For years, bassists suffered immensely, forced to haul around massive cabinets and heavy amp heads in order to get the tone and volume they required. But today, that’s all changed. Using modern technology, manufacturers are making bass amps and cabs that are both super light and super toneful. Witness the BG250 combo amp and BH250 head from TC Electronic: weighing in at a featherweight 35 pounds for the combo (with a 15-inch speaker, no less) and a barely noticeable four pounds(!) for the head, these amps each crank out an astounding 250 watts of wall-shaking power.
These are full-featured amps with gain and output controls, intelligent contouring three-band EQ, a built-in tuner, a headphone out and an aux in (for your MP3 player), and more. Both amps feature TC’s unique TonePrint technology, which lets you download effects presets into the amp using your iPhone or Android — need a chorus for one gig and an octave effect for the next? No problem, you can load up whatever effect you want in an instant from your phone (or computer using USB).
We took the BH250 onstage for a gig with The Mitch Gallagher Band playing heavy blues-rock, pairing it with a TC RS212 2×12 cabinet. Despite competing with high stage volumes from two guitars, keys, drums, and vocals, the TC amps had no problem keeping up, staying clean and clear even when pushed hard. The built-in DI output made it a snap to connect the head into the PA.
I’ll close with a quote from Chris Faith, our bass player (and Sweetwater’s Print Product Manager), who was needless to say, enthusiastic: “The BH250 head is nothing short of a miracle! It can absolutely keep up with a band for anything short of a stadium gig. It’s clean, simple to use, and sounds great. Did I mention that it weighs four pounds and can fit in a gig bag? Where was this when I was lugging around 60-pound heads? It’s loud, musical, affordable, and portable. If you need a great head that won’t break your back or your wallet, this is the amp for you!”