Court of Opinion

In order, what are the three most important features/ characteristics in a bass amp?
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In order, what are the three most important features/ characteristics in a bass amp?

1. Massive uncolored tone
2. A sponsorship so it’s free
3. A roadie to carry it for me
—David Ward

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Stickers, beer stains, and smells of smoke. Rock & roll!
—Jesse Tobias

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Transparency (meaning an even, uncolored response), power, and portability. —Roland Millington

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Light weight, reliability, power. ’Nuff said! —Phil Smith

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Midrange options (’cause like life, anyone can do low or high, it’s what you do with the middle that makes the difference), tone and durability.
—John Litzenberg

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Tone, volume, and weight.
—Michael J. Benham

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1. Transparency
2. EQ
3. Controllable limiting/compression
—DH Bennett

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Sound, watts, price!
—Chad Grimes

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Weight, price, tone.
—Alex Herman

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Brand, headroom, overdrive.
—CL Seamus

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Tone, tone, tone. If it sounds killer, nothing else matters.
—Paul DeHass

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It works without issues, easy to use EQ, and I don’t have to carry it.
—Dave Burnett

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Court of Opinion: December 2012

Fender recently posted their list of “Five Famous Fender Basses,” which included James Jamerson’s “Funk Machine,” Jaco Pastorius’ “Bass of Doom,” John Entwistle’s “Frankenstein,” Paul Simonon’s London Calling Precision Bass, and Steve Harris’s West Ham United F.C. Precision Bass. What’s on your list?