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Ampeg Portaflex PF500 Bass Amplifier Head (500 Watts)

Get huge bass tone in a portable package. Built around Ampeg's Mosfet preamp, the solid-state PF500 bass head boasts onboard compression, 3-band EQ and more. (31) Read 24 reviews for this product | Rate and Review This Product
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The Ampeg Portaflex PF500 bass head brings you 500 watts of low-end power, in an exceptionally compact and lightweight unit. It employs Ampeg's extensively developed and much lauded MOSFET solid state preamp. This gives you an amp with a super-clear clean tone, packing plenty of punch and power.

Input and Outputs

Your Portaflex PF500 is a single-input design with a Mute and a -15 dB pad switch right next to the 1/4-inch input jack. The amp boasts both a single 1/4-inch and a SpeakON-style output for running to the cabinet of your choice. It pairs stylishly with the many fine bass cabinets in the Ampeg line (like the PF-115HLF or PF-210HLF), but will serve any suitably-sized cabinet with an minimum impedance of 4 ohms.

Lots of Ways to Play With Your Tone

You'll find a wide range of tonal control on the Portaflex PF500. To start, you've got classic Bass and Treble knobs to make sure the lows and highs of your tone are where you want them. Then you can really start getting into the intricacies of tone using the 5-position midrange control to craft the real "voice" of your bass sound. An Ultra Lo switch is there when you want to add more thud to the mix. The Ultra Hi switch is perfect when you need to drop a bass solo that will cut through the rest of the mix. You can also use the integrated Compressor to achieve still tighter and cleaner tones when you're raging at high volumes.

Awesome Features Throughout

A number of useful features make the Ampeg Portaflex PF500 a great amp for gigging musicians. There is an FX Loop Send and Return. You'll also find a Power Amp input and a Pre-Amp Output. The balanced XLR Direct Out on the rear panel runs easily to live mixers or recording consoles with a switchable -40 dB pad, and even features a pre-/post-FX loop switch! A thoughtfully included Tuner Out allows you to tune silently and quickly via a direct bass-to-amp 1/4-inch line. Finally, you've got a Ground Lift switch to eliminate ground noise when it arises.

Even More Control with an Optional Footswitch

The Portaflex PF500 also has a 1/4-inch TRS footswitch input that allows you to connect an Ampeg AFP2 (not included) or any other dual TRS footswitch to control the Mute and FX On/Off control.

Features:

- 500-watt MOSFET Preamp
- Class D power amp
- 1/4-inch and a Speakon-style outputs
- 3-way Bass/Mids/Treble
- 5-position Mid-tone control
- Ultra Lo/Ultra Hi boost switches
- Ground lift switch
- FX loop with footswitchable control
- XLR Direct Out with -40dB pad switch
- Power amp input
- Preamp output
- 1/8-inch headphone output / Line in
- -15 dB input pad switch
- Mute with footswitchable control
- TRS footswitch output zZounds is an authorized dealer of Ampeg products.
- RMS power output: 500 watts at 4 ohms
- Preamp: MOSFET
- Power amp: Class D
- Tone controls: Bass, mid, treble
- Mid-tone control: 5-position
- Ground lift
- FX loop with dedicated mix control (footswitchable)
- Power amp in/ preamp out
- 1/8 in. headphone out / line in
- -15 dB input pad
- Mute (footswitchable)
- Dimensions (HxWxD): 3 x 14 x 11"
- Weight: 11 lbs / 5 kg
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 15 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 19 x 15 x 9 in
with Ampeg PF115HE Speaker Cabinet
Shipping Weight: 70 lbs
with Ampeg PF210HE Speaker Cabinet
Shipping Weight: 72 lbs
Ampeg Warranty If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 866-858-5832

Product Description

Ampeg's Portaflex PF500 bass head delivers a staggering 500 watts of power in a super-compact design providing pure Ampeg tone in an extremely portable package. The PF500 harnesses the performance of Ampeg's highly-researched MOSFET preamp, setting a standard for solid-state tone.

Tonal control on the Ampeg Portaflex PF500 is no problem with the 5-position midrange control and classic hi/lo boosts while features like the direct out with ground lift and pad are perfect for the gigging bassist. There's even onboard compression for a tighter, cleaner tone at high volumes. Pair it with the PF-115HLF or PF-210HLF flip-top cabinets for the vintage styling and portability of Ampeg's iconic Portaflex originals.
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Sound: Just got mine today and it has the pure Ampeg tone! I dialed in the compression at about 10 o'clock and it evened it out nicely and I really didn't hear a tone change at all. I boosted the gain until it started to break up, then backed off a hair and found that sweet spot. I also found that I didn't need to crank the bass knob at all - it has plenty of low end with the bass knob at 12 o'clock. I was using my stage rig (Avatar 2x10 NEO) but set up in the living room so things might be different on stage, but I doubt I will be disappointed. Feature: The 5 way mid frequency switch makes it super flexible, and all of the other controls typically found on the SVTs (bass boost, high boost, etc) are very nice and useful. Ampeg doesn't waste time on fancy features that do nothing - this amp has stuff you can use. Ease of Use: Piece of cake. It's truly plug and play. Quality: Seems to be very solid and well made. Value: I paid $399. Unreal, it sounds like a $1000 amp. Manufacturer Support: NA so far The Wow Factor: Gotta have one if you like light weight and Ampeg tone. Overall: I was using my stage rig (Avatar 2x10 NEO) but set up in the living room so things might be different on stage, but I doubt I will be dissapointed. I should report back after a gig or two but I doubt I will change anything.
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Sound: i've been using ampeg bass amps for 30 years.....had the B-15 porta-flex, had the V4 with the V4 refridgerator bottom, the SVT with the 4 10" cab and the 1 15" cab...every sound man had made a comment on how nice a it sounded, and i toured the us with that rig.....next was the B200R 220 watts into 15" tube pre-amp sound awesome motown baby rockabilly......had 2 of these babys...had to fix the problem with the gasket of speaker on wrong side..causing bass cabinet rattling..easy fix tho.....and now i got the new pori-flex PF-500, with the PF-210 bottom, and the PF-115 bottom, unbelivable sound, it is full, round, punchy....this is the amp i'll take to the grave.........i only hope i can take it with me to rock and roll heaven so i can jam with Keith Moon... Quality: it is beautiful....i was surprised at how nice it looks... Overall: this is all i'll need for the rest of my life...
Style of Music: rockabilly, blues, old school rock and roll
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