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  • Power:
    20W @ 4ohms (no power section output)
    Speakers:
    8" Ampeg Custom (tm) in a sealed enclosure
    Weight:
    23.5 lbs
    Size:
    16.8"x 15"x 12" (approx)
    Inputs:
    Inst level in (1/4") and Aux in (1/8'")
    Outputs:
    Headphone (aux - 1/8")
    EQ / Controls:
    Level (Volume)

    Bass: +13/-21 db @40hz
    Mid: +16/-10 db @500hz
    Treble: +12/-16 db @4khz

    Aux Out
    Price:
    $115 CAD
    Other Specs:
    60 Degree kickback design

Recent Reviews

  1. BuckyBass
    5/5,
    "Point it at your head!"
    Sound:
    5/5,
    Build Quality:
    4/5,
    Features:
    4/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Pros - This is a great practice amp.
    Cons - No DI out. This is not a gig amp.
    I got this amp for $99 bucks so my son would not mess with my GK rig. I've since repurposed it as a practice tool. With the amp in front of you with the speaker pointed at your head, it does a very good job of giving you a great bass sound at low volume.

    Don't expect to use this in a band setting. In fact, I wouldn't use this with an acoustic guitarist, but for practicing without shaking the house (or apartment complex) this is a great tool. The headphone jack also allows for completely silent play, if you need to go that route.

    I wish Ampeg had included a DI out, because it would be interesting to use this as a monitor and then feed the DI to the board (yes, it sounds that good). That would be asking too much though, right?
    Price Paid:
    $99 at GC
  2. jgrace1975
    5/5,
    "Ampeg tone in a small package"
    Sound:
    5/5,
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Features:
    5/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Pros - Aux in with separate volume control
    Clean Sound
    Cons - None
    Playing an Ibanez 405 with upgraded Bartolini MK5's and Bartolini Pre-amp. I prefer the sound best in Passive mode but the Bass sounds great in both Passive or Active modes.
    The knobs feel firm and the amp as a whole feels durable.
    The amp is extremely quiet and has an incredible clean sound.
    I don't play this amp above a 2 or 3, but believe it could handle higher volumes easily.
    Price Paid:
    99.99
  3. Pep
    4/5,
    "Great for $99."
    Sound:
    4/5,
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Features:
    3/5,
    Value:
    4/5,
    Pros - It's an Ampeg. Light weight. Great tone. Love the slant-back design. Price!
    Cons - Needs a bit more headroom
    Not bad little amp. I use it for band rehearsal and it's pretty much maxed out. Great for home use.
    Price Paid:
    $99
  4. Diztortion
    3/5,
    "There is better out there for the same price.."
    Sound:
    3/5,
    Build Quality:
    4/5,
    Features:
    2/5,
    Value:
    3/5,
    Pros - * Clever design
    * Sounds like Ampeg
    Cons - * No DI
    * Sounds like Ampeg
    The 'classic clean Ampeg sound' isn't really very clean at all - but some of us like that. Not me personally, but a lot do. Now that's out of the way, I don't find this thing to be worth the price tag when it's compared with other 'bedroom' setups. You also have to remind yourself that as far as bass goes, 20w doesn't really do much. A 20w amp for (here in the land of AUS) $300+ isn't really a fantastic deal. It's my belief that you're better off getting the more powerful versions of this in order to get closer to your money's worth. Don't bother.
    Price Paid:
    Didn't and wouldn't.
  5. Alex O
    4/5,
    "A bedroom amp for those who know better"
    Sound:
    4/5,
    Build Quality:
    4/5,
    Features:
    4/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Pros - -Kickback/Sealed cab design makes the most out of the little power available.
    -Tone compares pretty well to what you'd be used to in an Ampeg solid-state rig.
    -Headphone out works pretty well and clearly.
    -Auxiliary in with mix control is a very nice feature for practicing.
    -The price is right
    Cons - -Volume pot was a bit scratchy when purchased new.
    -A DI or Recording out would be nice
    *Skip to underlined sections for key points*

    The Circumstances

    Recently I moved from an older flat with landlords that were surprisingly chill with noise (yet had no chill when it came to everything else) to a more modern apartment with neighbors I've never met. Long story short I really like the new place so I didn't want to risk bringing the SVT CL home from the jam space. I needed a low wattage practice amp that I could play with or without headphones, had some kind of line in for backing tracks - all while allowing me to play with pedals and not sound like complete trash.

    Enter the BA-108.

    Why I Bought It
    I won't lie, two things made me immediately consider this amp:

    1) The Price
    2) Kickback Design


    Recently I turned my guitar player friends on to a cab builder that I use locally for bass cabs. He designed for them a slanted 212, which allowed them to improve how they hear themselves without all the extra weight of a 412. I know its kickback form is not unique but it's clever and something that I immediately recognized as an asset in the 108.

    For $120 I was willing to bet on that assertion.

    Plugging into the little Ampeg was a pleasant experience. I'm not going to say I was blown away like I was with the CL, but it was nice to know that the general clean Ampeg sound was available in smaller portions, with a similarly behaving EQ. Thanks to some giftcards from my bother and grandmother I took it home the same day only a little out of pocket.

    Impressions At Home
    So now that I've decided on this thing based on 5 minutes of playing and gut feeling I have it at home. I've got my pedal board run into it and a passive Fender MIM Jazz V. The Jazz sounded clean I right down to the B string. I start engaging pedals one at a time. Compressor check, Sansamp check, Wah check, Envelope check, Delay check. All the pedals actually play well with one another and aren't overbearing for the little 8".

    Next I got out the old looper and just doubled up some simple line. I leaned the amp back and set the volume to a comfortable level and left the room. I was happy to hear that the kickback design and sealed cab results in a very directional beam of sound. Sitting in front of the amp provides the player with a fairly clear and loud tone. Move out of that beam and you'd notice the amp is significantly quieter. Add to this the headphone and aux in and in my opinion, you have one of the best bedroom/close quarter amps under 25W.

    The only negative experience I have is that the volume pot on this one is scratchy. I would expect more from a brand new amp, but it's still under warranty and easily fixable.

    Recommendation
    Buy this amp if:

    1) You play bass and live in an apartment/dorm/residence
    2) You have a larger Ampeg amp and want similar practice tones.

    Do not buy this amp if:
    1) You intend to use it for anything more than acoustic gigs - consider the BA-115 instead, it has a DI and more powerful amp.
    Price Paid:
    $119.99 CDN
    Plutonium244, Gabu and eriky4003 like this.

Comments

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  1. dpbass66
    I agree, great practice amp, but that is it. Not a band setting tool. I use it while sitting on the couch at home practicing... it is pointed right at my face from 3 feet away, and for that the amp actually sounds amazing. I plug in my line from device and add headphones so I can practice sitting on the couch while the wife watches TV.... also, bonus.. it is super light, in case you decide to move it around.
  2. Pep
    Really not a bad little amp for $99. I use it with my group for rehearsal but it's near it's limit. However, it's perfect for rehearsal at home.
      Alex O likes this.
  3. Tommyc
    Just for clarification, the Ba 110 V2, which I have, does not have a DI out.
    1. Alex O
      Updated to 115
      Alex O, Jan 23, 2017
    2. coolcamera
      I saw that as a possible issue. I just picked up an older BA-110 with the line in/out ports to run with a newer BA-108. Guitar Center had one for 99.00. 30 bucks to ship it though.
      coolcamera, Oct 2, 2017