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Discussion in 'The BASS Place' started by Wyzsard, May 9, 2017.
Mesa Bass 400+ tube head.
I have done a lot of thinking about the benefits of the amp with the bass guitar. Tube versus solid state and etc. What I really feel is more important is the speakers and the cabinets that are driving them. With the bass falling so low on the EQ and the importance of pushing high air volume the speaker definitely gets a workout.
I had a half stack full of 10" speakers, a box with a 15" speaker and a horn (horn was disabled) and my closed back 2x12. I prefer the 2x12 in most instances but there is something about that 15" speaker that really makes the bass stand out more. As a P Bass kind of guy, that thump just does something for me. Although if I was a Jazz guy the 4x10 might be just the medicine. And the 2x12 just kind of fits in between.
I voted tube just because I picked up an old '81 UL Bassman head and it's become my main bass amp for the past six months or so. I run it through a 2 x 10 cabinet. But I have a Fender Rumble 40 and that works just as well. Not sure tube vs. solid state matters with a bass amp, at least with the way I play it - without distortion.
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