Today I’d like to introduce you to a small amplifier♪
When I started bass practice, I used a small amp.
That was good!
You need an amp to practice bass guitar!
Even in your daily practice, you can get an accurate pitch by listening to the sound through an amp.
Today I will introduce a “small amp” that you can use for home practice.
You can listen the performance soundtrack, so check out the actual Amp-sound!!
【This article is recommended for…】
・I want an amp that I can use at home for practice.
・I’m looking for a small amp
・I want an inexpensive amp
・I want to listen the sound of an amp
If you’re having trouble choosing the right amp, check ’em out!
・The first half of the article explains how to choose a bass amp and the different types of amps.
・The second half of the article introduces recommended bass amplifiers.
skip to introduces amps→click here!
Let’s get started it!!
Hope you enjoy〜♪
※Japanese article here→Recommended small bass amps
- Types of bass amplifiers and how to choose one
- Introduction of small bass amplifiers recommended for home practice – 6 famous manufacturers.
- Frequently asked questions about small bass amplifiers
- 6 Recommendations for Small Bass Amplifiers for home use〜closing〜
Types of bass amplifiers and how to choose one
An electric bass cannot be used in a band unless its sound is amplified.
This “sound amplification device” is called an “amplifier(amp).
※A cable is also necessary to produce sound through an amp.
The “Amplifier Functions” are
・Equalizing (adjusting the frequency of sound)
The amp has knobs for each of these functions & attached to the amplifier.
Note that if “INPUT LEVEL” and “MASTER VOL” are attached, both must be turned up to produce sound.
Some amps don’t have an “effects” feature, so check before you get!
There are several types of amplifiers.
・Consists of a head amp and a cabinet (speaker).
・Use in gig houses and studios.
・It is possible to combine different makes of amps.
・Often large (heavy)
Combining different manufacturers brings out the best in each.
Some people take only the head amp part to live gigs.
(using the gig house’s cabinets)
・A head amp and cabinet (speaker) in one.
・Small and medium size amps (lightweight)
・Easy to carry
I recommend the combo type for home use.
It’s small, so it doesn’t take up much space.
・There are separate type and combo type.
・Amplifiers are equipped with functions such as volume, equalizer, and effects.
・Amplifiers for home practice are recommended to be “small and combo type“
・Medium sized amps are transported by “Magna Cart” (to be introduced later)
Introduction of small bass amplifiers recommended for home practice – 6 famous manufacturers.
Now here is the introduction of “recommended bass amps“.
I have some sound sources I’ve tried out, so check ’em out by the sound!
Played Bass & How to recording
The music is played on a “YAMAHA /BB234“.
【How to recorded】
・All amp settings are flat.
・Record the sound from the speakers with a microphone.
・Fingerpicking, Flat picking, and Slapping (chopping)
If you use the equalizer to create sound, you will not be able to understand the true sound of the amplifier.
Let’s get the sound out without turning the equalizer up or down at first!
①PHIL JONES BASS /NANOBASS X4C 〜The definitive small amp〜
【PHIL JONES BASS /NANOBASS X4C】
This is the first bass amp of its size and power!
The “Phil Jones Bass /NANOBASS X4C” will be released in the summer of 2022.
You can check the details on the website→PHIL JONES BASS/ NANOBASS X4C
Height 20cm x Width 16cm x Depth 19.7cm
・Wide range and rich bass
・Can be powered by a mobile battery (AC adapter is included)
・Ultra-compact and powerful
・Black, red, and white colors
That’s amazing power at this size!
That’s what I’m talking about, Phil Jones!
It is very small, but it has a good bass sound!!
②PHIL JONES BASS /DOUBLE FOUR BG-75
【PHIL JONES BASS /DOUBLE FOUR BG-75】
This is my favorite combo amp ＆ using now!
A little larger in size than the NANOBASS X4C mentioned earlier.
This amp is good enough for an acoustic band or a small café!
You can check the details on the website→PHIL JONES BASS/DOUBLE FOUR BG-75
Height 16cm x Width 28cm x Depth 20cm
・Clear and punchy sound
・All frequencies can be expressed honestly.
・Can be placed vertically or horizontally.
・Colors are black, red, and white.
I can’t do anything without this amp!
It’s easy to carry around♪
③NUX /Mighty Bass 50BT〜Multi-functional〜
「NUX /Mighty Bass 50BT」
This is Multi-function combo amplifier!
Height 32.6cm x Width 30cm x Depth 22.5cm
・The MIDDLE frequency can be adjusted (M.FREQ).
・Distortion, chorus, and reverb effects can be applied.
・Sound makeup is possible with the smartphone app.
Let’s hear what else it sounds like with effects!
To apply effects, use the “CHANNEL” button.
・Green is “Normal”
・Yellow is “Chorus”
・Red is “Distortion”
Chorus-effect & Distorted-effect.
It’s rare to find an amp with this many functions♪
It’s also a great way to learn about effects♪
④ARIA / AB-10MKII
「ARIA / AB-10MKII」
This is the easiest bass amp that I introduce here.
Height 27cm x Width 30cm x Depth 14.3cm
・Well-balanced sound from low to high frequencies
・TREBLE is very effective and can create a tone that emphasizes attack.
・Very good value for the price and size of this amp!
When playing with slap, it is better to turn up the “TREBLE” a little.
The equalizer knob is simple and easy to use.
⑤ORANGE/ Crush Bass 25B
「ORANGE/ Crush Bass 25B」
The “ORENGE” amplifier is orange color.
Height 40cm x Width 35cm x Depth 25cm
・The MIDDLE frequency can be adjusted with the “FREQ” knob.
・Size is mid-size amp.
・Equipped with a tuner
Sounds so fat and warm!
When fingerpicking, it’s nice to turn up the MIDDLE.
The design is stylish♪
⑥VOX/ Pathfinder Bass10
Pathfinder into destination unknown!
Height 27.7cm x Width 38cm x Depth 17cm
・Turn the “DRIVE” knob to the left of 12 o’clock natural sound.
・Turn the “DRIVE” knob to the right of 12 o’clock for a distortion sound.
・Turning the “BRIGHT” switch produces a more high-frequency sound.
Turn up “DRIVE” & get the distortion sound!!
I would like to explore various sounds with “DRIVE” and “BRIGHT”.
Frequently asked questions about small bass amplifiers
How do I carry a small bass amp?
The “Magna Cart” is a great way to transport your bass amp!
・Compact and foldable for easy storage.
・Can be used to carry effector boards and keyboards.
・Can also be used to carry medium and small sized items in a two-tiered configuration.
When I bring my amps to gigs, I stack them on this.
Two tiers of small and medium sized amps.
6 Recommendations for Small Bass Amplifiers for home use〜closing〜
Thank you for reading this article!!
So, this was “Introduction of Recommended Small Bass Amplifiers“
All of the amps were perfect for home use!
Among them, “Phil Jones” small amplifiers are convenient and portable.
【PHIL JONES BASS /NANOBASS X4C】
・Small but powerful sound!
【PHIL JONES BASS /DOUBLE FOUR BG-75】
・It can be used enough in cafes and small gig houses.
(The author also uses it!)
【NUX /Mighty Bass 50BT】
・Sound production is abundant
have to get the Rock sounds with this!!
【ARIA / AB-10MKII】
・Great sound, inexpensive, easy to use!
Your first bass amp is this!
【ORANGE/ Crush Bass 25B】
・Fat and warm sound
If you want power in a mid-size amp, this is it!
【VOX/ Pathfinder Bass10】
・Wide range of sound creation from natural to distorted sounds!
And the amps are carried by “Magna Cart“
All these amps sound great, even the smaller ones!
I would love to use any of these amps in my practice♪¥
An amplifier is needed to hear the exact pitch.
It doesn’t have to be a big amp, enough a small amp.
Start Small at first.
but Dream Big!
See you soon!