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B450 USER’S MANUAL
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B450 USER’S MANUAL
450 WATT BASS COMBO
Important safety instructions
Exposure to high noise levels may cause permanent hearing loss. Individuals vary considerably to
noise-induced hearing loss but nearly everyone will lose some hearing if exposed to sufficiently intense
noise over time.
The U.S. Government’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has specified the following permissible noise level exposures:
DURATION PER DAY (HOURS) 8
6
4
3
SOUND LEVEL (dB)
93
95
97
90
2
1
100 103
1/2hr. or less
110
This symbol is intended to alert the user to the presence of
non-insulated dangerous voltage within the product’s enclosure.
This symbol is intended to alert the user to the presence of important
operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in the literature
accompanying the unit.
Apparatus shall not be exposed to dripping or splashing. Objects
filled with liquids, such as vases, shall not be placed on
the apparatus.
1. Read all safety and operating instructions before using this product.
2. All safety and operating instructions should be kept for future reference.
3. Read and understand all warnings listed on the operating instructions.
4. Follow all operating instructions to operate this product.
5. This product should not be used near water, i.e., bathtub, sink, swimming
pool, wet basement, etc.
6. Only use dry cloth to clean this product.
7.Do not block any ventilation openings, it should not be placed flat against a
wall or placed in a
built-in enclosure that will impede the flow of cooling air.
8.Do not install this product near any heat sources such as radiators, heat
registers, stoves or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
9.Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-type
plug. A polarized plug has two blades with one wider than the other. A
grounding-type plug has two blades and a third grounding prong. The wide
blade or the third prong are provided for your safety. If the
provided plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for
replacement of the obsolete outlet.
10.Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched, particularly at
plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where
they exit from the apparatus. Do not break the ground pin of the power
supply cord.
According to OSHA, any exposure in the above
permissible limits could result in some hearing loss.
Hearing protection must be worn when operating
this amplification system in order to prevent
permanent hearing loss.
15.Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when
the apparatus has been damaged in any way.
16.WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this
apparatus to rain or moisture.
17.When a mains plug or an appliance coupler is used as the disconnect device,
the disconnect device shall remain readily operable.
18.An apparatus with CLASS 1 construction shall be connected to a MAINS
socket outlet with a protective grounding connection.
FCC Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions.
1. T
his device may not cause harmful interference and
2. T
his device must accept any interference received including interference that
may cause undesired operation.
All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are recognized as
the property of their respective holders.
California Prop 65 Warning
This product may contain a chemical[s] known to the state of California to cause
cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.
0709-9010
11. Only use attachments specified by the manufacturer.
12.Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table specified by the
manufacturer or sold with the apparatus. When a cart is used, exercise
caution
when moving.
13.Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for a long
period of time.
14.Care should be taken so that objects do not fall and liquids are not spilled
into the unit through the ventilation ports or any other openings.
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table of contents
Important safety instructions
1
Warranty
2
WELCOME AND CONGRATULATIONS
3
taking care of your BASS amplifier
4
Front panel layout
5
rear panel layout
6
SUGGESTED TONE SETTINGS
7
Product specifications
8
signal flow diagram
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Three (3) year limited warranty
Subject to the limitations set forth below, Acoustic® hereby represents and warrants that the
components of this product shall be free from defects in workmanship and materials, including
implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, subject to normal use
and service, for three (3) years to the original owner from the date of purchase.
Retailer and manufacturer shall not be liable for damages based upon inconvenience, loss of
use of product, loss of time, interrupted operation or commercial loss or any other incidental or
consequential damages, including but not limited to, lost profits, downtime, goodwill, damage
to or replacement of equipment and property, and any costs of recovering, reprogramming, or
reproducing any program or data stored in equipment that is used with Acoustic® products.
This guarantee gives you specific legal rights. You may have other legal rights which vary from
state to state. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so
the above limitation may not apply to you.
Acoustic • 13659 Victory Blvd. #1-360 • Van Nuys, CA 91407
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B450 USER’S MANUAL
450 WATT BASS COMBO
WELCOME AND congratulations
Congratulations on your purchase of the B450 Bass Amplifier. Since the founding of the Acoustic
brand in California in 1967, many legendary musicians — including some of music’s premier
rock, jazz and funk players — have chosen Acoustic as their amplifier of choice.
The Acoustic design philosophy is “simplicity,” allowing you to dial up great sound in an instant.
The B450 continues the great Acoustic tradition of simply great sound — so turn it up and
discover what players have known for decades: Acoustic, the Pro’s Tone since 1967™.
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Taking Care of Your Bass Amplifier
Location
• To avoid deformation, discoloration, or more serious damage, do not expose the unit to
direct sunlight, high temperature sources, or excessive humidity.
Power Supply
• Turn the power switch off when the Amplifier is not in use.
• The Amplifier (main plug) should be unplugged from the AC outlet if the Amplifier will
not be used for an extended period of time.
• Avoid plugging the Amplifier (main plug) into an AC outlet that is also powering highconsumption appliances such as electric heaters or televisions. Also avoid using multi
plug adapters since these can reduce sound quality, cause operation errors, and result
in possible damage.
• To avoid damage, turn off the Amplifier power switch and all related devices prior to
connecting or disconnecting cables.
Handling and Transport
• Never apply excessive force to any parts.
• Unplug cables by gripping plugs firmly. Do not pull on cables.
• Physical shocks caused by dropping or bumping the product can result in serious damage.
Cleaning
• Clean with a dry, soft cloth.
• A slightly damp cloth may be used to remove stubborn grime and dirt.
• Never use cleaners such as alcohol or thinner.
Electrical Interference
• The Amplifier contains electronic circuitry that may cause interference if placed too
close to radio or television receivers. If this occurs, move the Amplifier further away
from theaffected equipment.
Service and Modification
• There are no user serviceable parts in any units covered in this manual.
• Do not attempt to open the units or make any change to circuits or parts. This will
void the warranty.
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B450 USER’S MANUAL
450 WATT BASS COMBO
Front Panel
B450
ON
OFF
ON
OFF
NOTCH
MUTE
1
2
3
4
5
NOTCH
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7
1. 1/4” Passive input for bass guitars with
passive pickups.
2. 1/4” Active input for bass guitars with active
pickups. This input is -10 dB from the
passive input.
3. Push mute button to activate mute circuit.
The red light will come on.
4. S et gain control so clip indicator is not lit,
otherwise distortion may occur.
5. S et volume level control to your desired level.
If distortion occurs, reduce level.
6. A
ctive -10 dB notch (at frequencies from 50Hz
to 1kHz) set to approximately 250Hz with the
frequency knob at 12 o’clock. Notch on/off
switch is foot-switchable.
7. A
ctive low frequency control set to boost
(+12 dB) or cut (-12 dB) frequencies centered
around 63 Hz.
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9
10
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12
13
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8. Active low-mid frequency control set to boost
(+12 dB) or cut (-12 dB) frequencies centered
around 150 Hz.
9. Active low-mid control set to boost (+12 dB)
or cut (-12 dB) frequencies centered
around 350 Hz.
10. Active high-mid control set to boost (+12 dB)
or cut (-12 dB) frequencies centered
around 800 Hz.
11. Active high frequency control set to boost
(+12 dB) or cut (-12 dB) frequencies centered
around 2 kHz.
12. Active high frequency control set to boost
(+12 dB) or cut (-12 dB) frequencies set
centered around 5 kHz.
13. When this jewel on/off light is lit, your amp is
on and ready to play.
14. Power switch turns the amp on or off.
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REAR PANEL
1
Bass Head
B450
600 Watts RMS
BREAKER
2
MINIMUM TOTAL IMPEDANCE:
2 Ohms: PARALLEL
3
4
5
POST
EQ
T8A/250V
ON
AC 120V
DIRECT OUT
VOLUME
PRE
EQ
60Hz 800W
DIRECT OUT
GROUND
LIFT
HORN
This device complies with Part 15
of the FCC Rules. Operation is
subject to the following two conditions:
(1) This device may not cause
harmful interference, and
(2) This device must accept any
interference received, including
interference that may cause
undesired operation.
OFF
WET
DRY
NO USER SERVICEABLE PARTS
SPEAKER OUTPUTS
EFFECTS
SEND
EFFECTS
MIX
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1. H
orn on/off switch. Push to activate or
de-activate horn
2. Two-conductor, 1/4” Speaker Output Jacks,
2 Ohms minimum load, parallel. The B450
operates at 450 watts with the internal
speakers, and a full 600 watts with
an additional speaker (4 ohm minimum).
3. D
irect Out EQ Switch determines whether your
direct out signal will include your EQ settings
or not.
4. D
irect Out with Volume Control sends a linelevel signal to a PA system or recording device.
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EFFECTS
RETURN
FOOT
SWITCH
TUNER
SEND
7
8
Use the Direct Out Volume knob to
prevent clipping.
5. Ground Lift Switch lifts ground on pin
1 on XLR.
6. Unbalanced, 1/4” Effects Loop Send & Return
jacks allow a signal to be sent to an external
effects device or equalizer, then patched back
in before the power amp section.
7. Footswitch Jack controls mute and notch filter.
8. Tuner Send feeds a dedicated signal to
your tuner.
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B450 USER’S MANUAL
450 WATT BASS COMBO
SUGGESTED TONE SETTINGS
=Setting
Range
The following setting suggestions will help you find your signature tone. They are designed
to get you close to the sound you are looking for. You take it from there. The key to
achieving your own personal sound is experimentation.
ON
OFF
MUTE
ON
OFF
NOTCH
TRADITIONAL ELECTRIC BASS SETTING - In this setting, the amplifier will deliver a standard
electric bass sound. Whether you are playing rock, country, blues or gospel, this setting will
get you close. If you play with a pick and want less top end attack on the notes, roll off a bit
of the high frequencies. If it’s a deeper bottom you’re looking for, add more low and lowmidrange frequencies.
NOTCH
ON
OFF
MUTE
ON
OFF
NOTCH
Funk “slap” sound - This style of music needs a strong attack with lots of top end. Usually
a hollowed out middle will produce the extra top end necessary for this style of music. If you
are using a “thumb” style, add a bit more low end and extra volume – or less if you really hit
it hard.
NOTCH
ON
OFF
MUTE
ON
OFF
NOTCH
Alternative style - This setting is designed for an upper end punch and edge that will cut
through most any sound. This style will work well with pick or fingers and will add a touch of
distortion to the sound as well. Make sure your instrument’s volume control is up all the way.
Since you are adding volume, you need to be careful with the actual amount of E.Q. you use
as it can also add distortion to the sound. As in all the settings above, it is strictly a matter of
personal taste in achieving the sound you are looking for, so experiment.
NOTCH
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product specifications
MODEL:B450
MODEL:
B200
B200HB600H
POWER:
450 Watts @ 4 Ohms, 600 Watts @2 Ohms
EQUALIZER:
6-Band w/ Notch
SPEAKERS:
10” (x2) Heavy Duty Drivers
HIGH FREQUENCY DRIVER:
Tweeter with on/off switch
DIMENSIONS:
26.8”H x 19.8” W x 15.2”D
WEIGHT: 71 lbs.
SIGNAL FLOW DIAGRAM
B450
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B450 USER’S MANUAL
450 WATT BASS COMBO
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• For instruments
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AG60
Huge bass tone
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• 200 Watts
• 15” heavy-duty
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• Hi-freq driver with
on/off switch
• 6-Band EQ with
notch filter
• Passive and
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B200
Massive output for
stadium sound
• 600 Watts
• 6-Band EQ and
notch filter
• Passive and active
inputs
• Direct out with
level control
B600H
Ideal portable
rehearsal amp
• 20 Watts
• 12” custom speaker
• 4-Band EQ
• Dual instrument
inputs
B20
Powerful bass combo
for any venue
• 100 Watts
• 15” heavy-duty
speaker
• 4-Band EQ with
notch filter
• Passive and
active inputs
B100
The ultimate in tone,
power and protection
• 8x10”
• 800 Watt power
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• 1/4” & Speakon inputs
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B810
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