This is a good amp for short term. I know what it's like not having much money to buy stuff. Thankfully God has blessed me with what I do have. Don't buy this amp if you are looking to start playing decent sized venues, unfortunately you will be disappointed, but if you want a practice amp and an amp for 200 person and less venues then by all means go for it (except not for the price i payed, ug!). The main problem I have is I would like to have better tone and it is extremely heavy for an amp its size. rb120- 71 lbs. behringer 4x10 cab- 100 lbs. get my drift. I'm a big guy, but it does get a little agravating to tote around. Have fun though guys, even if you do get a cheap amp or guitar, everybody has to start somewhere. even the greatest bassists of all time had to start at the bottom and work their way up. Go for it kiddos!
Model Year: 2005
Price: $200.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
It doesn't have that great of features, just your basic practice amp set up. It does a great job volume wise, I regularly play venues that seat about 200 and it is plenty loud enough.
Has a pretty good sound until it hits 7.5 on volume. Then it hums and the clarity of sound just takes a nose dive. Most other amps do the same thing though. I like playing jazz like Victor Wooten and the like, it just doesn't have the punch i like. A 15" speaker is good for volume, not for punch, go with 2x10 or 4x10. I really should have saved up and bought a behringer. Their 100 watt is just like my rogue only it has much better tone and volume. Get what you can afford though.
Doesn't take much adjustment to get what you want a low volume levels.
Durability on this thing is awesome. The first week I bought it I accidently let it role out the back of my SUV and it dropped 2ft. straight onto a parking lot. I got inside and it played like a charm. This thing is a tank. I have had it banged and dropped and bumped and sat on and other than little cosmetic things, it has held up just fine!
Basically, this amp is a step up from a practice amp, and is well suited for small clubs and restaurants, if that's where you play a lot. It also words well during practice in the garage. If your band starts playing bigger gigs, though, this thing can end up sounding pretty crappy. Also, I thought I might add that Rogue included no warranty, and the owners manual that came with it was a generic manual for all Rogue amps, guitar and bass. I'm not suggesting this amp, because I certainly grew out of it too fast, but for its price it is a deal.
Price: $200.00 (new)
Where Obtained: www.musiciansfriend.com
There are four equalization knobs, a low, low mid, high mid, and high. There is also a low pass and a high pass knob, which are very convenient for tone tweaking. For small gigs, this amp has the perfect amount of power, but it's not quite big enough for larger performances.
When at low to moderate volume levels, this amp sounds pretty good, but once you get to a higher level there is a lot of noise, even after I plugged it into an AC line filter. Also, when you start playing hard with it turned most of the way up, it starts to put out a farting, distorted noise.
Basically, you plug it in, turn it on, and go. It's really hard to screw it up. The controls are pretty self-explanatory (what does volume do?). If you know how to tweak your sound well, you can do it easily with this amp.
Construction-wise, this amp is built like a tank, and can take a cruel beating. The amplifier can't put out a lot of sound for a long time, though, without getting distorted. Also, sometimes the speaker will rattle at high volume levels.
Other amps I looked at were Fender, Crate, Ampeg. I quickly discovered that these amps in the same wattage would cost me $500-700. I'm amazed I got the amp for under $200. To give you and idea of my background, I played rock and roll for a living for eleven years, then quit to go back to college. I used to have a lot invested in equipment but don't want to do that now. This is a darn good amp for a heck of a good price.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $199.00 (new)
Where Obtained: MusiciansFriend.com
A combo bass amp with a 120 watt head, a 15" speaker and a piezoelectric tweeter with crossover. Has volume, EQ (low, low-mid, high-mid, and high) low-pass and high-pass contour, CD in and line out, XLR direct out. The speaker output and the direct out may be switched off. At 120 watts it is a great practice amp. If you will be playing with a band that pushes 130 decibles, you will need something bigger.
When I first plugged this amp in I noticed that I could not use a lot of bass because it tended to boom. In looking at it I noticed that (in my opinion) the cabinet was over ported (one in the front and two big ports in the back), and that it had no baffling whatsoever. I installed insulation, blocking the rear ports, and can push the low EQ nicely now. I would compare the sound quality to a Fender Bassman 100.
This amp is about as easy to use as it gets. There are no fancy effects, so just set your volume and EQ and start playing. The contour controls are nice.
It is built like a tank. At 64 pounds you don't want to set it on your toes. I spent $20 on casters to save my back.
I chose this amp because of the price. Most 120 watt amps i found cost three times the price i paid for this. I probably wouldnt get this amp again because i got a job now and i have more money to spend. I would rather look around for an amp and a cabinet when i choose to sell this.
Price: $199.99 (new)
Where Obtained: musicians friend
Its a pretty good amp for the price i paid. I had no problems with it so far and i had it for 7 months now. It has 120W of power one 15" speaker. 4-band EQ section (low, low-mid, high-mid, and high) plus contour knobs (low pass/high pass) make tone tweaking a breeze. EQs are -/+ 15dB with zero at center. Also features a line out, CD/Tape in for practice, headphone out, and an XLR direct out (pre EQ) with ground lift.
Its my first amp i played on with my bass instead of my uncles pa. It sounds good if u play grundge style like nirvana. If u like to play metal it sounds really good like parinoid by black sabbath or iron man.
Not that hard to get the sound u want. You only have to know which nobs does what to get the sound. there are seven nobs to fool around with and its simple.
I wouldnt recomend it for live playing. it seems to me to be a good practice amp.