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SWR Redhead Bass Combo Amp  

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    Beautifully equipped and fantastic sounding.

    2008 marks the 20th anniversary of a love affair between bassists and one of the most influential bass combo amplifiers in history — the SWR Redhead. The original Redhead was a revolution in bass guitar amplification, combining SWR's crystal-clear, full-range tube preamp with a robust solid-state power platform into a rock solid, yet easily portable 2X10 cabinet. Loaded with two state-of-the-art 10" speakers and a high frequency horn, the Redhead bass amp sounded simply phenomenal and offered unprecedented patching options designed to meet the needs of discerning bassists, whether playing live or in the studio.

    In celebration of the 20th anniversary, SWR raises its own bar with the newly redesigned Redhead bass amplifier. Two custom-designed Eminence drivers and a Foster horn provide the excellent sound, while several design and feature innovations make this more than just a product face lift. It's a whole new Redhead with lots of control and I/O options to entice any bassist. Fall in love again, with SWR's Redhead Bass Combo Amp.

    Features

    • 2 - 10" custom-designed 8-ohm Eminence drivers
    • One Foster horn
    • 1-channel
    • Classic SWR preamp with Aural Enhancer
    • 2 -12AX7 Preamp Tubes - (Preamp & Tube DI)
    • Front ported (slot) eliminates unwanted noise
    • All-tube studio-quality Direct Out with front-panel controls including ground lift, level pad, and mute
    • 3-band active EQ with variable midrange, pull turbo (ultra-low) and transparency (ultra-high) controls
    • SWR compressor circuit
    • Tuning Mute
    • Side-chain effects loop with Blend control
    • Single empty rack space for tuner or effects unit

    Front Panel:

    • Tuning Mute
    • Internal Speaker Defeat switch
    • Tube Direct Out Mute
    • Steel reinforced front cover/tilt-back stand
    • Cabinet-mounted attenuator for Foster horn
    • Tuning mute (sliding switch)
    • 1/4" inputs (Active & Passive)
    • Gain control (with Pre Amp clip LED)
    • Aural Enhancer control
    • Bass control (with "Pull Turbo")
    • Mid-Range Level control
    • Mid-range Frequency control
    • Treble control (with "Pull Transparency")
    • Compressor control (with Compression LED)
    • Master Volume control (with Power Amp clip LED)
    • Tube DI Line/Direct (sliding switch)
    • Tube DI Mute/Line (sliding switch)
    • Tube DI Ground Lift (sliding switch)
    • Tube DI Pad control
    • 1/4" Headphone jack
    • Effects Blend control
    • Internal Speaker On/Off (rocker switch)
    • Power On/Off (rocker switch)

    Back Panel:

    • AC power outlet (120V version only)
    • AC power input
    • 1/4" internal speaker jack
    • Speakon & 1/4" external speaker jacks
    • 1/4" Tuner Out jack
    • Effects Loop (1/4" Send/Return)
    • Tube DI Outputs (XLR & 1/4")
    • 5/8" 7-ply, maple or birch plywood construction with waterproof glue
    • All joints Dado and Rabbet, glued and nailed
    • Extremely heavy bracing
    • Black carpeting with stack lock corners and chrome stamped steel vibration-free grille
    • Protective steel-reinforced front cover (doubles as tilt-back stand)
    • Removable casters
    • Cooling fan
    • 5-year transferable limited electronic warranty

    A classic redux. Get your Redhead today and see why it's survived in an ever-changing world. Order today!

     

    Redhead Bass Combo Amp Specifications:

    • Weight: 95 lbs. (with cover)
    • Dimensions: 22.5"W x 21.25" x 16"D (16.75" with the front cover attached)
    • Power Handling: 400W (internal @ 4 ohms), 650 watts (@ 2 ohms with 4 ohm extension speaker)
    • Tube Complement: Two 12AX7 (Preamp & Tube DI)
    • Input Impedance:
    • Passive: 1MOhm
    • Active: 130kOhm
    • Effects Return: 10kOhm
    • Output impedance:
    • Effects Send: 220 ohms
    • Tuner send: 220 ohms
    • Tube DI line out: 600 ohms
    • Signal-to-noise ratio: -74 dB (<10 milivolts typical)
    • Crossover: Third order, 6db rolloff, 18db butterworth high pass 4KHz turnover
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    SWRRedhead Bass Combo Amp
     
    4.7

    (based on 9 reviews)

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    5.0

    A PURE NUCLEAR BOMB IN A SMALL PACKAGE!

    By The Multi-Musician

    from Sarasota, FL

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about SWR Redhead Bass Combo Amp:

      Hey everybody out there, this is my 3rd year using this beast and the sound is extreme quality!
      The low end is great but paired with my ampeg svt15e is just a nuclear bomb!
      There is lots of choices and prices out there... but without any doubt if you want crystal clear punch quality sound that will blow ceiling and windows at the club, this is it. I've played over 10 brand names of amps combos and heads with a wide variety of speakers... etc.
      By far and very far away... This is the very best hands down.
      Expensive... yes... but you won't regret it and will be able to play everyday and abuse it for years without braking this tank!
      Dont think about it... just buy this American Weapon and blow up every venue!

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      5.0

      Pure Quality

      By The Buckster

      from Lynchburg, Virginia

      Comments about SWR Redhead Bass Combo Amp:

      Don't expect the greatest sound if you are using a bass with cheap pups. If you own a quality bass, you get excellent sound from this little red beast with or without the extension cabinet. I played at several outdoor gigs while not in the PA and she still growled and had great low end tone. Other bass players present said the thing has got power and clarity. I'm gonna get one now that I have heard someone else playing one and it sounds good. I don't know why some have so much negative to say about it. I am a 56 year old still active musician that has played actively for over 40 years some of the best bass gear on the market from the past and currently. I play R & B, FUNK, Jazz, Pop, and Rock.

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      5.0

      It's Still Worth It Regardless of What You Hear fr

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about SWR Redhead Bass Combo Amp:

      I have been using this little monster for 3 years without regret. Each person is entitled to their opinion about amps. Before you post all the negative comments, allow others to try it for themselves. Bassists, just as all musicians, have their own selected taste of what they expect from equipment. I like mine just like all my other SWR equipment. It works for me.

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      3.0

      Professional-grade build/Lacking Output

      By FixtionFXR

      from Texas

      Comments about SWR Redhead Bass Combo Amp:

      I've spent approximately 32 hours with this product during a number of jam sessions and at various locations. This product was tested each time with out the use of the output extension cabinet and the same bass guitar. The key feature of this item is the bass head. It's a professional's dream with a myriad of features, attenuation, effects loop, ext. cab output, etc. If you're looking for low tones go else where, but if you're in the market for a clean mid-bass jazzy sound this is your ticket. I believe the addition of low-end reinforcement is a must to complement this already professional-grade product.When compared with another brand amplifier, this product was unable to cleanly reproduce a low-end setting. It caused low-end distortion more liken to noise than musical quality. For these reason, I have given this product low scores in Value and Overall rating. It excels in professional quality of its amplifier head and build, but lacks full sound.

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      4.0

      Listen to Me, Its Just Okay

      By WarwickPR

      from Philadelphia

      Comments about SWR Redhead Bass Combo Amp:

      I have had this bass amp for a year and honestly its pretty solid. It has some pretty good features but it could be better(2x12 instead, 2nd channel would be nice, not cheap fuzz cabinet). Thats why I gave features a 4! The quality is there, the front panel cover is a nice touch. For blowing $1600 you would think they would make a better cabinet material instead of that cheap fuzz stuff. The value is 2.5 because there is so much better for that price range. The sound it puts out never seems to please me. I can never dial in a certain tone I want, always seems to be a little muddy (probably because its just a 2x10 and it cant quite handle the lows). Overall good but not good for the money, 3.5 overall rating. So in conclusion just go get a Mesa Boogie M6 2x12 combo, its only $1400 and its 600watts and it sounds so much clearer and punchier. Just got the Mesa Boogie a month ago, and now im selling my swr redhead on ebay. Yes the mesa is that good. If you dont want to get a mesa, you can also look into Genz Benz or even David Eden. If you have your heart set out on an SWR redhead, reconsider because there is so much better on the market. I'm just trying to stop you from making a mistake. Thats my 2cents, hope it helps.

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      5.0

      Small, Reliable Powerhouse

      By LowDownTone

      from Chico, Ca

      Comments about SWR Redhead Bass Combo Amp:

      I bought the Redhead to replace the Peavey Firebass 700 and 410TVX that I had to lug around everywhere. The whole thing weighed in at over 150 pounds! I loved it though because it was SOLID and reliable. I wanted to find my "final" amp which had to be smaller and lighter, but powerful enough to be heard. I also wanted killer tone (of course). The 2008 Redhead is the one! Killer tone and power in a nice manageable package. People complain about the price a little, and it is pretty expensive, but when you consider you are getting what amounts to a 650 watt amp with a 210 cabinet and a tube preamp I think it is actually a pretty good deal (having it made in the USA doesn't hurt either). One thing though, I got a little nervous playing outside shows with it so I got a WorkingPro 115 to push some extra air. Now that I am pumping the full 650 watts I have it on 3-4 with no problems and plenty of headroom. When my band is supported by a PA there are no worries though because the amp has a tube DI out. Sometimes I will actually turn off the internal speakers and just hear myself through the monitors. No worries about blown speakers. Dude, the more I say the happier I am I got it!

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      5.0

      can't wait to get one

      By jmseeley

      from Glasgow Ky

      Comments about SWR Redhead Bass Combo Amp:

      I have owned for nearly two years the original swr redhead bought new.. and I am absolutely in love.. I get compliments everytime I play out, no exceptions... If I had the dough I would have already bought this version as well.The only function I don't see on this newer model that I really appreciated on the original is the fan defeat switch. The fan automatically comes on and off if this switch is on.. but when it automatically switches on in my unit there is a small pop. Doing live shows no one noticed. And in studio I could turn the fan off while we were recording and then turn it on again while we listened to the play back. As long as this new one doesn't have the small pop I would have already sought a way to get myself this newer sexier beast.

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      5.0

      The Little Red Nuclear Bomb

      By The Buckster

      from Lynchburg, Virginia

      Comments about SWR Redhead Bass Combo Amp:

      This is the best combo on the market today in my opinion. I have always played Ampeg and SWR products. Everywhere our 12 piece band plays, the engineers and sound techs love what bass sound this little monster produces. I don't have to lug around my cabinets like I used to do. Sometimes I carry an additional SWR 410 cabinet and add it to get the extra wattage. I can only suggest that you try one to see if it fulfils your tone, wattage, and output needs. SWR hit this one right on the head and YES IT IS WORTH THE PRICE!!!!!!

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      5.0

      Hot Bass Combo!

      By The Buckster

      from Lynchburg, Virginia

      Comments about SWR Redhead Bass Combo Amp:

      I pair this little hot redhead with one of my ampeg 410 cabs and the sound is sweet. The extension cabinet gives you 650 watts. There is sweet mid range growl that is incredible. We played a gig for the Chamber of Commerce last weekend with special guests Elena Grinenko and Tony Dovolani from "Dancing With The Stars" and one of my guitar players stated that "That Redhead was growling all night! I like the sound of that SWR!"

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