Tech 21 Bass VT 500

Transistor Bass Amplifier

  • Power: 500W RMS @ 4Ω (minimum load), 300W RMS @ 8Ω
  • Controls: Drive, character, mid, low, high, blend, level
  • 2 Pad switch
  • Bite switch
  • Loop switch
  • Ground lift
  • Instrument input: 6.3 mm jack
  • FX Loop
  • Headphone output: 6.3 mm jack
  • XLR DI output
  • Speaker Twist speaker terminals
  • Power consumption: approx. 600 VA
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 27 x 7 x 22 cm
  • Weight: 3 kg
  • Incl. switching power supply for worldwide use

Further information

Power 500 W
Equalizer 3-Band
Compressor Yes
Limiter No
Effects unit No
External effect loops Yes
Speaker Connector Speakon
Headphone Output Yes
DI Output Yes
Tuner Out No
Rack mount No

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Excellent choice!

I own this amp for a month or so. I was hesitating between this amp and the same made pedal. As a touring bass player light weight and small size were the two main things, so I chose the amp version to avoid the need of some other power amp. I have to say, this amplifier fulfills my needs and more: its sound is even better than one could expect.
In details:
The pots run with ease and smoothness. The EQ part does the job within a big range but there's no problem if you only need to slightly modify your sound. The mid-range is switchable, which first seemed somewhat few for me. After I plugged in my bass, it convinced me, that even one has only two frequency ranges to select, nothing more is needed. Together with the character circuit the mid-range is flexible enough to get a very well defined sound. If this wasn't enough, there's a bite switch, it's kinda like the presence pot on some other amps. While distorted settings, the switch does what's its name... I'm pretty sure that it doesn't need any transition between on and off.
The character circuit does an excellent job. I like that it has transitions between different amplifier modellings. This together with the generic mids gives more than enough capability in designing the sound one can want. Also, there is a very helpful section with basic settings in the manual so one has nice starting points for different sound styles. First I set up the amp exactly how it's described, then I need minimal adjustment, just to fit the sound to my instrument. By the way, there are also empty "maps" for enabling the customer for quickly draw settings for further use. The device has no memory for this presets at all, but with this small sheet everyone can tweak the amp for worked-before settings.
I use this amp with a Spector Euro 6 LX via wireless into a 4x12 box fed by the VT. The power is more than enough, I'm sure, it will do in every stage. I have enough sandbox to work out very different tones for metal as well as funky-jazz stuff. With the useful cheat sheet you can turn the amp from growling Godzilla into a purring cat in seconds.
It's funny that the size of the amp exceeds only a bit of my wireless receiver. I will not put it in a rack, so now it's in a gigbag for another bass amp. I find it very comfortable to carry all my stuff in a tiny bag instead of a big and heavy rack. I can fit it even in my instrument's gigbag, I don't think one would need more flexibility in sound and size relation.
The price/value rate makes this amplifier an excellent choice. I would buy another one if I it's needed, besides that I'm thinking of buying a pedal version for home recording purposes.
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Great value, sweet sounding amplifier!

The funk messiah, 20.06.2018
I use this band for gigs and rehearsals with a six piece prog rock band. I play a Status energy 6 string bass and Ibanez 506 fretless.

Overall I love the amp. It sounds great and has really versatile controls.

Bad things first??
All the connections are on the front panel
No mute switch (unless you wire a blank jack into the effects send....)
No tuner output.
Its a little quiet for a 500w class D amp.

Good points next.....
2 speakon outputs. Very useful if your speakers do not have parrallel outputs.
Looks great and feels well made.
Fantastic price for the sound quality.

And finally the sound...??
This head can go from clean modern, to vintage modern to all styles of overdrive/distortion...
The D.I. output retains the great sound and the character control brings speaker emulation into the sound which enhances the output greatly.

I have had compliments at every gig i have used this head at. From sound engineers loving the tone of the D.I. to band members loving the onstage sound to the audience hearing it, always gets commented on.

I personally would highly recommend trying tis head out. It is compact, lightweight, sounds great and is excellent value for money!
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