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SWR Workingman's 15 Bass Combo Amp  

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The SWR Workingman's 15 Bass Combo Amp is loaded with practical features: independent inputs for passive or active instruments, active EQ and transpa...Read More

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Relatively lightweight, but powerful enough for larger rooms!

The SWR Workingman's 15 Bass Combo Amp is loaded with practical features: independent inputs for passive or active instruments, active EQ and transparency controls, automatic limiter defeat switch, limiter-active LED, gain control, and preamp clip LED. Casters on cab. It delivers 160W to power its custom 15" SWR driver and piezo tweeter; 200W when an extension cab is added.


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Workingman's 15 Bass Combo Amp

  • 20-3/4"W x 27-3/4"H x 16-1/4"D
  • 70 lbs.
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4.6

(based on 30 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Exactly what I was looking for.

I've been looking for a good bass combo amp with great tone and plenty of volume at a reasonably low price for a very long time, and I noticed this one a while ago...Read complete review

I've been looking for a good bass combo amp with great tone and plenty of volume at a reasonably low price for a very long time, and I noticed this one a while ago before it was on clearance (it was selling for about $650). Then I saw it about a month ago for $350, and I had to get it. I played it at my teachers house before and I loved it. When it first arrived at my house, I was surprised by it's size (alot bigger than I expected), even when I opened the box, there wasn't that much packaging wasting space. I took it out and played for about an hour. WOW! I worked with the controls a bit, and found what I like. I don't usualy change amp setting much, other than volume, instead I just change settings on my bass (it's much easier). The sound is amazing, and you can really feel this amp while playing it. It might be a minor challenge transporting it, as it has no handles on the sides, but it does have roller blade wheels on the back bottom edge, which is helpful. My main bass is an Ibanez SRX300, and my other main amp is a Behringer Ultrabass BX1200 (#1 seller here). The bass is great, but the only good experience I've had with the amp is playing in church. It has a 12" aluminum core speaker and 120 watts, which sounded good at the time, but since I bought it, I've learned alot about sound and amps and whatnot. This amp is a great step up from that, with 160 watts and a 15" paper cone speaker. I haven't played with anyone yet, but I'm not worried about it turning out bad. I'll probably be playing it in numerous bands, such as a pop-punk band or two, a more hardcore punk band, two jazz bands and a pit orchestra. If you need a big amp, but don't want a half stack, and you're contemplating about this one, your search is over. Buy this soon, because it's on clearance and when it's gone, it's not coming back. Altough the new WorkingPro 15 is now for sale, its twice as expensive, but I can't say anything bad about it, I'm sure it's good.SWR > All other bass amp companies (including Ampeg- I did look at those while shopping too)

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noisy amp...

One of the most noisy amps I have ever heard. You had better be playing in a band with this amp to drown out the high pitch hiss that constantly comes out of this...Read complete review

One of the most noisy amps I have ever heard. You had better be playing in a band with this amp to drown out the high pitch hiss that constantly comes out of this amp, even without an instrument plugged into it. I have bought 2 of these from MF and had to return both of them. If not for the hiss this amp would be great.

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5.0

quality product for the money

By Modus Operandi

from Omak, WA

I have recently acquired the SWR Workingman's 15 for a little below MSRP and I have never used such an incredible piece of equipment for the price. The active EQ system that this offers is excellent for any style of music.

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5.0

Great amp for small to mid-sized venues

By Metalmaniac-zpjEY

from Cullowhee, NC

I've been playing bass for about 2 years now in a group and been using this amp the whole time. I haven't played with an extention cab yet, but this amp rocks and I definitely recommend it. Has a good 'clanky' tone capability for metal or punk... yet can be configured for clean bass. I let a guy in a bluegrass band plug in an upright bass one time and it sounded really good used like that also. Gave the upright a nice clean dark tone. I really like how you can switch off the peizo to fit your taste. The tuner output has been very helpful on several occasions. We've used the XLR balanced output several times for recording, and that's worked really well. This amp sounds really big for its power rating.

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5.0

Great

By Bassbrotherjanss

from Tacoma, WA

My high school has this amp and i use it for jazzband. It works really well and i know its been there for at least 4 or 5 years. It's taken a lot of abuse because anyone can use it but it still works well. It puts out a lot of noise and I was very suprised to find out it was only 160 watts. I end up borrowing it all the time and considering buying it for myself.

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5.0

Best portable bass rig for the money

By ARB

from Orange County, CA

I have been playing 35 years and had all kinds of bass rigs. Got tired of moving large systems to gigs. I discovered the working man's 15 combo 5 years ago and have been using it since at all types of venues. XLR out to PA for large venues, with 15" extension cab for clubs and just the combo for small bars and clubs. Great sound!

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5.0

Amazing amp

By Pigfoot

from FL

I've had Ampeg V15B's, SVT's and Acoustics that can't touch this amp as far as tone goes. Throw on another 1X15 cab and this is one serious player, at any cost.

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5.0

Exactly what I was looking for.

By Sean-c82kv

from Troy, MI

I've been looking for a good bass combo amp with great tone and plenty of volume at a reasonably low price for a very long time, and I noticed this one a while ago before it was on clearance (it was selling for about $650). Then I saw it about a month ago for $350, and I had to get it. I played it at my teachers house before and I loved it. When it first arrived at my house, I was surprised by it's size (alot bigger than I expected), even when I opened the box, there wasn't that much packaging wasting space. I took it out and played for about an hour. WOW! I worked with the controls a bit, and found what I like. I don't usualy change amp setting much, other than volume, instead I just change settings on my bass (it's much easier). The sound is amazing, and you can really feel this amp while playing it. It might be a minor challenge transporting it, as it has no handles on the sides, but it does have roller blade wheels on the back bottom edge, which is helpful. My main bass is an Ibanez SRX300, and my other main amp is a Behringer Ultrabass BX1200 (#1 seller here). The bass is great, but the only good experience I've had with the amp is playing in church. It has a 12" aluminum core speaker and 120 watts, which sounded good at the time, but since I bought it, I've learned alot about sound and amps and whatnot. This amp is a great step up from that, with 160 watts and a 15" paper cone speaker. I haven't played with anyone yet, but I'm not worried about it turning out bad. I'll probably be playing it in numerous bands, such as a pop-punk band or two, a more hardcore punk band, two jazz bands and a pit orchestra. If you need a big amp, but don't want a half stack, and you're contemplating about this one, your search is over. Buy this soon, because it's on clearance and when it's gone, it's not coming back. Altough the new WorkingPro 15 is now for sale, its twice as expensive, but I can't say anything bad about it, I'm sure it's good.SWR > All other bass amp companies (including Ampeg- I did look at those while shopping too)

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5.0

A Great Amp

By Bongo_Bass_Man

from Los Angeles, CA

I got this amp a couple of years ago and it has never let me down. For its size, this amp is actually really portable. Since it has wheels and a very good design it can be taken anywhere. I easily can take it to and from band practices hassle free and your bass will always be heard when you're playing through this amp. Definetly worth the price, this amp has everything a bass player needs. It also sounds very very good when you hook up an effect directly to the amp and can control the effect well. I always get a nice bold sound when i pop and slap on this amp and it serves me well for every style of playing. But WAIT, THERE'S MORE! All the controls on this amp go up to eleven! yet another reason to buy it.

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5.0

Well worth it!!!

By Lovphunky

from Eugene, OR

Purchased this amp from a beginner upgrade. It was the perfect purchase. Compared this against comparable Crates, Fenders, and all. I would make the same choice over and over. SWR will be the only gear that I buy.

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2.0

noisy amp...

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

One of the most noisy amps I have ever heard. You had better be playing in a band with this amp to drown out the high pitch hiss that constantly comes out of this amp, even without an instrument plugged into it. I have bought 2 of these from MF and had to return both of them. If not for the hiss this amp would be great.

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3.0

Tone is inconsistant

By Schecter-1yjwr

from Berklee College of Music

When I got this amp less than a year ago the tone was perfect, but lately I have been getting this fuzzy sound that bugs the heck out of me. There was also a short circuit wich I was unable to fix myself and cost me another bunch of monies.

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