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Retroglide-800 800 Watt 12 Band Graphic Lightweight Bass Amp Head

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Retroglide-800

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Ashdown has worked with a number of FUNK Masters over the past 30 + years of making bass amps, the desire to create an amplifier which meets the requirements for absolute fidelity, clarity, precision tone shaping and masses of power for stunning dynamics continues to this day.


The result is the Retroglide-800. Hand built in the UK Custom Shop the Retroglide is an 800 watt funk powerhouse with hi & low impedance instrument inputs, 12-band graphic EQ @ 30hz to 15Khz + or – 15dB, post EQ balanced DI output, mute switch with LED indicator, Output protect LED indicator just in case things get to hot under the hood, line input, effects loop and speaker output Neutrik combi jack/speakon connector. All wrapped up in a stunning and lightweight 3kg head.


A hand machined 6mm alloy panel adorns the front of the Retroglide, machined to protect the sliders from being knocked in transport. Housed in an engineered mild steel lid, designed to protect the input and output knobs as well as provide a steady airflow for ventilation.


Ashdown’s Mark Gooday said ‘the Retroglide really takes me back to my roots as a bass player, pure, simple tone at your finger tips’. Building bass amps has been much more than just a job for Gooday in his 30 + year tenure in the industry ‘bass has to be felt to be appreciated and with the specific frequencies available on the Retroglide you can sculpt your own tone to stand out in the crowd, currently awash with powerless & toneless imitations of a bass amp. The Retroglide does exactly what you would expect it to’.

Retroglide-800 Specifications

Power Output 800 Watts
Power Requirement 115v - 240v
Speaker Outputs 1 x Combi Speakon
Line Input Impedance 3.9M Ohms, Input range 150mV to 20V P-P
Line Output Impedance 1K Ohms, Level 0dBu Nominal
DI Output 600 Ohms balanced / Level -20dBu nominal
Impedance 4 Ohms Minimum
EQ +/– 15dB @ 12 Centre Frequencies
Effects Send Impedance 22k Ohms / Level 0dBu nominal
Effects Return Impedance 10K Ohms / Level 0dBu Nominal
H x W x D (mm) 65 x 270 x 215
Weight (kg) 3