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SWR Workingman's 12 Bass Combo  

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Delivers 120W or 160W @ 4 ohms with an 8 ohm extension cab. Features a discrete solid-state front end, sidechain effects loop, effects blend, balance...Read More

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A compact powerhouse, perfect for electrics or acoustics!

Delivers 120W or 160W @ 4 ohms with an 8 ohm extension cab. Features a discrete solid-state front end, sidechain effects loop, effects blend, balanced XLR record out, tuner send, output select switch, headphone jack, automatic comp/limiter.

  • Discrete solid state front end
  • Gain Control
  • Aural Enhancer Control
  • Bass Control
  • Midrange Control
  • Treble Control
  • Effects Blend Control
  • Automatic compressor/limiter
  • Side Chain Effects Loop
  • Headphone Jack
  • Tuner Output
  • Extension Speaker Jack
  • Balanced XLR record out
  • 3-Way Output Switch
  • Top Strap Handle
  • Midnight Blue Carpeting with Stack Lock Corners

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Workingman's 12 Bass Combo

  • 120 Watts RMS
  • 160 Watts @ 4 Ohms (with 8 ohm extension speaker)
  • (1) 12" Custom SWR driver
  • (1) Le-Son TLX-1 Piezo tweeter
  • 8 Ohms (internal)
  • 15-1/2"W x 22-1/4"H x 15-1/4"D
  • 50 lbs.
  • Workingman's 1x10T
  • Workingman's 1x15T
  • Workingman's 2x10T
  • Workingman's 4x10T

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lot of clarity and very versality

By fleaman

from calexico, california

In my opinion this amp is cool but it gives you a lot of midrange sound. also the price is to high.

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By Charlie

from Lake Tahoe, NV

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I've had a wm12 for 4 years. I bought it because I liked the punch it has with my acoustic upright bass. It is also a good amp for my bass guitars of varying types. (electric, acoustic,etc.)It's nicely portable, always performs better than expected for it's size and power. (so does the wm10, and wm15 that I also use on gountless gigs) Tone is great up to a point where the drummer starts to really slam, then you'll need a bigger amp. But this small amp will take care of a wide variety of gigs, rehearsals, recordings, etc.

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compact, good value, dependable

By polymorphorism

from Baltimore, MD

Highly recommended - not earthshaking or exceedingly exceptional tone, but for the money and size, it's a great value. Sturdy, too.Loud enough for playing with rock drummers and one medium-volume guitar -- great for jam sessions. With an extension, could hold it's own in a small venue.

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By Thatguy-yanzm

from Milpitas, CA

I've had this amp for 3 months and everytime I play it, it blows me away. Well worth the money and a great amp.

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A Great Value For A combo This Size

By Larry-DvT6x

from San Diego CA

I?m using this amp with a G&L L-2000. I play in a praise band with 2 guitars, a keyboard, drums and three singers. Our sanctuary holds around 400 people. Although the amp is running through the house system, I?m confident it would hold its own in the present setting.The manual gives 5 suggested settings for particular styles of music. Due to the configuration of our room however, I?m playing with the Aural Enhancer off, Bass at 2, Treble flat and the Mid-Range at about the ten-o?clock position. The aural enhancer does give a bit more warmth, but the amp sounds just fine without it.For outside gigs, very large rooms, bands with guitars and horn sections, one would probably want to add an extension speaker to the Workingman 12. Or, maybe even go to the Workingman 15. Coupled with my L-2000 thus far I find I have all the highs, lows, mids and volume that any situation requires. It's fun to play through the larger rigs but honestly, the portability and sound accessible from this amp, is more than adequate for me at this time.Overall, a great value for a combo this size and price. The amp is a blast to play through and I believe I made a good choice.

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I like this amp.

By Myerzy

from Camargo IL

I like the quality of the swr workingman 12, it will really put out some bass. It is great for beginners. It is just right for jamming with my buddies.

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This amp of definitely the best amp in size/power.

By SWR Sound Lover

from Camas, WA

The SWR Workingmans's 12 combo is one of the profound combo amps on the market. With all the features and effects, it is definely a professional quality product with the price tag to spare...

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Good work horse

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I bought this amp because it was small and light. It has a very good round tone if you switch off the tweeter. To play loud you have to plug the port in the back to keep the speaker from flapping out. The line out is excellent for going through the board in large clubs. I recommend periodic tightening of the screws that hold the amp in the cabinet. I also added a support under the middle of the amp to speaker location to stop an annoying buzz that developed after a year of use. Overall this amp has a good tone and will keep your back in good shape.

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