This sounds great, and it's loud. I pretty much plug into it with everything at noon and the tweeter off, adjust the EQ slightly to taste,set the master volume where I need it and go to town. It's pretty loud. The 130-odd watts it gets without an extension cabinet are not the shy, retiring watts that some amps get. I can keep up with a fairly loud band, no problem. I tilt it back using an amp rack so I can hear myself at shows, and I'm considering getting an extension cabinet. Sometimes it's hard to hear myself in close proximity, but it always fills the room, PA or no.
I'm not a huge fan of the brightness, contour, and vintage buttons. The vintage sounds overcompressed to me, and the contour scoops it too much. I'd rather just use the knobs. I sometimes play through a Keeley Bassist compressor or a Darkglass Vintage Microtubes if I want a grindier, more compressed sound, but my basses sound great plugged right in. It's a clean, full frequency sound, with good presence and no mush.
The great thing about this amp is that I now walk into the gig with my amp, my stand, my pedalboard and my bass, all in one trip.
Fender Rumble 200 1x15 200w Combo Amp
- 4.5/5, 4.5 from 6 reviews
Versatile RUMBLE for practice, rehearsal or the stage.
Loud and Light
- 5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Oct 24, 2019
- Build Quality:
- + lightweight, good sound and volume, enough amp to gig with most bands, flexible
- - Need extension cab to get full 200 watts, EQ mode push buttons too extreme
- 5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Feb 12, 2017
- Build Quality:
- + Volume defies its conservative power rating. Punchy and articulate, versatile, not simply "baked in tone" like the detractors claim. Super light, solid low end, nice overdrive.
- - Lack of tuner out and a pre/post switch for the XLR out. But that has not been a problem, the cabinet simulation makes up for it.
I have been using this since black Friday 2014 and have been very impressed and am still pleased over 2 years later. I was initially using it with either an ampeg mc210e or swr WM1x10t as an extension cab. Sold the ampeg and the swr got stolen, and I ended up with the matching rumble 112 v3 cab which I highly recommend for gigs.
Recently I have stopped bringing the extension to rehearsals, the 115 alone has been sufficient. I really like the overdrive for a classic drive, geddy Lee type vibe with the gain set noon or lower. With the gain and drive dimed it gets a nice distortion. I don't really use the contour or vintage mode, but I usually use the bright button, and keep the tweeter turned off.
I have used the contour, bright and tweeter when slap wanking with it, and it does the modern thing quite well. Obviously those that swear it only does warm vintage baked in tone, have not given it a chance, or they really were determined to hear that, so they hear that regardless.
The review about blindfolding a gear snob is dead on. This is not your early rumble/bxr blah meh amp. This is a huge improvement.
I have used it for several gigs and one band is in drop C, and it pushes the lows just fine, and I rarely get the master much past 10oclock, plenty of horsepower to spare. Sometimes I think mine has a rumble 500 power module in it.
Excellent Little Performer - 4.5 Stars
- 4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Dec 23, 2016
- Build Quality:
- + Light weight. Good construction. Good looks. Versatile. Good sound.
- - Main volume changes the Direct Out volume.
Take your local gear snob, blindfold him ('cause, c'mon--it's a 'him'), and stand him in front of this thing and let him hear it. Then, have him extend the pinky of his right hand and hang this mini tone monster off it. Then drop the mic and pick up all the gear you needed for the show and walk out with it in one trip.
Smiles all around with this unit. I've played for 5 people and 5,000 with it. No problems whatsoever. Works for BG and DB. Never a hiccup. 34.5 pounds of good time low end. You might want more than this will deliver, but you don't need it.
- 1x15" Eminence; one compression tweeter with on/off switch
- 34.5 lbs
- 23" x 19" x 14"
- Aux. Input
- XLR, Headphone
- EQ / Controls:
- FX loop
The new Fender RUMBLE 200W 1x15" bass combo is an ideal choice for practice, studio, rehearsal or stage, with its power, great tone and easy-to-use controls. In addition to the 15" Eminence speaker, its features include an aux. input, headphone output, XLR line out, FX loop and three-band EQ.
Re-engineered from the ground up, RUMBLE amps are lighter and louder than ever, with even more power and a classic Fender vibe. A newly developed foot-switchable overdrive circuit and versatile three-button voicing palette deliver powerful tones ideal for any gig. Additional upgrades include Eminence drivers and premium HF compression tweeters.