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Fender RUMBLE 500W Bass Amp Head   

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The 500W Fender RUMBLE bass amp head delivers huge, booming low end without losing clarity. It houses useful features and easy-to-use controls, inclu...Read More

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Enough RUMBLE for any room.

The 500W Fender RUMBLE bass amp head delivers huge, booming low end without losing clarity. It houses useful features and easy-to-use controls, including 500/350W power levels, aux. input, headphone output, Vintage tone switch, Contour on/off, Bright on/off and an FX loop.

Re-engineered from the ground up, RUMBLE amps are lighter and louder than ever, with even more power and a classic Fender vibe. A newly developed foot-switchable overdrive circuit and versatile three-button voicing palette deliver powerful tones ideal for any gig.

FEATURES
  • Power: 500W (4Ω)/350W (8Ω)
  • Single channel
  • Controls: Gain, Bright on/off, Contour on/off, Vintage on/off, Drive, Overdrive on/off, Level, Bass, Low-Mid, High-Mid, Treble, Master Volume
  • Speaker out: two 1/4" parallel
  • XLR line out
  • Aux. input
  • Headphone output
  • FX loop
  • Dimensions: 2.68" x 13.75" x 7.19"
  • Weight: 5 lb.
  • Footswitch optional

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FenderRUMBLE 500W Bass Amp Head
 
4.0

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4.0

A Fantastic Amplifier

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Lacks Speakon Jacks
  • Post Eq Di

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Fender RUMBLE 500W Bass Amp Head:

This is an excellent little amplifier. I have gigged it out about 2-4 times a month for the last year, plus rehearsals, and it has never given me any reason to worry about it. Solidly built, and comes with a generous 5 year warranty.

This amp has a lot of useful features. 3 selectable tone presets, a 4 band EQ, and a second Overdrive channel give me plenty of options to find the tone I'm looking for. There's a nice, baked-in warmth to this amp that gives it a lot more character than many other solid state amps I've tried, which tend to sound too sterile to me. The Aux In and Headphone Out features are nice to have as well, since they allow me to practice solo along to pre-recorded tracks from my phone or iPod without having to hook up to a speaker cab if I don't feel like it. The inclusion of a sturdy, well padded carry bag is also appreciated, and saves one a little on having to buy one separately for transport to practice and gigs.

The only complaints I really have about this amp, which kept me from giving it a 5 star rating, are the lack of Speakon jacks and the way the DI is wired. There's nothing really wrong with 1/4" outs for sending the signal out to speakers, but since the new Rumble cabs have Speakon connectors I would expect the heads to have them as well, and it would keep me from having to find new cables.

The DI is another story. It all functions fine, but because it is after the EQ section it's not really a great DI for sending a pure signal to the board when relying on front of house support. Every little knob twist you make during the show is going to effect the signal you send to the board, which will drive your sound man crazy. Better to have the DI on the head before the EQ section. Of course, since this amp has 500 watts at 4 Ohms you can drive enough speakers that you might not even need FOH support anyway.

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4.0

Awesome little amp

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Pros

  • Aux In
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Phones Out
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Post Preamp Di Only

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Fender RUMBLE 500W Bass Amp Head:

When I started shopping for a new amp head, I came down between this amp and the Ampeg Portaflex 500. I decided to go with the Fender because of all of the poor reliability issues that the Ampeg seems to have, and the generous 5 year warranty that Fender offers.

I've had this amp for about 3 weeks now and have gigged it out twice in that time. In a word: Awesome! Plenty of power, sounds very nice. The 4 band preamp is capable of dialing in lots of usable tones. Even the overdrive channel is very musical rather than just a generic dirt channel. The aux in and headphone jacks are a nice touch; I like that I can play along to tunes without having to haul out a speaker cabinet.

My unit came well packed by Fender. The included carry bag seems very sturdy and thickly padded, with a good sized pouch on the front for storage of a speaker cable and a couple accessories. The small pocket on the back would work for a few sheets of sheet music and maybe some business cards. And it's so light! the 5lb weight is very nice after a 3 hour gig, and it runs very cool so you can pick it right up and throw it in its bag after a long night without worries about it getting too hot.

The one negative I will assign to this head is that the DI is post preamp only, so if you tend to make adjustments on the fly while playing a show it's going to drive your sound man nuts. No pre/post switch either. Aside from that, it's probably the best bang for the buck out there right now. If they come out with an 800 watt version of this like Ampeg did with the Portaflex series, I'll definitely be getting one.

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