TC Electronic BG250-115 MKII Bass Combo Amplifier (Discontinued)
So, right off the bat this amp is a bit out there. If you’re a traditionalist, or you want a plug and play amp, this is not the piece of gear for you. On the other hand, if you’re willing to put the time into fiddling with it you may be surprised at the value this amp presents.
- 12” Speaker
- Controls: Gain, Bass, Middle, Treble, Toneprint A + B, Master
- AUX-Input, Headphone-Out, and XLR-Out
At its core, the TC Electronic is a clean-focused amp with a performance representative of its price tier. It packs 250-watts, which is definitely enough to rehearse alongside a full band. You also might be able to get away with gigging sans mic in smaller venues, though this isn’t a guarantee.
However, what differentiates this amp from others in this price tier is that it has access to TC Electronic’s TonePrint system. The TonePrint system is basically a program which allows you to switch between a variety of effects created by the company and those created by users. Because you also have access to user created effects, you essentially have access to approximations of just about every bass effect imaginable for free. The amp allows you to store two presets simultaneously, and you can switch them on or off via a (non-included) footswitch.
Not including the effects, so just looking at this amp as simply an amp, it’s alright. The sound isn’t going to blow anyone’s mind, but at the same time there’s nothing that says that its base tone is disappointing. The 12” speaker offers a pleasing amount of depth, and the tone controls (gain, bass, middle, and treble) when paired with the variety of effects available through the TonePrint software makes the amp versatile enough to produce pleasing approximations of most genres.
The amp also has an XLR-out, so if you do plan on playing larger venues you can plug directly into the P.A. The amp also includes a tuner which, while not a revolutionary feature by any means, will likely come in handy.
We were recommending the BG250-115 MKII until we performed a major review of the category in August 2018 at which time we found there were more highly rated options to recommend which you can see in our guide to The Best Bass Amps - Combo Under $500.