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Acoustic AB50 Acoustic Bass Combo Amplifier  

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Overview

  • First amp designed for use with an acoustic bass
  • 50W
  • 10" speaker + tweeter
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $399.99
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    - $180.00
  • Your Price:
    $21999

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Specifically designed for acoustic-electric bass.

The AB50 Bass Combo Amp is the first amplifier specifically designed for Acoustic-Electric Bass. The 50W AB50 is a 1x10 amplifier that offers you simple operation, great bass tone and dashing looks. Two combination XLR/1/4" input jacks so that you can plug a high or low impedance device into either channel. Stereo 1/8" Line-in and headphone jack enables you to jam with your favorite CDs or MP3s right through your amp, without ticking the neighbors off.

Acoustic brand amps have always been known for their durability and simplicity. Designed by musicians, they sport unique and useful features, have outstanding tone, and are louder and more powerful than many similarly priced amps.

Features

  • First amp designed for use with an acoustic bass
  • 50W
  • 10" speaker + tweeter
  • Tilt-back wedge shaped cabinet
  • 2 dual purpose inputs (1/4" & XLR Mic)
  • Independent volume controls
  • 1/8" Stereo Line-in & Headphone
  • Simple operation
  • Tolex covering
  • Nickel corners
  • Aluminum capped knobs
  • Rubber strap handle
  • Rubber feet
  • Poly-cone, rubber surround with high-frequency tweeter
  • Blue accents, white type
  • Blue LED
  • Grey speaker cones
  • Black grille

Amplify your acoustic-electric bass with an amp made specifically for the job. Order today.

 
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AB50 Acoustic Bass Combo Amplifier
 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

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Just played this tonight

I played this tonight instead of my own rig, because I was letting someone else borrow mine. (I play a 100W SWR Workingman with 2x10's). This amp sounded great. I got...Read complete review

I played this tonight instead of my own rig, because I was letting someone else borrow mine. (I play a 100W SWR Workingman with 2x10's). This amp sounded great. I got a fat bass tone that was very close in quality to my own rig. The AB50 was plenty loud enough - even with a solid drummer. We were also running the vocals through at the same time. We did get a little feedback, but the mic placement wasn't ideal. It's amazing how useful this little amp is. Big time, clean sound all the way around.I also play lead guitar, and one of my amp's is the Vox ACTV4 (4W, 1x10, tube). Awesome little amp w/PERFECT rock tone. I can't wait to get the two going in the same room. The smallest arena rock concert you'll ever see!

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Close but no cigar!

If you are considering an Acoustic AB50 bass amp, I would suggest a "Pass" on this one. I bought one with teh intent of using it for acoustic/electric bass in...Read complete review

If you are considering an Acoustic AB50 bass amp, I would suggest a "Pass" on this one. I bought one with teh intent of using it for acoustic/electric bass in small venues. It is a very nice looking unit with basic features, but has two serious design flaws. First, the amp section is open internally to the speaker compartment, so jets of air woofle in and out of all the jacks and even the pots, causing substantial noise that sounds like something rattling/buzzing inside, or the speaker farting out. VERY IRRITATING. If you fold up a towel and cover the control panel, it muffles the noise and the unit actually sounds pretty good. If you only plan on playing in loud backgrounds, may not be a problem. But since it is meant for acoustic/electric bass, not so much. The second problem is that the speaker baffle board (3/4" MDF) is supported on only 3 sides, so it vibrates like crazy and accentuates the buzz problem. A handy person could probably fix the second problem with some internal bracing; the first would be much harder. I checked one other and it did the same. Since it is a design issue, I suspect they will ALL do it. Very disappointing; I returned mine and will get something else.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Little amp, big value

By Rickenbacker Rocker

from Dallas, TX

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about AB50 Acoustic Bass Combo Amplifier:

    I bought this to use while practicing bass. It is a fantastic little amp. What the specs don't point out is that there is a quarter inch line out that you can use for easy recording. The two XLR / quarter inch combo inputs make it very versatile and I've used it for many things from keyboards, basses, and more. I'm never selling this guy.

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    4.0

    Great Buy

    By James Garrity

    from Central NJ

    Comments about AB50 Acoustic Bass Combo Amplifier:

    Awsome soundDecent priceWeird shape
    There's not much you'll regret with this amp, you will want to upgrade if you start to play with a full band.
    Nothing special
    Sounds very clear, great for practicing in a small room, get it if your just starting out.

    The only thing I hated about this amp was it's shape. It's very awkward to carry and makes it seem heavier than it is, if you are not going to move it much the shape is more attractive with the slant.
    It is priced... high. I think if you have the money it's not bad but if your on a budget, this may not be your first chiose. The sound is really great and is worth the price. I got rid of mine once I started to play with a band, and shows.

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    5.0

    Great 50 watt amp

    By OldCoyote

    from Central Illinois

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    Comments about AB50 Acoustic Bass Combo Amplifier:

    I use this as a practice amp with my Dean Acoustic Bass. I am very please with the tone and quality I get. When I get good enough on the bass I see this little amp going on some small room tours with me.
    Two channel input and three EQ knobs for High, Mid and Bass.
    Sturdy construction. Not overly weighty. Easy to move from room to room as needed.
    Best value I found for the watts and clear sound I'm getting.

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    5.0

    Review Update 2+ years later

    Comments about AB50 Acoustic Bass Combo Amplifier:

    I did a very favorable review when I first got my AB50 in 2008. I an now using the amp with an acoustic electric bass with nylon coated strings to play bluegrass gospel. It is without question a great, smooth, dependable amp with a sweet tone. At the price you can't beat it.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Also Great for acoustic guitar gigs

    Comments about AB50 Acoustic Bass Combo Amplifier:

    I play restaurant gigs on solo guitar and used to bring a small pa,now I sing and play guitar thru it. I call it the moneymaker.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A great practice amp.

    By Mac-c2-8i

    from Indiana

    Comments about AB50 Acoustic Bass Combo Amplifier:

    Bought this for my 10 year old daughter's first bass amp. I wish it had been my first amp! Power is substantial for a small combo- I can hear every note she plays clearly even when I'm 2 floors away in our house. And that's only at 9 o'clock on the volume. Tone is very good and controls are simple. It's the perfect teacher/student amp because there are 2 inputs with individual volume controls (the tone controls overall sound). I don't think this would have the power for a full band rehearsal with drums, but it will easily take her through the next several years of learning electric bass. Having a 10 inch speaker gives it a huge tone advantage over other small bass amps with 6 or 8 inch speakers. Power cord is detachable which is always a plus.

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    4.0

    Great little amp!!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about AB50 Acoustic Bass Combo Amplifier:

    This was my first amp. Ive had it for a few years and its never done me wrong!! although it does get distorted when you crank its volume past half way. I would suggest this as a practice amp, unless youre playing very small venues. the tone is great, and it handles all styles very well. its a great little combo! So if your looking for a beginners amp, or something to practice with, i highly suggest this 'un!

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    5.0

    Just played this tonight

    By DirtKing

    from Kansas City, KS

    Comments about AB50 Acoustic Bass Combo Amplifier:

    I played this tonight instead of my own rig, because I was letting someone else borrow mine. (I play a 100W SWR Workingman with 2x10's). This amp sounded great. I got a fat bass tone that was very close in quality to my own rig. The AB50 was plenty loud enough - even with a solid drummer. We were also running the vocals through at the same time. We did get a little feedback, but the mic placement wasn't ideal. It's amazing how useful this little amp is. Big time, clean sound all the way around.I also play lead guitar, and one of my amp's is the Vox ACTV4 (4W, 1x10, tube). Awesome little amp w/PERFECT rock tone. I can't wait to get the two going in the same room. The smallest arena rock concert you'll ever see!

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    5.0

    Great Value

    By PickN4Him

    from WSS, WV

    Comments about AB50 Acoustic Bass Combo Amplifier:

    I played the Acoustic big rigs back in the early 70's. This little amp is true to that quality and ease of use. The wedge shape is very handy and well built with the port along the bottom. I play a Fender Precission with nylon wound strings. Although this amp is really designed for acoustic electric bass it still sounds nice and clean with the tone properly dialed in. Read the directions. My bass has a pre-amp (with no adjustment) and that required me to use a lot less LOW tone than I usually use but the amp sounds smooth, clean, and well balanced. I play mostly bluegrass gospel and some southern gospel. If you work with a larger group or with a drummer this may not be enough power but it is top quality and a very nice sound. The wedge shape makes it stightly awkward to carry but the thick soft rubber carry strap helps a lot. I can't wait to try some truly acoustic instruments in this amp.

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    4.0

    AB50 works for small venues

    By bassdog-RveXh

    from Alachua, FL

    Comments about AB50 Acoustic Bass Combo Amplifier:

    The first AB50 I got had a slight rattle on my B and E strings, so I had to get a replacement. I used it on a gig last week with my Michael Kelly 5-string. I use La Bella nylon tape-wound strings, and the tone was very sweet. It has plenty of punch for the little club we played at. The guitar player was even impressed. It's really easy for this old dude to carry around and set up and play. Great for small venues only, unless you're running it through the board. No flashy features, but for the price, it's just fine.

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