Ashdown Retroglide-800 800-Watt Lightweight Bass Head with 12-Band Graphic EQ

800W Bass Amplifier Head with 12-band graphic EQ, an Active and a passive input, and Effects Loop
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800 Watts of Custom Shop Quality!

The handbuilt Ashdown Custom Shop Retroglide-800 bass amplifier is designed with you funk masters in mind. 800 watts and a 12-band graphic EQ combine to give you simple and ultimate control over your tone shaping. Cut the frequencies that are in your way and boost the ones you need for ultimate low-end boom. Sweetwater bassists know that, in the end, plugging in and playing is what it's all about. Pure power and simple but effective tone shaping is what the Retroglide-800 has to offer you.

Ashdown Custom Shop Retroglide-800 Bass Amplifier at a Glance:
  • Extremely effective design offers plug-and-play simplicity
  • 12-band graphic EQ for complete tonal control
  • 800 watts in convenient bulletproof enclosure
Extremely effective design offers plug-and-play simplicity

Ashdown Founder Mark Gooday says, "The Retroglide really takes me back to my roots as a bass player. Pure, simple tone at your fingertips." In a day where bass amplifier design can sometimes feel like only more is more, the Retroglide-800 is made to harken back to those glory days of plugging in your bass and going for it. You won't be tripped up on overly complicated digital options or redundant knob features. Like Gooday says, the Custom Shop Retroglide-800 is tone, pure and simple.

12-band graphic EQ for complete tonal control

Sometimes bass, mid, and treble just aren't enough, and those on top of a graphic EQ is just too much. The Retroglide-800 does completely away with those controls for a single streamlined 12-band graphic EQ. With precise control over the frequencies most useful to bassists, there isn't a tone you won't be able to achieve. Get rumble, growl, precision, and clarity in just the right part of your tonal spectrum. Don't let the amp tell you what your bass control will affect. You make the call with the Retroglide-800.

800 watts in convenient bulletproof enclosure

Sometimes, the size of the gig really doesn't matter. More power is almost always better. Get 800 watts of pure low-end muscle with the Retroglide-800. Did we mention that you get all that power in a package that weighs in at under seven pounds? Who says great things don't come in small packages? And considering the amp sports a 6mm-thick hand-machined alloy front panel and milled steel housing for protection, you'll be able to count on that power for a long time to come. The Retroglide-800 works your cabinets hard, not your back.

Ashdown Custom Shop Retroglide-800 Bass Amplifier Features:
  • Simple design makes it easy to get up and running with a great tone
  • 12-band graphic EQ lets you fine tune your sound
  • 800 watts in a small and easily transportable enclosure
  • Built with long lasting and dependable hand-machined alloy and milled steel
  • Post EQ balanced DI output
The Ashdown Custom Shop Retroglide-800 gives you straightforward and reliable power!

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Tech Specs

Type Solid State
Number of Channels 1
Total Power 800W
EQ 12-band Graphic
Inputs 2 x 1/4", 1 x 1/4" (Aux)
Outputs 1 x speakON, 1 x XLR
Effects Loop Yes
Height 2.56"
Width 10.63"
Depth 8.46"
Weight 6.61 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number RETROGLIDE-800

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5/5

really nice

simple powerful, nice tone. Very hot DI, I'm using a Lakland Darryl Jones 5 (from Sweetwater thank you) along with a tech 21 programmable Sans Amp to boost the signal. Using two Schroeder 112 cabs, one a mini and the other a lite, and together it's a great combination. The Ashdown is very quiet and the EQ is extremely effective. The output is silly loud. I have a lite clipping on the input side with the drive control set around 10:00 and the master volume around the same. There isn't a venue I play that this amp/speaker combo can't cover thoroughly. Really punchy stage tone that carries, as is, out into the rooms. Outdoors, this is a monster rig and the amp isn't even breaking a sweat. Taken too many years to get to this point, but sound/tonewise I think I've finally found "the" combination that works consistently for me.
Music background: Professional hired gun bass player with 50 years playing experience at over 300 venues and 2500 gigs
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