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SWR LA15 Bass Combo Amplifier

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The SWR LA15 Bass Combo Amplifier is an entry-level powerhouse featuring classic SWR preamp and Aural Enhancer circuitry for great SWR tone. An exten...Click To Read More About This Product

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Designed and priced to be your first SWR!

The SWR LA15 Bass Combo Amplifier is an entry-level powerhouse featuring classic SWR preamp and Aural Enhancer circuitry for great SWR tone. An extended-depth cab design brings out the best of the low, and it can be tweaked to perfection with its 3-band active EQ. Comes equipped with a post-EQ line out that doubles as a tuner output, stereo headphone outs with speaker defeat for silent practice, and a mix input for practicing with CD player or drum machine. Extended-depth cab design enhances bass response. Edgemount handles.

FEATURES
  • 100W power into 8 ohms (internal)
  • 15" custom-designed speaker and piezo tweeter
  • Extended-depth cab for enhanced bass response
  • Classic SWR preamp and Aural Enhancer circuitry
  • 3-band active EQ
  • Post-EQ line out/tuner output
  • Stereo headphone outs with speaker defeat for silent practice
  • Mix input for practicing with CD or drum machine
  • Edgemount handles for easy portability
  • 18"W x 18"H x 16"D
  • 47 lbs.

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3.5

(based on 55 reviews)

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    (22)

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    (13)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great little amp

I bought this amp to use with my standup bass in small jazz clubs. I already owned a concert hall / rock club size amp that was way too loud and ungainly for smaller...Read complete review

I bought this amp to use with my standup bass in small jazz clubs. I already owned a concert hall / rock club size amp that was way too loud and ungainly for smaller gigs.The amp has incredible versatility and I soon found myself using it for both small rock and jazz gigs. It's not super light, but its got about the dimensions you can get with a 15" speaker combo. It's been thrown around, sometimes used as a chair, cranked too high etc. etc., and its still going hard and light-years ahead of any similarly priced amps. Great punchy bass tone, and it can really get the full tonal range of both my upright and electric basses. It's the house bass amp for weekly jam sessions I host and I get comments all the time on how great it sounds.I've heard about people having technical problems with these amps. Perhaps early in the model run the quality control wasn't great, like for the first run of a new car? Just a theory... but mine has never had a problem and I use it hard.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Skip this amp

I bought the amp used (06 model)for it's portability. I'd owned an SWR WM10 and loved the amp ...While the SWR LA15 is similarly powered it simply won't hold up if...Read complete review

I bought the amp used (06 model)for it's portability. I'd owned an SWR WM10 and loved the amp ...While the SWR LA15 is similarly powered it simply won't hold up if pushed. Wish I still had the WM10!!It ran cool @ 100 watts. The LA15 runs very hot and is inadequately cooled with the heatsink inside a minimally vented case. The metal back panel on mine is too hot to touch.... after a few minutes of practice. Mine still sounds OK if it ain't cranked up but is unusable for band practice as after about 1 tune or less it starts farting out sounds and becomes useless. I have since scrapped my LA15 and used the speaker in another bass bin and the hardware for the cab on another project. I wish I had done more research on this amp b4 I wasted a C note on it. This heat problem was well documented.. SWR needs to re-engineer this one for adequate heat dissipation or have a fan on that heatsink plus a much larger one at that!!!! That would make it usable by preventing the heat damage to the semiconductors on that chassis. In my opinion this makes it a thumbs down unless they have currently solved the overheaating issue.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great little amp

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I bought this amp to use with my standup bass in small jazz clubs. I already owned a concert hall / rock club size amp that was way too loud and ungainly for smaller gigs.The amp has incredible versatility and I soon found myself using it for both small rock and jazz gigs. It's not super light, but its got about the dimensions you can get with a 15" speaker combo. It's been thrown around, sometimes used as a chair, cranked too high etc. etc., and its still going hard and light-years ahead of any similarly priced amps. Great punchy bass tone, and it can really get the full tonal range of both my upright and electric basses. It's the house bass amp for weekly jam sessions I host and I get comments all the time on how great it sounds.I've heard about people having technical problems with these amps. Perhaps early in the model run the quality control wasn't great, like for the first run of a new car? Just a theory... but mine has never had a problem and I use it hard.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

SWR L.A. 15 Combo

By Coopbass

from Phiily

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I own them. I have 3 of these combo's. I run to each amp from a Morley A-B-C box. If anyone do this, you will not believe your ears. It is the perfect SWR way to go for bassist who don.t want all of the weight. You won't be sorry.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

this amp is pretty good

By bassist715

from boston

ive been playin with it for about a year now and it really packs a punch. it is loud and has a warm tone to it, and the handles on the side make it easy to carry around. when i play with this in my house or in a basement it gets over the guitar and drums easily. i would defiantly recommend this amp.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Buy Something Else!

By Bobby-Joe

from Florida

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The SWR LA15 Bass Combo isn't worth the MDF that it's made out of. Aside from the extremely poor build quality the one I got stuck with burned up in the first five minutes of turning it on and trying to use it. It is out of warranty so I have no recourse but I thought others might like to know what these are about before they make the same mistake I did. If you buy one of these you are throwing away your money. Buy something else, you'll be happy that you did. I'll be using mine for target practice with my .44 magnum because that's all it's good for now!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect for me

By Sunshine06

from phillips, Wi

I am a sophmore in highschool, and have been in a band for 3 years. we play out, and i have big music people, from otherbands and such, come up and ask me, how am i getting the sweet sweet sound that i am, and i show them my ibanez bass that i paid an arm and a leg for, but its mostly in the amp.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

L.A. 15

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I have always been a fan of SWR but this amp did not impress me like i thought it would. If you play with the volume low it plays great good low and highs, but if you crank it up to play with the guitar and drums it start getting fuzzy, or atleast it did on me. Its not terrible but me being as picky as I am about my sound it was not for me. I am going to buy an ampeg stack which is what i was going to do in the first place but I didnt want to spend the money.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great amp

By Tim-fF7vy

from Nc

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I had this amp for about 2 and a half years and I been satisfyed since. I have high standards for my equipment and this amp fits it but when moving to the more professional level of preforming it does not really fit the part. It is great for smaller gigs and practice. Would not recommend for recording or larger gigs.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

SWR LA 15

By Coopbass

from Phiily

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I have 26 basses. I play all over the place. This bass combo is the first thing I take to any gig.(no lie). If you know the limits of any equipment you choose, there is no need to worry. SWR Lows are the BOMB! Highs are outstanding. Don't be affraid to buy one of these used! How you like that?

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

convenient compact

By Jombe

from rural central NY

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It's a fine lil practice amp AND transporting it fits easily on my passenger seat with plenty of room for bass case verticle in front of it. sounds great if playing alone or jamming with friends. doesn't distort like other smaller amps with smaller speakers. obviously 100watts not for ear damaging volumes. The controls are active and the amp offers patching out as well as headphone private practice. tuner out also convenient. fully self contained for lower volume venues. will keep up with a drummer and the band mix at controlled volumes. A louder mix would damage your ears. Nice small unit, easy to haul to jam or practice. This isn't a large club amp, get real, those people trying to push ear cracking full volumes, it's a players practice amp and plenty for controlled jams or coffee house with a reputable SWR sound. The metal panel is the heat sync so yeah it gets warm. Anyone should know you don't turn an amp to near 10 period. I haven't experienced any problems.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Skip this amp

By Kustomoholic

from Tulsa,OK

I bought the amp used (06 model)for it's portability. I'd owned an SWR WM10 and loved the amp ...While the SWR LA15 is similarly powered it simply won't hold up if pushed. Wish I still had the WM10!!It ran cool @ 100 watts. The LA15 runs very hot and is inadequately cooled with the heatsink inside a minimally vented case. The metal back panel on mine is too hot to touch.... after a few minutes of practice. Mine still sounds OK if it ain't cranked up but is unusable for band practice as after about 1 tune or less it starts farting out sounds and becomes useless. I have since scrapped my LA15 and used the speaker in another bass bin and the hardware for the cab on another project. I wish I had done more research on this amp b4 I wasted a C note on it. This heat problem was well documented.. SWR needs to re-engineer this one for adequate heat dissipation or have a fan on that heatsink plus a much larger one at that!!!! That would make it usable by preventing the heat damage to the semiconductors on that chassis. In my opinion this makes it a thumbs down unless they have currently solved the overheaating issue.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Does What I Need It To Do

By Rick-8-LTX

from Western Pennsylvania

I use the LA 15 for musical pit, small clubs, and jazz gigs with a 5-string upright, slab, or an acoustic electric. I've also played it with a community concert band. It always gives me a great sound with upright or slab. I've never had to push it to the limit, and I would not do that to any equipment. It gives me the sound I need, but if I needed more volume, I'd go with another unit.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

can't expect to fill an arena with this amp

By sessionace

from minnesota

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i own 7 amps ranging in power rating from 20watts to 600 watts. the la15 i own is pre-fender so it has the swr durability clean sound etc. the new ones i would assume are the same. this amp is used in a church that seats about 1500. with a digitech bp200 it causes some bassplayers in the congregation to wonder how much i paid for it. if you are going to run an amp on 10 for hrs go spend thousands of dollars and have to carry"furniture". if you want a basic no frills amp with a nice warm sound this is your amp. playing through every weekend for 4yrs ,the only repair was to reattach the tweeter. for the money this amp is a steal

 
5.0

Great Practice Amp

By NJDoublebuck

from New Jersey

I've had this amp for over 2 years, and I have never had a problem with it. I play a warwick doublebuck, and iy sounds amazing through this. I have beat this amp mericlessly when practicing with my band and it's still working fine. Not sure if I'd wanna use it for a show, but for the price and sound, it is well worth the money.

 
5.0

Great value from a great amp

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This amp is really nice... SWR has great amps, but at a great price tag! Finally for us budget people we get that great amp too!!!

 
1.0

it lite on fire

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

this amp over heats within 20 min of playing. while we were playing one time i actually lite on fire. the cause is unknown. this amp just isnt worth your money. it seemed to have a muffling sound not even tured up 1/4 of the way..its plain and simply terrible

 
5.0

GOOD AMP

By Bass321

from Florida

It's a good amp for small venues, very portable.

 
4.0

after reading the reviews I'm not sure

By Boom Boom-S18o7

from Easton, MD

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I've owned this amp for a few months. I use it to play in a couple of different venues and so far it's delivered everything I asked. The guitar players are using 100 and 150 watts and I have no problem filling the bottom at those levels. To be honest, I haven't had the need to crank it up over about 1/2 way, so I can't speak to the troubles some of the reviewers have had. At the levels I play it has performed well sounds good and beats lugging around a heavier amp. I'd say for all except power users this amp will fill the bill.

 
5.0

Review

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I've had this amp for about a week, and it's everything I expected it to be and more. I could have bought an Ampeg 100 watt combo but I decided to go with the cheaper SWR instead. Aside from a few less features, it has everything the Ampeg has for half the price. Great low-end response and useful EQ, this amp is a good buy for the money. The only problem I had with it is if you turn the volume up past about 2/3 of the way, it gets distorted and the cone rattles a lot.

 
2.0

Nice but cheap

By WildBill

from Afton, WY.

This is a real nice sounding amp, but I play in bars and this amp shook itself to pieces. Within three months of steady playing this amp was totally unusable, it does have a warranty, but I am having a hard time getting the parts to get it fixed. This is a good practice amp but not for the working bass player.

 
1.0

Dont buy it no matter what.

By Tim-lFa-S

from folsom, CA

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I bought this amp just so i didn't have to cart around my big hartke amp at practice. and i thought since it was made by swr it couldn't be so bad. but this amp is horrible. the speaker thumps like it's gonna break, but it gives off no low end! you can't feel the bass, which is really not good. i would say buy this amp if your band has a really nice pa system and run the line out throught that, but otherwise save your money and buy an ampeg combo. cause the extra $ will get you a lot farther.

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