SWR LA-8 Bass Combo

30W Combo (1 x 1")

Made by SWR

Description It is black. Has mid, treble, bass, and volume adjustments. Plugins are mix in, head phones, and input.
Posted By Ryan Nazari (8)
Directory Equipment: Amplifiers
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Overall Rating: 4.3 (of 5)
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On 4/16/2004, Charles Legg (959) posted:
Overall Rating:
I looked at crate,and one other,i think a fender,they did not compair to this amp. If i had to buy another it would be this one again. For the money, a player, for practice dosen't need another. Maybe could use just alittle more power(only 30 watts),but this is perfect for practice.At only twenty pounds,perfect.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $180.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
Tone controls are simple,bass,midrange,treble. Though there is nothing marked as loop effects,you can connect an external pedal using the tuner out jack. this amp is small but plenty big enough for practice,it is solid state.
Sound Quality:
The basses i play on it are,a fender jazz,1998,and a gibson ripper,1981. any style of music will sound great through this amp.I bought this totally for pratice but the sound that can be attained from this amp is worth every penny.no distortion and clean on high volume.
Ease of Use:
Amp is not programable,and is very easy to use.just plug in set tone controls where you wish and rock on.
Durability:
This amp is very reliable. i practice about every day and no problems at all.
On 1/22/2004, Aaron Sanders (9) posted:
Overall Rating:
I really like this amp. Great sound for the price. good solid entry-level practice amp. Small, easy to travel with. fits in small places. I plan on keeping it for a while.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $200.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
Has bass, mid, and treble equilizers. In addition to imput jack it has tuner output, headphones, and mix in imput. The tuner output can be used for an effects loop although i've never tried it. The mix in jack has no volume control so if you plug in a cd player to jam to, it is really really loud. plenty of power for a practice amp. solid state.
Sound Quality:
Decent sound as far as I'm concerned. packs a pretty good punch for an amp its size. Has a pretty clean sound.
Ease of Use:
Simple, straightforward, easy to use.
Durability:
I've had it for a year and it hasn't broken. it's solid state so low maintnance. its construction seems sturty. the worst thing about its construction is that the jacks and knobs are on the top of the amp which, in my opinion, makes it harder to place, stack things on top of it, etc. (then again, you could put it on its side)
On 8/3/2003, Bennet Pullen (214) posted:
Overall Rating:
I think this amp would be perfect for accoustic gigs, which is what I used it for. It would also work for practice alone but I don't think it's loud enough to keep up with a drum set. The point is if you want a small amp, probably in addition to a larger one for gigs, this thing is a steal for 150.00$.
Price: $149.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
This Amp is very simple, and thats the idea. bass/mid/treble controlls for EQ, headphones out, mix in and an input jack, thats it. The amp has no effects loop but you can use the headphones and the mix in together like an effects loop. The real benefits of this amp are its size and weight though. It is tiny and very light.
Sound Quality:
The thing sounds awsome! For such a small package it is simply incredible. I used this amp playing mostly country and bluegrass and it fit in perfectly. Judging from the tone however I think it would work great for most other styles. I couldn't believe how it sounded when I plugged it in. The difference was so small between this and my SWR workingmans 15 that if I didn't need the headroom of my 15 I would just use the LA 8 so I didn't have to carry the big guy arround.
Ease of Use:
The amp was very easy to get a good sound out of, because of the simplicity of it. Just 3 nobs to play with. The real ease of use of this amp though is its transportability, I hate moving my amp arround.
Durability:
I can't really tell because I only used the amp for one night but it looked and felt very solit. Its all solid state so you don't have to worry about tubes. It apearred to have bassically the same construction as the higher end SWR models.
On 3/18/2003, Dude Stewart (27) posted:
Overall Rating:
The other amps I looked at are mentioned below. The ones with 8" speakers tended to not have enough power or presence for gigging, and the ones with the 10" speakers tended to be on the heavy side. That's where the LA 8 really shines - a superb sound in a super-light package. This amp is GREAT for practice and low-volume gigging, particularly if the weight-to-sound ratio is important to you! I love mine, and would immediately buy another one if I lost it.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $180.00 (new)
Where Obtained: BritishSound.com
Features:
The features that put this amp in a class by itself are the sound and the weight. It has the same pre-amp as the others in the LA series, but it only weighs 20 pounds. That's about what a P-bass in a hard case weighs!
Sound Quality:
I use a '75 Fender Tele bass, a maple-neck fretless Precision, or a '65 Hofner, depending on what the gig requires. Though this amp is intended as a practice amp, it has enough power and presence to handle gigs in lower-volume settings - say, coffehouse or bookstore gigs. You could use this amp with an acoustic folk group, or even an acoustic jazz duo or trio. In the stores, I was comparing this to two different classes of practice amps. First, the small, lightweight practice amps with 8" speakers, like the Ibanez SL-20, the Crate MXB-15, and the Vox T-15. They all had good sounds for practicing, but lacked the tone and presence for gigging. The next step up was the higher-powered amps with 10" speakers, like the Vox T-25, the Crate BFX-25, or the Fender Frontman 25. There was quite a step up in sound quality with these amps, as well as a significant step up in weight. I had almost ruled out the LA 8 without playing through it when I saw the 8" speaker. I assumed it would not have the presence I was looking for. But the salesman was persistent, and got me to plug in. I loved the sound! With 30 watts, the LA 8 gets the presence of the bigger amps, but with a lot less weight. It only weighs 20 pounds, compared to the Crate's 43 pounds. My main gigging amp is a Roland DB-500, which weighs 55 pounds. A practice amp that only weighs 12 pounds less than my "big" amp didn't seem like much of an advantage. So the incredibly light weight and great sound of the LA 8 decided me on the spot. One caveat - an 8" speaker can only move so much air. When I used this amp in a rehearsal for a theater gig, with a drummer and a percussion section, I felt like I was pushing it beyond what it was designed for. It held its own and got me through the practice, but if you intend to practice in louder settings, you would probably be better served by an amp with a 10" speaker. Those amps, however, weigh half-again to twice as much as the LA 8.
Ease of Use:
It's got very basic controls - Volume, Bass, Midrange, and Treble. They're set up with center detentes, so they cut or boost - a very thoughtful way to do it. I have three fairly different sounds I use that are all within about a quarter of a turn, of either the midrange or the bass knob, of each other.
Durability:
I haven't known anyone who's had any problems, and I sure haven't.
On 1/25/2003, Arby Pickett (388) posted:
Overall Rating:
This is a very good amp if you are just starting out. If you are going to perform somewhere, you would probably would consider the size of the place you are going to be at. For this particular amp, no larger than a cafeteria or an acoustically sound room. This is not the amp if you are going to do a serious jam session.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $199.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
The setup of this amp is very basic. I would advise anyone who wants to buy an amp without no bells or whistles. But just want to come up with their own style, this is it. It is powerful enough and compact enough to place in your bedroom.
Sound Quality:
You will hear this a lot in this review. It is great for rehearsing your particular style of music. Maybe there is a tune you just can't quite get, this amp has a great clean sound to hear all of those notes you are trying to hear. If you have never tried to use effects, this is probably a good a good amp to experiment with.
Ease of Use:
The amp is not programmable. One of the important things to remeber about this particular product is that it is great to practice with. Therefore you do not have to battle with space, electricity, your spouse, or even the neighbors. It is portable enough that if you were to take a trip and want to play while you have some time, it does not take up a whole lot of space.
Durability:
Trust me when I say that I put this thing to the test. I get a clean sound and turn the bass all the way up just to see if it will quiver. My sons like to have what I refer to as volume wars. (One plays keyboard and the other drums.) I have yet to have a problem with it. It is also constructed very well.
On 9/2/2001, Ryan Nazari (8) posted:
Overall Rating:
I think this is a good practice amp for beginners. But I would buy a different or larger amp for other uses.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $190.00 (new)
Where Obtained: bananas at large
Features:
Controls= mid, treb, bass, and volume. input, mix in, headphones, tuner.
Sound Quality:
I play punk, rock, reggae, jazz on the amp with my fender precision bass. It has a clean straight bass sound but when the volume is all the way up there is some distoration.
Ease of Use:
Not programmable.
Durability:
Not for live playing just a practice amp.