The Laney Richter RB3 65-Watt Bass Amplifier Combo is an excellent model for any bassists who need a versatile amp for practising, jamming and performing with. As we've come to expect from the team at Laney, the Richter RB3 is solidly built offers a range of features that belie its affordable price tag.
Portable yet powerful
The Laney Richter RB3 Bass Combo offers an impressive 65-watts RMS output via a custom-designed 12-inch driver and high-frequency horn. There are two available inputs: Normal and High. The normal input accommodates low output basses, whilst the High input accommodates high output basses (whether active or passive pickups are used). The Gain pot controls the amount of gain introduced at the pre-amp stage, allowing you to ramp up the overdrive for a saturated and meaty tone. Tweaking the gain and volume you can find the sweet spot for you.
The on-board compressor allows you to tighten up the lower end for a punchier tone and can be activated/de-activated with the push of a button. The amount of compression corresponds to the setting of the Gain control. The three-band EQ allows you to cut/boost the low end and high end independently using the Bass and Treble controls, whilst the mid-frequencies between 200Hz to 2kHz can be manipulated using the para mid controls. Whatever style of music that you're performing, the RB2 can be tailored to suit anything and everything perfectly.
The built in D.I. output allows you to connect directly to a mixing desk either in the studio or direct to PA when playing live. The built-in FX Loop allows you to integrate external effects into your live setup as you wish. Whether you're using time-based effects or giving your tone a boost with some overdrive or distortion, the Richter RB3 plays well with others.
The inclusion of a jack input allows external audio sources to be connected to allow you to play along with your favourite tracks. For those who are practising along to their favourite bands this is a fantastic feature, whilst those who are busking or performing to backing tracks benefit too. The headphone output allows you to play and practise into the wee hours without disturbing the neighbours.
Weighing in it 15kg, the RB3 is lightweight enough for you to take it anywhere that your music takes you. However, don't be fooled into thinking this is anything less than a workhorse. The solid enclosure benefits from a dual-position design where the amp can be used as a conventional stage combo or in a 'kickback' position to be used as a wedge monitor. The hard-wearing outer material holds up well during transit, and the reinforced corner braces protect vulnerable spots.
Manufacturer Laney Model Richter RB3 65-Watt Bass Amplifier Combo Dimensions (H x W x D) 468 x 455 x 376 mm Weight 15 kg Power RMS 65 Watts Inputs Normal, High Equalisation Bass, Swept Mid and Treble Drivers 1 x 12-inch Custom Driver + HF Horn Cabinet Design Dual Position Kickback Headphone Socket Yes - Mini Jack Compressor Yes Limiter Yes: Internal DI Socket Yes: XLR CD Input Yes: Mini Jack Master volume Yes
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