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Crate BT220 220W 1x15" 2-Channel Bass Combo   

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WIth 220 watts and a number of professional features, the BT220 bass amp from Crate is an exceptional value. Two channels (Distortion and Clean) let ...Read More

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220 whopping watts and two-channel versatility.

WIth 220 watts and a number of professional features, the BT220 bass amp from Crate is an exceptional value. Two channels (Distortion and Clean) let you change your tone on a dime. A 15" driver delivers rich low-end response, while a 4-band EQ lets you shape your tone until it's perfect.

Features the gigging bassist will appreciate include an FX loop, XLR balanced line out with level control and pre-/post-EQ selection, RCA CD inputs, an extension speaker jack, input pad, and mute button. The BT220 also has a headphone jack for silent practice and a built-in chromatic tuner so you're always on pitch.

FEATURES
  • 220 watts
  • 15" driver
  • 4-band EQ
  • Two-channels (Distortion and Clean)
  • FX loop
  • Extension speaker jack
  • XLR balanced line out with level control and pre-/post-EQ selection
  • Ground lift
  • RCA CD inputs
  • Headphone jack
  • Input pad
  • Mute button

A moderately priced bass amp with pro features and tone. Order now.

SPECIFICATIONS

BT220 220W 1x15" 2-Channel Bass Combo

  • 24-1/2"W x 24-1/2"H x 16-1/2"D
  • 87 lbs
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3.8

(based on 13 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Relaiable and excelent for gigging

I've owned one of these for about 7 years now, I lucked out and got the separated cab and head(lighter to load in a truck), but the combo works almost identically. For...Read complete review

I've owned one of these for about 7 years now, I lucked out and got the separated cab and head(lighter to load in a truck), but the combo works almost identically. For starts, this amp has surpassed any expectation I've held of it, I bought it as a cheap, last minute replacement and it has become a mainstay of my rig for most of a decade now. While the 15" cab is a monster, its not very clean, luckily you can chain in a 4x10 cab to clean it up. The distortion is garbage but the clean signal works well and the EQ is deceptively responsive. The octave down feature is fun to play with, but not a necessity for most players. A variety of line outs means you can play just about any venue and sound great, and even works well for recording demos (but can get a bit fuzzy for a pro-studio application). This amp is ideal for a young gigging artist if you can find one sold anywhere, and will last you as long as you don't abuse it too rigorously. All-in-all a rock-solid amp and a sound investment.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I know why there are so many refurbs

I bought this amp a few months ago. The sound is pretty good and it does play very loud. Finding good tone isn't really that much of a problem but it could really use...Read complete review

I bought this amp a few months ago. The sound is pretty good and it does play very loud. Finding good tone isn't really that much of a problem but it could really use a horn to pick up the bright notes more cleanly. I had two issues with mine. One the cabinet split at the seam in the back....I'm not sure if it was a shipping problem or a problem with manufacturing. The second problem was that distortion (or Fuzz) never really worked that well. To be honest, who cares about the Fuzz, but the amp splitting sucked. Tought to sound good when amp's cabinet is rattling against itself.I'd buy again especially at this new price but I'd probably spend the extra money and get the extended service warranty.

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4.0

Relaiable and excelent for gigging

By 702octopus

from Henderson, NV

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I've owned one of these for about 7 years now, I lucked out and got the separated cab and head(lighter to load in a truck), but the combo works almost identically. For starts, this amp has surpassed any expectation I've held of it, I bought it as a cheap, last minute replacement and it has become a mainstay of my rig for most of a decade now. While the 15" cab is a monster, its not very clean, luckily you can chain in a 4x10 cab to clean it up. The distortion is garbage but the clean signal works well and the EQ is deceptively responsive. The octave down feature is fun to play with, but not a necessity for most players. A variety of line outs means you can play just about any venue and sound great, and even works well for recording demos (but can get a bit fuzzy for a pro-studio application). This amp is ideal for a young gigging artist if you can find one sold anywhere, and will last you as long as you don't abuse it too rigorously. All-in-all a rock-solid amp and a sound investment.

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4.0

2 year review

By Cavemanfrmc

from Indiana

I've had mine over 2 years now and it works great. I paired mine with the 4/10 extension cabinet and haven't had any trouble since it was fixed by Crate back in '08. I have no regrets buying this amp and the extension cab.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

The worst Amp you could ever buy

By RLT240

from Memphis Tn

I bought this amp a strings and stings Memphis Tn. I told it to church and used it one time and it just quit making noise. Right in the middle of my Choir Anniversary. It had a sticker 5 year warranty. I'm stuck like many other musician with a dead bass amp. I bought an old Peavy Amp 1982. Still kicking. It's a million times better than this jacked up crate bt220.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Sorry Amp

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Ifyou so happen to come accross one of these amps Run as fast as you can from them they can't stand up to nothing. You'll get your best sound at place where they are selling it. Then the amp will crash during normal use. It goes all distorted and Crate won't honor the warranty. They will tell you that you did something wrong, This the worst experience I've every had in my life of 45 years with anything I've ever purchased

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good,Solid amp. Buy it.

By Evan Corcoran

from Minneapolis MN

I was always hesitant about these reviews, thinking that maybe people who just wanted to get rid of these would write great reviews so that people would buy them. I guess I was wrong about this one. This amp is perfect if your looking for a practice/small gig amp at a good price, buy this one. If your looking for a nice beefy, warm tone, I would recommend this. Comes with octave and distortion effects, switchable with a foot-pedal, or a switch on the amp. The distortion tends to cut out and not make any sound at lower volumes (the knob being at less than 8 o'clock) but otherwise it seems nice. Fun to play with, but I don't really need it. I have not heard many effect pedals, but the octave seems to work fine. If your playing a note lower than the 5th fret on the E-string (again at less than 8 o'clock ) it just sounds normal, like there isn't an effect at all. But easily remedied by turning up the volume. If I ever start playing small gigs, this thing is for sure enough power. I won't ever have to buy an amp again. I'm not sure about now. If you can get this for 270$ or whatever shipping is extra, it would still be worth it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

decent deal

By Cavemanfrmc

from Indiana

The first Crate BT220 I received was in poor shape. The amp was loose in the cabinet and several buttons and the foot pedal didn't work. It also had a rattle in the cabinet that made it unplayable. I returned it and the new one sounds 100% better despite UPS completely cutting the box in half. The sound is great and it is loud enough to get over the drums at half volume. The distortion channel works great if you know how to use it. The noise gate in the channel requires the Bass volume be cranked up especially on the higher notes. Then you need to use the distortion level or the master volume to keep the volume at a reasonable level. The Octave feature is nice to boost the low end on the higher notes. And the tuner is a nice feature to have. All in all this amp is decent and for the price, it would be hard to beat.

 
5.0

Works great

By Ryan-y1xaX

from MONTANA

I have owned this amp for about 2 weeks now,and havent had a single problem with it,makes me wonder if i ever even needed such a loud amp!

 
2.0

I know why there are so many refurbs

By Tim

from Brandon, FL

I bought this amp a few months ago. The sound is pretty good and it does play very loud. Finding good tone isn't really that much of a problem but it could really use a horn to pick up the bright notes more cleanly. I had two issues with mine. One the cabinet split at the seam in the back....I'm not sure if it was a shipping problem or a problem with manufacturing. The second problem was that distortion (or Fuzz) never really worked that well. To be honest, who cares about the Fuzz, but the amp splitting sucked. Tought to sound good when amp's cabinet is rattling against itself.I'd buy again especially at this new price but I'd probably spend the extra money and get the extended service warranty.

 
5.0

I found out why its freaks out and wont play

By Andy-rfvsk

from Baton Rouge, LA

When I?m playing this amp with my band, the amp just stops working and the limiter turns on, because it thinks that the amp is playing too high of a frequency. So I was going to return it, but the next day I tried it out and it worked, so I didn't return it. Later I was playing with my band again, but this time I left the crate amp on with nothing plugged into it. When I started playing my electric guitar, the limiter was going off on the bass amp. My guitar cabinet was loud enough to make the Crate think that it was itself making the high frequencies and so it shut off so that it wouldn't hurt its own speaker. If you could find some way to like disable the limiter then that might make it work. If you do open it up and mess with it your warranty will be void so make sure you know what you?re doing before you screw around with the inside. All and all it?s a great amp besides that major flaw.

 
5.0

good buy, good value, and good amp

By hardrockmusician

from stephen city, virginia

ive owned the crate bt220 for about 3 days now, and have used it constantly. I got mine used at a pawn shop, and i use it with an ltd b-55 also from mf. I like the deep bass tones which come nice and clean out of the 15" speaker. Its loud enough for small to medium gigs, plus it's able to run right into the board if wanted or needed. The distortion channel is so so, but i dont really like distortion on bass unless you are in a metal band with 1 guitarist, like project 86 or something, but if u like distortion on bass, im sure u can find the kind you want. It has the extention speaker jack, which I will use if i ever need to. It also has an onboard tuner which comes in very handy and is very accurate. All in all i would say buy it, it has great sound, it goes loud eough for medium gigs, and it a great value, so go buy it.

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