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SWR Workingman's 15 Bass Combo Amp

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The SWR Workingman's 15 Bass Combo Amp is loaded with practical features: independent inputs for passive or active instruments, active EQ and transpa...Click To Read More About This Product

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Relatively lightweight, but powerful enough for larger rooms!

The SWR Workingman's 15 Bass Combo Amp is loaded with practical features: independent inputs for passive or active instruments, active EQ and transparency controls, automatic limiter defeat switch, limiter-active LED, gain control, and preamp clip LED. Casters on cab. It delivers 160W to power its custom 15" SWR driver and piezo tweeter; 200W when an extension cab is added.


SPECIFICATIONS
  • 20-3/4"W x 27-3/4"H x 16-1/4"D
  • 70 lbs.
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4.6

(based on 30 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Exactly what I was looking for.

I've been looking for a good bass combo amp with great tone and plenty of volume at a reasonably low price for a very long time, and I noticed this one a while ago...Read complete review

I've been looking for a good bass combo amp with great tone and plenty of volume at a reasonably low price for a very long time, and I noticed this one a while ago before it was on clearance (it was selling for about $650). Then I saw it about a month ago for $350, and I had to get it. I played it at my teachers house before and I loved it. When it first arrived at my house, I was surprised by it's size (alot bigger than I expected), even when I opened the box, there wasn't that much packaging wasting space. I took it out and played for about an hour. WOW! I worked with the controls a bit, and found what I like. I don't usualy change amp setting much, other than volume, instead I just change settings on my bass (it's much easier). The sound is amazing, and you can really feel this amp while playing it. It might be a minor challenge transporting it, as it has no handles on the sides, but it does have roller blade wheels on the back bottom edge, which is helpful. My main bass is an Ibanez SRX300, and my other main amp is a Behringer Ultrabass BX1200 (#1 seller here). The bass is great, but the only good experience I've had with the amp is playing in church. It has a 12" aluminum core speaker and 120 watts, which sounded good at the time, but since I bought it, I've learned alot about sound and amps and whatnot. This amp is a great step up from that, with 160 watts and a 15" paper cone speaker. I haven't played with anyone yet, but I'm not worried about it turning out bad. I'll probably be playing it in numerous bands, such as a pop-punk band or two, a more hardcore punk band, two jazz bands and a pit orchestra. If you need a big amp, but don't want a half stack, and you're contemplating about this one, your search is over. Buy this soon, because it's on clearance and when it's gone, it's not coming back. Altough the new WorkingPro 15 is now for sale, its twice as expensive, but I can't say anything bad about it, I'm sure it's good.SWR > All other bass amp companies (including Ampeg- I did look at those while shopping too)

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noisy amp...

One of the most noisy amps I have ever heard. You had better be playing in a band with this amp to drown out the high pitch hiss that constantly comes out of this...Read complete review

One of the most noisy amps I have ever heard. You had better be playing in a band with this amp to drown out the high pitch hiss that constantly comes out of this amp, even without an instrument plugged into it. I have bought 2 of these from MF and had to return both of them. If not for the hiss this amp would be great.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great amp for small to mid-sized venues

By Metalmaniac-zpjEY

from Cullowhee, NC

I've been playing bass for about 2 years now in a group and been using this amp the whole time. I haven't played with an extention cab yet, but this amp rocks and I definitely recommend it. Has a good 'clanky' tone capability for metal or punk... yet can be configured for clean bass. I let a guy in a bluegrass band plug in an upright bass one time and it sounded really good used like that also. Gave the upright a nice clean dark tone. I really like how you can switch off the peizo to fit your taste. The tuner output has been very helpful on several occasions. We've used the XLR balanced output several times for recording, and that's worked really well. This amp sounds really big for its power rating.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best portable bass rig for the money

By ARB

from Orange County, CA

I have been playing 35 years and had all kinds of bass rigs. Got tired of moving large systems to gigs. I discovered the working man's 15 combo 5 years ago and have been using it since at all types of venues. XLR out to PA for large venues, with 15" extension cab for clubs and just the combo for small bars and clubs. Great sound!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing amp

By Pigfoot

from FL

I've had Ampeg V15B's, SVT's and Acoustics that can't touch this amp as far as tone goes. Throw on another 1X15 cab and this is one serious player, at any cost.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Great Amp

By Bongo_Bass_Man

from Los Angeles, CA

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I got this amp a couple of years ago and it has never let me down. For its size, this amp is actually really portable. Since it has wheels and a very good design it can be taken anywhere. I easily can take it to and from band practices hassle free and your bass will always be heard when you're playing through this amp. Definetly worth the price, this amp has everything a bass player needs. It also sounds very very good when you hook up an effect directly to the amp and can control the effect well. I always get a nice bold sound when i pop and slap on this amp and it serves me well for every style of playing. But WAIT, THERE'S MORE! All the controls on this amp go up to eleven! yet another reason to buy it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Try it out first before buying

By Garrett Mireles

from Hawaii

I was looking for an Ampeg, but I could find no retailers, and I live in hawaii so I'm stuck with what's on the island, because shipping from the mainland would cost too much. This amp seems to love clarity and highs. I had trouble getting a beefy low end out of it, but I did it. I had to turn off the horn, bass at 7-8, mids 6-7, treble around 3-4, gain 7, aural at about 6. Good beefy end, this thing is actually pretty good. But I would recommend trying one out before spending the money on it, it may not be for everybody. Also, if you slap, this thing will be a godsend for you.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Practical durable gig amp

By Charlietahoe

from Lake Tahoe, NV

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I am a full time bassist. (Too old to wanna talk about it) I have more amps and basses than I can keep track of. I bought my first WM 15 back in 98. I now have two of the same amp, although the new one is slightly bigger, heavier, and also more powerfull by 40 watts. The first one I purchased ended up going to countless gigs. One time I was misinformed about an outdoor venue/concert and ended up using it at a hugh event, lined into the PA ofcourse. It actually did a lot better than expected! The first one did eventually need some repairs, ie cracked solder joints, also one of the large power supply caps went bad. But, that's after more than a couple hundred gigs and a lot of slammin'. I have a house band gig and was told by my band leader that he much prefered the wm15 to my goliath/SM500 rig. We leave everything permenantly installed at the gig, and I began to really miss that combo amp! Especially at upstairs gigs. That is why I bought a new one, and since it is 10-12 pounds heavier than the older one, the new one stays at work. My old wm15, the one I've repaired twice now is still on the one I use for casual gigs. The sound quality is not as good as my bigger rigs but is very satisfactory for just about any casual, small club (150 seats) and even if you do happen to show up less "armed" than you should be, the wm15 will likely exceed your needs. you will find the EQ more than adequate as well.

 
5.0

quality product for the money

By Modus Operandi

from Omak, WA

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I have recently acquired the SWR Workingman's 15 for a little below MSRP and I have never used such an incredible piece of equipment for the price. The active EQ system that this offers is excellent for any style of music.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great

By Bassbrotherjanss

from Tacoma, WA

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My high school has this amp and i use it for jazzband. It works really well and i know its been there for at least 4 or 5 years. It's taken a lot of abuse because anyone can use it but it still works well. It puts out a lot of noise and I was very suprised to find out it was only 160 watts. I end up borrowing it all the time and considering buying it for myself.

 
5.0

Exactly what I was looking for.

By Sean-c82kv

from Troy, MI

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I've been looking for a good bass combo amp with great tone and plenty of volume at a reasonably low price for a very long time, and I noticed this one a while ago before it was on clearance (it was selling for about $650). Then I saw it about a month ago for $350, and I had to get it. I played it at my teachers house before and I loved it. When it first arrived at my house, I was surprised by it's size (alot bigger than I expected), even when I opened the box, there wasn't that much packaging wasting space. I took it out and played for about an hour. WOW! I worked with the controls a bit, and found what I like. I don't usualy change amp setting much, other than volume, instead I just change settings on my bass (it's much easier). The sound is amazing, and you can really feel this amp while playing it. It might be a minor challenge transporting it, as it has no handles on the sides, but it does have roller blade wheels on the back bottom edge, which is helpful. My main bass is an Ibanez SRX300, and my other main amp is a Behringer Ultrabass BX1200 (#1 seller here). The bass is great, but the only good experience I've had with the amp is playing in church. It has a 12" aluminum core speaker and 120 watts, which sounded good at the time, but since I bought it, I've learned alot about sound and amps and whatnot. This amp is a great step up from that, with 160 watts and a 15" paper cone speaker. I haven't played with anyone yet, but I'm not worried about it turning out bad. I'll probably be playing it in numerous bands, such as a pop-punk band or two, a more hardcore punk band, two jazz bands and a pit orchestra. If you need a big amp, but don't want a half stack, and you're contemplating about this one, your search is over. Buy this soon, because it's on clearance and when it's gone, it's not coming back. Altough the new WorkingPro 15 is now for sale, its twice as expensive, but I can't say anything bad about it, I'm sure it's good.SWR > All other bass amp companies (including Ampeg- I did look at those while shopping too)

 
5.0

Well worth it!!!

By Lovphunky

from Eugene, OR

Purchased this amp from a beginner upgrade. It was the perfect purchase. Compared this against comparable Crates, Fenders, and all. I would make the same choice over and over. SWR will be the only gear that I buy.

 
2.0

noisy amp...

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

One of the most noisy amps I have ever heard. You had better be playing in a band with this amp to drown out the high pitch hiss that constantly comes out of this amp, even without an instrument plugged into it. I have bought 2 of these from MF and had to return both of them. If not for the hiss this amp would be great.

 
3.0

Tone is inconsistant

By Schecter-1yjwr

from Berklee College of Music

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When I got this amp less than a year ago the tone was perfect, but lately I have been getting this fuzzy sound that bugs the heck out of me. There was also a short circuit wich I was unable to fix myself and cost me another bunch of monies.

 
5.0

Great

By GradyC14

from Brookline, MA

It's a great amp, great value.

 
5.0

Great Amp

By NOFXPunka

from Tallmadge, Ohio

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Great Amp! Great Quality! A little pricey, but you can't beat the quality of it!

 
5.0

Solid performance, small package

By tannerdoo

from West Jefferson, OH

The first time i plugged in, this amp made my bass sound expensive. rugged, full sound. intended for small gigs, i have used this amp with over 400 people listening and no problems. can be upgraded to add SWR 2 X 10T cab or 4 X 10T cab. rollerblade wheels make this amp and easy move (portable bass amp, go figure).

 
5.0

My baby

By katasrofly

from Woodinville, WA

I got this a year ago, right after they started releasing the new models, and man has she treated me good. It's big yes, and sometimes a little hard to fit into small cars, but man can she wail. I have gigged with it a few times with no trouble at all, where I thought I sounded quiet, I heard from friends that the bass was overpowering. The great part was for a large gymnasium I was only using 2/3 the full power, not including the extra with a cab. The punchy sound you get from this is awesome, it works great for active, passive, 5-string, 4-string, whatever. The 15 just keeps pumpin it out! If you add the cab, all you're asking for is to get blown over... it's a beast, get it!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This Is One FANTASTIC Amp

By sNoOP-ZPqsQ

from Australia

This is by far the best amp that i have played! I own a Behringer and a Fender, and both are absolutly BLITZED by the SWR. Using the same bass, the tonal quality produced bt the SWR was far superior to both other amps, and the ability to change the timbre of the sound produced was also much better on the SWR. The sound produced on a SWR while playing slapping funk, fast punk rock or rock/alternative is absolutely second to none.While the price is more expensive than other brand amps, the quality of sound and product outweights the price. Definitely worth the extra money.

 
2.0

problem amp

By 4stringhero

from pomona

this amp treated me great the first few months i had it. i loved it. it was powerful and great. about a year after i bought it the power supply broke, and so every time i transport it i have to be extra carful not to let the chord come out. everyone i know who has this amp has the same exact problem. booooo!!

 
5.0

Name says it all

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Been playing for 5 years now. Started out with the workman 12 and recently moved up to the 15. It is a great amp for practice and gigs. It travels well and sounds great with all types of music.

 
5.0

VERY NICE

By TYLER-K4oNj

from Seattle, WA

A combo is all you need, and you don't need much more than the workingmans 15! It is ideal for practicing, or playing small shows, but also LARGE shows. It is easy to transport, and when you get up on stage and mic it up, which you would do with any amp, it sounds awesome. It has a direct outlet which is awesome! It is a 15 inch speaker, not 2x8s so it doesn't sound like Fender amps! Buy this amp! I have used mine forever!!

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