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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,...Read More

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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
  • 50W RMS
  • Chromatic tuner
  • Distortion channel with gain, shape, and level
  • Clean channel with level, 4-band EQ, and footswitchable octave with level
  • Limiter
  • Headphone jack
  • RCA CD input
  • CFS2 Footswitch Included
  • 21"W x 18"H x 14"D

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


BT50 Bass Combo Amp

  • 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
  • 12"
  • 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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You get what you pay for!

Had it for about a year and I've returned it back to the music shop 3 times. This amp just dies for no reason. First time it fizzled out I had all the controls...Read complete review

Had it for about a year and I've returned it back to the music shop 3 times. This amp just dies for no reason. First time it fizzled out I had all the controls at 12 O'clock, not pushing many decibles at all. It just plain quit. No sound, no nothing. Second time I was using it with earphones and practicing along with attached CD player. This time I just turned it on and I heard a bit of static followed by nothing and the familiar smell of burned circuit board. In all 3 instances the speaker was fine, but the electronics were shot. I see now why Crate is selling these off so cheap. They are trying to get rid of a bad product. Low quality means that they are not "all" assebled the same way with the same standards in quality. If you have a good one, you are one of the lucky ones. Don't buy!

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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.

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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, awesome price

By Brian-c3GLZ

from Philadelphia, PA

This amp is great. For the price it's a ridiculous steal. It has a nice clean tone and a 4 band EQ, which is nice. Plenty loud for small venue gigging as well as practicing (shakes my house). Small, light, and portable with plenty of punch. The octave effect is nice, but the distortion pedal isn't great. Comes with a footswitch, which is cool especially for the octave effect. The distortion is only good at low gain as just a boost pedal. Overall, great value, great amp, great buy.

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Great sound!

By one arm guitarist

from Salt lake city

I received this amp yesterday and took it straight to a gig. It was very easy to dial in the tone that i needed. Played from 7 pm till 1 am on this bad burner and im very happy with it. Very happy with its sound though and for the price it cant be beat!

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Best amp ever!

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.

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What I Found Out

So I bought this as my first amp when I started my band and it wasn't loud enough to be heard in a 4 piece band. Then after about two months it blew up or something. Whatever it is, I wouldn't buy this unless you play with a quiet or just use it to practice.

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Amp for the novice

By Nunz with Gunz

from Seattle

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.

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Playing the amp now.

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.

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Crate BT-50 Bass Amp

By no39mainman

from Ingleside, TX

I moved to South Texas a little over a year ago, and hooked up with a local band right away. I bought a Crate BT-25 from a local store, because it was cheap and portable. It did ok until we started getting more jobs in larger halls and some outdoor gigs. I up-graded to a BT-50 for less than I paid for the BT25 and I am really pleased with it. It's not going to sound like a big Ampeg or Kustom or whatever, but it doesn't weigh 100 plus pounds either. I am very satisfied. I don;t think you will find a better buy for the same money. I have played a lot of different amps over the last 40 years and none of them have performed better for the size and money.

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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.

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