This time, we’re getting into what’s now a must-have for any guitarist looking to jam out or record awesome sounding tracks from their bedroom: low-wattage amplifiers.
Ampeg BA-112 V2 Bass Amplifier
Distributed by: Yamaha Music Australia | Expect to pay: $749.99
Key Features: An update on their classic combo amp, the BA-112 V2 is a no-brainer for any bassist looking for classic Ampeg tones in a package tidy enough to squeeze on the backseat of your car. With 75 watts of RMS power and a custom Ampeg 12” speaker doing the heavy lifting, the BA-112 V2 provides a super simple, yet super effective solution to bedroom practise, band rehearsals and gigs at smaller venues. Weighing in at a breezy 19kg and featuring a steel chassis with a classic tolex covering, the BA-112 V2 is definitely one of the most practical combo units on the market at this pricepoint.
Unlike other amps of this size, Ampeg have ensured that the BA-112 V2 incorporates some of the best components and features, taking it beyond the realms of being just another practice amp. A legacy Ampeg preamp with a three-band EQ lets you tap into every famous bass tone under the sun, and the results are always exceptional. There’s also a Bass Scrambler overdrive circuit, which can be triggered via an external foot switch for a huge blast of SVT-inspired grit, making this a worthy option for bassists operating in heavier realms.
The BA-112 V2 also a few features designed to make life as a bedroom musician a little easier, with an auxiliary input and headphone output letting you play along with your favourite tracks while donning headphones for silent, parent-pleasing rehearsals. A -15dB pad switch also makes switching from active and passive pickups worry free, while the intuitive, slanted design of the amplifier lets you strategically poise it on a 60 degree angle. This helps to reinforce the frequency output of the BA-112 V2, and means that you can angle it to ensure you cop the best sound possible during a band rehearsal or even a small gig.
Mixdown Says: If you’ve dabbled in the art of bass guitar before, you’ll know that Ampeg has long been considered as the industry standard for most low-end theorists, and it’s easy to hear why when you plug into the BA-112 V2. It’s got a lot of tonal versatility, and cuts through with that classic Ampeg sound, albeit with a bunch of modern features to make it a practical option for the bedroom-bound bassist. Whether you’re tackling the likes of Bootsy Collins or Lemmy Kilmister, the BA-112 V2 is unlikely to leave you in the dust.
Overall: Light, portable and inconspicuous yet abundant in tone and nifty features, you’d be hard pressed to find a better option than the Ampeg BA-112 V2 at this pricepoint.
Contact Yamaha Music Australia for all inquiries about Ampeg products in the local market.