THE EBS CLASSIC 500 IS THE ANSWER IF YOU'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR AN AMP WITH A SOUND LIKE A TUBE AMP, BUT WITHOUT THE HASSLE AND THE EXTRA WEIGHT A REAL TUBE AMP COMES WITH.
The alternatives for bass players looking for the warmth and crunch of old-time tube amps are not plenty today. Sure, there are great vintage amps still around but they often come with the baggage of high maintenance costs and plenty of weight to carry around. The one modern amp that we suggest comes ‘as close as you’ll get’ without the mentioned downsides is the EBS Classic 500.
Solid-state power amp
With the solid-state power amp, crunchy organic Drive, and total control over the mid-range through separate Low- and High-mid controls, the Classic 500 is the perfect tool to re-create the sounds of the past, while having the punch of more modern amps as well.
The Classic 500 is pure joy to play!
The perfect match
The Classic 500 is the perfect match to the EBS ClassicLine cabinets, available in a range from 1x12" mini-sized cabinets to the massive 8x10"!
Some of the features include:
- EQ section with dual mid controls and Boosted drive control
- Floating balanced XLR output
- 500 W output power into 2 ohms
- Padded cover included
Ps. The EBS Classic 500 has been powering hundreds of bands at the Sweden Rock Festival since its debut in 2013 and been on tour with The Quireboys, Backyard Babies, Black Star Riders, The Sounds, Danko Jones, Bombus, and Hank Von Hell, to mention only a few.
The Sounds. November 2021. Photo: Ralf Bjurbo.
EBS Classic 500
- Input Impedance 1 Mohms
- Gain range -oo / +28 dB
- Character filter Shelving High/Low Pass
+6 db @ 75 Hz
-2.5 dB @ 800 Hz
+3 dB @ 9 kHz
- Tone Controls
Bass Shelving +/- 15 dB @ 100 Hz
Low Mid Sweepable 150-900 Hz +/-15dB, Q=0.9
High Mid Sweepable 1.2-7 kHz +/-15dB, Q=1.1
Treble Shelving +/- 15 dB @ 10 kHz
- Drive Section Gain 0-30 dB, Low end compensation
- Other Features
- Minimum speaker impedance 2 ohms
- Output Power
500 W RMS @ 2 ohms load
440 W RMS @ 4 ohms load
- Dimensions (W x D x H) 19.3" x 11.8" x 8.5" (49cm x 30cm x 21,5cm)
- Weight 14 kg / 31 lbs
Demos & Samples
Bass by BasBerra Holmgren
FROM PREMIER GUITAR
"The Classic 500 earns its name with classic style and classic tone. Pair it with the great-sounding ClassicLine 210 for a powerful rig that can handle almost any gig."
Read the whole review:
FROM MUSIKER MAGASINET, No 4, 2014
by Ulf Widlund (translated from Swedish by the author)
"This is not an old all tube amp – it just sounds like one. The fact is it sounds better than some all tube amps I have owned."
"It sounds surprisingly natural and warm even when it’s cranked up."
Some of the artists playing EBS Classic 500 amps:
Johan Blomquist - Backyard Babies
Johan Richter - The Sounds
Jonas Reingold - Steve Hackett / The Flower Kings
Robbie Crane - Black Star Riders
Anders Iwers - ex. Dark Tranquillity /ex. Tiamat
Necrobutcher - Mayhem
Jean Genus - Hank Von Hell
Jonas Reingold on stage with Steve Hackett, November 2021. Photo: Ralf Bjurbo