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Ampeg PF-500 Portaflex 500W Bass Amp Head  

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  • 500W RMS output @ 4 ohms
  • MOSFET preamp
  • Class D power amp
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Heavyweight history in a lightweight design.

Ampeg's Portaflex PF-500 bass head delivers a staggering 500W of power in an ultra-compact design providing pure Ampeg tone in an extremely portable package. Precise tone controls and gig-friendly input/output options provide ultimate flexibility. Pair it with Ampeg's PF Series flip-top cabinets for the vintage styling and portability of the iconic Portaflex originals.

The tone stack on the PF-500 provides an extensive array of tone controls for shaping your sound. Bass, mid, and treble controls come standard with a 5-position mid switch for finding the perfect midrange level for your sound. Ultra Hi/Lo boosts add even more on-the-fly options, and an onboard compressor keeps your levels in check and your tone punchy and tight.

At the gig or in the studio, the PF-500 is ready for action with a balanced direct out with pre/post-EQ selector, -40dB pad, and ground lift. An effects loop with dedicated mix control is footswitchable with the optional Ampeg AFP2 2-button switch.

Features
  • 500W RMS output @ 4 ohms
  • MOSFET preamp
  • Class D power amp
  • Bass, mid, treble tone controls with 5-position mid frequency control
  • Ultra Hi/Lo boosts
  • Onboard compressor
  • Balanced direct out with pre/post-EQ option, -40dB pad, and ground lift
  • FX loop with dedicated mix control (footswitchable with optional AFP2 switch)
  • Power amp in/ preamp out
  • 1/8" headphone out/line in
  • -15dB input pad
  • Mute (footswitchable with optional AFP2 switch)
  • Power supply: switching

Travel light without sacrificing tone or power. Order your PF-500 today!

 

PF-500 Portaflex 500W Bass Amp Head Specifications:

  • 14"W x 3"H x 11"D
  • 11lb.
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AmpegPF-500 Portaflex 500W Bass Amp Head
 
4.0

(based on 59 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (33)
  • Excellent sound (31)
  • Easy to use (25)
  • Good power output (24)
  • Warm / comfy (24)

Cons

  • Weak (4)

Best Uses

  • Performances (31)
  • Outdoor events / games (19)
  • Amateur recording (18)
  • Home studio (18)
  • Professional recording (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (31), Professional musician (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good value

I have had this head for about a year and still cannot decide if I love it or just like it. The features are very well thought out and are well documented. When playing...Read complete review

I have had this head for about a year and still cannot decide if I love it or just like it. The features are very well thought out and are well documented. When playing at controlled volumes and running out to the FOH system it is really really good. The issue I have is when I have a couple cabinets hooked up it just does not have that high current punch of a conventional amp. I play a BSX Allegro upright electric, a Fender Precision A/E fretless, or an old p-bass and all work well with it. I use it with a wide assortment of cabs, mainly when as a stand alone with a single Mark Bass 2 10. The Mark Bass is efficient enough that the little Ampeg never breathes hard, sounds fantastic , and never breaks a sweat. When I hook up a second 2 10 it's weird. If both are connected to the amp it will start cutting out at even moderate volume. If the cabs
are daisey chained it will not cut out but just kind of loses low end punch. I also
have an old Ampeg PR1528HE that is a beast and the Ampeg falls flat trying to
power it at high volume, especially when I use one of the 2 10 s on top. I have
gone back to using the Ampeg as a preamplifier and running a 900 watt stereo
amp to the cabs. That combo kills but it kind of defeats the purpose of the light
weight having to haul around another 4 space rack and with the weird size of the
Ampeg it just makes for kind of a messy set up. I actually have been playing around with just velcroing it to the power amp so it can sit in the small rack for portability and just using it as a pre amp, it really does sound good.I would definately still buy another one as it is a really cool little amp. It just has limitations. I also have a Phil Jones Suitcase with a 4b cabinet and for jazz or small gigs it kills the Ampeg on all counts. Granted it is close to $2000 so it should. It kind of leaves the Ampeg in the middle, not as good for smaller gigs and unable to do it alone on big ones.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very disappointed not the AMPEG of old.

After using for about 15 minutes it sounded great and then it died, they replaced it right away. I didn't gig with it for a while and when I did, it died again....Read complete review

After using for about 15 minutes it sounded great and then it died, they replaced it right away. I didn't gig with it for a while and when I did, it died again. This time they had me take it to Ampeg repair shop and 6 weeks later still no sigh of it ( still wating for Parts ).
Has nice features just like my SVT. Lots of the same control setting and nice and lite the cab and amp weight less than my SVT head. To bad it failed two times right in the middle of gigs.
Looks great the cab rattles when turned up. This is not the Ampeg I know and Love.
Fair price should have spend more money for something better.

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4.0

Good so far

By disappointedinMF

from SLC

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Ampeg PF-500 Portaflex 500W Bass Amp Head:

    I would say more about it but I haven't been able to use it much yet.

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    3.0

    Good product, BUT.....

    By disappointedinMF

    from SLC

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Warmth
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Ampeg PF-500 Portaflex 500W Bass Amp Head:

        This was a "Restock", and was a great price! UNFORTUNATELY, the shipping department for MF performed THE WORST packaging job I have EVER seen in my life!!! It arrived in a box that had been used numerous times previously, and the box had tears and holes in corners that you could litterally stick your hand through. The amp was floating aroung inside with ONE PEICE of bubble wrap partially wrapped around it, and the peice wasnt even large enough to get completly around this little amp. The box had about six inches of empty space at the ends, and the amp took a TON of abuse in shipping because of it. It was broken. I did plug it in and it worked well enough for me to gather that it is quite a nice head. I tried getting ahold of someone at MF about the packaging, as I had taken numerous pictures that I wanted to share with them so they would hopefully have better quality control, but I had no luck. No surprise I guess.

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        1.0

        A Serious Design Flaw

        By thrawn117

        from Mississippi, USA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

          Cons

          • Faulty

          Best Uses

            Comments about Ampeg PF-500 Portaflex 500W Bass Amp Head:

            The moment I plugged my '76 Fender P-Bass into the PF-500, the cooling fan wouldn't start, the fault light turned on, and no sound came out.
            Seller sent me 2 replacements, Ampeg sent me another, all with the same problem.
            Great service from the seller and Ampeg, they were very helpful, but I think the PF-500 has a very serious design flaw.

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            2.0

            Power Interruptus

            By tagruvto

            from California

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Portable

            Cons

            • Weak

            Best Uses

              Comments about Ampeg PF-500 Portaflex 500W Bass Amp Head:

              I returned it after one gig because amp cut-out twice under moderate load. I was running the PF-500 through one 8 ohm 4x10 box at medium volume - nothing dimed out. It sounded like the protection mode kicked in twice for about 2 seconds each time. This was disappointing because the amp had excellent tone and decent volume - but the cutting-out is a showstopper for me.

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              5.0

              I would but this product

              By Dr. Taylor

              from Memphis, TN

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Ampeg PF-500 Portaflex 500W Bass Amp Head:

                Great product for the money.

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                1.0

                Cuts out, had to return it

                By Bill-b

                from Union Pier, MI

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Excellent Sound
                • Portable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Ampeg PF-500 Portaflex 500W Bass Amp Head:

                    It was a good price on a restock item, but it started cutting out as soon as I started using it. Apparently it is a common problem with this model. I'm going to give it one more try, returning i for a non-restock unit. MF customer support was great. They gave me a good price on the new one, just a little more than the restock price. I normally don't purchase the MF warranty, but because of the problems reported with this amp I did get it this time. Sound is great, just what I needed, so I am hoping the new one being shipped to me is reliable.

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                    5.0

                    Great ampeg product

                    By Anthony

                    from Houston TX

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances
                      • Rehearsal

                      Comments about Ampeg PF-500 Portaflex 500W Bass Amp Head:

                      This amp head does exactly what I needed. It's powerful and lightweight, has plenty of EQ and and adjustable mid sweep that really helps dial in that punch that most bassists seek! FX loop etc etc...! I'm always on the lookout for value deals as I am building a home studio and this fit my needs to the tee. It runs on either 4 or 8 ohms (500 or 300 watts) depending on your speaker. I have an old 18" crate speaker, and I gave it a test run at my local GC and I was hooked! Got it on a SDOTD and wham! another piece of the puzzle. Musicians Friend does it again!

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                      1.0

                      DO NOT buy this amp!

                      By Great White North Bassist

                      from Canada

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Portable

                      Cons

                      • Unreliable

                      Best Uses

                      • Performances

                      Comments about Ampeg PF-500 Portaflex 500W Bass Amp Head:

                      This amp has had lots of problems. Mine just died 2 months after the manufacturer warranty expired. Look elsewhere.

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                      1.0

                      Head is no good and ampeg is rude

                      By Brizzown

                      from Dallas, TX

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Weak

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Ampeg PF-500 Portaflex 500W Bass Amp Head:

                        DO NOT BUY THIS!!! It cut out on me mid set after only owning it for a week. It did fine in the practices leading up to the show but sure enough it did exactly as the reviews said it would. On top of that, I called AMPEG to tell them about it and they were smug, non responsive, and rude. The Rep giggled under his breath and went on to tell me that "a 500 watt head isn't supposed to be used for shows" and that it wasn't used properly. . . . I have been in a band since I was about 17 years old. I'm 30 now. I think I know what I'm doing for the most part. With a line out 500 watts should be more than enough. What else would you use that many watts for? a practice amp at home? I will never buy another AMPEG product again.

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                        4.0

                        EXCELLENT HEAD!!!

                        By Gravy

                        from El Centro, Ca

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Ampeg PF-500 Portaflex 500W Bass Amp Head:

                          Well I bought this amp about a month and a half ago and right out of the box I loved how lightweight it was. Upon plugging it in and finding the tone I wanted I must say this little guy packs a pretty mean punch. It's really warm, bright and the low end is very much there. This thing also takes distortion very well. Anytime I turn on the MXR M-80 distortion the thing just kills! I used to have an SVT3 before it took a dump on me and it never sounded that good though it. ONLY BEEF! The fan went out and had to send it back but since then it's been holding up. I'm very impressed and I really hope this little sticks with me for some time.

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