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Crate BT50 Bass Combo Amp

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With 50W and a 12" bass driver, the compact Crate BT50 Bass Combo Amp can hold its own at the gig. It has 2 channels: a distortion channel with gain,...Click To Read More About This Product

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Gigging-level power and 2 footswitchable channels.

With 50W and a 12" bass driver, the compact Crate BT50 Bass Combo Amp can hold its own at the gig. It has 2 channels: a distortion channel with gain, shape, and level controls; and a clean channel with level, 4-band EQ, and an octave switch with level for boosting bottom end. It includes the CSF2 2-button footswitch for switching channels and kicking in the octave switch from the floor. Limiter, chromatic tuner, headphone jack, and CD inputs are also incorporated.

Crate 12" bass driver 
Chromatic tuner
Distortion channel with gain, shape, and level
Clean channel with level, 4-band EQ, and footswitchable octave with level
Headphone jack
RCA CD input
CFS2 Footswitch Included
21"W x 18"H x 14"D
46 lbs.

Great for practice and cool on the gig. Order today.

Output Power Rating: 50W RMS 2% THD, 4, 120 VAC 
Gain: Distortion 104dB
Clean 63dB
CD Input 37dB

Tone Range:
Low 21dB @ 50Hz
Lo Mid 23dB @ 150Hz
Hi Mid 18dB @ 1kHz
High 34dB @ 10kHz
Input Impedance: 220k ohms
Maximum Signal Accepted: 15 volts peak to peak

Internal Speaker:
Size :12"
Type: Crate Custom Cast Frame
Magnet 30 oz.
Voice Coil 1.5
RMS Rating 50W
Impedance 8 ohm

Signal to Noise: 75dB
Power Requirements: 120 VAC, 60Hz, 85VA
100/115VAC, 50/60Hz, 85VA
230VAC, 50/60Hz, 85VA

Size and Weight: 21" H x 18" W x 14" D, 46 lbs

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What compares at this price?

Got this new for $189.00. In that range, everything else was a bust. I bought this for my daughter who is just starting bass at 12. I owned a music store at one...Read complete review

Got this new for $189.00. In that range, everything else was a bust. I bought this for my daughter who is just starting bass at 12. I owned a music store at one time and know equipment well enough to make an educated buying choice and could not be more satisfied. I own Synths, a digital grand, and numerous guitars. I wanted something she could play around the house with me and other musicians in a fairly large room. Yes it's only 50 watts, but it does great. The sound is clean and flexible. Like most amps, it has it's own character. You cannot get that Ampeg sound if thats what your looking for, but would you expect to without buying an Ampeg? Same for other "favorite" amps. It is what it is, and it is awesome in this price range. I added a compressor pedal (Digitech Bass Squeeze)to really get the punch and sustain that her guitar lacked a bit of. Even with my Fender Jazz, the compressor really made this thing sound alot more expensive. Even bought her a Hartke Modeling pedal to add variation. The reason I am saying this is, the amp is worth it. At this price, and if 50 watts is enough for your needs,you can afford to add a thing or two and get an incredible sound. We both love it. Even my Fender friends have been impressed with it(even without the pedels on). Very compact and portable for the sound it puts out. Excellent choice!


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Get ready to replace the rectifier Diodes

As an electronic engineer i'm lucky to be able to fix things like this. But it seems the Power rectifier Diodes sourced by the circuit builder are substandard - even though their current rating...Read complete review

As an electronic engineer i'm lucky to be able to fix things like this. But it seems the Power rectifier Diodes sourced by the circuit builder are substandard - even though their current rating is fine - these should all be replaced if you gig with this amplifier.

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Get ready to replace the rectifier Diodes

By sirclip

from Los Angeles

As an electronic engineer i'm lucky to be able to fix things like this. But it seems the Power rectifier Diodes sourced by the circuit builder are substandard - even though their current rating is fine - these should all be replaced if you gig with this amplifier.

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Don't play this in a china shop

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I got this amp about 3 months ago and I have had no problems with it. It is probably the best bass amp you can get for the money. It is so powerful that it shakes my house and scares the dog to death. The distortion is pretty crappy but a distortion pedal will fix that. Overall this amp is great. BUY IT

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Great Amp

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I took me about a month of trying-out different amps before i decided to get this one. The controls are easy to see and understand. the amp is a surprisingly powerful one for only 50watts. More than enough for solo practice, and enough volume to compete with a noisy drummer at rehearsals. I would feel comfortable using this amp at any small event to a few hundred seat room. I love the tuner, that sits on top of the amp. It's always on, a great feature! This combo comes with a footswitch for toggling the built-in distortion and octave effects. Love this amp. I play an Ibanez 4-string, and a Drop-C sounds perfect through it. I haven't used a 5-string so i wouldn't know how it handles that low, but going by my 4-string i would imagine it would do fine. great amp! Thank you Crate!

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When i had this amp

By Dann-E-YSA

from Hawaii

it worked alright, each time i used it clear as a bell, and ship shape each time.Til one day i plugged it in, turned it on, it blew out, i returned it and got this lower grade peavey amp, not satisfied at all.


LOVE IT!!!!!!!

By Travelin Man

from Clitwood,VA

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LOVE THIS AMP!!!!! Can be as loud as you need it or as quiet as a mouse if you use the level and the master volume right. This amp has all the bottom end you need for the bassier music and all the high end you need for playin like guitar lines. If the distortion is balanced out (like turnin the shape control all the way up with the gain on around 5) it sounds just like a guitar. I was playin a gig with this amp and we played the song Orion by Metallica and I took a few guitar lines an no one noticed a difference at all. I turned this amp up all the way and my neighbor called askin about the noise. MY NEIGHBOR LIVES ABOUT HALF A MILE AWAY!

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good for beginer

By jake-VefOE

from stillwater mn

I bought this amp at guitar center, the speaker has some sticky crap on it and it makes a weird noise.


Ok amp

By Jon-yUFlE

from Salt Lake, Utah

It's a great amp it's loud enough for like small shows and stuff. The guitarists in my band tell me to turn it down. I like the distortion on it. It's not the best amp but is a pretty good one.


Great Bass Amp!

By Questions?__93

from Tiverton, RI

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I have played several gigs with this bass amp was really awesome to play with. It is a quite amp and i was surprised of the great quality it had. Bass was good, distortion was good, and afects were great.


Buy This Amp

By Woa This guitar rocks

from Somewhere In the world

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This amp is one of the best amps i've ever played out of. It comes close to Ampeg And Hartke. It gets a VERY GOOD clean tone on the clean channel, Until you turn the level (basically gain on a guitar amp) along with the master volume control, all the way up to ten. It gets EXTREMELY LOUD for an amp of its size. It could be used to play small to medium sized gigs. Easily. I don't personally like bass drive (because if you listen, no bands [Even like Crazy Death Metal] uses drive on a bass) but if its for you, it comes with it. Its very flexible and can get a lot of different tones through it. There is a four band equalizer (I don't get why they didn't make it 5 but I'm not gonna complain) that can get you ANY TONE YOU WANT. This amp is the very best amp you can get for this price range. GUARANTEED. I play an ESP DF 404 (EMG pickups, Grover tuners, Mahogany body) and through this amp it gets a better tone than a Warwick played through a Hartke full stack. I would STRONGLY reccomend getting this amp. It is a very good amp for a bass player in a local band. You can take it to practice because its small enough, then you can take it gigging because its loud enough. Enough said, This amp rocks.


Amp for the novice

By Nunz with Gunz

from Seattle

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Bought this because I wanted a decent combo so I wouldn't have to lug my huge rack system out of the rehearsal studio just to jam. Can't get a good tone with any of my active pickup guitars, but finally did with my Eagle with passive Duncans in it. Octave effect pops in and out. Tuner not very sensitive-really an unnecessary feature for a trained ear. Distortion channel is useless. This amp just doesn't have the Ooomph necessary for a dominant bass player. Try the BT100 maybe or better yet-The Ampeg BA115.


Very Nice Amp.

By mightybassist

from Toronto, ON

I just got this amp. today and I must admit that the amp. os pretty amazing. It has this pretty warm tone beauitufl tone. The only thing that made me give this amp. 9 stars and not 10 is its value...I think the price is a litlle bit high for a 50 watt amplifier. I am not saying the price is very high, but just a little little bit more than average. The distortion chanel is actually pretty good too. I would recommend this amp. to any bassist.


crate BT50

By BassManChance

from illinois

This amp is awesome. I?ve had it for almost a year and it?s never let me down. It fits any venue, I play (auditoriums, coffee shops, churches) and that all is still on half volume. The thing is like a grenade-small but packs a lot of power. I definitely recommend it.


Great Amp for the price

By hungle2t

from Regina, SK

I got this amp today, so I haven't put it through all the paces yet. However the clean channel offers a robust array of sound options which are pleasant to the ear. One issue I am having is that the distortion channel keeps cutting out, and at this moment is not working at all and I am not sure why, although I don't have any intention to use the distortion channel beyond screwing around, I am bothered that it doesn't work. Overall though the amp is meeting and surpassing all expectations.


Best amp ever!

By DJCosmic2

from NY

Although I have just gotten this amp yesterday, its already my favorite amp, love the features, Great quality, good for gigs and whatnot, as well as practice.


Amazing little gadget

By ListMakerLisa

from San Diego, CA

I bought this amp while touring (churches, coffee houses, clubs) and was amazed. It got jostled, bounced, and moved around a LOT, and never gave me a single problem. The sound is rich and deep, with interesting distortion features. I loaned it to another bass player, and he was also duly impressed. Since I have no roadies, the fact that it doesn't weigh a ton goes a long way in my book. Overall, it's well worth the money.



By Synj67

from P. A.

i've owned it for about 8 months now and it still holds strong. i have the bx50, but it's pretty much the same thing. it's a real kick A** amp for people just starting a band and a real good amp all around.


Crate Rocks!!!

By Sheperd

from Walla Walla, WA

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Just got this puppy a few days ago, and boy does it rock! Crancks like no other mother, and hits all tones extremely well. Nice design, excellent for all forms of playing. A must buy if you're a serious bassist.


Awesome! Killer sound!!!!

By Warlockmatized

from Washington, MI

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Two weeks ago i got back into playing bass after taking a 10 year break. i purchased the Ibanez bass jumpstart kit, and although the little 10 watt amp is cool for low volume practice, i wanted something to shake the floor. I received my Crate BT50 today, & i absolutely love it. awsome lows with no rattle like amps of lesser quality. the built in tuner works perfect, as do the rest of the amps built in features. in my opinion PERFECT for anyone looking for killer sound with a killer price.


Playing the amp now.

By Conflict Serum

from Texas

Features: More than you could ever want in an amp really. The Distortion is nice, comes with good presets in the book and the footswitch is usefull. Not too heavy either.Quality: The soldering is sub-standard.Value: For the price, nothing beats it, but if you have more to spend..then spend it on something NON-Crate. Rolands are good.Overall: For the price, theres nothing remotely close to it, however a roland is a better choice if your looking for features AND Quality. Albeit at a higher price.



By PhysiBassist

from Virginia Beach, VA

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I got this today, and I had to force myself to the computer to write a review of it. So here goes:Pros: Very very loud and clear on the clean channel. I have not turned the master volume past 3 and the house is trembling. I got this for practice/gigs, and I daresay based on what I've heard so far it will perform in gigs quite well (don't quote me on that, as I haven't tried it there yet) The distortion is pretty good, good gain control and shape does make a surprising amount of difference, even in my small room. The tuner saves me the hassle of going to the piano downstairs and trying to tune by ear, and it's quite accurate.Con: The octave feature doesn't seem to do much. Maybe this is just my ears not picking up those tones, but I don't seem to feel it either. I have it turned all the way up to 10.Overall: I got this amp a bit cheaper than it was here, but even if I had bought it here, it would be worth every penny. For 50 watts, this thing is a monster. I would recommend it for practice and for small - medium sized gigs.

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