Hughes & Kettner BassForce XL

Hughes & Kettner BassForce XL

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BassForce XL, Bass Guitar Combo Amp from Hughes & Kettner in the BassForce series.

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Hughes & Kettner BassForce XL tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Hughes & Kettner
  • Model: BassForce XL
  • Series: BassForce
  • Category: Bass Guitar Combo Amps
  • Added in our database on: 11/07/2002

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Hughes & Kettner BassForce XL user reviews

Average Score:3.8( 3.8/5 based on 5 reviews )
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iamqman's review

Hughes & Kettner BassForce XL
Hughes and Kettner have built some of the world's best amplifiers and most of that is from the guitar market and to much talk over the bass stuff. Even though they have a good reputation of having high quality products sometimes they can miss it. Their Quantum stuff for basses are very good. The tone is very well balanced and the design is extremely user friendly. This stuff not so much. Not that this combo is bad but just in comparison to the Quantum this is a bit of a downgrade. This amp is basically the same amp as the Bassforce L but just 200 watts rather than 100 watts. You gte the same basic tone and features but just more power. You can play a bigger room with this amp with the doubling of the wattage.


Power 200Watts
Poweramp Dynaclip
Preamp solid-state
Effects Loop serial
Line Out Yes
Equalizer 3 Bands
Speakers 1x 15" Power Pro, 300 Watt, 4 Ohm
Dimensions 496 x 547 x 420
Weight 24 kg /53,5 lbs


This amp has the exact same tone as the large but just more power. Either way you get a lot of of this simple amp. There isn't a whole lot of tone features and not a lot of options but just a basic setup and a good workable bass amp. This little combo doesn't put out a whole lot of power for bass but enough to have a good little combo to practice with at home and in a small gigging setup. This combo ha a nice 15 inch speaker that puts out some good tight low end thump. The solid state tone is pretty decent for a solid state, but I wish it had at least one preamp tube in the mix so that you could get a good tube tone in the voicing of the amp. You need to solid state power section to get this amp up gigging volumes and power. The bass needs a lot more power than a guitar amp does. So you must have the solid state unless you have some KT88 power tubes in there and at best you would get around 300 watts of power. With the solid state you can get a whole lot more wattage.


The tone is a good for a practice setting and smaller gigs. The 200 watts is a help but maybe need a bit more to push through a bigger room. This is a great practice amp for someone who is on a budget and you can find these for not a whole lot of money. They are good amps for what you get. These amps have been discontinued for a while now so the used market is the only way to get this combo at this point. I have no idea what the going rate for these are but I cannot expect them to be outrageous of anything. I would recommend this amp if you can get a good deal on it and that being around $100 or so.

tonton66's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" very good amps"

Hughes & Kettner BassForce XL
I'm not at all agree, this is a very well grown old amps, I had a boyfriend for my local yarn repeat, he spat more of ground, a bomb hit contacts, a brush stroke and vacuum on circuits imprimés.C is gone.
I used this amp in my local in local grow back as sourdingues before asked if they should of not more attacked more with their fingers or review their égualistion (usually a beginner you will meter wholes knobs thoroughly assimilated on his amps, saying that you do not agree, it normal front and back, it sounds a dirty amp) they are fucking me down, it always gave sound but very low you to the lower part of the printed relay fuse circuit (I do not speak fuse supply secu ass of amps!) if only one of these fuses is grillier thy works but very low amps.
Another thing a good shot cleaning machines, sound flasc is not really normal even an old speaker that more "compression" has this amp lying in a large building for 4 or 5 years, very cold, despite heating and wet, mine still works with the fire of God and I renonsser reselling, I know bass amps, I owned a different ais twenties.


obtained very quickly a good sound, it's a versatile amp sound Dynamics, I do not have them on hand.




4 or 5 years

lexcyfer's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Hughes & Kettner BassForce XL
200 W: more than enough for caf'con but a bit tight for the collection's outdoor

Connectors: XLR or jack
Between: active or passive
HF Horn

Equalization: Gain / Bass / Mid / Treble EQ + pr-possible according to the style of play (or mediator doight slap) this is very practical since it has a basic sound that is somewhat dcliner depending on the game without going through the pre-rglages and its equalization trs well done (be careful during song must prvoir a bridge or other way or it is free since the changes s' ffectuent a selector positions 4 (3 types of game + pr-EQ off) and not on pedals)


Trs intuitive since it suffices to select one of the pre-equalizer and put the rest at noon and sounds dja!

three bands qualisation supplmentres should pose a problem person.

After a few minutes (10 or 15 has broken all) it does not change anything and here is rgl for Life


With pre-equalization:

For the game to doight:
is the big fat greasy well round will be hard without her having a sound "touffquot, but if you want a sound with a good offense and a touch of fever is the foot! !

For the slap:
Then the me you attack his monstrous sound is pure slap sen note and slap mls of PCHE is happiness. surment the best type of game for this amp

For mdiator I have no opinion because I play dtest mdiator (the sound does not please me at all no matter the amp)

If not for those who will not use the pre-EQ the sound is not bad ass their acute attack is what it sounds mtal, could use some jazz, blues America to be using (though with some its not good rglages pass ...), the heavy rock and pop is no probs for you!


Its more than six months do I use it I board had no problem nothing has snapped despite the fact that it did three years Pette fire.

I pay the price of the argus (500) May he spend 2 years and some in a store without serving nine 900 euros but displays its might be just a levsngocier 750 / 800 euros and you will not deus.

A bit difficult to transport because of a pea
However, the guard in front of the enclosure mtal not detrimental to the sound, but offers protection for frontal imporatnt (unlike traditional amp that n'on a thin button of tissue)
Grip incorporates

I have no regrets, it provides for what I did, strong and reliable its worth

injal56's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Hughes & Kettner BassForce XL
See previous ones opinion.
The good thing about this amp is the pr-qualisation, not really practical for her to spend three hours rglages. Personally I have two or three days to find my sound and since I have nothing whatsoever to touch the RPTES or concerts.
Ngatif point is that this pre-qualisation bte be changed with a button, o the difficulty of changing style in the middle of a song.


As I said before this amp has a pre-qualisation and it allows a simplification of rglages. Same with the three knobs trebble, mid, bass rgl noon he Yadji a particular sound. Something evil is not the possibility to connect one or more speakers with the release of "external speaker" (Practice concert ...). When the manual, I do not think there need to read to understand.
I use it for six months and I have not had a problem. Must say that I bought used 450 euros a bassist who to pass by Hartke. Precision: the main HP t replaced by an H & K HP can dlivrer 300W ... so no problem when the volume is close to 10.


Personal I'm a bass player in funk / rock psykreggea and I play with an Ibanez SRX 300 (active, so even more possible for her rglages ...). No problem for a well bold blow against the treble a bit when you put the HF Horn en route. This must be said that the stuff I use less. The slap sound is of good quality and rglage "mdiator" gives his rsolument mtallique, what the foot (well I like beacoup, not bad when I d crowd not complicated stuff like Blink 182). I do not know how the receiver will perform all necessary with my next bass (probably a Warwick 5 string) but I think that bad happen as a letter in the mail.


Six months of use, no problem, no skip. The trick is a little boring weight (not far from 40 Kg) and a safe space ncssite high enough (he returned my nickel in my 106 by removing the rear range). Buying Used 450 euros (just below the argus-negotiation, but it works from time to time), good or value for qualitprix trs.

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