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Ampeg B2RE Rack Bass Head  

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    Loads of power and features!

    The Ampeg B2RE Rack Bass Head cranks out 450W of solid state thunder at 4 ohms, 250W at 8 ohms. 3-band rotary and 9-band graphic equalizers let you hone in on the perfect sound for your style. 1/4" and Neutrik Speakon speaker outputs, XLR balanced line out, preamp out/power amp in jacks, and effects loop. And don't forget that killer Ampeg tone!

    Features

    • 450W @ 4 ohms, 250W @ 8 ohms
    • 3-band rotary EQ
    • 9-band graphic EQ
    • -15dB input pad
    • Neutrik Speakon and 1/4" speaker outs
    • Preamp out/power amp in
    • XLR balanced line out

    With its awesome features and killer tone, this is the Ampeg for you! Call or click to order today!

     

    B2RE Rack Bass Head Specifications:

    • 19"D x 3-1/2"H x 15"D
    • 26 lbs.
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    AmpegB2RE Rack Bass Head
     
    4.2

    (based on 46 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Super Value... Powerful for the price!!

    I have owned and sold every bass head on the market in the last 3 years from the most expensive "boutique" amps to "bargin" heads trying to find an...Read complete review

    I have owned and sold every bass head on the market in the last 3 years from the most expensive "boutique" amps to "bargin" heads trying to find an amp that sounds good in all medium club type rooms. I wanted a punchy, yet clear tone that would help me stay ahead of a screaming blues guitar player, a super driving funky drummer and a hammond player with a 900 Leslie. This head has very simple staight forward features which makes it easy to find the sound your looking for quickly. For this gig (blues, classic rock, old scool R&B) using various Fender passive basses, I usually push the low mids around 300hrz and scoop out 1000 hrz, but because of the wide tonal range of this head you can set it up for whatever your musical style or bass. When I used this head out on a gig for the first time and settled into it right away. The tone cut through the stage mix and never lost its edge, even after my ears started to get a little tired. For the first time in a long time I found that I didn't need to overplay to compensate for my inability to hear what I was doing. This newer version of the B2 with the 450 watt amp drove my two 8 ohm cabinets (12" & 15") at 4 ohms with all the punch and clarity that I wanted. I feel that for my situation, I have finally found a head I can gig with and really be happy with knowing that I haven't invested lots of money. The only thing I would want added to this unit is tuner out with a mute switch and a footwitch out to control the EQ and the tuner mute like the SVP III or other top end Ampegs. But this unit has the important basics for a great price.

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    Doesn't even work!

    I bought this head and it sounded great! ... for about 30 seconds. Then it started cutting out and distorting really bad. I had it replaced and had the same exact problem...Read complete review

    I bought this head and it sounded great! ... for about 30 seconds. Then it started cutting out and distorting really bad. I had it replaced and had the same exact problem AGAIN! I am not the only person this has happened to. I have since found multiple websites where people are having the same issue. And Ampeg ignores it! Even on the Ampeg forums... the problem is always blamed on the bass, cables and cabinet. I can assure you that my equipment is top-notch and works great with any other bass head. Ampeg, I'm dissapointed.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good Amp

    By Freo

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Ampeg B2RE Rack Bass Head:

    Good amp. I match mine up with an SVT 4x10. Perfect match. I play this amp hard for the last 4 years without a problem. Practice, Rehearsals or gigs. It has never failed me. Volume and Tone remain consistant. Do not run any enclosure or combination of speakers that will reduce your impedence below 4 ohms. I have seen people try to push a 4 ohm 4x10 with an 8 ohm 1x15. You will damage the head and/or the speakers.

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    3.0

    Not the best Ampeg, but it can do

    By BranZamCHB

    from Texas

    Comments about Ampeg B2RE Rack Bass Head:

    I picked one of these up cause I was in a hurry to get an amp for shows. I have had no problems at all so far. The below comments have not happened to me yet. I've put about a month and a half of shows and practice on to it. If you can, please get one of the SVT Series before getting this one, but it will do if you are not touring. I am working on getting a new head as we are getting busier and I don't want what the reviews say might happen when I am out on the road

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    2 have failed on me as well

    By John Prevost

    from Tennessee

    Comments about Ampeg B2RE Rack Bass Head:

    I had to return my first one in 2008 and tonight my second has fizzled out with the exact same symptoms. It distorts and goes in and out after a short time playing. Power it off and it goes away. Then comes back after another 15 minutes of play. So frustrating. I of Apeg as great quality and this is what you get. Unimpressive and very frustrating.

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Two have failed on me

    By DickyRich

    from Atlanta

    Comments about Ampeg B2RE Rack Bass Head:

    Picked the first one up on 4/1/08 at SamAsh only to be replaced with the floor sample 6 months later. Now its 10/3/09 and the floor sample has the same failure. After playing for 10-15 min the unit starts to distort badly and I am unable to continue playing. Unit has to be turned off to restore its proper tone. Very disappointed to say the least.

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    5.0

    Great Tone!

    By Your Nemesis

    from North Carolina

    Comments about Ampeg B2RE Rack Bass Head:

    I have had this amp for about six months now and i love it! It provides alot of flexability with the 9 band eq and even with the eq section off for a little boost it still sounds great. For the price it is undeniable and still has that great ampeg tone!

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    5.0

    Great Amp for the Price!

    By PolisBass

    from Mankato, MN

    Comments about Ampeg B2RE Rack Bass Head:

    I may not be a the greatest bassist around, but I have been playing long enough to know a quality product when I see one. I have been playing shows with the b2re for about half a year now and have it going through an svt classic 4x10. Let me tell you this baby has got some major power. Even through my 4x10 it shakes the pictures on the walls in my house with the volume at half. The tone is also great considering it is solid state. I was surprised at how warm it sounded, but that's Ampeg for ya. All in all a great amp for any bassist, but if you are really looking to step things up go for the all tube SVT Classic. Nothing beats em.

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    4.0

    Great for the price

    Comments about Ampeg B2RE Rack Bass Head:

    I've owned this head for about 5 years and still with a pretty active studio and live schedule it's still working great. Not the overall best tone but you have 2 choices 1) get a preamp or 2) spend more money on a hybrid or tube head. Still I can't complain.

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    5.0

    For Penny Pinchers

    By JTOBass

    from Detroit, MI

    Comments about Ampeg B2RE Rack Bass Head:

    You really can't get 450W out of anyother Ampeg product for this price. Quality leaves a little to be desired unfortunatly. I happened to kill some of the solder on the inside power connection from playing to long. Besides the drive to the repair shop, no cost what so ever since there is an Ampeg warranty on this. If you play with effects (overdrive, bootsy wah, goofy stuff) it'll sound a little grainy when you turn off your effects.

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    5.0

    Almost

    By FeralBassist

    from Michigan

    Comments about Ampeg B2RE Rack Bass Head:

    I've owned this head for about 3 years now. Never once had an electrical error or malfunction of any kind. It was kept in a rackmount for a brief time but for the most part I carry it around without a shell and never have a reason to worry about doing so except when it rains. Durable, LOUD, solid-state. I have always felt it needs a little more gain potential but if you have an overdrive or distortion thats just as good.

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    4.0

    Ampeg B2RE

    By joe-5.wfS

    from New jersey

    Comments about Ampeg B2RE Rack Bass Head:

    I bought this used in decent condition about 6 months ago and loved it at first. After about a month I bought a tech 21 sansamp RBI and fell in love with the tone I got from the combination of the 2. So I highly recommend buying a preamp with this if you want this thing to sound good.

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