The VT Bass 500 head merges an all-analog SansAmp™ pre-amp and 500 Watts RMS of Class D power. Adapted from Tech 21’s popular SansAmp Character Series, the VT Bass 500 offers the huge, powerhouse tones of classic bass stacks in a compact, cost-effective package weighing just 6.5 lbs.
The unique Character control alters the entire sonic structure of the tone, moving seamlessly between decades of different voicings –from the early ‘60s to classic “super valve,” to thick flip-top funk and from gnarly overdrive to crushing distortion. Players can easily dial in complex bass tones with a powerful three-band, active EQ section and a full-range Drive control. A Bite switch provides a presence boost, which adds definition to your notes when in clean settings and tightens up the sound when you are in distorted settings. A Blend control allows you to blend the direct instrument signal with the SansAmp Tube Amplifier Emulation circuitry.
Other features include a switchable SansAmp XLR DI Output to go direct to the mixer of a recorder or PA system, Effects Loop, Headphone Output, Speakon® speaker outputs, and worldwide switch- able power supply.
Optional 1×12 bass cabinet with custom-design 12” speaker, woven grill and coordinating piping is available. It is 8 Ohms/300 Watts handling and has a tweeter with defeat switch, metal bar handles, Neutrik Speakon® and 1/4-inch connectors, and weighs 38 lbs. Other optional accessories include a rackmount kit, Speakon cables and padded gig bag with shoulder strap and roomy front compartment.
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