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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.


 

BA112 50W Single 12 Bass Combo Specifications:

  • 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 42 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (6)
  • Excellent sound (6)
  • Portable (5)
  • Good power output (4)
  • Warm / comfy (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (5)
    • Amateur recording (3)
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      • Experienced (4)

    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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    Not awful

    Had this amp for 3 years. I use to practice at home and used to record via mic. Sounds ok, but it clips easy. I have a Fender Precision Special that rox....Read complete review

    Had this amp for 3 years. I use to practice at home and used to record via mic. Sounds ok, but it clips easy. I have a Fender Precision Special that rox. About a year after buying this ampeg, it would short out when I would get up past the 12th fret. I push the knobs back down and it would play fine. The knobs are not loose, so it has to be internal. Would not trust it in any live scenario.

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    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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        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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          (1 of 1 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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          (1 of 1 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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            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Practice Amp or Casual Jams

            By Bass Phantom

            from Seattle

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            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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            (6 of 6 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.

            Comment on this review

            (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A very, VERY nice little amp!

            Comments about Ampeg BA112 50W Single 12 Bass Combo:

            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.

            Comment on this review

            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very versatile amp

            By Chadly.sings

            from Proneville OR

            Comments about Ampeg BA112 50W Single 12 Bass Combo:

            I have had this amp for about 10 years and it continues to just be great. I have used this as a portable PA in a pinch, as a single instrument amp for electric drums, bass, guitar, (both acoustic and electric), Keyboard/electric piano, mandolin, vocals, djembe, and even some combinations of the above running through a small Peavey mixer. It is defiantly best suited for personal monitoring needs if you are playing with a full band, unless you are in a smaller room (80 people or less) in which case it can fill a room pretty well. If you have need to fill a larger room this guy have a couple big brothers that all do just great!the kick back feature is great if you are sitting or if you are playing at a higher volume with it further away from you. Otherwise it kinda hits you in the legs, because it is pretty directional unless you are playing bass. it seems to be more forgiving directional-wise with bass.I have yet to really find good use for the 5 position "style" switch. I wish there were a bypass it without digging in and rewiring, (which I have no desire ever to do LOL). Each setting sort of has a pre-eq that shapes the sound and then you use the 3 band eq to shape it more to your likes. the one I like the best is setting one, because it sounds the most "flat" to me.One thing I wish it had that it does not, is a balanced xlr out. the 1/4 inch line out is quality as far as 1/4 inch line outs go... but it always sends extra hiss and it seems I have to eq more bass heavy for it to sound "right" going through any other system or speaker cabinet. Easy to adjust most of the time, but still something that I have had to be conscious of when playing through a sound system. The only difference I can see since I bought mine, is that my handle is on top and the pics on here show that it is on the side (What the heck!?)I am pretty sure they were not in their right mind when deciding to put the handle there.This thing has been a gem, and shows no sign of getting weaker or tired and is really tough. it's been all over the North West and I imagine it will keep on going for many years to come. Ampeg truly delivers consistency, and this amp is no exception.

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            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Own it Rock it Love it

            Comments about Ampeg BA112 50W Single 12 Bass Combo:

            i think its amazing ive had it for 3 months and its good for jaming gigs or waking the next door folks

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