11 Best Cheap Bass Amps That Don’t Suck [2019]

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Updated 2019-04-26

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.

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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

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. Albion ABH180H 180W Bass Head

Albion ABH180H 180W Bass Head

The Albion ABH180H 180W Bass Head is easily one of the best cheap bass amps we stock. Now reduced to just £149 (from RRP £429), this powerful, 180 watt bass amp head designed by legendary Steve Grindrod (formerly chief designer at Marshall and VOX) is ready to rock the stages of the world.

This is a professional level bass amp head featuring all the control you need with included Low and High boost switches to bring out the frequencies you need, when you need them.

A separate Gain and Volume instrument section allows you to crank the 1x12AX7 Valve powered preamp section for that tube saturated sound, but still enjoy the solid-state engineering as you dial the volume back instead of blowing out the windows. A DI output with independent level control as well as a DI Feed and Ground Lift switches will ensure the pro-level players out there and recording enthusiasts have the options they need.

Perfectly matched with the Albion BLS115 1x15 Bass Cab, or if you want a stereo sound, the Albion BLS210 2x10 Bass Cab.

3. Laney RB2 Richter Bass Amp Combo

Laney RB2 Richter Bass Amp Combo

Next up we have the very affordable Laney RB2 Richter Bass Amp Combo. At just over £150, 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 30 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

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 AAA-60-10T 60W Bass Combo

Ashdown AAA-60-10T 60W Bass Combo

If you need a cheap bass amp for gigs that won’t get you laughed off stage, then the Ashdown AAA-60-10T 60W Bass Combo is a perfect option. At around £180 it’s very reasonably priced offering up 60 watts of power through the 10” speaker – ideal for smaller gigs and rehearsal sessions. At 12kg 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 a lovely Gain stage as well as Bass, Middle and Treble controls making it a very versatile bass amplifier. Finally, there’s also a headphones input for practising in silence too.

6. Vox VX50BA Bass Guitar Amp

Vox VX50BA Bass Guitar Amp

The Vox VX50BA Bass Guitar Amp 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 under £200. This provides a whopping 50 watts of power, pushing through the 8” woofer. We love it as it contains Vox’s NuTube technology which effectively recreates the feel and response of a valve amp, without the associated weight (and cost) that usually comes along with it. You also get a 4-band precision EQ, built-in compressor and punchy overdrive circuitry to take your sound further.

A perfect practice amp or ideal gigging partner when used with the Direct Out connection and a highly portable amp that you can use onstage, in the studio and at home.

7. Wharfedale WHB200C 2x10 Bass Combo

Wharfedale WHB200C 2x10 Bass Combo

The Wharfedale WHB200C 2x10 Bass Combo is another one of our favourite cheap bass amps that certainly doesn’t suck. This is now priced at a mere £249 (down from RRP £779) and provides 200 watts of raw power thanks to the hybrid Valve and Solid-State construction. Again, this has been specially designed by Steve Grindrod, so you know you’re in good hands considering he created some of the most iconic Marshall and Vox amps of all time.

This comes packed with 2 x 10” Wharfedale Bass Technology speakers and a Titanium Angled Compression Driven Horn for a full and rich sound. The all tube preamp section allows you to enjoy the subtle dynamics of a valve amp whilst the addition of a solid-state power section means you get all the tone shaping features of a tube amp without the added weight or unreliability. This is also a great option for bands who gig regularly thanks to the fact its Thermostatically Fan Cooled with an oversize heatsink for continuous heavy duty use – this’ll last all day and all night!

There’s loads of tone control and tone shaping features and an independent Gain stage which allows you to crank it at lower volumes. A very powerful cheap bass amp that’s perfect for players of all levels.

8. Blackstar Unity Bass 30-Watt Bass Combo

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. Albion ABH120C 120W 1x12 Bass Preamp Valve Combo

Albion ABH120C 120W 1x12 Bass Preamp Valve Combo

If you need a mean, rugged and versatile bass amp without a massive price tag, then the Albion ABH120C 120W 1x12 Bass Preamp Valve Combo is perfect. At £249, this won’t break the bank, but the 120 watts might just break your windows – so be careful! A heavy duty 12” speaker beautifully pumps out the 120 watts which are delivered to you thanks to a 12AX7 Valve powered preamp section and solid-state power amp. This means you get the dynamic tone of a valve amp with the reliability of solid state. A specially designed 3-band EQ section allows you to dial in your perfect tone 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

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

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!

And that's just a selection of the best cheap bass amps available today. Shop a full range of bass amplifiers over at PMT Online or call in to your local PMT store to try out a full selection.

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