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For the professional bassist who's going places.

You'll find the Eden WT550 Traveler to be unsurpassed in its combination of compact size and big power. The hybrid tube design is rated at 750W at 2 ohms with a minimum of 3dB of headroom. Standard features include low-noise circuitry design, -12dB input pad, switchable automatic compression, 5-way semi-parametric tone control, mono pre and stereo post tone control effects loops, stereo aux inputs, DI out with ground lift, headphone out, tuner out, and a thermostatically controlled fan.

FEATURES
300/500/750W RMS power @ 8, 4, and 2 ohms 
3dB of headroom
Low-noise circuitry
-12dB input pad
Switchable automatic compression
5-way semi-parametric tone control
Mono pre and stereo post tone control effects loops
Stereo aux inputs
DI out with ground lift
Headphone out
Tuner out
Thermostatically controlled fan

A bass amp of class and distinction, plus it's practical, too. Order the WT550 today.

SPECIFICATIONS
Power (8, 4, 2 ohms): 300/500/750W RMS 
Distortion: <.05%
Frequency Response: 10Hz - 15KHz ±2dB
Headroom: 3dB
Dimensions: 12"W x 3-1/2"H x 12"D
Weight: 20 lb.
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EdenWT550 Traveler Bass Head
 
4.5

(based on 24 reviews)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Warm / comfy (4)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Good power output (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

The last amp I'll ever buy

This is the last amp I'll buy. Yes, I'd like more gear, or more amps to have for the practice room or backup or whatever. But when the weekend comes, and it's...Read complete review

This is the last amp I'll buy. Yes, I'd like more gear, or more amps to have for the practice room or backup or whatever. But when the weekend comes, and it's time to head to the gig, this is the only amp I'll reach for. Someone will have to prove to me, with a side-by-side comparison, why I should buy a better amp than this. Because I haven't found a reason to. I'm done shopping for amps.
I discovered this amp accidentally, when trying out a bass. The sales guy plugged me into this amp, and I was shocked by the tone. The scariest part, was the amp's EQ section was all set at 12:00 on all the knobs. It needed no adjustments! The Enhance Knob is a powerful but dangerous feature. Dialed correctly, it gives plenty of rumble and brightness, but cranked it could easily blow up lesser quality speakers with too low frequencies. The tuner out dedicates a jack for whatever tuner you use. The 2-ohm rating lets you get as much power as you can out of any cabinet arrangement. Right now, I've found happiness with a D212XLT for the rumble and growl, and a D210XLT on top for the mids and highs for clarity and definition. The ONLY thing I'd want to add, is a foot controller with a mute, and the Enhance On/Off. I wouldn't want to change the function or tone of the amp in any way. The most important thing to remember with this amp, is it will sound different depending on your bass. If you make adjustments to your tone, you'll definitely notice it. It's a very defined and responsive amp.
The first test for this amp was an outdoor show in a 95 degree August day. We were scheduled to play at 1:30pm. Our gear sat directly in the sun for 1-1/2 hours. My amp was in a black SKB case, sealed up tight, sucking up the heat. When I opened up the rack, it was too hot to touch anything inside. I was sure it would shut down from overheating. I set it up running both cabs, 2-ohm load pushing maximum wattage, cranked full. Played the setlist without a single hiccup. If that doesn't prove the amp's toughness and build quality, what will?!?! The only times I've ever had problems on a stage with my rig, had to do with dirty cables crackling out, or dead batteries in my wireless transmitter. I've yet to have an actual, legit issue with this amp after 5 years. I haven't even changed the preamp tube yet!
I haven't been able to find a suitable replacement for this amp. I've looked at Genz Benz, Markbass, Ampeg, TC Electronics, Hafner, Aguilar, SWR, even other Eden amps with different features and designs. The reason this amp is so good, is because it's dead simple to control. The front faceplate's controls don't confuse you. There aren't any fancypants switches to change anything. No bi-amping or bridging to worry about. Plug in, start rocking, enjoy a beer. Some fellow bassists have whined that it's so expensive. I asked them, how much have they spent on repairs? That question alone stopped their whining! I've also discovered, it can make other brands of speaker cabinets sound better. Regardless of what brands or styles of cabinets I've tried it on, it always sounds like my sound through them.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointing- need another amp,

I bought a WT550 4 years ago to use in a 5 piece cover band, playing mostly to crowds 20 - 200. For the first year I thought that It was me, then...Read complete review

I bought a WT550 4 years ago to use in a 5 piece cover band, playing mostly to crowds 20 - 200. For the first year I thought that It was me, then after lots of knob twiddling, getting other bass players to use it, sending it to be serviced twice and all the stuffing around that musicans do, I realized that this amp just don't do it. Does it play the loud noise? Yes. but it just doesn't do it nicely. The real revelation came after I did a few gigs with a bass amp as part of the supplied backline - a Mark 300W combo, VS the Eden putting 500W into 4 ohm. That was when I knew there is a lot better out there. I'm looking for the next step now

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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is the one, No Fooling

By Phatt

from Southeastern USA

Comments about Eden WT550 Traveler Bass Head:

Been playing in the music game for over 40 years and I've yet to come across a bass amp that sounds this good. I'll bet Marcus Miller wishes he had equipment that sounds this good. You can spend a heck of a lot more money on some awful sounding high end brands and never get that perfect tone. This one will do it. Over the years, I've owned Fenders, Ampegs, Acoustics, Sunn, SWR, and some other not so well known brands of amps. So, I think I know what I'm talking about when it comes to recomnmending a quality rig. It doesn't matter what bass guitar I plug in, I can make them all sound great with this amp, right down to a lowly Feneder Squier Affinity P bass. Recently, I've been on a record session using the DI out section on the amp going straight into Pro Tools and its fabulous and easy to work with in this mode. The sound engineer commented on how clean the sound was and how it made the recording a great success. When it comes to bass amps, David Eden should be your only choice. Save your money and buy American made, you won't be dissapointed.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The last amp I'll ever buy

By Bryan316

from Detroit MI

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Comments about Eden WT550 Traveler Bass Head:

This is the last amp I'll buy. Yes, I'd like more gear, or more amps to have for the practice room or backup or whatever. But when the weekend comes, and it's time to head to the gig, this is the only amp I'll reach for. Someone will have to prove to me, with a side-by-side comparison, why I should buy a better amp than this. Because I haven't found a reason to. I'm done shopping for amps.
I discovered this amp accidentally, when trying out a bass. The sales guy plugged me into this amp, and I was shocked by the tone. The scariest part, was the amp's EQ section was all set at 12:00 on all the knobs. It needed no adjustments! The Enhance Knob is a powerful but dangerous feature. Dialed correctly, it gives plenty of rumble and brightness, but cranked it could easily blow up lesser quality speakers with too low frequencies. The tuner out dedicates a jack for whatever tuner you use. The 2-ohm rating lets you get as much power as you can out of any cabinet arrangement. Right now, I've found happiness with a D212XLT for the rumble and growl, and a D210XLT on top for the mids and highs for clarity and definition. The ONLY thing I'd want to add, is a foot controller with a mute, and the Enhance On/Off. I wouldn't want to change the function or tone of the amp in any way. The most important thing to remember with this amp, is it will sound different depending on your bass. If you make adjustments to your tone, you'll definitely notice it. It's a very defined and responsive amp.
The first test for this amp was an outdoor show in a 95 degree August day. We were scheduled to play at 1:30pm. Our gear sat directly in the sun for 1-1/2 hours. My amp was in a black SKB case, sealed up tight, sucking up the heat. When I opened up the rack, it was too hot to touch anything inside. I was sure it would shut down from overheating. I set it up running both cabs, 2-ohm load pushing maximum wattage, cranked full. Played the setlist without a single hiccup. If that doesn't prove the amp's toughness and build quality, what will?!?! The only times I've ever had problems on a stage with my rig, had to do with dirty cables crackling out, or dead batteries in my wireless transmitter. I've yet to have an actual, legit issue with this amp after 5 years. I haven't even changed the preamp tube yet!
I haven't been able to find a suitable replacement for this amp. I've looked at Genz Benz, Markbass, Ampeg, TC Electronics, Hafner, Aguilar, SWR, even other Eden amps with different features and designs. The reason this amp is so good, is because it's dead simple to control. The front faceplate's controls don't confuse you. There aren't any fancypants switches to change anything. No bi-amping or bridging to worry about. Plug in, start rocking, enjoy a beer. Some fellow bassists have whined that it's so expensive. I asked them, how much have they spent on repairs? That question alone stopped their whining! I've also discovered, it can make other brands of speaker cabinets sound better. Regardless of what brands or styles of cabinets I've tried it on, it always sounds like my sound through them.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Completely Satisfied WT550

By Joe Vitalis

from Chapman Ranch, Texas

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Comments about Eden WT550 Traveler Bass Head:

I have owned many bass amps over the years, and this one is the best to me. It replaced a (Fender) Sunn 300T which is a great amp. My WT550 setup includes a D210XLT cabinet and a D112XLT cabinet. The Recording Output is simply outstanding, and eliminates all manner of grief in the studio and on large stages. The WT550 may not have the visual vibe of a big, heavy, fire-breathing tube amp, but it gets the job done at least as well with a whole lot less hassle and expense. Given the option, I cannot imagine using anything else.
The EQ section can do about anything, and the PA is very powerful; all the sends and inserts are there.
The pots are silent and everything works nominally.The fan on my WT550 does come on when the amp is being used hard, but I don't notice any noise. On my particular WT550 the fan doesn't come on at all with any eight-ohm load. The only reason I know the fan runs is I saw it running when I went next to the amp to retrieve a drink. If I had a noisy fan I would replace it with one that was silent. Not rocket science. About five years ago the amp fell and one of the quarter-inch output jacks on the rear panel was destroyed. I sent the amp to Eden (after calling) and had it back good as new within two weeks. I have used this amp on literally hundreds of gigs, including overseas.
At first I thought the WT550 was a bit pricey. After using it a lot for six years I really appreciate that (other than the busted jack, which was my fault) the amp has been maintenance free. About a year ago I removed the top cover to vacuum and give a visual inspection. Everything was fine. Also, I do not miss the need to keep a spare set of 6550's and associated hardware on hand.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Living with the WT550 for four years now...

By Donn224197

from Muskegon MI

Comments about Eden WT550 Traveler Bass Head:

and i love it! i was introduced to it from a friend who toured alot with his Eden pre and power amp setup. i was blown away at the growling grind he could produce with such ease. i bought the WT550 and the D4x10XLT and the only thing that can be said is AMAZING TONE! in all truth i never heard of this brand before, now there is NO WAY you will EVER catch my playing through anything else!plus the fact that it's HAND ASSEMBLED doesn't hurt either, mine had a hand written wire diagram on the country voltage. as silly as it may sound it made me really happy.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

your crazzy to buy anything else

By mere4m

from lyons, IL

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Comments about Eden WT550 Traveler Bass Head:

This is it DE has made the ultimate bass amp, very little eq adjustments even needed, set everything to 12?O clock and your ready. I have owned Fender, Trace Elliot, Ampeg and others over the years eden has out done them all, I still love my ampeg all tube head. I highly recommend eden WT550. I bought two eden cabinets D210xlt and D410xlt they are by far superior in sound quality over my ampeg cabinets more punch low end the world moves! Three years later and it still sound as good form the day I bought it including the cabinets!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

very nice amp

By Wheeler

from newyork

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Comments about Eden WT550 Traveler Bass Head:

The wt550 pushes my 2 ten 4 ohm 700 watt cabinet with ease with everything set at mid point.Cantbeat the overall quality of this great amp,looks good too.Eden is serious!
this amp has some of the best features and controls Ihave seen in a amp..compressor,Eq and tube.
very well built and powerful
for the money this amp beats a lot of the competitors hands down

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My WT550

By mere4m

from lyons, IL

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Comments about Eden WT550 Traveler Bass Head:

I bought a wt550 November of 2008 and also pickup eden 2x10 cabinet, after few band rehearsals I ended up sold my huge Trace Elliot rig, and have never been happier or more satisfied with the over all tone and clarity, my sound & tone has never been better and more cleaner. I tried a wt550 at local SA store but it was a return item that was not working, so I tried the wt400 they had and loved the straight flat eq tone I was getting, so I took a chance and bought the wt550, I chose the wt550 due to it high output power. I have owned Ampeg-Trace Elliot-Fender-Carvin and others over the years, and the wt550 puts them all to rest, I like some of the Ampeg & Trace amps, but they are lacking where the WT550 prevails. The only other amp I own and did not sell is my Ampeg V4BH all tube bass head, not that it compares to the wt550 but only because it is no longer made hard to find and it has it?s own sweet tone! I pay mostly Fender basses, but every bass I own sounds fantastic through the eden... I highly recommend the WT550 well worth the money!!!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

nice amp

By Wheeler

from newyork

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Eden WT550 Traveler Bass Head:

    What a nice amp.I had one back in 2005,and regret selling it.In this age of portability,everyone is going.for lightweight micro amps.This ones a little heavier at 19lbs,but for the tone,EQ options,and 2ohm capability its a winner for me over the light weight options.I.hooked it up to my 2 twelve cabs and it pushed some serious air.Its also has a awesome D.I. A lot of people I know are put out from It because of the weight and thats its no longer built here,but putting that all aside,I think now there are added improvements over the previous models ...dont see many used for sale that could be good sign,peace!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    awesome amp

    By Wheeler

    from newyork

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    Comments about Eden WT550 Traveler Bass Head:

    overall its a really great amp well built with plenty of features.This amp pushed my 700 watt 2 ten speaker cab with ease,where I tried many other well named brands that stated their wattage to be 900 watts or better and couldnt even come close to the wt550.
    great features eq,Di, effects return auxiliary would be even better if they had two speaker on connections,but they do have 2 extra quarter inch outs
    built like a tank. a little heavy at 20 lbs wise to rack mount it.It comes with rack ears too.
    worth every bit of its price,even better with discounts!!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Nice versatile amp

    By Mike

    from Denver, co

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • No Cons Yet

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Eden WT550 Traveler Bass Head:

    So far so good. I got this last week, and really like all the features. The EQ is very versatile, however it almost sounds best just flat.

    In comparison to my Trace Elliot (which is a lead brick) this is lite and portable.

    Very warm sound or can be set for a nice bright slap tone as well.

    I was a little concerned to buy Eden with the departure of their founder. (that usually does not bode well for an organization) However I rolled the dice because this was really the only amp that had the features I wanted.
    1. Great overall tone/Tube pre
    2. Portable/ Rackmount
    3. Headphone jack for practice amp
    4. Line in
    5. Master volume has no effect on the direct out.

    Again so far so good.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Boom boom...out go the lights

    By Ronald Dameron

    from Virginia

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Comments about Eden WT550 Traveler Bass Head:

    Boom boom goes the bass...I wanted the best and I got the best...and Musician's Friend got it to me within 20 hours of ordering...Great service!...RD

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Eden

    By Bob

    from Kingston, PA

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    Comments about Eden WT550 Traveler Bass Head:

    My problem with the fan was that the wiring inside was stopping it from moving. When I forced it to move it clanked away. I redressed the wiring and Emailed Eden...no response. I also noticed that the fan pulled the heat IN across the circuit boards instead of out and away. That's just poor. Again, Eden didn't care. Later the amp started to faintly squeal and blew fuses..wouldn't stop, and sent it for warranty repair. Waited 2 months for the fix, now I can't trust it 100%. This is all just a shame, as this is the finest sounding amp I ever hope to own. Owned a lot. Great, open sound. Excellent E.Q. and engineering. I use it with an Accugroove 112 and Tech 21 RBI, set flat, and stun the people I play with. And...yes, the fan will come on at normal volume levels.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Older, USA-manufactured WT-550

    By Ricardo X

    from North of Chapman Ranch, Texas

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    Pros

    • Original Design
    • Premium Components And

    Cons

    • Requires Rack Or Suitcase

    Best Uses

      Comments about Eden WT550 Traveler Bass Head:

      The original made-in-Minnesota is better, but cost more to begin with. Currently maybe get a 1500-watt Carvin and impress your boyfriend. The USA-made version is cleaner and quieter to my senses. Contemporary examples are fine, and less expensive.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Turn it Down!

      By DjFulano

      from Planet 51

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Eden WT550 Traveler Bass Head:

          This amp in combination with the Eden 410xlt brings out bass tones that will make you want to play more. We just performed in a large aircraft hanger and was told to turn it down.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Tears Ampeg apart!

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Eden WT550 Traveler Bass Head:

          I've been looking to bump up my wattage to be able to hear myself on stage. In a metal band with two loud guitarists and a drummer who plays like Animal, I just can't hear myself. I've been looking to upgrade from the Ampeg B2R to the Ampeg SVT6Pro. I was accidentally introduced to this Eden amp by a sales guy who really knew his gear. After I found the right bass (not a cheapo Ibanez or Fender) I realised that not only was this amp VERY loud for 500 watts, it had a great tone! Deep as I could want it, ripping, growling tone, but very clear and defined. Not muffling or loose at all. I really think that this 500 watt amp would be just as loud as that 1100 watt 6pro, and was far simpler to dial in a usable tone. With the 6pro, it took me 2 hours tweaking at Guitar Center to get it right. This Eden amp sounded devastating with the EQ set flat! I've never heard an amp sound good without needing to tweak it a bit! All I really did was bring up the lows and I was totally impressed. And to think I've been praising the good name of Ampeg for years. I'm going to sell off my B2R and my 4x10 cab, and pump this Eden into a SVT610HLF for some serious low end. I've been looking for this kind of tone for years. I'm done shopping. After I snag this amp, I'm spending hours woodshedding until I'm deaf!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          It's All Good

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Eden WT550 Traveler Bass Head:

          First off.. The only time I noticed the fan was.. Never?. Yeah. Never. I set the gain and everything just right (it outlines it in the manual), and I've never had any problems with the head. It's a must have.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Little head Big sound

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Eden WT550 Traveler Bass Head:

          I've been playing for a while and used pretty much everything. This is the best head hands down. Up to 750 watts clean, loud, sound. Excellent EQ section which makes this head very easy to dial in any tone for any style you need. It's more than the common head, but you get what you pay for and this is well worth it.

          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Great head - Loud fan

          By Bass Dude-GQQH.

          from Kalifornia

          Comments about Eden WT550 Traveler Bass Head:

          I bought this amp because of the features, power, weight, Eden trademark sound, etc...I tested it with an Avatar Neo 410 cabinet. It sounded great and very loud, even at its highest impedance of (8 Ohms). However, when the cooling fan kicked on - It really kicked on. It sounded like a washing machine with an off balance load. It was ridiculously loud. It is Unusable in a studio or even practice. SO- My final thoughts on the wt 550. Great sound, weight, features it?s USELESS due to the fan I sent it back and kept my SVT 4 pro.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A must have for Bassists

          By Black nimbus

          from Hawaii

          Comments about Eden WT550 Traveler Bass Head:

          I was looking to upgrade from my old rig and I did research on a lot of brands until I stopped in to my local music shop and tried out this head with a Eden xlt115. I was blown away so I added a Eden xlt210 and I found my dream rig. I play a lot of Reggae so I needed a fat tone with some definition . If you're looking for the best tones that you ever heard get nothing but Edens. It's worth it.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellence

          By Tony--eBwK

          from L.A. Calif.

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          Comments about Eden WT550 Traveler Bass Head:

          I have had this head since Sept of 05. This is by far the best piece of equipment I have ever owned. The sound, the versatilty, and the power. Up to 750 Watts RMS.Runs at 8,4,and 2 ohms no problem. The size sure fools you. Now I know why the pro's use this Brand. Good things come in small packages.

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