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Ampeg B50R

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Professor Jones, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. Professor Jones

    Professor Jones

    Sep 22, 2009
    Is it a good amp ? I can get one used for 170 e, which seems like a fair price. At first I was going for a BA-112, but this one seems good, from all the good things I read about it. Which one of these two do you recommend ?

    I will exclusively use it as a practice amp.

    Thanks !
  2. It would be a very good practice amp. I had one briefly, and because there is no input gain control like the B100-R, the preamp is sensitive to overloading with active basses. That was the amp's only shortcoming as far as I could tell.
  3. i really like this line of amps. i have a B200R and it's gigable, and sounds amazing. i'd imagine a 50-watt version being an ideal home practice amp.
  4. bassvi


    Jul 12, 2005
    It is a sweet little amp. I think the tone is really good. They are out of production so if you can grab it up it will be kind of a collector's item. I've got a BA112 but I like the B50R a little better in some ways (the styling is way more sexy, IMO). Both are good practice amps. The BA112 has RCA inputs and a unbalanced out, you might want to check the B50R's spec's if those features matter to you. The B50R's go for about $250 in the states when they pop up on ebay or from a used dealer.
  5. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003

    I love my B50R.
    I also have a B100R. (1x15)
    But, the B50R, 1x12 cab, is a little tighter sounding. (with great low end)
    It has great tone, and work well with pedals.
    The B50R is more than a practice amp.
    It records great.
    And can be used for small gigs.
    With 15-22 watt guitar amps, and a small drum kit.
    They run in the $300.00 range used. (and are worth it)
  6. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Tonally, the B50R is a little warmer sounding than a BA112. But for practical purposes, the RCA in on the BA112 makes for easy jamming with CD's or whatnot. And, the BA112 is, imo, the best of all the BA series, (BA115, BA210SP, etc). Also, the BA112 tilts back for easy monitoring.
  7. I suggest you get that B50R, they are hard to find and are a great combo. They won the Bass Player magazine small combo shootout a few years ago.

    I have a B50R and I think it is a great amp, similar to the B100R, which I also own. As much as I love my B100R, I'd sell it before my B50R, as I get more use out of the smaller amp.
  8. jbassbob


    Mar 21, 2005
    Boise ID
    Not to mention, that they are just really cool looking :hyper:

  9. Professor Jones

    Professor Jones

    Sep 22, 2009
    Thanks for the replies, seems like going for that amp is an easy choice to make.

    I have a question : I'll play this amp with an active bass (SBMM stingray 5), and the amp does not have an active input. What difference will that make ? Will I have to tweak the amp eq differently because of that ?
  10. wizay


    Mar 5, 2008
    Maybe you wanna turn down the output of the bass a little, if it dont like active signals, as mentioned above
  11. Exactly. Just roll back the volume knob on the bass a little, and you'll be fine.