Ashdown Engineering

OriginAL HD-1


300 Watt Mini Bass Head

Elevate your bass playing with the Ashdown OriginAL 300 Watt Mini Bass Head, a remarkable combination of power, portability, and tonal versatility. Weighing just under 2.5kg (7lbs), this compact amp head is your perfect companion for gigs and practice sessions alike.
At the heart of the OriginAL is a 5-band EQ, offering precise control over your bass, middle, and treble frequencies, with hi-mid and lo-mid knobs for fine-tuning. The Shape control further enhances your tone, sculpting it to perfection.
Modern conveniences are at your fingertips with a front-facing effects loop and XLR DI output, ensuring your sound remains pristine and easy to manage. On the rear panel, you'll find a headphone out for silent practice sessions and multiple speaker outputs for versatile rig configurations.
Built to endure the demands of the road, the OriginAL boasts a rugged design with scuff-proof paint and a steel & alloy chassis. Backed by a 5-year warranty, it even features auto-protect voltage for global touring musicians and an adaptive temperature-controlled fan for studio and stage use.
In summary, the Ashdown OriginAL 300 Watt Mini Bass Head is your ticket to powerful, portable, and professional bass amplification, delivering Ashdown's renowned tone in a sleek and reliable package.

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OriginAL Demo Video
UK Bass Player Mike Pockett takes the Ashdown OriginAL head for a spin.
OriginAL Playthrough
Ashdown Artist Luca Silvestri showing off some of the great tones that the Ashdown OriginAL Head is capable of.


  • Power Output - 300 Watts
  • Power Requirement - 115-230 Volts
  • Speaker Outputs - 2 x Jack Outputs
  • High Instrument Input - Impedance 3.9m Ohms, input range 150mV - 20mV p-p
  • Low Instrument Input - Impedance - 1M Ohms, input range 150mV to 10 V p-p
  • Line Input - Impedance 10k Ohms, input range 300mV - 40V p-p
  • DI Output - 600 Ohm balanced / Level -20dBu nominal
  • Impedance - Minimum 4 Ohm

  • Signal to noice - Better than 80dB (EQ flat)
  • EQ - Bass +/-15dB @ 100Hz, Lo Mid +/-15dB @ 220Hz, Middle +/-15dB @ 660Hz, Hi Mid +/-15dB @ 1.6kHz, Treble +/-15dB @ 7kHz
  • Effects Send - Impedance 22k Ohm / Level 0dBu nominal
  • Effects Return - Impedance 22k Ohm / Level 0dBu nominal
  • H x W x D - 89 x 22 x 209
  • Weight (kg) - 1.8

ashdown original hd1 head eq controls
Simple yet Powerful EQ
With the signal at its optimal level, you then hit a defined set of features designed enhance your tone. The OriginAL features a tried and tested 5-band EQ, controlling your traditional bass, middle and treble with a lo-mid and hi-mid sitting comfortably either side of the variable middle control. The additional Shape control further sculpts your tone, lifting the frequencies that really count – like a smiley face on a graphic equalizer.
ashdown original hd1 DI output and independent fx send and return
Tonally Connected
The output control regulates the output volume of the amp and wrapping up the features on the front panel is an easy to reach DI output, as well as an independent FX send and return, which allows the amp to set a very clear signal path with no interruptions.
ashdown original hd1 head speaker outputs and headphones output
Create the Perfect Rig
To the rear of this condensed unit is a very well considered headphone out, which doubles this gig-ready head as a great home practice device.

A pair of 1/4" jack sockets with a minimum 4 ohm load means the OriginAL HD-1 can be used to power a single 8 ohm cabinet, a pair of 8 ohm cabinets or a single 4 ohm cabinet.
ashdown original hd1 rear power socket and power switch
Ready for the Road
The OriginAL is a rugged little go-getter, using scuff proof paint over its steel & aloy chassis. Retaining a nice yet practical weight to it, with quality feeling control pots, The OriginAL is built to last a lifetime. Offered with a 5 year warranty, The OriginAL comes complete with auto protect voltage for global touring musicians and an adaptive temperature controlled fan for road and studio use.


OriginAL HD-1 User Manual

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