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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Big little bass amp

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North of Philly

Solid state = solid sound+light weight
Jun 16th, 2016 02:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

So I had an order in with Musicians Friend for the Ibanez Promethean P3110 amp for something like 2 months. Got tired of waiting for what was seeming to be vaporwear.

Beat my salesman over the head and got a substantial discount on the TC Electronic BG250-208. With the (to me at least) necessary footswitch, cost about $100 more.

Really sweet little amp. Weighs in at 26 lbs, has plenty of power for my needs, and a DI as well.

My worst complaint is that the graphics on the amp faceplate could be a little clearer for the two toggle switches.

The control layout is very simple, and the controls seem quite effective.

Sound is full and and articulate. The two 8 inch drivers do the job well. I've been using it mainly for my AE bass, but the J and P sound good also.

Used it for a small bar gig a week ago, and had the guitar player telling me I was too loud

Power is 250 watts at 4 ohms. The internal speakers are an 8 ohm load. The amp connects via a Speakon connector, and the external speaker jack is Speakon as well. If you have a 4 ohm cab like a 4 or 8x10 handy you can unplug the internals, and go straight from the amp.

The footswitch can mute the output, and allows you switch between the two TonePrint slots. A chorus is the default toneprint.

It also has a tuner built in that is always active, pretty handy.

Shoot, better get to bed, maybe more later.

This little guy!

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"bald to the bone"
Jun 16th, 2016 08:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have the TC Electronic BG250-115 MKI (single TonePrint slot and TubeDrive where the second TonePrint slot is on the 2nd generation of this amp series) and really like it. Main disadvantage on the 115 is no speaker out. Same issue with the 112 and 210 versions of this amp: only the 208 will run an external cab.

The BH250 head is pretty much the same amp and another option if a person was to want more flexibility configuring speakers. It is very compact and light so makes a good travel companion/headphone amp.

I played around with the TonePrints for awhile (there's a boatload available for those partial to effects) but have never been much of a pedal guy with guitar or bass, so I don't use them much anymore. Some of them are very cool, but I switched to bass only a couple years ago so am trying to focus on good technique and found the effects to be kind of a distraction. I may revisit them when I've reached the point where I feel my playing is really rock solid.

Glad you've bonded with yours!

BG 250 208:

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North of Philly

Solid state = solid sound+light weight
Jun 28th, 2016 11:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

Been using this a bit. Was told I was too loud on a gig!

There was an update to the firmware recently that opened up some new Toneprints.

I had thought the default chorus was a bit in your face. One of the new ones is by Roscoe Beck. I think it is much more musical and useful, so much so I think I'll overwrite the default chorus with something new.

There are even some tremolos among the new Toneprints. As long as you have your smartphone on the gig you can change prints between sets using the app.

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