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    A loud, light and open design combo amp that takes bass amps to a whole new level from TC Electronic.

    The BG250 1x15 ultra light bass combo amp is not only the entry into TC Electronic’s legendary Bass Amp 2.0 concept, but is also the worlds’ first bass amp allowing you to choose your own on-board effect, again and again through the amazing TonePrint® concept – in short this loud, light and open design combo amp takes bass amps to a whole new level.

    The BG250 comes piled high with 250 watts of power, delivered through TC Electronic’s top notch lightweight class D amp technology allowing a total weight of only 35lbs, making it one of the loudest and lightest combo amps in its class. The preamp features an ultrafast integrated 5 string bass tuner, TubeDrive, Intelligent contoured Bass Tone controls, as well as Auxiliary input and headphone output for playback and rehearsal situations, balanced XLR out for recording or live performance, and most importantly superb bass tone.

    TonePrint® is a flexible effects section that allows you to decide exactly what effect you want in your amp at any given time.
    BG250 comes loaded with TC Electronic’s infamous SCF chorus as the default effect. However, from TC Electronic’s website you can download numerous new bass effects for your amp, replacing the default chorus, with effects such as Octaver, Compressor, Overdrive & distortion, Flanger and Vibrato. Not to mention some of the best bass players in the world tailor their own personal effects tones for you to grab, all free of charge! Simply hook your amp up to your computer via the included USB cable, or even better. Beam your new effect or artist tone from your smartphone straight into your BG250 using the mind blowing TonePrint iOS and Android app.

    The tone controls of BG250 features an intelligent integrated bass contour design, ensuring that each of the three tone controls always work optimally to help you sculpt your bass tone. Each control adapts their attack frequency, bandwidth and filter type depending on how you tweak the controls, always supplying meaningful bass tone responses. TubeDrive is not simply the average single stage clipping drive that is found on most bass amps. TubeDrive is a full recreation of the warm tube sound achieved only through the design of a pre-amp and power amp tube simulation stage. An optional Switch-3 foot pedal allows for remote enable/disable of the Mute function, TubeDrive and of course the TonePrint section. An integrated bass tuner allows for silenced tuning while the BG250 is muted and even features tuning during performance.

    Features

    • 250 Watts
    • TonePrint® technology
    • Built-in bass tuner
    • TubeDrive featuring tube pre- and power amp emulation
    • Bass contoured tone controls
    • Rehearsal input for playback in speaker or headphones
    • Balanced out for seamless recording or PA output
    • High power headphone output for silent rehearsal
    • Footswitch control of TubeTone, Tuner & TonePrint® (optional)
    • 15” Custom driver and 1” custom tweeter

    How will you find your perfect bass sound? Order today.

     

    BG250 250W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp Specifications:

    • 35 lb.
    • 28.35" x 18.11" x 22.24"
    • 1/8” Headphone jack
    • 1/8” Auxiliary jack
    • XLR balanced output
    • Active Bass, Mid and Treble contoured tone controls
    • Accepts passive and active instrument input
    • Sturdy tolex and plywood construction
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    TC ElectronicBG250 250W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp
     
    4.8

    (based on 30 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (26)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Excellent sound (25)
    • Good power output (24)
    • Portable (24)
    • Warm / comfy (22)
    • Easy to use (21)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances (25)
      • Home studio (16)
      • Outdoor events / games (13)
      • Professional recording (13)
      • Amateur recording (10)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (19), Professional musician (9)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Good but not miraculous

      Not having quite kept up with the trends in bass amplification since I stopped playing professionally a "few years back" I was intrigued by some of the recent "ultra...Read complete review

      Not having quite kept up with the trends in bass amplification since I stopped playing professionally a "few years back" I was intrigued by some of the recent "ultra light" amps coming on the market like the BG250. A 35 pound bass amp? Kidding, right? I finally decided to try out the TC amp for hobby and recording purposes despite the gimmicky nature of the "tone print" feature.

      My general impression after a few days of using it is that it's a nice little amp. Although it seems to be marketed toward the "more modern" round-wound type of player I found it to be rather disappointing from a tonal standpoint when using my Fender Jazz with round wound strings. With more than very moderate volume, the sound lost punch and became what I can only describe as "honky" ... I was pleasantly surprised when I switched to my little Hofner Club with its nickel flats. There the tone was quite balanced and suited to melodic playing. One could also turn it up quite a bit without losing the sweet spot as was so apparent when using round wound strings.

      As to the "tone print" feature, I downloaded a few, tried them out and settled on using it exclusively as a compressor..... as I figured I would. I play bass .... I'll leave the flanging and chorus stuff to the engineers and producers.

      In short, this is a nice little amp and well worth the price. Though I haven't used it in a performance situation I would warn against expecting it to hold its own against loud drums and guitar except as a stage monitor with reinforcement. It can get loud ... but it's tonal character quickly becomes unpleasant to my ear especially when used for the styles for which it is marketed ... and ...the tweet is useless as is the "tube" simulation ... in my opinion. But in a more laid back live setting it should do quite well in a small venue and is one of the best practice or recording amps I have ever used. I've no idea how well it might hold up or how well TC Electronic backs up their products so I won't rate those qualities. TC should dress this little rascal in vintage tweed, remove the tweeter and replace the "tone print" gimmick with a dedicated compressor. When certain limitations are observed this amp can sing, but it will never satisfy the SVT crowd.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Condition rating was inaccurate

      The amp is great. MF condition rating and price were disappointing.

      The amp is great. MF condition rating and price were disappointing.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Small Combo Bass Amp for the Money

      By tominpa62

      from Philadelphia, PA

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Church
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Practice

      Comments about TC Electronic BG250 250W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp:

      The amp is a great value. Sounds great. Class D, so extremely light weight for the power. Has all the nice features that you expect of a decent amp (aux in for practice, balanced line out for direct recording or PA, mute, etc.). Plus a tuner, which is really helpful. Yes, it only does standard tuning, but I only play in standard tuning. I bought the amp for my church, and it is more than adequate for a mid-size sanctuary. I have a 400 watt Eden head & cab for personal use (which cost 5 times as much), along with an original Ampeg B15 (which is worth even more), and this little combo compares favorably to both. The TonePrint stuff is a bonus to me -- I don't really use a lot of effects. It does seem to work, and the built-in chorus is nice if you're into that type of thing. But the amp is worth the money without it. Overall, I can't imagine finding a better, more practical combo amp for the money.

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      5.0

      BEST AMP I HAVE EVER OWNED!!

      By mbroad58

      from warren, michigan

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      Pros

      • Amazing Tone And Power
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful
      • Very Compactlightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about TC Electronic BG250 250W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp:

        You will NOT believe the beautiful tones that can get with this amp. Everything from a Jaco-ish jazz tone to heavy metal thumping. The Tone_prints feature is amazing! The price has dropped to CHEAP!! GET THIS AMP!!!

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        5.0

        A great amp at a great price

        By TC Electronics Combo owner

        from Sarasota, Fl

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Club gigs
          • Performances
          • Practice
          • Small to Medium Gigs
          • Stage Sound

          Comments about TC Electronic BG250 250W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp:

          I finally found a combo amp I can live with. This TC Electronic replaced a problematic GK MB115 that I endured for 3 years. Shortly before extended warranty expried, MF refunded me the price and I bought this one.
          First, the amp is silent when turned on. The GK hissed badly.
          Second, this has 50 watts more power, a real plus for cutting though.
          Third, are the downloadable special effect.
          I've had this amp one month, used it a lot, and it has performed flawlessly. It's easy to use and has a great tone. The tube amp simulator is very good at levels of 2 to 5.
          It gets plenty loud enough for a small to medium sized room. We have drums, but I wouldn't say we're a loud band.
          This amp, priced lower than the GK MB115, is for me a better product so far. It's quiet and powerful with a great tone.
          What more could you ask for in a combo amp?

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          5.0

          Big bang...low weight

          By Duke914

          from Midwest

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about TC Electronic BG250 250W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp:

          Very good amp for medium size events...tube warmth is a plus

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          5.0

          Alot of bottom for the weight

          By LLP

          from Canton, GA

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about TC Electronic BG250 250W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp:

            I use it with a Midi Accordion, got tired of the heavy amp to get some bottom. Very impressed with sound especially with it only being 35 lbs. Also does well with the drum machine, horns and organ.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I liked it!

            By Nesty

            from Puerto Rico

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Performances
              • Rehearsals

              Comments about TC Electronic BG250 250W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp:

              The tubedrive has a warm enough sound that I like. I could not afford to buy tube amps, so I decided to try this one and it surprised me. The Toneprint is a nice tool and has pretty cool sounds also. If you are like me you will still need your effects pedal to be able to use more than one effect at the same time, like compression and chorus or a delay. It sounds clean and nice at 3 on the master level. At 5, I had windows and things shaking, so it moves plenty of power for small venues. I noticed that the quality of sound changed after 7 on the master level. Maybe is because of all the things shaking and making noise too (this was in the garage, not a professional studio). But it sounded too muddy for me. Anyway, that may be easily solved with eq or gain adjustments, I just did not have earplugs handy to be makig adjustments at that level. The included tuner was a nice idea. Very convenient. Another thing that helped me decide to get this amp was the weight. It is nice to be able to move your equipment without asking for help.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Unbelieveable Sound

              By baugustine

              from Ventura, Ca

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              Pros

              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about TC Electronic BG250 250W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp:

                I am a 25 year lead guitar player and only recently purchased my first bass as a backup for some gigs. I realized neither my Roland Cube amp or my Marshall JCM800 was very good for bass, so I looked into a good mid-level, practice amp. I read alot of reviews and decided this would be a good one to try based on others experience.

                So...this thing really sounds great. I have nothing to compare it to, bass-wise, but am really impressed with the tone. Even my wife, who is not a music connoisseur, commented how warm it was.

                It is much taller than I expected; the picture doesn't do it justice. I guess i should have read the dimensions, but I'm keeping it.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best Bang For The Buck

                By The Drummerdude

                from Tennessee

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about TC Electronic BG250 250W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp:

                  Enough power to shake pictures off the wall. Lots of extra features. Perfect for my use. I'm very pleased with my decision to buy this amplifier. You will be too.

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                  4.0

                  Great bass amp

                  By Pariah

                  from Danbury, CT

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Warmth
                  • Portable
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about TC Electronic BG250 250W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp:

                    I've been playing bass for a little under two years, and I've gotten fairly good (at least good enough to cover some Yes). My little LINE 6 cube amp died on me and I went to buy one of these amps by a friend's recommendation. I wanted to use it with my 4003's Ric-o-sound and send my neck pickup to it, but I struggled to get a good tone out of it. It just comes out way too bassy, but that's probably due to the speaker size and my lack of research. However, using this amp with a P and J bass, I get a pretty nice tone with it. The features are nice, especially the TonePrint, but I just can't see myself using it in the future, which is a shame because of its weight. 35 pounds is 3/2 the weight of my old amp, and it's at least four times bigger. I want to use it, but it's just not for me. Nonetheless, I would recommend it to others for a nice deep bass tone.

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    nice bass. problems with Tube & Toneprin

                    By The Doc is in the house..

                    from Western North Carolina

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Limited Functions

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances

                    Comments about TC Electronic BG250 250W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp:

                    I was amazed with the power this amp has. You can crank it up and still have a clear deep bass sound. I have a MIA Fender 4 string jazz bass and am very pleased with the sound I get with this amp. However, the first BG250 that came to my home about 2 weeks ago had some issues right away. The first 2 days were great. On the 3rd day, the buttons that control the Tube and Toneprint functions, quit working. The button that controls the Tube feature would not shut off. This became annoying when I played songs where I did not need the tube function. The button on the Toneprint just quit wroking altogether. This was fine with me in that I think the Toneprint option is rather goofy to begin with.
                    I received my 2nd TC BG250 amp late last week, and I am having trouble again with these 2 options. I love the amp otherwise, but just cannot afford to have an amp that has these or any type of problem. I am going to see what is out there.

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