View Full Version : Are there any boutique handwired bass amps?

10-23-2006, 03:13 PM
Just curious. Seems we guitarists are having all the fun. Like many of us guitarists, I do have a bass mixed among my gear. Are there any boutique models out there?

10-23-2006, 04:50 PM
I can only think of the TBL200 by /13. I am also interested in learing of others.

10-23-2006, 04:51 PM
I believe MATAMP has specific handwired bass models, and if you want to go old school and use a Hiwatt, or Superbass circuit Germino, or something along those lines, that'd sound great I'm sure.

10-23-2006, 04:56 PM
Glockenklang (my personal favorite)

10-23-2006, 04:58 PM
I had no idea. Thanks!

AJ Love
10-23-2006, 05:08 PM
There are plenty of great Boutique bass amps. Aguillar and Epifani come to mind

10-23-2006, 05:45 PM
My Alessandro Bloodhound (#1, with 6550s) makes a great studio or small combo bass amp-light and the attack is stellar...

10-23-2006, 07:27 PM

10-23-2006, 09:18 PM
The Sadowsky bass amp is beautiful. I'm not sure if it's hand wired but it is boutique. There are a bunch of hand wired tube bass preamps around though, many of them with audio clips @ basstasters.

10-23-2006, 09:21 PM
Freakin sound city 120 man 6 el34's and clean clean clean.. they rock with hartke 4x10 unfortunately you cant grab them for 300.00 any more..

10-24-2006, 01:19 AM
all tube-wise:

my alessandro basset hound is by far one of the best bass amps i've ever owned/played.

not sure, but i think the sadowsky is handwired by Dolf Koch of Koch Amplification.

aguilar no longer makes the all tube db359, but they can be found on the bay. IMHO, a classic amp that unfortunately, dave boonshoft no longer sees as profitable.

and brad at jacksonworks is still in the midst of making his own creation. heck, half of Talkbass put their two cents in to help him suss it out (http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=213749&highlight=jacksonworks). ;)

non all tube-wise, there LOTS of great amps. the thunderfunk is a terrific amp. Euphonic Audio makes a great hifi amp w/ a killer EQ section. the Epifani ul502 and 902 are in a class by themselves in terms of hifi sound and killer power. the Eden gear despite being bought out by US Music, still make a terrific amp. glockenkang is the european benchmark for hifi tone. and the list goes on and on and on. ;)

10-24-2006, 05:02 AM
the walter woods amp is one of the ultimate boutique hand wired bass amps. he even winds his own transformers by hand.

the sadowsky amp is a killer.... it's manufactured and codesigned by koch.

10-24-2006, 06:13 AM
matchless thunderchief

10-24-2006, 07:29 AM
Are the Ashdown amps that Entwistle endorsed PTP?

10-24-2006, 07:40 AM
don't think so

10-24-2006, 08:29 AM
Diezel is coming out with a bigass bass amp. Will propably cost an arm and both legs though...

Swamp Works Amp
03-31-2009, 06:49 PM
Swamp Works has a hand-wired custom hybrid bass amp. It features a full power tube preamp section! www.swampworksamps.com Check out the page for the possum stomper!

03-31-2009, 07:39 PM
Reinhardt amps builds a handwired bass amp.

04-01-2009, 07:04 AM
65 Amps has one that has made the tour circuit and a few demos called the King's Head.


04-01-2009, 07:22 AM
Bass players are just as crazy as guitar players but in a different way. Don't ask me what I mean by that. I can't explain it but I know it's true. Then again, some of them aren't crazy at all.


Just curious. Seems we guitarists are having all the fun. Like many of us guitarists, I do have a bass mixed among my gear. Are there any boutique models out there?

04-01-2009, 08:16 AM
One thing bass players need is power - 400+ watts with a loud rock band. So SS amps are very popular as they give huge trouble free power at a reasonable cost and low weight. SS amps can emulate the warm sound of a bass tube amp much easier in the bass frequencies than can SS amps in the guitar frequencies. Many bass players like the tight snap of a SS amp.

04-01-2009, 08:39 AM
I think this is a great idea ! For practice, My bass player run's into two 4x10 cabinets my drz kt45. 60 watts of tube audio is like 200 watts of current drivin solid state bass amps ! I'll always though the delta 88 would make a great bass head, but Dr Z stopped making them. Any clean tube guitar amp head will work great providing it has enough iron backing up those tubes. Look for older ampegs, fender Ps 300, marshall major. These all have lots on iron to create big tube bass bottom !

04-01-2009, 01:17 PM
Verellen Amplifiers makes a 300 watt "Meat Smoke" amp for bass or "brave guitarists," heheh. Cheap too - $1599.

04-01-2009, 01:25 PM
tad makes a bass amp kit. 150w, sounds like superbass meets dr201

04-01-2009, 02:02 PM
We've got two, a small 75 watt, and a huge 250 watt.

04-01-2009, 02:30 PM
Reeves makes a 4 KT88 handwired bass amp. 225 watts

04-01-2009, 02:57 PM
If I could play bass....I would want to play what Jaco played!

Acoustic, I believe...solid state?

04-01-2009, 03:11 PM
Divided by 13 has one

Little Walter
06-16-2009, 02:40 PM
I build a 30 watt hand wired point to point clone of the 57 bassman amp and I am designing a 4 tube model that will utilize 6550's instead of 6L6. How much wattage do you need? I had my 30 watt studio bass model on display at the New York Amp Show this year.

06-16-2009, 02:48 PM
Matchless used to make 2 awesome ones. The Thunderman and Thunderchief. I bet someone could talk them into making one or 2 of those again on as a custom. Best bass amp I ever played.

Russian Hammer
06-16-2009, 09:56 PM
Electric Amp Innovations have several old school PTP amps that will work well for guitar and bass. If you're looking for the clean headroom, try the Non master volume or power amp models. If you want to be able to get some gain and fuzz into the circuit, try the master volume unit. All three are available in 120 watt EL34, 160 watt 6550, or 180 watt KT88/ KT100. They are incredible amps. Not cheap and a long wait (6 months or more) but totally worth it, IMHO.