Bass heads, cabs, combos and some great acoustic amplifiers
Ashdown have become one of the major go-to brands for bass players and acoustic artists who need reliable, sturdy and – above all – amazing-sounding gear that can withstand years of use. In this blog we’re going to take a look at a selection of the amps, heads and cabs on offer – all of which have been designed with that typical Ashdown attention to detail and sturdy construction to provide the professional musician with the epic sounds they need.
Ashdown Rootmaster EVO 500W II Bass Amp Head
The awesome Ashdown Rootmaster EVO 500W II Bass Amp Head is part of the cool Rootmaster series of bass heads and cabs that are rugged, reliable and above all, sonically versatile. This 500W head has have been developed in conjunction with a myriad of professional musicians to bring the gigging musician exactly what they need. I5t’s a lightweight option at just 2.6kg, features a slimline enclosure with an array of intuitive controls and is built to withstand gigging at any level.
The 5-band EQ section provides you with enough room to create the tone you want to perfectly fit with the bass you’re playing as well as the musicians you’re playing with – a great feature from Ashdown. If you want thick saturated rumbles with a warmer tone or want a tighter, snappier response then you’ll appreciate the one knob compression system. For those who want to add that extra grit to their sound, you’ll be pleased to hear there’s a Drive control too!
The very cool FS-2 output gives you control over the Drive and Sub Harmonic effects via the external footswitch (optional) taking your sound further. One of the coolest things about this amp head is the fact you can use far less power than other amplifiers thanks to the Class-D power section – it’s all the musical volume you want without the heat! You also have the gorgeously balanced D.I. XLR output to send a signal straight to the mixing desk as well as a Speakon Speaker output jack that enables connection to a live PA desk if an XLR jack isn’t available.
Ashdown Rootmaster EVO 1 x 15 300W Cab
Well, you’re going to need the right cab for the job now that you’ve got your bass head, so pairing your Rootmaster head with the awesome Ashdown Rootmaster EVO 1 x 15 300W Cab makes sense. This bass cab is built like a tank and made to withstand years of gigs and pushes 300W of gorgeous low-end power through the custom Ashdown 15-inch speaker. The 1 x 15-inch cab has been built in conjunction with professional musicians and crafted to fit perfectly with the Rootmaster bass heads to bring you deep projection and rich sounds whilst the HF unit provides the crisp top end you need. The construction is also particularly noteworthy as the resilient vinyl covering makes sure your amp looks its best after years of gigs whilst the rubber feet allow you to stand it up whichever way suits you best.
Ashdown Rootmaster EVO 500W 2 x 10 Combo
If it’s a bass combo amplifier you’re after, the new Ashdown Rootmaster EVO 500W 2 x 10 Bass Amplifier Combo is a great option from the brand. You have the same Rootmaster sound thanks to the beautifully sounding Rootmaster EVO series’ preamp that easily accommodates active and passive-powered pickups – making it a great all round combo amp that is fuss free and ready to go. As the name suggests, it’s packed with 2 x 10” White Line speakers that provides you with a smooth response and all the tonal versatility you’ll need. However, should you want to go beef up your output, there’s room to extend thanks to the 8-Ohm extension cabinet output – so when you’re playing Glastonbury you can hear yourself on stage – we believe in you!
The sub harmonics section is a great addition as it produces beautiful sub harmonics a complete octave below the notes you’re playing to thicken up your sound. You can also blend this as you wish via the level control should you want a fuller sounding output or just a little extra to your sound. For those who run pedals, the FX Loop Send and Return will come in handy and provide you with the option to get a truer signal from your external effects. A great combo amp for those who need a professional piece of kit.
Ashdown Woodsman Classic 40W Acoustic Combo
Ashdown Engineering legend Mark Gooday said the Ashdown Classic 40W – along with other amps across their latest range – “deliver superb sound for a new generation of acoustic guitarists and singers” and he certainly wasn’t wrong! Ashdown have been renowned for crafting high quality acoustic amplifiers that really bring out the best in your guitar and the Woodsman Classic 40W Jumbo is no exception.
The Classic not only features a beautiful custom-designed 8-inch custom designed Ashdown driver to provide a crystal clear acoustic voice, but also provides the singer-songwriter with an extra channel for microphones so you can sing and play through the same amp simultaneously. For those who busk or want to add an extra layer to their music, you’ll be pleased to see the AUX In jack which allows you to plug in any desired MP3 player so you can jam along to your backing tracks. The vintage styling and carved wooden body with a classic cloth grill looks awesome on stage too – it’s a complete package for the singer songwriter and live performer who needs a reliable amp that can take anything you throw at it.
Ashdown Geezer Butler “Head of Doom”
To any bassist worth their salt, Geezer Butler needs no introduction. Teaming up with Ashdown to craft this tonal powerhouse, the aptly named “Head of Doom” is the stuff of dreams for both recording and touring musicians. There are a vast selection of connectivity options for you to play with that offer supreme routing flexibility on the stage and in the studio. The switchable solid state or dual triode tube amp circuitry allows you to tailor your tonal flavour at an instant to suit any performance environment and setup.
With a whopping 600-Watt RMS output and the ability to run multiple heads using the slave input on the rear for even beefier tonal options – Butler utilises four Heads of Doom to power up to 12 cabs on stage! The EQ control is as meticulous as you could wish for it to be, with a Sub Harmonic Generator thrown in for good measure to create earth shaking low-end.
View a complete range of Ashdown amplifiers over at the Dawsons website.
Jon is a multi-instrumentalist with a passion for inspiring others to get involved in making music. After spending many years playing venues here, there and – pretty much – everywhere, he joined the Dawsons’ Music Web Team before progressing into his current role managing the Dawsons Blog.