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TC Electronic BG500 Bass Combo Amplifier (500 Watts, 1x15")

Loaded with a custom Eminence 15-inch speaker, the BG500 combo amp borrows its multiband compressor and TubeTone emulation from TC Electronic's RH450 head. (6) Read 3 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

TC started the bass amp 2.0 revolution with the award winning RH450 bass amp, but it's far from over! So, join the revolution as bass amp 2.0 continues with a combo that combines tons of raw power with stunning tone shaping tools and an impressive list of unconventional features. Meet the BG500 115. Get ready to plug, play and groove.

BG500 shares many features with the original RH450 which has already changed the way many bass players have come to think of amplification. Just ask Rocco Prestia of Tower of Power who made his very own version: Staccato'51.

The powerful 500 Watt amp in the has a 1-inch Eminence tweeter and a 15-inch woofer, offering, great response across the frequency range.

SpectraComp
A conventional compressor tends to be dominated by the lower string, but with SpectraComp(tm), which is taken directly from the original RH450, you virtually get 'per string' multi-band compression that evens out the compression across all strings. The result is that your sound gets compressed in a much more musical and useful way than any single-band compressor would be able to deliver.

TubeTone
The TubeTone(tm) effect was originally introduced on RH450. Most transistor designs have tried to replicate tube sound using one small preamp tube, but they generally fail as they don't take the crucial characteristics of a full preamp and power amp into account - both of which are essential to the sound. TubeTone(TM) emulates all characteristics to deliver the full tube sound.

Presets
OK, BG500 will not memorize your chords or riffs, but it will store three of your favorite tones. You may not have used presets before, but that's only because you've never had the chance! For instance, if you use different basses on stage, you know that a few user memories would be welcome. With great sounding bass tones and seamless switching between them, you will be able to focus on the important thing - playing!

Built-in bass tuner
Every once in a while, you need to tune up, and whenever that happens, just let the built-in tuner guide you. It's simple, it lets you tune silently, and it gets you back to playing music in no time.

TweeterTone
The tweeter control is usually located on the rear side of the cabinet, but on the BG500 you can simply adjust the tweeter level right from the front panel. Further, the sound also gets modified slightly with filters giving you a much more intelligent control over the critical high frequencies.

Tone Controls
EQ is always a bass essential, so they have equipped the BG500 series with a great sounding, 4-band EQ which is great for shaping your fundamental tone. Further, with two contour filters you can scoop the mid-frequencies a bit. Think of this feature as a kind of instant EQ that can create warm and smooth tones on demand.

Connections
Just plug and play! And for rehearsing or jamming along you can connect external devices to AUX IN. If you don't want to disturb the neighbors, plug in your headphones and the drivers will be muted automatically. Finally, you can send a signal to a sound-engineer via the balanced XLR output - or to an audio interface if you are recording.

zZounds is an authorized dealer of TC Electronic and TC-Helicon products.
Input Section
Input connector: 1/4-inch jack

Input impedance: 1 Mohm / 100 pF

Gain range: -96 to 36dB

Tone control
Bass:
- Center Freq: 160Hz (Gain: +15/-24dB)

Low Mid:
- Center Freq: 400Hz (Gain: +15/-24dB)

High Mid:
- Center Freq: 800Hz (Gain: +15/-24dB)

Treble:
- Center Freq: 1600Hz @ Gain: -24 to 0dB; 4000Hz @ Gain 0 to +15

Tweeter Tone: 0 to10, L-PAD Cabinet Recreation

Tube Tone: 0 to10, Tube amp Recreation

Spectra Comp: 3 band Spectral Compression

User Memories: 3 memory locations storing all front panel controls except Mute & Master Level.

Tuner
Bass Tuner, "On" when muted

Tuning range: B0 (30.87Hz) to G4 (392.00Hz)

Mute: Mutes speaker out, Phones out and Balanced out

Master Level / Headphones Output: Studio quality headphone amp

HP Out Impedance: 40 to 600 Ohm

Mains supply: 100 - 120V~ or 220 - 240V~ 50/60Hz (65W @ 1/8 of Max. Output)

Power rating: 500w (1000w Peak)

Balanced output: Balanced XLR, Pre/Post Pre-amp

Bal. Out Max.: +2dBu

Bal. Out Optimal Load Impedance: 600 Ohm

Rehearsal input: RCA, Left/Right input, fits to iPod (r)

Dimensions: 475 x 735 x 410 mm / 18.7 x 28.9 x 16.1 inches

Weight: 32 kg / 70.5 pounds

Finish: Carpet covered. Handcrafted wooden box

Porting: Front porting

Woofer: Eminence custom 15-inch

Tweeter: Eminence Neo 33mm voicecoil
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 519-745-1158
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (6 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
"Superb, Well-priced, Versatile"
Overall: This amp is worth every penny and more! Priced just around a dollar a watt of solid state, clean, bass wonder! Plenty of power and tone control. The 4 band eq is very responsive, and when added to the spectra comp and tube tone features, the preamp alone is enough to sell me. You can get plenty of clean, loud gain as well as gritty and barky tones simply by using the gain, tubetone, and master knobs...3 knobs to rule the amps! The headphone amp is quality and the use of stored settings is great. All analog tone for a fraction of amps it's size and power. The 15" speaker growls and also sings. It can produce thick and punchy tones as well as hi-fi and cutting tones when paired with the tweeter control. Getting the best sound out of this amp is no worry. The front panel is easy to navigate. The buttons are a little unreliable but TC electronic can easily resupply you with easy to install buttons for free within a matter of a few business days. It's heavy but I contructed a roller dolly for it, and the handles help. The exterior is pretty tough and the faceplate is supple. Overall, a very fabulous amp for any style. I can get reggae and dub tones easily, as well as some thick rock and smooth jazz tones. Your bass can morph into an upright bass with a few knobs. Extraordinary! Buy this amp now, if you value your tone and need a high quality, low price amp!
Style of Music: Progressive rock, Progressive metal, heavy metal, classical, jazz, blues, etc. Rush covers mostly.
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Overall: This amp is incredible. I played on a Hartke 500w 410/115 and then on this amp in the same room at the same spot and it filled the room so much more, I couldn't beleive it! The 115 blew me away as well, since I wasn't sure if the 210 would be better.
Style of Music: Mostly rock
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