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  • 500W
  • 4-band tone controls
  • TubeTone™ tube emulation
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Tons of power with a feature set that leaves little to be desired.

The BH500 bass amp head is the latest addition to TC Electronic's Bass Amp 2.0 lineup! Combined with the BC cabs of your choice, it stacks up to become any rig you need for small bar gigs, indoor rock clubs, outdoor stadium concerts—you name it!

The BH500 boasts razor-sharp tone-shaping tools like TubeTone™ emulator for tube-like sound and response, SpectraComp™ compression, and bass-tuned tone controls. Also, its three user memories let you change your tone at any given time. An integrated tuner lets you tune up in silence before you rock.

SpectraComp™
A conventional compressor is often dominated by the lower string, but with SpectraComp you get per-string multi-band compression that evens out across all strings. You get an even, rock-solid tone that cuts through any mix whether you play fingerstyle, with a heavy pick, or slap the strings hard.

TubeTone™
The TubeTone™ effect was originally introduced on RH450. Most transistor designs try to replicate tube sound using one small preamp tube, but why not take the crucial characteristics of a full preamp and power amp into account? Both are essential to the sound when you want that classic tube warmth as well as when you go for a full-on overdriven rock sound with a massive punch!

Presets
BH500 can store three of your favorite tones. For instance, if you need a nice chunk of overdrive on specific passages, presets are king. Not to mention, with great sounding bass tones and seamless switching between them, you will be able to focus on the important thing, rocking out!

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

Tone Controls and TweeterTone
EQ is always a bass essential, so the BH500 is equipped with a great-sounding 4-band EQ which is perfect for shaping your fundamental tone. Further, with two contour filters you can scoop the mid frequencies, which creates an amazing low-end punch on demand.

The tweeter control is usually located on the rear of the cabinet, but on the BH500 you can conveniently 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 high frequencies that are critical for giving your sound that razor-sharp edge.

Connections
For rehearsing or jamming, you can connect your portable music player to the front-panel aux input. 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 (also on the front panel), or to an audio interface when you are recording.

Features
  • 500W
  • 4-band tone controls
  • TubeTone™ tube emulation
  • SpectraComp™ per-string compression
  • Front-panel tweeter level control, balanced XLR out, and RCA aux in
  • 3 user preset slots

It's time to step up to Bass 2.0 with the BH500! Order now.

 
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TC ElectronicBH500 500W Bass Amp Head
 
4.8

(based on 8 reviews)

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Pros

  • Excellent sound (5)
  • Good power output (5)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (4)
    • Home studio (3)
    • Outdoor events / games (3)
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      • Experienced (3), Professional musician (3)

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    5.0

    Features and power

    By Tortuga

    from Houston

    About Me Experienced

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      Cons

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          Comments about TC Electronic BH500 500W Bass Amp Head:

          I bought this amp for features such as the simple built-in tuner as well as the tone possibilities. Its price made it a good value. When I plugged it in to my Hartke 115XL cabinet, I found that I also got a lot of power. It gets loud without turning it up that much, and it sounds great.

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          4.0

          Almost perfect

          By Eddie O

          from Northern CA

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about TC Electronic BH500 500W Bass Amp Head:

            The sound, the multi-band compression, the built in tuner, the "tube" tone, the tweeter tweaker: all great features, especially if you have TC cabinets (I have the BH 410 and 212). It's plenty loud: if you need MORE volume, well, the XLR direct out should go to a big PA with subs, etc. It looks cool in RED.

            The downside for me is its weight: 24 pounds. Many other Class D solid state bass amps weigh in a 4 to 10 pounds, so I'm not sure why this one is so heavy. The Ampeg PF800, for example, weights in at just under 12 pounds. The MarkBass LittleMark 800 weights just under 7 pounds.

            I got the TC because of the matched BH cabs and the 4x10 and 2x12 make a great pair if you need that much air to move; and either alone works well for a smaller venue. The TC features mentioned above and the good price (I got mine as a "restock", and I've seen it on a "stupid deal" for an even better price.

            I say, if the wight does not bother you, go for it!

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            5.0

            Nice amp

            By Djembe Records

            from Dallas

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                  Comments about TC Electronic BH500 500W Bass Amp Head:

                  This is a nice, modern bass amp. It's heavy for a solid-state amp, a good thing. It must have a decent transformer or two. The tone controls are very versatile as the memory. The compressor and tuner are handy. There is only one Speakon output (4 ohms or more) and these class-D amps never sound as loud as the specs indicate. I'm using a vintage JBL D-140 on it. It's good for recording or moderate size clubs. It's made in Thailand. - joel

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  OUTSTANDING AMP

                  By luvinbass

                  from Redding,Ca

                  About Me Novice

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Great range of tones
                  • Portable
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                  • No Effects Loop

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances
                  • Practice With Audio In

                  Comments about TC Electronic BH500 500W Bass Amp Head:

                  Just purchased this amp head and do not have a speaker cab yet. Took it to a local music shop to test the amp on different cabs. All sounded good but was really impressed with this head in a GK neo 410. Fantastic sound and way more volume than I will ever need. One of the best I've heard and a very reasonable price.

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                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Giggable and Loveable

                  By D

                  from Jersey

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Portable
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Live performance
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about TC Electronic BH500 500W Bass Amp Head:

                    The bass player in my band bought this. He is guitar player by trade but has become an excellent bass player, his knowledge of the guitar has helped him expand the role of a bass player beyond hitting a bass note with the kick. He plays excellent Gary Tallent like melodies when the song allows it, sticks in the pocket when needed. The amp choice was due to 3 factors; price, power and portability.

                    The amp is quite loud, we've had the master on 4 and ten and the tone has been consitent. If you can't afford an SVT head, if you something that is usable in most situations then this should be a consideration. Combine it with a BC410 and you got a gig worthy rig and we've had a dozen shows since June, used this at at least ten of them.

                    The tone print, tuner and tube modeler knob all add nice touches to the actual sound and flexability of the amp.

                    One star off for not being an actual tube amp and for being an amp that takes a while to learn, it isn't a simple setup. Learn how the knobs and interface interact and you'll be fine.

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Value, Great Tone!

                    By BassHead69

                    from Bellaire, TX

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Events
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances

                      Comments about TC Electronic BH500 500W Bass Amp Head:

                      Best value bass head out there. This baby's got plenty of power and excellent tone. It doesn't have a lot of flashy lights, bells, and whistles, but that's good in my opinion. Everything centered around getting you the best tone out of the bass. The standout features are: 1) the Tube Tone selector, which can range from a clean bass sound on zero, to nearly completely fuzzed out and warm on 10, and 2) The Tweeter Tone control, which gives you great flexibility for feeding in high frequencies, virtually eliminating the need for a tweeter in your cabinet. Plus, having the Tweeter Tone on the front of the amp allows you to easily make adjustments on the fly during a performances. I would not hesitate to recommend this to bass head to any serious bassist or anyone who is just starting out. Dial up your own tone and let the floorboards rumble!

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                      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Awesome Basee Head

                      By rich

                      from Washington D.C.

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Portible But

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Home Studio
                      • Jam
                      • Performances

                      Comments about TC Electronic BH500 500W Bass Amp Head:

                      I was apprehensive about making this purchase. I researched and was heading the Ampeg route. However, a local music store had it on display. I used a mid level bass to see how the amp performed. I was blown away with how much you get for the money. The tweeter tone and the tube are excellent features. At practice for the first time I had to turn down as I was cutting through the Marshall stacks. Love the tuner feature too. You have to play with it and if you check you tube there is a video explaining the diffrent functions on this head. I don't post this kind of stuff, but I love it so much that I felt obligated to do so.

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                      (18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Very Impressed with the Tone

                      Comments about TC Electronic BH500 500W Bass Amp Head:

                      Was skeptical to buy this, since I only knew that they made outboard gear and Tannoy monitors. I must say the more I play through it, the impressed I am. Right now we are recording a CD and I'm using the post eq XLT out to feed the board and all the guys in my band are marvelling at the sound. They're like I never heard of TC electronics but that head sounds like butter dripping off a hot knife. Im running a 2X10 EDEN cab that I loaded with trace elliot speakers in it and a 1X15 JBL cabinet and Im very happy with the sound. Keeps up no problem with 2 loud guitarists and a heavy drummer. Thats on like half volume. I havent had to turn it past that yet. I would give 5 stars all around except Its fairly new and it hasnt been giggged much since we started recording. Also, a second speaker out would be nice and a line out volume. Right now the line out level is set by the preamp gain. No biggies, though and this head sounds better than anything in its price range ( AND FAIRLY HIGHER) HANDS DOWN.

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