Top 11 Best Bass Guitar Amplifier Brands In The World 2021


To really get the most out of a bass guitar, we’ll need a solid amplifier capable of reproducing the low-end frequencies with power and integrity. When it comes to the overall tone, and actually getting heard, a bass guitar amp is key! For bassists, an amplifier is likely the biggest purchase (besides the bass itself) they’ll make.

The size, character and functionality of bass guitar amplifiers vary greatly across the huge market. With so many different amps to choose from, it can be difficult to make the best decision.

There are a lot of companies that produce great bass guitar amplifiers but some brands have made a name for themselves as the best in the business. In this article, I’ll share the top 11 bass guitar amp brands I think you should know about.

The top 11 best bass guitar amplifier brands in the world are:

  1. Aguilar
  2. Ampeg
  3. Orange
  4. Fender
  5. Mesa/Boogie
  6. Blackstar
  7. Darkglass Electronics
  8. Eich
  9. Markbass
  10. Gallien-Krueger
  11. Hartke

We’ll get into each of these brands in greater detail to explain why they made this list. I’ll also share some of their notable amplifiers; a link to their official website and a bit of history about each company.

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Aguilar

Let’s start the list with the American-made Aguilar bass amplifiers. These amplifiers are designed and manufactured with superior engineering processes in order to provide bass players with top-notch sound and volume.

The company is made up of engineers and bass players and puts an emphasis on creating musical gear based on the bassist’s perspective. Aguilar amplifiers can be found around the world on stages, in studios and in the practice rooms of professional and amateur bassists alike.

The team at Aguilar prides itself in constantly improving its work to create amplifiers that will inspire and contribute to the sound and music of bass players around the world.

In addition to great bass amps, Aguilar also builds a variety of superb bass cabinets, preamps, pickups and effects pedals.

Notable Amplifier: Tone Hammer 700 bass amp head (link to check the price on Amazon)

Aguilar Tone Hammer 700

Aguilar was founded in 1995 by Dave Boonshoft in New York City, New York, USA. The company is still headquartered in New York today.

Official Website: aguilaramp.com


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Ampeg

Ampeg has been making a name for itself as a top bass amplifier brand since the 1940s. The SVT, originally brought fourth in 1969, has become a standard bass amp that all rock bassists dream of.

Drawing from decades of expert designs, Ampeg continues to put out top-of-the-line bass amplifiers for pros and amateurs alike.

Ampeg has plenty of superb amps to choose from, suited to the largest stages all the way to the smallest practice rooms. Along with amazing amps, the company also offers enclosures (cabinets), combos amps as well as effect, preamp and DI pedals.

Notable Amplifier: SVT-7PRO (link to check the price on Amazon)

Ampeg SVT-7PRO

Ampeg started out as “Michaels-Hull Electronic Labs”, founded in 1946 by Everitt Hull and Stanley Michaels in Linden, New Jersey, USA. Micheals left the company in 1948 and Hull moved the company to Manhatten, New York, changing its name to “The Ampeg Bassamp Company”. After a long series of ownership charges starting in 1967, Yamaha acquired Ampeg in 2018 and remains the owner to this day. The Amped brand is currently headquartered in Calabasas, California, USA.

Official Website: ampeg.com

Parent Company: Yamaha Corporation


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Orange

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Orange is likely best known for its guitar amplifiers, yet its bass amps are equally as impressive. The company has proven to be an innovator in valve (tube) amplifier and sound technology since its inception in 1968.

Whether it’s a tube or a solid state transistor amp, an Orange will sound fantastic. This is as true of the bass amps as it is for the guitar amps.

To this day, the company pushes forward, creating industry-leading amplifiers, cabinets and pedals. They even have their own bass guitar called the O Bass.

Notable Amplifier: Terror Bass (link to check the price on Amazon)

Orange Terror Bass

The Orange Music Electronic Company was founded in 1968 by Clifford Cooper in London, England. Today the company is headquartered in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England in the United Kingdom.

Official Website: orangeamps.com

Orange is also featured in the following My New Microphone article:
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Fender

Fender is a household name in the music community. The company’s guitars, basses and amplifiers have solidified its position as a top music gear brand for decades.

Between the Rumble and Bassman lines of bass amplifiers, Fender will surely have a perfect model for you. This is true whether the amp is for the practice room, studio or live stage. Grab a combo or pair the amp with a suitable Fender cabinet to get the sound you’re after.

Fender is an American icon when it comes to musical instruments. With a large team of expert musicians and engineers, we can rest assured that any Fender bass amp is designed and manufactured with supreme musicality and engineering.

Notable Amplifier: Bassman 800 (link to check the price on Amazon)

Fender Bassman 800

Fender started out as “Fender’s Radio Service”, founded in 1938 by Clarence Leonidas Fender in Fullerton, California. In 1946, the company had its name changed to Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. Fender began producing guitar pedals in 1954 with their first volume pedal. Today, the company is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.

Official Website: fender.com

Parent Company: Servco Pacific

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Mesa/Boogie

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Mesa/Boogie is another company that has had time to really make a name for itself as an industry leader of musical gear including, of course, bass amplifiers.

Since the very beginning, Mesa Engineering (Mesa/Boogie) has been an innovative pioneer in the world of guitar and bass amplification. The entire team of designers and engineers are inspired to push the envelope of amp design and maintain lifelong relationships with customers.

Each and every Mesa bass amp comes with a quality control card signed with the initials of the artisans who proudly created it, ensuring bass players that they’re getting the best of the best when it comes to their new bass amp(s)!

Notable Amplifier: Subway WD-800 (link to check the price at Sweetwater)

Mesa/Boogie subway WD-800

Mesa/Boogie (also known as Mesa Engineering) was founded in 1969 by Randall Smith in Petaluma, California, USA where it is still headquartered today.

Official Website: mesaboogie.com

Mesa/Boogie is also featured in the following My New Microphone article:
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Blackstar

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Blackstar amps (both guitar and bass) are among the best in the world.

Many of the dedicated team members at Blackstar are musicians and the amplifiers are developed with musicality at the forefront of the design. The unique and patented innovations (like Response control) found in Blackstar bass amps will get bassists to the tone and volume they deserve.

Whether practicing at home or on stage in a live environment, these world class amplifiers will deliver a variety of superb tones. The challenge, then, is settling on the best one for your bass playing.

Notable Amplifier: U700H (link to check the price at Sweetwater)

Blackstar U700H

Blackstar Amplification was founded in 2007 in Northampton, England by a group of former Marshall employees including, notably, Bruce Keir and Ian Robinson. The company is still headquartered in Northampton today.

Official Website: blackstaramps.com

Blackstar is also featured in the following My New Microphone article:
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Darkglass Electronics

Darkglass Electronics is the youngest company on this list but has certainly built up an impressive, yet small, number of top-notch bass amps. The company is focused on designing and producing premium handmade bass gear including pedals, cabinets, accessories and, of course, bass amplifiers.

These innovative amplifiers are jam-packed with added functionality. They’re wildly adjustable with excellent EQ and other incredible circuits (the types of which are dependent on the individual amp). The designs allow bassists to really dial in the tone they desire without having an overly complicated interface.

All in all, you really can’t go wrong as a bass player with a Darkglass amp.

Notable Amplifier: Microtubes 900 v2 (link to check the price at Sweetwater)

Darkglass Electronics Microtubes 900 v2

Darkglass Electronics was founded in 2009 by Douglas Castro in Helsinki, Finland. The company is still headquartered in Helsinki today.

Official Website: darkglass.com


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Eich

The German manufacturer known as Eich Amplification is certainly one of the best in the business when it comes to bass amplifier.

The company has a long history of producing products that can really bring out the strength of the low-end from a bass guitar. Eich’s innovation in development is met with consistency in manufacturing.

Close collaboration with musicians offers Eich plenty of feedback that is used to refine their products and produce practical-orientated bass amplifiers for bassists of all levels and all applications.

Whether you’re after a great amp, cabinet or combo, Eich will have something that will meet and exceed your expectations as a bassist.

Notable Amplifier: T1000 (link to check the price on Amazon)

Eich T1000

Eich Amplification was founded in 1986 by Thomas Eich in Germany. The company is headquartered in Herborn, Germany.

Official Website: eich-amps.com


Markbass

Markbass is Italian manufacture of all things bass from amplifiers and cabinets, to bass guitars, strings, effects pedals and accessories.

The bass amplifiers from Markbass are among the best in the world. Amps span from 250 watts to 1000 watts with plenty of options to choose from. They all provide a diverse range of amazing tonal possibilities that will surely get bass players the sound they’re after.

From the practice room to the big stage, there’s a perfect Markbass amp for each bass player.

Notable Amplifier: Little Mark III (link to check the price on Amazon)

Markbass Little Mark III

Markbass was founded in 2001 by Marco De Virgiliis in Italy. The company is headquartered in Chieti, Italy.

Official Website: markbass.it


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Gallien-Krueger

Gallien-Krueger is a name synonymous with innovative and highly sought after bass amplifiers.

The company has a long rich history of designing and manufacturing high-quality bass amps and draws from such lineage with each new amp it brings to the market.

Combing a strong heritage with modern technology, GK bass amps will outperform many of their peers in practically all situations. Whether it’s an arduoud stadium tour or a high-stress studio gig, GK will get bass players the tone their after.

Notable Amplifier: Legacy 1200 (link to check the price at Musician’s Friend)

Gallien-Krueger Legacy 1200

Gallien-Krueger was founded as “GMT” in 1968 by Robert Gallien in San Jose, California, USA. The company was changed to “Gallien-Krueger” in the 1970s when Gallien teamed up with Rich Krueger. Today the company is founded in Stockton, California, USA.

Official Website: gallien-krueger.com


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Hartke

Hartke is well known as an innovator of bass speaker technology. The company understood that amplifiers are a key part of reaching the full potential of speakers and decided to excel at amps as well. With a history that stems back to the 1980s, Hartke has a long story, making a name for itself as one of the best bass amp brands in the world.

Hartke offers several superb bass amps that work to cover all applications. In addition to its amp heads, Hartke produces combos and cabinets and even acoustic guitar amplifiers.

Notable Amplifier: LX8500 (link to check the price at B&H Photo/Video)

Hartke LX8500

Hartke was founded in 1980 by Larry Hartke and Ron Lorman. The company is owned and distributed by Samson Technologies and is headquartered in Hicksville, New York, USA.

Official Website: samsontech.com/hartke

Parent Company: Samson Technologies

Arthur

Arthur is the owner of Fox Media Tech and author of My New Microphone. He's an audio engineer by trade and works on contract in his home country of Canada. When not blogging on MNM, he's likely hiking outdoors and blogging at Hikers' Movement (hikersmovement.com) or composing music for media. Check out his Pond5 and AudioJungle accounts.

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