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Ampeg BA112 50W Single 12 Bass Combo  

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Delivers 50W of power to a single 12" speaker. It offers simple 3-band tone controls, plus a "style selector" with 5 basic tone options. Other featur...Read More

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If you're thinking about upgrading to an Ampeg, the BA-112 is the perfect place to go.

Delivers 50W of power to a single 12" speaker. It offers simple 3-band tone controls, plus a "style selector" with 5 basic tone options. Other features include master control, a balanced 1/4" TRS line out, headphone jacks, and RCA inputs for connecting a CD or tape player. As a handy stage feature, the cabinet tilts back.


SPECIFICATIONS

BA112 50W Single 12 Bass Combo

  • 17-1/4"W x 18"H x 13"D
  • 39 lb.
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AmpegBA112 50W Single 12 Bass Combo
 
4.4

(based on 45 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Excellent sound (9)
  • Portable (7)
  • Good power output (5)
  • Warm / comfy (5)

Cons

  • Weak (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (7)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Performances (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A very, VERY nice little amp!

This amp is perfect for what I do. I'm in a four-piece folk-rock band (we don't mike instruments or drums), and I'll play the odd theater gig or back up an acoustic guitarist...Read complete review

This amp is perfect for what I do. I'm in a four-piece folk-rock band (we don't mike instruments or drums), and I'll play the odd theater gig or back up an acoustic guitarist from time to time.

The combination of my bass and the way I play makes 12" speakers work better for me. For years I used a 1967 Ampeg SB-12. I loved the sound, but SB-12s are a bit on the heavy side. The BA112 gets me "That Sound", but weighs 20 pounds less!

The kickback feature is very nice! At a low volume gig in a small room or theater pit, leave it upright and you get a big, round sound due to acoustic coupling with the floor. At higher volumes in bigger rooms, tilt it back and bump the lows up a little and you're good to go.
The best feature is the Ampeg sound, but I also REALLY like the Style Selector switch! Five settings - #1 sounds like it's voiced for a standup bass, #2 and #3 are "old-school" Ampeg voicings, and #4 and #5 are brighter for folks who "slap and tap". Set the tone controls at 12 o'clock and click through the styles. Once you hit the one you like, you'll barely need to tweak from there. A very well-designed, musically useful feature!

The limiter is fabulous, too. It kicks in gradually as you turn up the volume - past about 7 on the volume, the amp doesn't get much louder, but it gets deeper and more compressed - which is exactly what I need.
It looks very well made to me.
A really good deal from Musician's Friend - this amp is worth twice what I paid for it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Tone but Low Volume

If it weren't for the great sound, I'd just get rid of it. I play mostly guitar, but occasionally need a bass either for myself or others. I play jazz and in musicals...Read complete review

If it weren't for the great sound, I'd just get rid of it. I play mostly guitar, but occasionally need a bass either for myself or others. I play jazz and in musicals mostly. This amp has a great sound to it, but it is extremely soft in any room larger than a bedroom. If you need a practice amp, it is good. But I could not recommend it as a gigging amp.

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4.0

Good sound, not very loud

By Skygzr

from Charleston, SC

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable

Cons

  • Weak

Best Uses

    Comments about Ampeg BA112 50W Single 12 Bass Combo:

    This is a decent, well-built amp for low volume applications. Think "bedrrom practice amp". I'm not sure it would be appropriate for a band unless everyone is playing at living room volume. As oters have noted, the volume control is kinda funny. It gets louder from 1-5 and 5-10 doesn't do a whole lot. Decent amp for the price as long as you're realistic in your expectations.

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    4.0

    A sweet deal but needs more beef!

    By Tonkin

    from McKinney, TX

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth

    Cons

    • Weak

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Ampeg BA112 50W Single 12 Bass Combo:

    Lovely Ampeg bass sound quality you would expect but not very loud even when flat out

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    5.0

    Classic Old School Ampeg Tone

    By bluevoodoo

    from Holland mi

    About Me Professional Musician

    Ask me a question

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • no cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording
    • Sweet

    Comments about Ampeg BA112 50W Single 12 Bass Combo:

    Five selections for tone and all are the tones you want for old school and modern music. I use it for recording mainly and it is clean and warm. It is worth the money. If you play a large venue then mic it through the PA.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great little bass amp

    By Aaron

    from Ohio

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Ampeg BA112 50W Single 12 Bass Combo:

      I got this as an extra little bass combo to supplement my guitar amps. I play guitar through a mesa 55 combo amp and am using this for adding another dimension to my sound and thicken up my sound with an amp splitter. So far I am very pleased with this amp. It sounds good with a guitar plugged in it and packs a decent punch for jam sessions. It hasn't had any problems yet (have had it for two weeks) and I do like the light weight and added tone. Only downside is that once you go passed about 5 on the volume, it doesn't get much louder, it stays about the same. It's not a big deal as it does make my guitar tone better but I wish it did get a little louder for practice and small gigs. I would still use this for small or large gigs and it would probably be sufficient for a small bar sized gig. However, medium to large gigs this amp would definitely needed to be miced to get any added benefit from it. Overall I like the tones and sounds I get with this using a regular guitar along with a guitar amp and my friends did notice that the bottom end was a lot more punchier and boomy. Also will probably sound really good for recordings, haven't tried it yet but I am sure it will sound good. I like it. Sounds really good with a fuzz pedal too.

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      5.0

      Nice Amp for the Money

      By Kamryn

      from near Houston, Texas

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Available Functions
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Ampeg BA112 50W Single 12 Bass Combo:

        Love being able to plug in iPhone which then plays straight thru amp so it sounds more like I'm playing IN band versus solo. Love being able to also hook up headset/phones while playing AND having iPhone plugged in as well, so everything is muted to surroundings but I can practice without waking up my spouse or bothering neighbors if it's late, at whatever sound level I choose. Love that I can stand it flat or tip it for a more stage monitor sound. I really have no issues or complaints about it! I would def recommend or buy again if needed.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        The gamble of buying re-stocked items

        By Bassman

        from New York

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor Sound Quality

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Ampeg BA112 50W Single 12 Bass Combo:

          This re-stocked amp had a horrible rattle when playing certain notes. I found that there was a lower quality speaker in it and the magnet was loose causing the rattle. I installed my own higher quality speaker and it sounds much better.

          That's the chance you take trying to save money by buying a re-stocked or returned item.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Great Tone but Low Volume

          By Lindydanny

          from Kansas City

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Portable

          Cons

          • Heavey
          • Not Loud

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Ampeg BA112 50W Single 12 Bass Combo:

          If it weren't for the great sound, I'd just get rid of it. I play mostly guitar, but occasionally need a bass either for myself or others. I play jazz and in musicals mostly. This amp has a great sound to it, but it is extremely soft in any room larger than a bedroom. If you need a practice amp, it is good. But I could not recommend it as a gigging amp.

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          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          GREAT!!!

          By Nishi_Ninja

          from Whittier,CA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Mobile DJ
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Ampeg BA112 50W Single 12 Bass Combo:

            Got this amp a while back! It holds up great. Good tone coming from it. Top notch combo amp, and the best for its price. Top quality stuff!

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            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Practice Amp or Casual Jams

            By Bass Phantom

            from Seattle

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Limited Functions
            • Weak

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Small Jams

            Comments about Ampeg BA112 50W Single 12 Bass Combo:

            This is a great practice amp and not a bad thing to have for casual jams that don't require volume. So far, I haven't had the issues that previous reviewers have mentioned. I purchased this amp because I wanted something small that I could take outside and have a little fun. I own other larger more powerful amps, but this is perfect for what I intended. I love the Style Knob, it does a fairly good job of shaping your tone. My favorite setting is Style #1 and #2, really dig the fat tone on that. However, it can vary in volume output. The input jack for active Basses is really not necessary and actually lowers the overall volume. When you play this, you definitely will know that you're playing through an Ampeg. I have looped in my effect pedals into the amp and didn't experience any conflict between them as can happen sometimes. I gave this a four stars because for 50 watts of power, it should be a little louder for the price you are paying. One thing I believe can improve this amp to justify its price is adding compression and a mid-scoop cut for slap. But overall, this is a great amp, especially for begginers, people on a budget or just need something for the novelty of it.

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            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            AMPEG BA112 BASS AMP

            By Richard

            from Sacrmaento, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful
            • Super value
            • Very light weight

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Pracitce and small gigs

            Comments about Ampeg BA112 50W Single 12 Bass Combo:

            The true test of a pice of gear is after you used it, would you buy it again if it was lost or stolen. Absolutely I would.

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