Rumble bass combos are re-engineered to be astoundingly compact, portable and lightweight, with seismic Fender bass tone and stage-worthy features.On sight alone, you might not believe that the stylishly diminutive...
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  • Fender Rumble 800 HD

    Fender

    Murphy's Price: $599.99
    The Rumble 800 Head is ideal for almost any genre of music, and at 800 watts, it has power to spare. The super-simple control interface makes it easy to dial-in the right bass tone for any gig. Its pure low-end and high-quality tone-shaping tools will...
    Murphy's Price: $599.99
  • Peavey MAX 115

    Peavey

    Awesome Bass amp for beginners and pro alike Peavey's exclusive psychoacoustic low end enhancement designed to add low end without harming the speaker Ideal for all need wether used for gigs or practices TransTube tube circuitry gain boost to...
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  • Peavey MAX 158

    Peavey

    Murphy's Price: $149.99
    The MAX 158 combo bass amp is an awesome practice amp, designed for all levels of players. Whether you're just learning to play or warming up backstage, the MAX 158 is a great bass amp to own. Peavey has added exclusive TransTube technology giving you...
    Murphy's Price: $149.99
  • Peavey Tour TKO 115 Bass Amp

    Peavey

    A 400w 1x15" bass guitar combo. Top loaded, kick back design. The 1/4" input has a bright switch and an active/passive switch. There's a pre gain knob and a contour switch for a pre-shape eq. A 2 band eq is next, with a 7 band graphic, with a defeat...
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