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TC Electronic BQ500 Compact Bass Head

Portable Amplifier With Mosfet Preamp



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    Product Description

    Perfect for the pragmatic bass player. The TC Electronic BQ500 is the lightest bass head you will ever carry. And it'll still deliver massive punchy tones. 

    Weighing in at 2.3kg, the BQ500 micro head has been designed with portability clearly at the forefront. Take it from practice, to studio and to the stage in your backpack with no hassle at all. It's roadworthy too thanks to an impressive 500W inside its rugged steel casing. 

    Four-band EQ

    Just because it's small doesn't mean it hasn't got the quality to match bigger beasts. the BQ500 packs Class-D amplifier technology controlled over a four-band EQ; bass, lo-mid, hi-mid and treble. An added thrust knob brings in the Mosfet preamp compressor circuit that sets the dynamic range. This can take your tone to the next level by emulating real tube power.

    The passive/active switch optimises the preamp input for either active or passive pickups. You'll get the best tonal response whatever bass you're playing. 


    Beyond it's size, TC Electronic have added some handy features to make this one of the most simple amps to plug in and play. A DI output lets you hook the BQ500 up to the front of house for the most stress free gig setups ever. There's also an aux slot in the back and speaker emulation to plug headphones in for quiet practising. 


    • 500 Watt portable micro bass head amplifier for stage and studio
    • Compact and lightweight design for ultimate portability
    • Cutting-edge Class-D amplifier technology for incredible power and sonic performance
    • High-voltage Mosfet preamplifier for authentic sound and feel of a tube amp
    • Thrust compressor for ultimate punch and to capture every nuance of your playing
    • 4-band EQ section provides ultimate tone shaping control
    • Balanced DI output with pre/post EQ routing for direct connection to mixing consoles and recording equipment
    • Studio-quality headphone amplifier with speaker emulation for personal practice and silent rehearsals
    • Auxiliary rehearsal input for playback through speaker or headphones
    • Speaker output on premium speakON* connector (4 Ohm minimum load)
    • Amplifier protected against short circuits, thermal overload and low speaker impedance for enhanced reliability
    • Rugged steel amplifier chassis designed for life on the road
    • Auto-ranging universal switch-mode power supply for use worldwide
    • 3-Year Warranty Program
    • Designed and engineered in Denmark
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    Customer Reviews


    25 reviews





    Tokalo29th May 2022

    I needed a bass amp able to keep up with a loud drummer and two really loud guitar amps (practices are too loud not to wear ear protectors). I’m not sure how loud this goes - at practice I was louder than everyone with the gain on 3 and master vol only on 3 through a 4ohm 115 cab. Goodness only know what happens when you get past 5! The sound was clear (I use a tube preamp pedal to get some shape and grind) and it cut through the mix really well. I couldn’t notice any benefit from the Thrust knob at practice volume but I have a compressor pedal so that’s not an issue. All in all, it’s light, powerful little monster.

    Mr ANTHONY EVANS30th Apr 2021

    Mr Andrew Davies8th Apr 2021

    A powerful little beast, does what it says on the tin. Gives a nice warm punchy sound *****

    Value 5Looks 4Durability 5Sound 5

    Dan Gresham22nd Feb 2021

    Good powerful, clean sound. Responsive EQ. Haven't had a chance to really test it out in anger though.

    Value 5Looks 4Sound 4

    Mr Reynold Parry24th Jan 2021

    Great tone with little effort. Though not road tested yet, it seems durable and packs a lot of power in a tiny package. (500 watts, fits in a gigbag under £200).

    Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

    Trusted Customer24th Dec 2020

    Great amp head very portable. More than powerful enough and extremely versatile. Great all round bass head.

    Value 5Looks 4Durability 4Sound 5

    Mr Philip James7th Jul 2020

    Value 5Looks 3Durability 5Sound 5

    Mr Steven Foster1st Jul 2020

    Apart from the Passive / Active switch seeming to be the wrong way round, once I worked it out the amplifier provides great output and range. The sound remains clean even at higher volumes, but can be distorted using the gain and thrust controls if required. I will be trying this in medium size venues when permitted and see no reason why it won't be up to the job.

    Value 5Looks 4Durability 4Sound 5

    Nathan Gorman15th Jun 2020

    Great little amplifier, but I had to buy the right IEC and speaker cable for it Before I could use it.

    Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

    Mr Derrick McIntyre24th Mar 2020

    Very happy

    Value 5Looks 4Durability 4Sound 4

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