Bass Amp Under 300 Buyers Guide
Bass players of all levels need to have a small bass amp for easy transport and storage. Finding one that sounds great under $300 can be challenging, but its not impossible. Here are some things to consider when picking out your amps under $300.
Power ratings for amplifiers are usually described in wattage. Now, wattage isn’t a perfect metric of how loud an amp is because speaker size and cabinet construction can also contribute to that, but its a good place to start. If you are looking for an amp for solo practice at home, an amp under 50w will serve you well. Anything over 50w can be taken to practice or on stage.
Speaker size is a significant contributor to volume, but even more importantly, tone. Larger speakers are more capable of pushing low end, while smaller speakers give you a clean high end and definition. We love the sound of bass amps with speakers smaller than 8-inches for their quirky character, but for anything where you need to push enough air to be heard over a drummer, grab an amp with an 8-inch speaker, or larger.
Headphones and Auxilary Inputs
These can be really useful practice tools. Being able to plug your phone into an auxiliary input to play a backing track or metronome is a really useful tool and something we use all the time. A headphone output can also save you on those late-night practice sessions where you need to practice, but your neighbors and roommates need to sleep! Cabinet simulation technology can make headphones playing much more enjoyable, so watch out for amps with that feature.
All of these suggestions will help you find an amp that meets the criteria you are looking for, but don’t forget to choose an amp that makes you excited when you look at it. If you feel connected and energized by your equipment, you’ll be more likely to enjoy your practice experience.
With a wide variety of bass amps under $300 for someone looking for something stylish, powerful, or compact, this list has a little something for everyone. While most of these amps contained 1/8-inch inputs and headphone outputs, there are a lot of cool individual features in these bass amps that make them unique. Finding high quality, low budget bass amps has never been easier.