When a bassist sees the Acoustic logo and familiar baby-blue/black color scheme, chances are he or she will reminisce about the best-known player associated with the brand: Mr. Jaco Pastorious. The aggressive bridge-pickup midrange and signature growl from his fretless J certainly had help from the Acoustic head he was often seen plugged into. And let’s not forget the other ’70s greats associated with Acoustic, such as Larry Graham, John Paul Jones, and John McVie. With a rich history since the company’s humble beginnings on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles 50-plus years ago, Acoustic recently released a new line of budget-minded bass combos. We had the opportunity to check out the B100C: the 1x12, 100-watt model in the series.
I nodded my head in approval the moment I pulled the B100C out of its box. Thanks to its cabinet design, the combo has the option of being positioned monitor-style or standing up in a traditional fashion. The design looks great and makes the amp easier to fit in smaller spaces and cars due to its decidedly less-boxy shape. A big benefit is the ability to position the combo in front of you onstage for those times when the FOH engineer doesn’t want any stage volume at all, which happens surprisingly often. I’d like to see more manufacturers make this a standard cabinet shape.
The B100C has front-panel features one would typically have to seek out in a higher price range. It has a 4-band EQ with controls for low mid and high mid, a blend control for the onboard overdrive section, and separate gain and volume controls. Another bonus is the frequency notch filter, which goes through a variety of preset EQ curves as it’s being turned clockwise.