Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Crate BX80 80W Bass Amp

This was my primary amp for a long time.  It's pushing 20 years old and it still works fine.  I used to lug this around to practice until I decided that buying another amp was worth the reduction in hassle.  It is now a practice amp for me.  Its got a pretty decent array of controls.  With the pre-shape, low and high boost and graphic equalizer you can dial in a good variety of tones.  The single 15" speaker has good low end boom, and is plenty loud enough for a garage band type of setup.  And if your neighbors and/or family complains, it has a headphone jack for practicing in the wee hours.

The BX80 is now out of production, but Crate has the manual available here.  I saw one on Craigslist for $100, and compared to what you can get new for that price, I think I'd go for another one of these if mine ever crapped out.  I know Crate isn't exactly considered the upper tier when it comes to brands, but it sounds good for what it is: cheap and reliable.  I'm still working on a live recording setup that doesn't suck, but I hope to record a respectable sample featuring the Cat Bass and Zoom 506B through this amp.


  1. Just bought this amp on craigslist over the summer for 50 bucks. Great tone, great volume, but insanely heavy.

  2. Yeah, that works out to like $.75/lb or something. :P

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