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Fender Rumble 500W Bass Amp Head

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The 500W Fender Rumble bass amp head delivers huge, booming low end without losing clarity. It houses useful features and easy-to-use controls, inclu...Click To Read More About This Product

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Enough RUMBLE for any room.

The 500W Fender Rumble bass amp head delivers huge, booming low end without losing clarity. It houses useful features and easy-to-use controls, including 500/350W power levels, aux. input, headphone output, Vintage tone switch, Contour on/off, Bright on/off and an FX loop.

Re-engineered from the ground up, RUMBLE amps are lighter and louder than ever, with even more power and a classic Fender vibe. A newly developed foot-switchable overdrive circuit and versatile three-button voicing palette deliver powerful tones ideal for any gig.

FEATURES
Power: 500W (4 ohms)/350W (8 ohms)
Single channel
Controls: Gain, Bright on/off, Contour on/off, Vintage on/off, Drive, Overdrive on/off, Level, Bass, Low-Mid, High-Mid, Treble, Master Volume
Speaker out: two 1/4" parallel
XLR line out
Aux. input
Headphone output
FX loop
Dimensions: 2.68" x 13.75" x 7.19"
Weight: 5 lb.
Footswitch optional

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FenderRumble 500W Bass Amp Head
 
4.9

(based on 24 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (22)
  • Good power output (22)
  • Excellent sound (21)
  • Portable (19)
  • Warm / comfy (19)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (23)
  • Outdoor events / games (16)
  • Home studio (11)
  • Professional recording (9)
  • Amateur recording (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (8), Novice (3)

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(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Awesome little amp

By John

from NC

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Pros

  • Aux In
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Phones Out
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Post Preamp Di Only

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Fender Rumble 500W Bass Amp Head:

When I started shopping for a new amp head, I came down between this amp and the Ampeg Portaflex 500. I decided to go with the Fender because of all of the poor reliability issues that the Ampeg seems to have, and the generous 5 year warranty that Fender offers.

I've had this amp for about 3 weeks now and have gigged it out twice in that time. In a word: Awesome! Plenty of power, sounds very nice. The 4 band preamp is capable of dialing in lots of usable tones. Even the overdrive channel is very musical rather than just a generic dirt channel. The aux in and headphone jacks are a nice touch; I like that I can play along to tunes without having to haul out a speaker cabinet.

My unit came well packed by Fender. The included carry bag seems very sturdy and thickly padded, with a good sized pouch on the front for storage of a speaker cable and a couple accessories. The small pocket on the back would work for a few sheets of sheet music and maybe some business cards. And it's so light! the 5lb weight is very nice after a 3 hour gig, and it runs very cool so you can pick it right up and throw it in its bag after a long night without worries about it getting too hot.

The one negative I will assign to this head is that the DI is post preamp only, so if you tend to make adjustments on the fly while playing a show it's going to drive your sound man nuts. No pre/post switch either. Aside from that, it's probably the best bang for the buck out there right now. If they come out with an 800 watt version of this like Ampeg did with the Portaflex series, I'll definitely be getting one.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A Fantastic Amplifier

By John

from NC

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Lacks Speakon Jacks
  • Post Eq Di

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Fender Rumble 500W Bass Amp Head:

This is an excellent little amplifier. I have gigged it out about 2-4 times a month for the last year, plus rehearsals, and it has never given me any reason to worry about it. Solidly built, and comes with a generous 5 year warranty.

This amp has a lot of useful features. 3 selectable tone presets, a 4 band EQ, and a second Overdrive channel give me plenty of options to find the tone I'm looking for. There's a nice, baked-in warmth to this amp that gives it a lot more character than many other solid state amps I've tried, which tend to sound too sterile to me. The Aux In and Headphone Out features are nice to have as well, since they allow me to practice solo along to pre-recorded tracks from my phone or iPod without having to hook up to a speaker cab if I don't feel like it. The inclusion of a sturdy, well padded carry bag is also appreciated, and saves one a little on having to buy one separately for transport to practice and gigs.

The only complaints I really have about this amp, which kept me from giving it a 5 star rating, are the lack of Speakon jacks and the way the DI is wired. There's nothing really wrong with 1/4" outs for sending the signal out to speakers, but since the new Rumble cabs have Speakon connectors I would expect the heads to have them as well, and it would keep me from having to find new cables.

The DI is another story. It all functions fine, but because it is after the EQ section it's not really a great DI for sending a pure signal to the board when relying on front of house support. Every little knob twist you make during the show is going to effect the signal you send to the board, which will drive your sound man crazy. Better to have the DI on the head before the EQ section. Of course, since this amp has 500 watts at 4 Ohms you can drive enough speakers that you might not even need FOH support anyway.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Lucky purchase!

By Jimmy

from Alaska

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances
    • Rehearsal

    Comments about Fender Rumble 500W Bass Amp Head:

    I bought this is a replacement for a different amp that I ordered that arrived broken. This was not my first, or even second choice. I needed an amplifier quickly, so I had them send out this one ( the one I originally ordered was out of stock). Upon arriving, I was amazed at how light weight it is. It weighs less than any amplifier head I have ever owned. It came with a nice carrying case, which is cool, and convenient for transporting it to gigs/venues.

    It has three settings for the preamp: bright, contour, and vintage. It also had a drive setting. I personally really like the sound of each. This is the first bass amp I've had that I think sounds professional. It seems fragile, but I have not had any problems with it. It may just be the light weight that I don't trust.

    It is very loud for its size. It's louder than my Marshall lead1960. It also cuts through drums pretty well.

    It has a foot switch connection available, but I have not tried it yet.

    Overall it is a very good amp. I like it a lot.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Well worth the $$$....

    By The "Bass Beast"

    from Burnet County, TX

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Fender Rumble 500W Bass Amp Head:

      Waited to "review" until I had some real experience with this unit. I've been using it almost every weekend for 2 years. I designed the proper supports to mount mine in an effects rack with my power conditioner. Built my own 115 sub for low weight (36 lbs.), ease of carrying and loading. I'm 62 now and that means a lot. Used Eminence 450W in 4 ohms for my sub. I COULDN'T BE HAPPIER !!! This rig is exactly what I was trying to achieve and has NEVER missed a beat. Got to a street dance situation where the stage was underpowered for our bands PA system. Had to use only stage volume from amps to drive the show. Did quite well. Decent volume at two blocks away over crowd noise.... I also own a Sunn 300T that I used previously. Love the tubes but I don't see enough difference to justify the weight of tube amps anymore.

      That cute little bag they sent to carry it in makes a great bag for all my spare cables... LOL

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Little amp

      By JT

      from LV,NV

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Fender Rumble 500W Bass Amp Head:

        I am a weekend gigging musician, Lugging my GK 410 cab and 1001RB head is overkill for my small to medium gigs, not to mention a back breaker for this aging musician. I needed something light, powerful and simple, I tried the Ampeg PF 500, nice but my first one stopped working, so I thought I would try the new RUMBLE 500W Bass Amp Head. (5 year warranty!!) So far so good, Very versatile. I can dial in a warm and round tone to aggressive and modern. The vintage setting sounds amazing with my PBass. I bought the matching 210 cabinet. The cab and head look cool and sound great together, Also, another plus for me is that the rig is very compact, it fit's nicely in the back of my hatchback :) I plan on buying the Rumble 115 cab. Tone is always subjective to the player, for me, this set up works very well.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent sound quality

        By Jaded Klark

        from Fort Walton Beach, Florida

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Fender Rumble 500W Bass Amp Head:

          I am using this amp head for inside and outside gigs. It has power and sound clarity at any volume level I set. I pair it with the Fender Rumble 1x15 and 4x10 amp cabs. Not only does it sound great but everything is light and easy to lift.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Rumble On........

          By fretlessguy

          from Hopefield, Arkansas

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Fender Rumble 500W Bass Amp Head:

            This amp sits on top of my PBJ C4 cabinet or a pair of Hartke HyDrive 12s. I have a Carvin head that is very transparent and great for fretless basses, but I needed something with some warmth and a slight bit of overdrive for the "dirty work". It has more than enough power for the gigs I play. It is very "plug and play" and easy to adjust the tone quickly. Well built and very solid, and ...oh that tone! The carry bag is not fancy, but gets the job done. Overall, the only thing I would add or change would be a speakon cable output. Kudos, Fender.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            No doubt about it .......... what a super amp head!

            By GK

            from San Antonio, Texas

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about Fender Rumble 500W Bass Amp Head:

              This amp head has a very clean sound. I'm driving it through a "Kustom" bass cabinet. The original 15" speaker was rated at 150 watts @ 4 ohms. Before up-grading the cabinet, the amp ran "HOT".
              I replaced the standard speaker with a "Eminence Delta - 15 LF-4 ohm" driver. 600 watts RMS - 1,200 Watts program power. The voice coil is built with aluminum windings. Its a sealed cab 2.67 cubit foot enclosure.
              Now about the head. The Fender 500 Rumble - is a bridged amp. 500 Watts output at 4 ohms - 350 at 8 ohms. It has a variable speed bus fan that is thermostatic run. The overdrive circuit is most interesting. Its "Vintage" setting is what gives it a super tone. However, the "Bright" setting is clean, the "Contour" is a setting all by itself. If you want a simple, clean tone, and easy to use amp, with not a lot of frills - this is the one. Also, it comes with a GREAT carrying bag with 2 zipper compartments.
              To conclude: I'm using my 1964 Fender Jazz bass. The amp really makes it sound super. Remember, that your system is as only good as the speaker(s) that you run it through. DON'T CHEAP on this end of your system! You will regret it!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Good Quality great sounding powerful amp

              By Bass in the face

              from Holland,MI

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Performances

                Comments about Fender Rumble 500W Bass Amp Head:

                This purchase is worth the money. Great sounding powerful amp. The quality is quite good as well. I had an Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 that I returned because I loved the sound of this Amp way more. For me, this gets me my sound without messing around so much with eq. I can almost instantly get that Fat Marcus Miller type sound with my Fender Jazz 5 deluxe. It came with a great quality soft case that offers good protection and portability. Very powerful, 500 watts, I run this with 4 10's or a 2x 10 cabinet with a 1x15 and the sound is outstanding. Clear lows, mids, and Hi's, The voicing buttons are very usable as well. The only gripe I have is that the DI output is post EQ only. Other than that, you cannot go wrong. Musicians Friend return policy makes it hard not to try it out. See for yourself you won't be sorry you did.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                This should be your first choice

                By 1shot

                from NC

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Fender Rumble 500W Bass Amp Head:

                  This bass head is excellent , I got this to replace the ampeg pf500 that kept shutting down on me. I'm glad I got this fender head, the sounds are awesome, you can adjust your sound for any type of music, deep bass sound, this is amp is a much better choice. I have it set on 1 and it rattles my room,

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I would buy again

                  By Cajunsound

                  from Sulphur Louisiana

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Fender Rumble 500W Bass Amp Head:

                    so many tone settings great sound and powerful

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Fantastic!

                    By Damian

                    from Schaumburg, IL

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Events
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Fender Rumble 500W Bass Amp Head:

                      I decided to downgrade cost wise from Aguilar ToneHammer 500/Aguilar DB112 to this little amp with a Rumble 115 cab and received it yesterday from MF.

                      WHAT A SOUND!! I am not sure but I was just unable to get that sound from the Aguilar amp and the cab (maybe because it was just a 12 inch speaker cab), but I am presently surprised by this amp/cab performs. I love the sounds I can get out of it and the bottom is just phenomenal. I use it at home only but I am pretty sure my neighbors hated me last night :)

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      yes I would Buy another one if need be!!

                      By Donu

                      from Kaplan,Louisiana

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Events
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Fender Rumble 500W Bass Amp Head:

                        I set up the head with Peavey 4-10's and this monster was awesome. I was using a Peavey Combo 300 Bass Head that I removed from it's speaker case. This Rumble does exactly what the name says Rumble! I'm still working to get the right sound I want. The adjustments are easy to work with, It's just I like the right sound. I can't find nothing to complain about. I've been a Peavey man all my life. For 46 years I've been playing on Peavey Instruments and Amps. If you want a great sound, Light Bass Head, and easy to adjust, unless your picky like me, then this head is for you. BUY IT!!!

                         
                        5.0

                        Fender Rumble 500 Head

                        By Stevo

                        from Stony Brook NY

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Performances

                          Comments about Fender Rumble 500W Bass Amp Head:

                          If you play classic and oldies, this one's for you, Nice tone, light weight, easy to dial in your tone.

                           
                          5.0

                          A little power house that I would buy again if needed.

                          By Big "O"

                          from Gastonia, NC

                          About Me Professional Musician

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Events
                            • Performances

                            Comments about Fender Rumble 500W Bass Amp Head:

                            Originally purchased to fit atop a 1966 Fender "Solid State" 3x12 Bassman cab. These are very narrow cabs that normal size heads won't fit on, so the Fender Rumble was a perfect fit with plenty of power to get the max out of those old school Utah 12's. Obviously usable in place of anemic heads for other cabs too.

                             
                            5.0

                            Finally a good affordable bass head

                            By Ken J

                            from Middlefield Ct

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Events
                              • Home Studio
                              • Performances

                              Comments about Fender Rumble 500W Bass Amp Head:

                              I went through a number of products in this price range this by far is the best set up.
                              Paired up with two 210 Peavey Headliners now I have (1) 210 at 350 watts 8 ohms or (2) 210s at 500 watts at 4 ohms. Very vestal and a lot easier to handle than my 1510 900watt Peavey stack.

                              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              This head is an excellent choice for sound and functionality

                              By Bullethead

                              from Honolulu,HI

                              About Me Novice

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                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Powerful

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Performances

                                Comments about Fender Rumble 500W Bass Amp Head:

                                I am starting a band and will use this to play gigs

                                 
                                5.0

                                A loud beast!

                                By Gster

                                from UK

                                About Me Experienced

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Fender Rumble 500W Bass Amp Head:

                                    For me, Fender have nailed what the bass world have been after with the Rumble v3 series. Affordable, lightweight with good quality tone.

                                    I'm using this head with two 2x10 Rumble V3 cabs. The head is very loud and as light as a feather. Having played Ashdown ABM rigs historically I was sceptical that I was going to get on with this rig. I've found that the class D technology is good, very good. It obviously doesn't deliver a true valve warmth but it gets close and the tonal range is broad. It can do vintage to a more dubby sound. All in all, this head (and cabs) sound great and more to the point, you won't dread having to carry it to the car! What's not to love?

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Awesome Head!

                                    By Triptronic

                                    from Lake worth, Fl

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                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Good Warmth
                                    • Powerful

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Amateur Recording
                                      • Home Studio
                                      • Performances

                                      Comments about Fender Rumble 500W Bass Amp Head:

                                      I was impressed with the sound quality and power of this amp. I have tried many other amps and at loud volumes they sound muddy, but this amp is clear at all volumes, and when you combine with the rumble cabinet, it is the best deal out there. I love the push button features that let you customize your sound.

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Replace my back-breaker rig...

                                      By "Bass Beast"

                                      from Burnet County, TX

                                      About Me Professional Musician

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Performances

                                        Comments about Fender Rumble 500W Bass Amp Head:

                                        Bought this head to replace my Sunn 300T. I'm just too old and broke down to lug HUNDREDS of pounds of equipment like I used to. I was skeptical about it's ability until I used it. I have powered my Ampeg 610 cab, my Fender 115 cab, and for the last year, a 115 cab I built that is tiny (36 lbs). I LOVE THIS AMP! I mounted it in the same rack cab with my power conditioner. I can carry the whole rig in one trip!... LOL... If you are considering this amp, you won't be disappointed!

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