Valve Bass Amps

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About Valve Bass Amps

Valve Bass Amps including bass amp heads and bass combos are loved for their incredible tone. While solid-state bass amps and DI boxes can offer complete transparency, valve bass amps colour the sound of your bass guitar to deliver a rich low end and exciting saturated bass tone. With full control over your bass sound with high mid and bass settings, and optional features like adjustable compression, footswitchable overdrive, mute switch and a two channel setup, a valve bass amp could be what's missing from your setup to get the sound you're looking for!

Valve bass amps give you a tone that is nothing short of glorious. They give your bass a smooth, spongy tone and are much more forgiving than their precise solid-state cousins.

Valve bass amps have a power rating in watts, which relates to the volume that they produce. Bass amps tend to have a higher wattage than guitar amps because bass frequencies are harder to hear and so need to be amplified more. Most valve bass amps tend to be heads rather than combos which means you will need to get the ‘cabinet’ - which houses the speakers - separately.

Why Should I Choose a Valve Bass Amp?

  • Huge bass tone
  • Classic tones
  • Smooth, spongy tone
  • Gig-ready volume
  • Classic analogue sound
  • Authentic valve saturation

Frequently Asked Questions about Valve Bass Amps

Question: Are valve amps worth it for bass?
Yes, the character of a valve bass amp is unmistakable and is the backbone of many rock, funk and metal bands.
Question: What's the difference between a valve and solid state bass amp?
Valve bass amps have a warm tone with a soft, compressed attack whereas solid state amps have a brighter tone and a precise, defined attack.
Question: Do bassists prefer valve bass amps?
Many bassists prefer valve bass amps. They are often used by soul or classic rock bassists because they have a warmer, richer tone than solid state amps. They are also loved by big touring bands because they create a huge, commanding sound.