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TC Electronic BG500 500W 2x10 Bass Combo Amp  

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    Combining raw power with stunning tone-shaping tools and an impressive list of unconventional features.

    The 2x10 TC Electronic BG500 Bass Combo Amp shares many features with the original RH450—an amplifier that changed the way many bass players think of amplification. The powerful 500W bass amp is armed with dual 10" Eminence drivers and a 1" tweeter for beefy bass tone with loads of character where you need it most—in the low end.

    TC Electronic SpectraComp
    A conventional compressor tends to be dominated by the lower string, but with SpectraComp—taken directly from the original TC Electronic RH450—you virtually get per string multi-band compression evening out the compression across all strings. The result: your sound gets compressed in a much more musical and useful way than a single-band compressor could do it.

    TC Electronic TubeTone
    The TubeTone effect was originally introduced on TC Electronic RH450. Most transistor designs have tried to replicate tube sound using a single small preamp tube. But such attempts generally fail as they don't take into account the crucial characteristics of a full preamp and power amp—both of which are essential to the sound. TC Electronic TubeTone emulates all characteristics to deliver the full tube sound.

    Presets
    Okay, the TC Electronic BG500 bass amp won't memorize your chords or riffs, but it will store 3 of your favorite tones. If you haven't used presets before, that's only because you haven't had the chance! For instance, if you use different basses on stage, you know that a few user-installed memories would be welcome. With the BG500 bass amp's great-sounding bass tones and seamless switching between them, you'll be focusing on the important thing: your playing.

    Built-in bass tuner
    Every once in a while, you need to tune up, and whenever that happens, just let the BG500 bass combo's built-in tuner guide you. It's simple, it lets you tune silently, and it gets you back to playing music in no time.

    TweeterTone
    Tweeter controls are usually the rear of the cabinet, but on the TC Electronic BG500 you can simply adjust the tweeter level right from the front panel. Further, the sound also gets modified slightly with filters giving you a much more intelligent control over the critical high frequencies.

    Tone Controls
    EQ is always a bass essential, so TC Electronic equipped the BG500 series with a great sounding, 4-band EQ which is great for shaping your fundamental tone. Further, with two contour filters you can scoop the mid-frequencies a bit. Think of this feature as a kind of instant EQ that can create warm and smooth tones on demand.

    Connections
    Just plug and play! And for rehearsing or jamming along you can connect external devices to AUX IN. If you don't want to disturb the neighbors, plug in your headphones and the drivers will be muted automatically. Finally, you can send a signal to a sound-engineer via the balanced XLR output—or to an audio interface if you are recording.

    Features

    • 2 - 10" Eminence drivers
    • 1 - 1" Eminence tweeter
    • 500 watts
    • SpectraComp
    • TubeTone
    • Presets
    • Built-in bass tuner
    • TweeterTone
    • 4-band EQ
    • Aux in

    Get ready to plug, play, and groove. Order now.

     

    BG500 500W 2x10 Bass Combo Amp Specifications:

    • Weight: 70lb.
    • Dimensions: 21"D x 27"W x 30"H
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    TC ElectronicBG500 500W 2x10 Bass Combo Amp
     
    5.0

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    5.0

    Great Combo - Even Better Value

    By TC-9FW4P

    from Vancouver, WA

    Comments about TC Electronic BG500 500W 2x10 Bass Combo Amp:

    I purchased this amp about 5 weeks ago. I've used a lot of bass amps over the years and this amp is simply amazing. I did a lot of research before buying and also tried out my second choice, the Acoustic B450. Both amps have very good build quality and plenty of power for mid-size combos, but the BG 500 2x10 has the added tone controls; tube tone, spectra-comp and tweeter tone that really make the difference. The built-in tuner & the abiltiy to save presets is just icing on the cake. Spectra-comp really works well giving you an "even compression" across all frequencies. Tube tone can be dialed in from warmth to growl to mild distortion. The tweetertone control on the front panel is great. I no longer need to walk around my 410 cab to set the attenuator. If you are looking for a strong bass amp combo with plenty of power for almost any gig, without breaking your back, you can do no better than to purchase one of these.

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    5.0

    Great amp

    By ChurchBass

    from Houston, TX

    Comments about TC Electronic BG500 500W 2x10 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. I had actually tried an SWR Workingpro 12. I found that I had to set the gain at 7 out of 10 and the master at 7 out of 10 for it to be loud enough but then the built-in limiter kept kicking in. Although I really liked the tone, it simply left me no head room. I decided to try the TC Electronic BG500/210. It has lots more power and volume. I set the gain at 5 out of 10 and the master at a little over 2. It has lots of power and much more volume that the SWR. It is not as bright but that is probably actually a good thing and it is also is not as noisy or hissy. Even with the highs and TweeterTone turned up, the highs hardly get harsh which was quite easy to do with the SWR. It seems to have a nicely balanced tone. It can really pump out the bass as well. The built-in compressor is useful and allows me to eliminate my external compressor. The same applies for the built-in tuner which is really handy. I played both a 4-string and 5-string through the amp and they both sounded great. It is heavy but I do not plan to be moving it very much. My scales indicate that it weighs about 76 pounds which is more than the published weight. But the sound and the power are well worth the weight.

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