It is a OK practice amp but not gig quality.
Model Year: 2005
Price: $150.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music123
It has all the features a practice amp needs.
The only problemis when the high is set above 5 it hisses.
It is easy to use but the master volume has a spot with a sudden volume gain.
The durability is about avarage.
I would probably buy this amp again if it were lost or stolen just because it is exactly what i need.
Model Year: 2004
Price: $180.00 (new)
Where Obtained: www.gear1music.com
It has knobs for bass, treble, high, low, and all that stuff. It has 2 availabe channels, clean and distortion. It also comes with an octabe effect. For me it is powerful enought because i only play in my basement. It comes with a stereo and headphone input.
I use it with a ibanez rd500 and a pandora px4b. I play all styles and this amp suites me well. The distorion is very good sounding althought I dont use it.
This amp does not take much fiddling with to find a good sound. I was up and playing in 5 minutes when i bought it. It is kind of ackward to carry, hense the handle is on the side.
For its size and price, it is my opinion that you will not find a better amp out there. This amp is perfect for rehersal or playing at your home or small to medium gigs. If you buy this amp you will enjoy it.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $269.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Kelley's Music
Single 12 inch speaker, both a clean and distorted channel. RCA inputs, built in tuner, headphone jack, Octive effect, and 4 band EQ. Footswitch included that controls channel select and octive.
I started out using a Squire P-bass and I have a zoom 506 II bass effects pedal. I still have both of them but now I also have a Dean edge 5 string. This amp has the ability to even handle the low B strign of the Dean. It is one of the best amps of its size that I have seen. I also have a Crate 220 watt head powering a 2x15 cabinet and as far as tone goes the 50 will easily hold its own.
As I said before this amp can handle a wide range of tones and sounds with minimal adjustments. I can switch from my four to my five string without changing a single knob.
I play on mine everyday and have never had a problem or seen any decrease in sound quality. Very good construction in the box. I have traveled with mine several times and it takes some hits and has not shown any damage.
I looked at several different models of Ampeg, Fender, SWR, Behringer, Rogue. For the money, this particular amp had the best sound, the best look, and the easiest use. The closest I found in sound quality was the Ampeg BA112, and the SWR LA12. Both seemed to be good amps, but I just couldn't get the tone I wanted from them. If this amp were lost or stolen, as soon as I could I would be at the store buying another. The only real improvement I would make to this amp is to move the handle to the top instead of the side. To move this thing you have to rotate it on the side, and it is topheavy so it is always swinging toward the amp electronics end of the thing. It is hard to carry. Favorite aspect is the size, and sound, the worst aspect is the handle. Another small foible I have with it, the fabric that is used for the speaker grille is very good at catching dust and dog hair. A lint brush is needed if you have a dog in the house with this amp...
Bottom line. If you want a good, loud, well made combo amp with some very nice features, and great sound, play a Crate BX50DLX. In its price range there are some much more powerful amps for less money, but you won't get the same quality sound. Play it, and just about everything else like it. Let your ear judge for you. In my case my ear told me to buy this amp, and I have loved it since.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $269.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center (on sale)
The built in EQ has High, Low, Mid, and Master Tone knobs that are a breeze to use. The distorion channel and Octave effect are both accessed via the two button footswitch. (Make sure your footswitch is in the box!). And yeah 50 watts doesn't sound like much, but right now I am learning, and playing in a party band. This thing has more than enough power to keep up with a drummer (as long as you don't have Thor playing that is). And can fill a small club with enough low end to rattle every beer bottle in the place. The electronics are solid state, and aside from the built in effects, the only input for effects is through the instrument input. This hasn't been a problem so far though...
I use this amp with a Squier Standard P-Bass Special 4 string, and a Digitech BP 50 effects processor to get just the right tone. I play a very wide variety of music from Blues, to country, to gospel, to metal. There isn't a style I have tried to play that fiddling with the knobs won't return the sound I want. I played every amp at guitar center that was under $500.00 (my budget limit at the time). I played everything from SWR, GK, Fender, Ampeg etc in that price range. Nothing else even came close. Clarity at high volumes can be a problem, not because the amp is unclear, but it will shake everything around it into rattling loudly! (I had a post about that). With the amp on a kickback stand the only additional rattle or buzz I get is the ceiling fan getting shaken to death. The footswitch selector allows me to control the distortion on the fly, and the distortion sounds great! Not too over the top. A lot of distortions just sound bad. This one is a distortion I like!
This amp doesn't feature complex programmable effects, which is fine by me, that's what effects processors are for. And getting the varied sounds out of the amp that I am looking for is as easy as twisting a knob or two a few clicks one way or the other. This amp is nice and easy compared to a lot of more complex amps, but just about the same as all the amps in its category.
This thing has been dead reliable since I bought it, but it is only 6 months old now, so I don't have that long of a history with it to tell you for sure. Never had to fix it yet. And the construction quality is bombproof.