The world of audio and musical equipment can be a tricky one to navigate at the best of times. With so many different products, conflicting opinions and confusing reviews, it’s hard to know what’s actually the best product for your needs. Luckily, the team at Mixdown have put in the legwork for you, sifting through the spec-sheets and putting the products through their paces to bring you Mixdown’s Picks - a new series of expansive, category defining product guides across our digital channels. Anything that has made the cut has rated highly across the board with the Mixdown staff, garnering a unanimous tick of approval from our staunch critics.
This time, we’re getting into what’s now a must-have for any guitarist looking to jam out or record awesome sounding tracks from their bedroom: low-wattage amplifiers.
Ampeg BA-112 V2 Bass Amplifier
Distributed by: Yamaha Music Australia | Expect to pay: $749.99
Key Features: An update on their classic combo amp, the BA-112 V2 is a no-brainer for any bassist looking for classic Ampeg tones in a package tidy enough to squeeze on the backseat of your car. With 75 watts of RMS power and a custom Ampeg 12” speaker doing the heavy lifting, the BA-112 V2 provides a super simple, yet super effective solution to bedroom practise, band rehearsals and gigs at smaller venues. Weighing in at a breezy 19kg and featuring a steel chassis with a classic tolex covering, the BA-112 V2 is definitely one of the most practical combo units on the market at this pricepoint.
Unlike other amps of this size, Ampeg have ensured that the BA-112 V2 incorporates some of the best components and features, taking it beyond the realms of being just another practice amp. A legacy Ampeg preamp with a three-band EQ lets you tap into every famous bass tone under the sun, and the results are always exceptional. There’s also a Bass Scrambler overdrive circuit, which can be triggered via an external foot switch for a huge blast of SVT-inspired grit, making this a worthy option for bassists operating in heavier realms.
The BA-112 V2 also a few features designed to make life as a bedroom musician a little easier, with an auxiliary input and headphone output letting you play along with your favourite tracks while donning headphones for silent, parent-pleasing rehearsals. A -15dB pad switch also makes switching from active and passive pickups worry free, while the intuitive, slanted design of the amplifier lets you strategically poise it on a 60 degree angle. This helps to reinforce the frequency output of the BA-112 V2, and means that you can angle it to ensure you cop the best sound possible during a band rehearsal or even a small gig.
Mixdown Says: If you’ve dabbled in the art of bass guitar before, you’ll know that Ampeg has long been considered as the industry standard for most low-end theorists, and it’s easy to hear why when you plug into the BA-112 V2. It’s got a lot of tonal versatility, and cuts through with that classic Ampeg sound, albeit with a bunch of modern features to make it a practical option for the bedroom-bound bassist. Whether you’re tackling the likes of Bootsy Collins or Lemmy Kilmister, the BA-112 V2 is unlikely to leave you in the dust.
Overall: Light, portable and inconspicuous yet abundant in tone and nifty features, you’d be hard pressed to find a better option than the Ampeg BA-112 V2 at this pricepoint.
Contact Yamaha Music Australia for all inquiries about Ampeg products in the local market.