SWR WorkingPro 400 review

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by dalley, Jul 19, 2005.

  1. dalley


    Jul 6, 2005
    Just picked up the new SWR WorkingPro 400 this past weekend. 400 Watts, solid state, basic bass amp. 3 band EQ with a variable mid frequency control. New for this model is the bass intensifier feature which puts this thing into "turbo bass" mode. Very handy feature if you are just running a 4X10 cab like I am. Makes it sound like you have an additional 1X15 hooked up! Some other features include the SWR Aural Enhancer control, Limiter, Transparency, Speakon connectors (in addition to 1/4 inch), and a tuner mute switch. The chrome handles makes this very easy to get in the rack. Very easy bass amp to operate right out of the box. I have this paired up with the new SWR WP4X10 cab.....

    I play MusicMan basses through this amp hooked up to the new WorkingPro 4X10 cab. I must say I am very pleased with the tone, classic "SWR sound" if that is what you are into. I play mostly rock (classic to modern) in mid sized clubs / bars and this has plenty of power to get the job done. The variable mid freq control is a nice option to dial in just the right amount of "punch". The bass intensifier control literally makes my 4X10 sound like it is paired up with a 1X15. Good job SWR! The only thing I noticed so far is that the Balanced DI out is a little hot (even with the -10dB pad engaged). Overall, a great sound so far right out of the box with little tweaking.

    Overall, you cannot beat this amp for the money. If you like that clean SWR tone with some new features mixed in, this is the amp for you. Great improvement over the now discontinued Working Man's 4004 amp.


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  2. definitely. i just became interested in this setup, so this is quite helpful.
  3. dalley


    Jul 6, 2005
    OH.....I forgot. The new WP cabs come with removable casters which the old WM cabs did not....Same speakers, they just refined the cab to look more like a Goliath. Unfortunately, no 4 ohm version yet.....

  4. popinfresh


    Dec 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Aus
    Oh, very nice. I've being waiting a long while for a review on this stuff.
  5. Awesome stuff! I recently played one of the Working Pro cabients while I was searching for a cabient- I was quiet impressed with the sound that it put out running off a Gallien Krueger head. The sound was different but the same as the Goliath cabinet- the goliath had a little more depth to it. Still a great sounding cab, that packs a punch for a good price.

    Nice rig by the way...
  6. bannedwit


    May 9, 2005
    Buffalo, NY
    I got a WorkingPro 700 from Ebay that had like 5 hours of playing time. Still has the clear cover on it! $550 shipping and all. I was a little worried that the amp wouldn't stand up to the SWR 750x or sm-900 but sounds like it will handle just fine! I should get it in by next week.
  7. ladros2


    Jun 2, 2005
    i have the 2x10 and the 1x15, and you should hear the bass intensifier through the 15! fantastic amp, highly reccomended.
  8. Dirty Dave

    Dirty Dave

    Oct 17, 2004
    Boston, MA
    I remember trying out the Working Mans 4004 almost a year ago and was surprised by how good I thought it sounded. I would imagine the Working Pro series must sound just as good, if not better.

    If I can ever justify buying a third rig, I would have to consider one. Looks very interesting.

    Thanks for the review.