There was a post about the original RebelHead450 in the NAMM 2009 – Bass News, but since then The folks at TC Electronic have been busy dreaming up new things, the latest being the TC Electronic Classic450. Bass amp technology has been bounding along over the last few years – You no longer need a team of roadies to just lug your bass gear around, at least as far as the power amp is concerned. Mind you, even speakers have got lighter with new magnet technology – TC Electronic have also introduced the RS410, a 4×10 cabinet that complements their amp range.
The Classic450 puts out 450 Watts – hence the name – and in line with the name some of the bells and whistles from the RH450 have been trimmed off for this ‘classic’ model. Gone is the tuner and preset-memories, and the headphone socket too. That still leaves a no-nonsense amp that has a few tricks up its sleeve and weighs spot on 4kg, that’s 8.8 pounds in imperial speak, lighter than many basses!
The amp’s EQ section still features bass, low mid, high mid and treble controls, and there is TC’s TUBETONE valve simulation and Spectracomp compression, so you don’t need a pre-amp or extra stomp boxes to get a polished sound. TC have even got their own TC Electronic YouTube Channel with more videos on the Classic450.