TC Electronic STACCATO '51 Bass Head

Custom-Tuned Bass Head

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TC and Tower of Power's Rocco Prestia joined forces to make Staccato'51 - a custom-tuned version of the RH450.

It may look like the RH450 bass head, but the sound design is completely different and meets the demands of a legend like Rocco Prestia - both on stage and in the studio. Rocco's sound design on Staccato'51 fits his legendary finger-muting technique like a glove. The full-bodied tone with plenty of highs and lows as well as the ultra fast precision response enhances the percussive elements of Rocco's playing to perfection.

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In addition to the sheer tone shaping, Rocco has added a touch of our SpectraComp™ per-string compression to tighten the sound even more. And finally a touch of TubeTone™ brings out the growl of Staccato'51 when really digging into those low-end notes with his powerful right hand technique.

To achieve perfect tone, Rocco pairs his Staccato'51 with a stack of our RS cabinets - An RS410 and two RS212s - giving him both punch and enough low end to stand out on stage with the 10-piece Tower of Power band.

Key Features:

Spectra Comp™
Most bass players know that integrated compressors generally don’t sound that good. A regular compressor tends to be dominated by the lower string, but Staccato’51’s SpectraComp™ technology allows virtually ‘per string’ multi-band compression that evens out the compression across all strings - Rocco adds a touch of SpectraComp™ to tighten up his sound.


TubeTone™ emulates all characteristics of both the pre- and power amp to deliver the full tube sound. Staccato’51 uses the TubeTone™ to add the growl when really diggin’ in.

3 User memories
With the 3 user memories on Staccato’51 you can easily switch between, for example, your 4- and 5-string basses, or your Rickenbacker and Fender Jazz. Just plug in the bass and use the ‘car radio’ style Store & Recall controls to easily switch between presets for your chosen model. There are three bass user memories, remote control access and visual indicators for Mute and the Tuner.

Flexible Tone Control

Straightforward controls like you know them from traditional amps. Voiced by Rocco Prestia to give you plenty of tweaking options to nail the perfect tone. Chances are that this is all you’re ever gonna need. However, if you’re not fully satisfied with the default frequency areas, fear not - we’ve given you the option to change the focus of each of the tone controls through semi parametric access through the shift button.

Integrated Chromatic Tuner
Every bass player needs a tuner, so we built one in. Simply push the Mute button to get a full-resolution tuner ‘light ring’ to help you tune your instrument quickly and accurately. You can also use the RC4 for easy remote access to this functionality.
Once you’ve tried it, you won’t go back….Rocco couldn’t!

Rehearsal input
Playing any instrument on its own can be a little dull, but everyone needs time to practice, which is why Staccato’51 has rehearsal inputs. This rear panel-mounted feature allows you to plug in your iPod, phone, computer or MP3 player via the supplied mini-jack to RCA cable adapter for easy practicing and playing along with recorded music.

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