Bass Guitar and Amp Combo For Sale

An effective bass amplifier is key to creating your signature tone, and Sweetwater offers a comprehensive selection of basses and amplifiers combos to meet every musical level.

Combo bass amps combine amplifier head and speakers into one package, making them suitable for practicing or performing at smaller venues. If more power or flexibility are necessary, consider opting for a bass stack setup which includes separate amplifier ‘heads’ and cabinet setups.


Power is of vital importance if you plan on gigging, particularly as an amateur bassist. A compact combo amplifier may be ideal as it contains all necessary components in one convenient package that is easier to transport – for instance, Laney Richter series bass amps provide powerful yet compact solutions which are great for novice players.

To truly rock out at local venues, however, a more powerful bass combo amplifier may be necessary. When shopping around for one, look for one with a speaker cabinet rated 4 ohms or higher; connecting an 8-ohm cabinet to a 400-watt amp will result in creating a 2 ohm load which could damage speakers.

Most bass combo amps feature an overdrive channel with various distortion sounds from mild warmth to heavy fuzz, as well as a blend control that lets you mix a small amount of clean sound with the overdrive tone. Some more expensive models also include digital displays which show when certain functions such as preamp signal detection have occurred or when limiters or speaker protection features are activated; and when standby mode has been activated.

Some of the more sophisticated bass combo amps feature direct outputs that enable users to send their bass tone directly into a PA system without first passing it through a mixer, making this approach particularly helpful when performing in smaller venues and rehearsal settings where being heard over drumming can be essential.

Many bassists eventually graduate from combo amps to separate bass head and cabinet systems, giving them greater flexibility as they select preamplifier, graphic equalizer, power amp combinations that meet their individual needs best. Furthermore, there are numerous bass amps with various input/output connections so you can customize your setup according to whatever gig or session is coming up.


Bass amplifiers come in many different styles and variations, from tube amps to solid-state models. Solid-state models rely on transistors in the preamp and power amplifier sections for tone and reliability, making them cost-effective and easier to maintain than tube models; therefore they may be preferred by gigging bassists who require consistent sound at higher volumes while driving distortion with greater ease than their tube counterparts.

Your choice of bass guitar and amp combo will have an enormous effect on the tone you produce, so spend some time considering what style or genre of music you plan to play before making your purchase. Doing this will allow you to narrow down the options available at music stores without succumbing to temptation and purchasing something either too powerful for your needs or too costly and out of budget.

There are a wide range of bass combos on the market from leading amp brands such as Ampeg, Laney, Gallien-Krueger, Peavey and TC Electronic. While some combos use single cabinets only or multiple ones ranging in sizes from 4x 10″ to 1 x 15″, larger cabinets may feature crossovers to direct lower frequencies directly to one speaker while routing higher ones through another cabinet for clarity and punch.

No matter if it’s for practice or performance, selecting an amp with multiple controls allows you to adapt its tone according to the music that you play. Simple bass combos may only offer one on/off switch and volume knob, while more costly amps typically include various control knobs to alter frequencies in your audio signal, including an “EQ” or tone control.

Once they start performing gigs regularly, most bassists opt for a bass stack consisting of separate amp head and speaker cabinet to gain flexibility when switching out tones or venues, without straining their back with carrying around an awkward combination amp.


No matter whether you’re an aspiring bassist looking for their first amp or an established player looking to upgrade your setup, selecting an amplifier with the appropriate power and tone is vital to creating an impactful performance. Luckily, there is a wide range of choices when selecting an ideal amplifier: combos to stacks with both valve and solid state options available – something sure to meet every guitarist’s individual requirements!

Though it can seem intimidating, taking time to consider your amplification requirements will make finding an ideal bass guitar amp combo much simpler. Thinking carefully about intended use, preferred tones and performance venues will help narrow your options down quickly so as to avoid getting overwhelmed in music stores filled with amps and cabinets.

Basic bass amps typically combine both head and cabinet into one unit, making it easier for those without much room or transportability to store or transport separate speaker cabs. Furthermore, these models tend to be cheaper than stacks but still deliver adequate power for gigging bassists performing small to medium sized rooms.

Most bass amplifiers feature a gain control that increases the intensity of signal entering speakers, commonly referred to as drive or distortion – an integral part of creating your amplifier’s unique sound.

A bass guitarist can use their EQ controls to achieve any tone they wish, from clean and clear amp to full on overdrive. Furthermore, they may choose to blend some dry signal in to maintain original bass sound while adding effects such as compression, reverb, delay or more.

Many amps offer direct outputs that allow their bass sound to go directly to a PA system without needing an additional direct box. Others have speaker outputs that connect their amp head directly with an external speaker cabinet – just make sure the impedances match! In addition, bass amps usually feature controls like master volume, tone (which alters frequency range of tone production), and built-in speaker EQ that can help ensure smooth sound production.


A bass combo amplifier combines an amplifier head and speakers into one convenient unit, making it easy to transport and use. A bass combo amp can give beginners enough power for practicing at home or rehearsal space gigs or small gigs on smaller stages; professionals may require larger amplifiers for concert stages and recording sessions.

Most bass guitar amp combos include multiple speakers to enhance your sound and make it easier for audiences to hear you. These speakers also help shape your tone by producing different frequencies; some combo amps may include additional low frequency speakers while others feature ones designed to produce mid and high frequency sounds.

Some bass combo amplifiers feature built-in effects, including distortion. For instance, the Fender Rumble 75 watt combo amp features a gain control that lets you choose between various overdrive sounds that range from gentle warmth to heavy distortion. Meanwhile, Gallien-Krueger’s LD 150 bass amplifier comes equipped with an overdrive channel for simulating tube distortion sounds.

“Amp heads” are separate bass amplifiers that do not include speakers and combine a preamplifier/equalizer with a power amplifier, providing more options when choosing which type of amplifier they wish to use – for instance the Ampeg SVT-810 has eight 10″ speakers while Hartke HD50 bass combo amp has four 12″ speakers.

If you’re in search of an all-in-one bass combo amplifier that provides both AC and DC power sources, an all-in-one model should be considered as it makes for easy storage space usage and beginners alike. Furthermore, this type of bass combo amp can fit easily in most spaces including home practice studios and band rehearsal spaces.

Some bassists opt for using a separate amplifier “head” with speaker cabinet to produce a fuller and more powerful sound onstage. This setup is common among rock genres where bassists must compete with other instruments and vocalists at full volume; studio players may prefer smaller setups that fit more comfortably within recording studio environments.