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Acoustic B200 200W 1x15 Bass Combo  

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  • Acoustic

    A seriously powerful amp for serious bassists.

    The Acoustic B200 professional combo is designed for large club and live applications where the sound of its 15" bass driver and horn will fill the stage with warmth and punch. That's because it pounds a massive 200 watts RMS into the internal 15" speaker, delivering the classic Acoustic pro's tone in a portable, professional design.

    The two bass inputs are designed to accommodate both active and passive bass instruments while the Gain and Volume controls give you complete control over the character of your tone. Increase the gain for some old school rock tones, or lower it and turn up the volume for great clean, classic or funk tones. The preamp includes a very natural and tube-like compression as well as a harmonically rich distortion circuit, which keeps your tone musical--even at high volume levels. The B200 also includes a frequency sweepable -10dB notch filter to tailor your mids, and a six-band EQ for exact control over every nuance of your bass's tone.

    Rear panel features include a parallel effects loop, tweeter on/off switch, and XLR balanced Line Out with Level Control and Ground Lift. The series extension speaker jack provides an output for an additional cabinet such as the Acoustic B115 or B410.

    The heritage of Acoustic comes through loud and clear in the B200--a seriously professional amp for serious bassists.

    Features

    • Power: 200 Watts @ 4 Ohms
    • Speaker: 15" Heavy-duty speaker, built-in horn
    • Channels: 1
    • EQ: 6-Band EQ - sweepable
    • Frequency notch filter
    • Inputs: dual inputs (passive & active)
    • Outs: XLR direct out

    A classic bass amp name returns in style! Order today and live the legend.

     

    B200 200W 1x15 Bass Combo Specifications:

    • 20"W x 24-3/4"H x 15"D
    • 75 lbs.
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    AcousticB200 200W 1x15 Bass Combo
     
    4.6

    (based on 56 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A nice amp for the money

    I love the retro look of the amp. All controls feel solid. I like that it has a built in amp fan also. Tone controls offer a wide range of variables.
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    I love the retro look of the amp. All controls feel solid. I like that it has a built in amp fan also. Tone controls offer a wide range of variables.
    The Acoustic B200 is truly a nice little amp for the money. I have been playing bass for more years than I care to mention. Been through the "seperate electronics" to amp/cab combos. I have played virtually all styles of music over the years as well, so with this in mind.....

    After using the B200 now since Feb of this year and quite a few venues, I can honestly say this little amp holds up nicely. I have never felt a need for more volume nor does it lack tone. The amp offers a very clear array of tone controls and its very easy to dial in the sound that suits the individual. I play medium to small clubs and this amp has never let me down in the volume department. I play a Jazz bass and the guitars tone holds true with this amp. I get that growl I like with both pick ups on, or a fat thicker tone with the neck pick up only. The B200 offers a relatively tight/clear tone and I have never experienced any kind of amp distortion or clipping from it. As a side note here, I have hooked this amp up to a 2-10 extension cab (8 ohm) and the amp gets louder and bigger sounding.

    I dont know what other reviewers are talking about when it comes the the amps weight. I can easily pick this thing up (bad back and all) and put it in my cars back seat with ease. I recommend casters to roll the amp into the gig, but all in all, not a heavy amp.

    Keep in mind the price point on this unit. The tone you want is there, with a little time of dialing it in. The tolex covering will tear easily if your rough on your gear. This is in part, due to the cab being made out of pressed board instead of plywood. Like I said, for the money who cares is the tolex rips up a bit. This amp sounds good enough to overlook some tears.

    I hope the review was helpful. Rock on!
    So far so good. Nothing has gone wrong with the amp.
    For the price point, this is a great value. I have tried other combo amps at twice the price and ended up with this amp because of tone and flexibility.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    B200 200W 1x15 Bass Combo... All I got to say is Wow!

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    I'm a seasoned trumpeter who recently bought an Ibanez SRA300 string bass. I bought a used (like new) B200 200W 1x15 Bass Combo and I must say this thing rocks. Big...Read complete review

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    I'm a seasoned trumpeter who recently bought an Ibanez SRA300 string bass. I bought a used (like new) B200 200W 1x15 Bass Combo and I must say this thing rocks. Big sound! I got it for a steal. I'm yet to turn it up because it rattles the metal in my fire place. Plus I don't feel the need to move it to another room just to turn it up. I've been around the band stand long enough to know you can't go wrong with this amp as a practice and small to medium size venue kicker.

    For practice, actually developing skills, this amp is fully capable of letting you hear the real deal while practicing. Sticky bass lines, no fraud! Ive been practicing every day since I got it and I look forward to playing. Im not into compress wood but Im good with this amp

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    5.0

    Excellent combo, excellent value

    By rckstrdave

    from Oregon!

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Acoustic B200 200W 1x15 Bass Combo:

        Don't be fooled by this very small, simple looking, and affordable bass amp. It sounds excellent, is well built, and unless you are playing in a very loud metal band in a giant venue, has ample power for most situations. I prefer it to my Ampeg full stack with twice the wattage--this little amp is actually louder and sounds just as good, besides being very easy to move and setup. I have been made fun of a few times for bringing this amp to gigs--it looks like a practice amp, not very big or impressive looking. But I always get comments on how good it sounds, despite it's appearance, and I've always had enough power to cut through the mix. After two years of faithful service at rehearsals and gigs, I am still surprised an amp this small and affordable could sound so good and loud.

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        4.0

        Good, simple bass amp

        By busdriver72

        from The Republic of Texas

        About Me Novice

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Nice tone simple to use
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • A tad on the heavy side

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Acoustic B200 200W 1x15 Bass Combo:

        I am taking another stab at bass guitar, so I was looking for a decent deal on an amp. I didn't want to spend too much, but I wanted more than a practice amp. Got this one at a good price. Good non-noisey sound, decent volume, simple to use, looks nice. The amp is not light, but then again it isn't a delicate, wimpy thing either. It has good carrying handles on the side. I might put rollers (coasters...as in wheels) on it. This is the second Acoustic amp I own.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Sounds good but a little underpowered

        By Bruce Feller

        from Florida

        Comments about Acoustic B200 200W 1x15 Bass Combo:

        I found that the B200 alone was not powerful enough for the venues and type of music I play so I purchased a B410 cabinet and that helped. Unfortunately, the external speaker output on the B200 is in series with the internal 4 ohm speaker. The B200 is rated at 200 watts but that is for a 4 ohm load (the internal speaker only). By connecting an external 8 ohm load in series, you increase the load to 12 ohms and this drops the total power delivered to all the speakers to around 70 watts.

        You'd be better off purchasing the B200H head and the B115 or B410 cabinet (the B200H head has the external speakers outputs in parallel). This way you could connect two cabinets and get the full 200 watts delivered to the speakers.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        My Hofner bass and the new Acoustic B200 combo are perfect match.

        Comments about Acoustic B200 200W 1x15 Bass Combo:

        I am satisfied with the sound, the weight, the size and the price. I have owned Traynor, Peavey, Behringer and Ampeg amps, and find the Acoustic B200 suits me the best of all.
        All the features I need to make my Hofner bass sing.
        Good quality for the price, and not too heavy to man-handle.
        For the price I paid it is a true good value.

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        B200 200W amp is awesome

        By Kirk Payne

        from Nebraska

        Comments about Acoustic B200 200W 1x15 Bass Combo:

        Overall, this is a great amp. The direct out level control, horn control, multiple equalizer nobs, notch filter, all of these things come together to provide you the control you need to get the sound you want. The output is enough to shake the windows but also sounds great at lower volume. Love this amp.
        This thing has everything I was looking for. I had a 450W head with a 1200W cab. This was a pain to move around, so I wanted something smaller. I got this amp and it is the perfect weight and size. Now I can put the amp and guitar in the trunk. The direct out with level control is great. Try to find an amp with this feature. It is not that easy. Most of the time, when the amp is loud enough for you, direct out to the sound board is to high. This level control is great and sound people love it. Also, being able to turn the horn off and on is a great feature. Mostly standard between amps, but is still a great feature. The multiple equalizer nobs and notch filter makes it easier to get the sound you are looking for. May take a little playing to get it, but the manual gives you some starting points for the sound you are looking for. All in all, very happy with the features of this amp.
        Looks to be well made. I love that they did not put a logo on the speaker front fabric. Let the sound come though. I have used it and do not find any problems at all and am happy with the construction and sound.
        This was a great value. I got it when Musicians Friend had a 15% off sale, so that paid for shipping and then some. I did my research and this amp had the best reviews at the lowest price for the wattage. I would recommend this amp to any musician that is doing a small to medium size gig or for practice. I play in clubs where they run the bass through the mixer, so this is my monitor. It holds it's own. Another bonus not everyone would get, but I ordered it with standard shipping and it arrived the very next day. What a great suprise.

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        5.0

        totally rad

        By shane robertson

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Acoustic B200 200W 1x15 Bass Combo:

        personally i love my b200. for this price i get alot. i thought just the combo alone was pertty awesome but when i aimlessly hooked up a 700 watt 8 ohm 2X10 cab i was blown away! wow it fills the air with nice punchy tone wow what an amzingly cool combo! great practice amp
        well its cheaply made but what do you expect, thats what coverage is for. its still pretty sturdy cab thus far i have had no problems
        stunning price!

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        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Acoustic B200 is a good amp

        By David Held

        from San Diego

        Comments about Acoustic B200 200W 1x15 Bass Combo:

        This amp is really great for the price. It sounds better than I expected. It is very strong for its size and the tone is quite good. I'm very happy with it. The only weird thing is that you can't turn off the notch filter.

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        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        B200 200W 1x15 Bass Combo... All I got to say is Wow!

        By William Hurst

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Acoustic B200 200W 1x15 Bass Combo:

        .
        I'm a seasoned trumpeter who recently bought an Ibanez SRA300 string bass. I bought a used (like new) B200 200W 1x15 Bass Combo and I must say this thing rocks. Big sound! I got it for a steal. I'm yet to turn it up because it rattles the metal in my fire place. Plus I don't feel the need to move it to another room just to turn it up. I've been around the band stand long enough to know you can't go wrong with this amp as a practice and small to medium size venue kicker.

        For practice, actually developing skills, this amp is fully capable of letting you hear the real deal while practicing. Sticky bass lines, no fraud! Ive been practicing every day since I got it and I look forward to playing. Im not into compress wood but Im good with this amp

        Comment on this review

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Billy T.

        By Bill Trimarco

        from Colorado

        Comments about Acoustic B200 200W 1x15 Bass Combo:

        I needed an inexpensive bass amp with enough power to play bar gigs, etc. I looked at both new and used and decided to try this Acoustic sight unseen based on customer reviews. This thing ROCKS! The owner's manual has a few tone setting suggestions that are really helpful. Within minutes, I had the sound I wanted. I brought it to a band audition and everyone loved the tone. On stage, this amp has plenty of power to keep up with miked drums and loud guitar leads. Very little tweeking is required to keep the tone I want at higher volume levels. I love the sounds from this amp. The handles are well placed to carry the weight, which at 75 pounds is a consideration.
        All in all, this combo performs as well as or better than anything else I've tried in the under $1000 price range.
        This amp has nothing fancy effects wise, but it has all the EQ controls you need, a direct out and provision for an effects loop.
        Electronically everything works well. The tolex covering has a few bubbles, but looks OK.
        For the price, it can't be beat.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        B200 Bass Combo exceeds all expectations.

        Comments about Acoustic B200 200W 1x15 Bass Combo:

        My son was looking for a bass amp. He started playing bass just a couple of months ago and is really doing well. He had been looking at used ones as well as new. I found the B200 on Musicians Friend and since he was paying half he was skeptical that it would be this good for the price. He hasen't given it a rest since it arrived. He was amazed at the quality for the price and so was I.

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