We round up 11 of the best cheap bass amps that don’t suck, proving you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a great tone.
Finding the best cheap bass amps that don’t suck can be quite difficult. So, we’ve made it easy and collected a selection of the best budget bass amps that sound incredible and prove the word “cheap” just means “budget-friendly”.
These are perfect options for players of all levels. Whether you’re a beginner player looking for a cheap bass guitar amp that you can get started with or you're a pro-level player who wants a good cheap bass amp that they can rely on - you'll find something here.
All of these amps are sub (get it?) £300 so they’re quite affordable and are comfortably suited to beginner players right the way through to professional level players. Here they are in price ascending order.
Show Me The Best Cheap Bass Amps That Don’t Suck
1. Blackstar FLY 3 Bass Stereo Pack
First up we have the industry standard mini bass amp – the Blackstar FLY 3 Bass Stereo pack. This extremely powerful, and very portable amplifier is certainly one of the best cheap bass amps around clocking in at a mere £95. For this very affordable price tag you get the 3 watt amp itself packed with a 3” speaker as well as an extension cab, adding an extra 3 watts to your sound. The result is a 6-watt stereo amplifier packed with classic Blackstar tones. You can change up the Gain, enjoy the OD (overdrive) Channel and even modify your sound utilising Volume, EQ, Sub Control and Compression Ratio controls. The Speaker Emulated output allows you to record straight to a DAW and practice in silence as it also acts as a headphones output. If you've got limited room or need to practice at a moments notice this is ideal.
2. Fender Rumble 25 Bass Amplifier Combo (V3)
The Fender Rumble 25 Bass Amplifier Combo (V3) is easily one of the best cheap bass amps we stock.
The all-new updated version of the coveted Rumble series features a beefier power amp that provides that extra push you need when you’re playing live – it’s ready for the stages of the world.
You have 25 watts at your disposal and a built-in EQ control so you can sculpt your sound. However, it’s the overdrive circuit and switchable Contour control that delivers gritty bite or slap-worthy articulation you need at the push of a button.
It’s hard-wearing, budget-friendly and sounds great thanks to the fact it’s loaded with all that signature Fender tone. One of the best cheap bass amps on the market today for those who need a small bass amp for practice, recording or playing around the home.
3. Laney RB1 Richter Bass Guitar Combo
Next up we have the very affordable Laney RB1 Richter Bass Guitar Combo. At way under £100, it’s definitely one of our best cheap bass amps which would fit perfectly in any home or studio. We love it as it’s set up for all manner of environments thanks to the Dual Position Kickback cabinet design which allows you to angle it back as a monitor should you need to.
The 15 watts of solid-state tone is impressive when you crank it through the Normal or High channels whilst a built-in compressor and powerful 3 band EQ featuring a swept mid control makes accurate tone shaping easy. It’s also ideal for first-time players and old hands who need something to rehearse at home with as the headphone input makes it ideal for jamming in silence. An impressive, highly portable and very cheap bass amplifier players can rely on.
4. Orange Crush Bass 25w Bass Guitar Combo Amplifier
The Orange Crush series is relied upon by bass players all over the world thanks to its incredible affordability and superb sound quality. This particular 25-watt version makes our best cheap bass amps partly due to the low £165 price tag, but the fact that you have 100% analogue circuitry pumping out 25 watts of pure power through am 8” speaker. This is ideal as a practice bass amp for around the home as you have a built-in tuner and headphones input for silent practice. However, it also makes a great option for pro-level players in need of something to record with. The CabSim technology allows you to plug directly into your DAW and enjoy the sound of a 4x12 mic’d up orange cabinet for superior sound when recording or rehearsing – perfect. Shop the Orange Crush Bass 25W amp here.
5. Ashdown STUDIO-12 Super lightweight 110w Bass Combo Amp
If you need a cheap bass amp for gigs that won’t get you laughed off stage, is ideal for fragging to practice and won't break your back then the Ashdown STUDIO-12 Super lightweight 110w Bass Combo Amp is a perfect option. At under £300 it’s very reasonably priced offering up 110 watts of power through the 12” speaker – ideal for smaller gigs and rehearsal sessions.
At 10.3kgs/22.7lbs! this amp is also a very portable option which is perfect for beginners taking amps to classes and the tired musicians out there (like me) who don’t want to be carting around a massive amp! You have 5-Band EQ of Bass, Lo-Mid, Middle, Hi-Mid, and Treble s well as a Valve emulated overdrive circuit making it a very versatile bass amplifier. Finally, there’s also a headphones input for practising in silence too.
6. Vox AC2 RhythmVOX Bass Mini Combo Amplifier
The Vox AC2 RhythmVOX Bass Mini Combo Amplifier is definitely one of the best portable bass amps on the market today, but it’s also one of the best cheap bass amps as it clocks in at £52. This provides a modest 2 watts of power, which is more than enough for practising at home.
One of the key benefits of this small bass amplifier is the built-in rhythm feature which you can jam along to and hone your skills. You also have a range of built-in effects such as Chorus, Delay, and Reverb so you can create your perfect sound without the need for pedals.
It's also a perfect practice bass amp that you can take everywhere as you can power it via 6 x AA batteries. Ideal for those who want to be able to jam at home, on the tour bus or in student halls.
7. Ashdown OriginAL 300 Watt Bass Amplifier Head
The Ashdown OriginAL 300 Watt Bass Amplifier Head is another one of our favourite cheap bass amps that certainly doesn’t suck. This is a very small, very portable but VERY powerful bass amplifier head that busts out 300 watts of pure power.
One of the main reasons we love this amp is the fact you have an Active/Passive switch which allows you to set the amp up so you get a clear signal path that has been specifically tailored for bass guitars with active or passive pickups.
You have an integrated 5-band EQ and the classic Ashdown VY metre as well as a Shape control that you can use to get that coveted Mid-Scoop in the frequency range.
An integrated headphone output is also a great addition as you can practice anywhere anytime in silence. When you’re ready to start gigging, just add your bass cabinet and you’re ready to enjoy world-class sound.
A very powerful cheap bass amp that’s perfect for players of all levels.
8. Blackstar Unity Bass 30-Watt Bass Combo
The Blackstar Unity Bass 30-Watt Bass Combo is perfect for the bass players out there who want something budget friendly that will still get the job done. This is perfect for smaller gigs, as it’s packed with an 8” speaker and pumps out 30 watts of power. If you’re just starting out in the world of bass or you need a practice amp or something for smaller gigs, then this is ideal. A footswitchable Overdrive and Chorus function really sets this bass amp apart and the 3 voices - Classic, Modern, Overdrive makes it particularly versatile. A great option for those who need something capable of handling a wide variety of sounds and genres of music.
9. Orange Crush Bass 50, 50w Bass Guitar Combo Amplifier
If you need a mean, rugged and very powerful bass amp without a massive price tag, then the Orange Crush Bass 50, 50w Bass Guitar Combo Amplifier is perfect. At £249, this won’t break the bank, but the 50 watts might just break your windows – so be careful! A heavy-duty 12” speaker beautifully pumps out the 50 watts which are delivered to you thanks to the all-analogue circuitry, active EQ and Blend & Gain controls. You can effectively blend the channels or isolate them, effectively giving you two amps in one!
This means you get total control over your tone and a range of sonic options and the rugged design ensures your amp is safe whilst you’re transporting it from gig to gig!
10. Ashdown AAA-120-15T 120W Bass Combo
Again, the team at Ashdown have come through with incredible playability at a budget friendly price. The Ashdown AAA-120-15T 120W Bass Combo is there for those who want an easy to use bass amplifier that just gets the job done. You have 120 watts at your disposal here, along with tone shaping features like a 4 band EQ with sweepable mids and foot-switchable valve emulated overdrive.
In addition, you can expand your sound thanks to the supplied AppTek cable which allows you to connect to Ashdown’s signature ABM Pre App and enjoy expanded features including Sub Harmonics, Tube Drive, Compression and comprehensive 7 Band EQ. If you don’t feel like using the app, you can simply plug in and play for a massive sound out of the 15” speaker.
11. Ashdown MAG C110-250 300-Watt Combo Bass Amplifier
The Ashdown MAG C110-250 300-Watt Combo Bass Amplifier is exclusive to PMT. This amp has never been made before by Ashdown and includes a custom Green panel as well as 300 watts of power pulsating through the 10” Ashdown Custom speaker. This is a perfect beginner option that will easily transfer to the live arena as you have expert control over your sound as well as Compression, Overdrive and Sub-Harmonics functionality – there’s not a lot this bass amp can’t do.
It may be one of the best cheap bass amps we’ve seen, but don’t let the price tag fool you – this is perfect for pro-level musicians who need something for rehearsals, studio work and around the home. Be careful though as the Tube Emulated drive in combination with the 300 watts of power will certainly cause a few noise complaints at home!
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