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High-fidelity, crystal-clear, accurate tone that's always true to your instrument.

The WorkingPro 12 is a compact amp that's full of killer SWR tone. 200 watts of power are pumped through a 12" woofer and piezo tweeter for rich, full-range sound. The Bass Intensifier provides an instant low-end boost. The 3-band active EQ and Aural Enhancer make shaping your tone simple. A Wedge EQ feature compensates for lost tone when using the amp in tilt-back mode. A side-mounted monitor input lets it double as a powered monitor as well.

FEATURES
  • 200W of power provide surprising volume and headroom for an amp this size
  • 12" woofer and piezo tweeter for rich full-range sound
  • Tilt-back cabinet for multiple placement options
  • Wedge EQ compensates for tonal changes in tilt-back operation
  • Side-mounted monitor input
  • 3-band active EQ
  • Aural enhancer
  • Bass Intensifier boosts low end with ease
  • Balanced line out
  • Effects loop

It's small on size but big on SWR tone and performance. Call or click to order now!

SPECIFICATIONS

WorkingPro 12 200 Watt 1x12" Bass Combo Amp

  • 200W
    12" woofer and piezo tweeter
    3-band EQ
    Wedge EQ circuit
    XLR balanced and 1/4" unbalanced outputs
    Headphone jack
    Effects loop
    External speaker jack
    18-1/2"W x 22-1/2"H x 18-1/2"D
    44 lbs.
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SWRWorkingPro 12 200 Watt 1x12" Bass Combo Amp
 
4.6

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great amp, great features, but needs more power

I purchased this amp primarily to use as a stage monitor at church. We usually have 1-2 keyboards, an electric guitar, and an electronic drum set. Only my bass and the guitar...Read complete review

I purchased this amp primarily to use as a stage monitor at church. We usually have 1-2 keyboards, an electric guitar, and an electronic drum set. Only my bass and the guitar have amps on stage; the others use only monitors through the PA system. This amp was intended to replace an old amp (Peavey TNT 100) that I have had for about 28 years which was used when I bought it. It has a single 15? speaker and was rated at 50 watts RMS. I had only recently started using this amp at church as the owner of the bass amp that was at the church needed to take his away. The Peavey was not quite able to keep up with the rest of the band at times so I needed something more powerful and wanted something new. The SWR Workingpro 12 was definitely more powerful. It sounds worlds better and has lots more useful features (pre/post direct out, level control, mute, kick back?). The drummer and keyboardist commented how they really liked the new sound?clarity. The kick back design was really nice because it allowed me to turn it up to hear myself without necessarily impacting the other band members or singer or the congregation. I played both a 4-string and 5-string through the amp and they both sounded great. However, I still found that I was hitting the limiter on some songs during practice and during the church service. This was with the gain and master both set at about 7 out of 10. This left me little to no headroom should I need a little more volume. The Bass Intensifier feature definitely does intensify the bass, but I really could not use it during performance especially with me already hitting the limiter with the feature turned off. It actually provided more bass than I wanted. The Aural Enhancer seems similar to other manufacturers ?contour? buttons although obviously it uses a knob to vary the effect. I mostly ran with the tweeter control set to half (-6 dB) which provided very snappy, cutting, and crisp output. I think having the tweeter fully on would be too much for me. Even at the half setting, the tweeter could be hissy and it picked up a lot of string/finger/fret noise which I was not used to hearing. With the gain and master settings as above and the EQ settings all flat, the amp put out some hiss noise even when not playing. A lot of this went away when the tweeter was turned off. Overall, I really did like the tones I got out of this amp, its portability, and all the features that it offered (that most combo amps do not). However, in the end I decided that hitting the limiter regularly indicated that this amp did not have enough power for my application so I returned it for a more powerful amp (TC Electronic BG500/210). If this amp had another 100 watts or so of power or could provide more volume through some other mechanism, I definitely would have kept it.

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Nice sound, but very unreliable

Yes, this amp sounds great, when it works. After owning this amp for a few months, it stopped putting out any sound. I took it back and the store replaced it with...Read complete review

Yes, this amp sounds great, when it works. After owning this amp for a few months, it stopped putting out any sound. I took it back and the store replaced it with a new one. Within a few months, this one started distorting and putting out very little sound and then just stopped working, like the first one. I have it in the shop now. Basically, when it works, it sounds good, but this is most unreliable amp that I've ever owned. I would never rely on this for any type of professional situation ever again. It's a shame because the amp itself sounds great. It's quit on me once on a gig and that's once too often. If the store will allow me to, I'm going to trade this in on a more reliable amp.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great amp, great features, but needs more power

By Save A Little

from Houston, TX

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Comments about SWR WorkingPro 12 200 Watt 1x12" Bass Combo Amp:

I purchased this amp primarily to use as a stage monitor at church. We usually have 1-2 keyboards, an electric guitar, and an electronic drum set. Only my bass and the guitar have amps on stage; the others use only monitors through the PA system. This amp was intended to replace an old amp (Peavey TNT 100) that I have had for about 28 years which was used when I bought it. It has a single 15? speaker and was rated at 50 watts RMS. I had only recently started using this amp at church as the owner of the bass amp that was at the church needed to take his away. The Peavey was not quite able to keep up with the rest of the band at times so I needed something more powerful and wanted something new. The SWR Workingpro 12 was definitely more powerful. It sounds worlds better and has lots more useful features (pre/post direct out, level control, mute, kick back?). The drummer and keyboardist commented how they really liked the new sound?clarity. The kick back design was really nice because it allowed me to turn it up to hear myself without necessarily impacting the other band members or singer or the congregation. I played both a 4-string and 5-string through the amp and they both sounded great. However, I still found that I was hitting the limiter on some songs during practice and during the church service. This was with the gain and master both set at about 7 out of 10. This left me little to no headroom should I need a little more volume. The Bass Intensifier feature definitely does intensify the bass, but I really could not use it during performance especially with me already hitting the limiter with the feature turned off. It actually provided more bass than I wanted. The Aural Enhancer seems similar to other manufacturers ?contour? buttons although obviously it uses a knob to vary the effect. I mostly ran with the tweeter control set to half (-6 dB) which provided very snappy, cutting, and crisp output. I think having the tweeter fully on would be too much for me. Even at the half setting, the tweeter could be hissy and it picked up a lot of string/finger/fret noise which I was not used to hearing. With the gain and master settings as above and the EQ settings all flat, the amp put out some hiss noise even when not playing. A lot of this went away when the tweeter was turned off. Overall, I really did like the tones I got out of this amp, its portability, and all the features that it offered (that most combo amps do not). However, in the end I decided that hitting the limiter regularly indicated that this amp did not have enough power for my application so I returned it for a more powerful amp (TC Electronic BG500/210). If this amp had another 100 watts or so of power or could provide more volume through some other mechanism, I definitely would have kept it.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Nice sound, but very unreliable

By musician--A3qn

from Boulder, CO

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Comments about SWR WorkingPro 12 200 Watt 1x12" Bass Combo Amp:

Yes, this amp sounds great, when it works. After owning this amp for a few months, it stopped putting out any sound. I took it back and the store replaced it with a new one. Within a few months, this one started distorting and putting out very little sound and then just stopped working, like the first one. I have it in the shop now. Basically, when it works, it sounds good, but this is most unreliable amp that I've ever owned. I would never rely on this for any type of professional situation ever again. It's a shame because the amp itself sounds great. It's quit on me once on a gig and that's once too often. If the store will allow me to, I'm going to trade this in on a more reliable amp.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Amazing sound, questionable reliability...

By rteisher

from Muncy, PA

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Comments about SWR WorkingPro 12 200 Watt 1x12" Bass Combo Amp:

I've owned this amplifier now for about three months; which means it's seen 20+ band practices and 5 or 6 gigs, so I feel confident now writing a review. First off, it sounds great. Really great. The bass boost & Aural enhancer cricuits are awesome. This really is loud & deep tone, but still punchy & focused. So the sound & features all get A+'s...however, after not even a month of use (and I treat all my gear with great care) the amp started distorting & overdriving if I'd use it for more than 45 minutes continuously (which is a big problem when you play three sets of an hour+ each at gigs). Now, I know what I'm doing with this amp too; the limiter is on, the power amp light was NEVER peaking and the "active" light only peaked once in a very great while. I also never had the gain past 5 and the loudest I've ever kept the master volume at is about 7. When I put my hand on the actual face-plate/amplifier section, it gets REALLY hot. It sometimes (after just a half hour or so) makes the end of my guitar cable that's i plug in too hot to hold. This sucks...especially since the amp sounds so good. I've managed to keep it from distorting & overdriving now, but only when the master volume is at 6 or less in the gain is around 4. That's unacceptable. Maybe 200watts with bass boost needs to run through more than a standard 12" speaker. The speaker, tweeter & rest of it don't seem to be able to keep up with the amp section. When it's working, it's fantastic. When it overheats, it gets extremely frustrating.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

SWR WP 12, Great Little Workhorse

By BassmanJosh

from Fargo, ND

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Comments about SWR WorkingPro 12 200 Watt 1x12" Bass Combo Amp:

This amp is an excellent value, and a wonderful addition to my line-up. Personally, I use it as a practice amp and for small stages, even a few times for outdoor gigs to give me sound by my mic. Had to replace the speaker after 18 months, but I ride it really hard.Power and Sound:This little baby cooks, easily holding it's own with a band at practice or any other time the drums are not amplified. It has a "Bass Intensifier" switch that's annoyingly programed to start off, and it's a mandatory thing if you want this amp to sound good. The nicest feature of the intensifier is that you can cut off lower frequencies, and is especially useful if your A's and G's start booming in a room.All in all, this amp sounds twice as good as a cheap 4-10 rig or anything else in this price range. It's XLR output has push switches for pre/post eq, ground, and a 10db cut; this is absolutely fantastic, and won't be found in a cheaper large rig (that won't produce more sound anyway.)If you're looking for an amp, and this is the limit of your price range, don't buy behringer crap or anything else cheap. This amp will produce the most sound in this price range, and it will actually sound good.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing!

By Ralph52

from San Antonio, Texas

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Comments about SWR WorkingPro 12 200 Watt 1x12" Bass Combo Amp:

Been a SWR user for over 25 years. I've had many different set-ups to include combo and separate units rigs. I bought the Working Pro 12 for portability and easy set up. I consider myself a rough 6-string bass player because I get too much into the music and play the strings rather hard. I am simply AMAZED! with how easy this little but powerful amp handles the abuse. I play in latin-jazz trios and 7 to 8 piece latin-jazz bands. This amp handles both quite impressively. SWR never fails! If you want a portable, powerful, and reliable amp don't wait or look any more, this is it!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best of most worlds

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about SWR WorkingPro 12 200 Watt 1x12" Bass Combo Amp:

This amp is louder, smaller and lighter than my old Crate BX80, plus it has a much better tone. Turn off the 'base intensifier' and the 'aural enhancer' and this is a pretty good sounding bass amp that won't give you a hernia.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gets It Done!

By Rascool

from New Zealand

Comments about SWR WorkingPro 12 200 Watt 1x12" Bass Combo Amp:

Well I've had this amp for just over three years now so decided I'd better write something about it, especially seeing as it now seems to be getting popular.... :-)I've lost count of the number of practices, gigs and church services this thing has been a part of since I got it: there have been a few! But this thing has everything you need: the 200W is enough power to stand alone in small gigs and even quieter medium sized ones, and is perfect as a monitor when hooked up to the PA system. I have found in the past that with the Bass Intensifier off it can get lost in the mix a bit if the mids and the gain are set too low on it, but this is easily fixed by hitting the Bass Intensifier button (turning on that lovely blue light) and adjusting the mids and gain accordingly (turning them up. My preference is to set the Bass Intensifier at 200 (all the way clockwise), but that's just me: I quite like the sound to be focused so that it's heard. Drop it to 50 (all the way left) and it's as rumbly as you want.Tone....oh the tone. This thing sounds like dream. And so many great tones available on it. the one I use most is the grinding fender Jazz tone for playing with classic rock covers: gain at 3 o'clock, bass at 10, mids and treble at 2. Aural Enhancer at 9. Bass Intensifier if you really want to make it shake. Do what you want with the volume :-). It also has great slap tone as well (apparently that's what SWR's are known for: this one lives up to that as well). Most tones I've wanted I've been able to dial into this. Very versatile.Reliability: 10 out of ten. the guy before had some trouble with his overheating but I think you just got a faulty one there: one of the things that has really impressed me about this is how reliable it is. It has never overheated (the badge has been lukewarm at the very outside), and just keeps on going. Like the Energiser battery. The thing is a tank.Also it has a good range of additional features. It has a good DI out that sound guys like a lot, 10dB pads on the DI and on the input jack, a tuning mute, tuner out, a ground/lift switch, and it has a monitor in. Tried this a couple of times with the band and it's awesome: another full mix monitor at the back of the stage. Plugged it into an auxiliary channel on the sound desk.We had some trouble with the mics at front of stage picking it up but this would be fixed with a bit of adjusting.And finally, it looks as sharp as anything! Go the blue light. And the chrome badge. And the grill. Awesome job. Cosmetic value is for real.In short, this is a great all round amp with great features and great functionality, at an extremely reasonable price. I've seen it described as a steal, which is about right.The only thing that could make this perfect is two SWR Goliaths and an SWR WorkingPro 700/SM 900/M2 Preamp & Power 750 (it will be one of those setups) to go with it. They're on the way...

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

kickin bass amp

By Question Mark Joe

from Houston

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Comments about SWR WorkingPro 12 200 Watt 1x12" Bass Combo Amp:

This is THE swr tone in a small package. You can get it very clear and transparent with the aural enhancer or very boomy. I usually complain about having to lift anything over 50 lbs but this feels very light. Gets loud but of course you will need p.a. support (which it does well) if you are in a loud band. I did wish it was 8 ohms and would power another 8 ohm cab. then it would be perfect.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Everything I expected from SWR

By Music Nut

from Youngstown, Oh

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Comments about SWR WorkingPro 12 200 Watt 1x12" Bass Combo Amp:

I will keep this simple. I own the SWR SM-900 with 2 Goliath Cabs and love the tone and versatility. I use that set up for large venues. I decided I wanted a smaller cab for small jazz club gigs. I purchased the Workingpro 12. The tone of that cab blew me away just like my big rig! This is a quality combo and highly recommend it to anybody that needs qwesome tone, rich bottom, punch and volume (for a small cab). You can't go wrong. I play all styles of music and been a working bassist for 30 years... This is good stuff!!! Way to go SWR!!!!

 
5.0

Very nice combo

By Joshua-xJi.X

from Midwest

Comments about SWR WorkingPro 12 200 Watt 1x12" Bass Combo Amp:

I was looking for a smaller combo for rehearsals, some studio work and small shows. After reading the reviews and never owning any SWR gear I decided to give it a shot. Well I have had it for a little over a week now and I'm impressed. The first 10 minutes was a little rough as I attempted to dial it in (I've almost always played thru 10" speakers). Now that I've got it figured out I really enjoy the tones and its something different. I own and have owned Genz-Benz, Ampeg, Harke and Markbass and I can tell you that this one is a keeper and I'm sure I'll easily make my money back within just a few weeks with this.

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