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Amp advice

Discussion in 'The BASS Place' started by CleanBoostCasey, Oct 21, 2018.

  1. CleanBoostCasey

    CleanBoostCasey TDPRI Member

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    Jul 30, 2018
    USA
    I "play" guitar, but I've been wanting a bass to change it up and maybe actually play with people. Not a lot of bassists around here. I have a friend that drums in a band and another friend who does the solo thing with original tunes played on a Strat through a Bassbreaker 15. Plays to crowds of maybe 100 tops and that's perfect to me. Lowkey, small gigs. They want to put a band together and want me to play bass since I've been talking about getting one. Think female fronted indie dream pop. I don't know how to describe it.

    In the given description above, suggest a bass amp. Combo or head and cab. $500 limit for combo. Would go a little more for head and cab. Thanks.

    C
     
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  2. adjason

    adjason Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Jan 9, 2010
    virginia
    check craigslist and the more power the better for bass in my experience
     
  3. w3stie

    w3stie Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 19, 2010
    Brisbane
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  4. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Friend of Leo's

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    Feb 3, 2017
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    I used to use an older Peavey TNT 100 with a 15" Black Widow. Played quite a few "smaller" gigs with that....it never let me down.
     
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  5. erratick

    erratick Tele-Meister

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    SoCal
    At $500 gigable, I'd go used. Craiglist.

    Look for things like: Ampeg BA-115 (solid enough to gig), GK MB115 (as mentioned above), Fender Rumble.

    You might be able to find those new or on Reverb at $500 and below.

    You probably want 100W+, DI out, and some eq options.

    Don't just limit to combo though, there was a bargain for a Genz-benz head recently on craigslist near me. You get a 2x10 bass cab or a 1x15 and that might be less than a combo for a great sound.

    Avoid really old stuff unless you have a good tech, and I'm not a fan of acoustic (the brand). You can find some solid state SWR or Trace Elliot some times that is older, but the solid state stuff can be pretty reliable.
     
  6. tele_pathic

    tele_pathic Friend of Leo's

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    Aug 18, 2009
    St. George, UT
    OR what about a octave pedal, like a Digitech Ricochet that tracks really well, or for ultimate versatility, a POG 2. Much cheaper, and won't even need to change instruments.
     
  7. cc50fralin

    cc50fralin Tele-Meister

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    Check out a Fender Rumble 200.

    140 watts into a 15 inch speaker, which increases to 200 watts when you add a second cabinet.

    Very light, and very good tone.

    $499 at Sam Ash.

    Probably the same at most other retailers.

    I have a Rumble 40.

    Very happy with it.

    Mike
     
  8. cc50fralin

    cc50fralin Tele-Meister

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    Oh, one thing I forgot to mention:

    For the absolute best sound out of any amp, use an EQ pedal.

    A year ago, I asked a sales guy in the Sam Ash, Manhattan store (Raymond) if an EQ pedal will help my sound. He recommended a Boss GEB-7 bass eq pedal, which I bought.

    What it does, is make any bass sound its best, by giving you control over you bass' frequencies like you haven't imagined.

    By leaving the EQ controls on your amp, and bass (if it's an active bass) neutral, and only using the controls on the pedal, you can fine tune your sound. I found that leaving the lowest frequency slider at neutral, you get rid of almost any boomyness your instrument has.

    Then, start boosting the next six sliders to taste. Less is more, in my opinion.

    Naturally, all instruments and pickups will vary, but I can't stress how an EQ pedal will improve you sound.

    The Boss GEB-7, about $100. Worth every penny.

    He also recommended the Empress Para EQ. It's a parametric eq, as opposed to the Boss, which is a graphic EQ.

    The Empress is $250, but I've never used it.

    Just wanted to pass this along.

    Mike
     
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  9. ebb soul

    ebb soul Poster Extraordinaire

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    Jun 7, 2016
    Smyrna georgia
    Plenty of good choices, eden, tech 21, tc electric.
    But don't fool yourself, you need 200 watts even against a 20 watt tube guitar amp.
    I'm currently digging 12" speakers for bass.
     
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