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BY griff7628
#804777
Hey dudes
Our bass player has finally decided to kick his line 6 Low Down to the curb and wants to replace it with something. He's an exceptional player but knows nothing about gear.
He was asking me last night what's out there. I dont really know jack about bass amps either but said I would ask on here for some help. We're a 3 piece playing hard rock covers with quite a loud drummer.
The Low Down he was using had a single 15" in it and a line out to the p.a. It seems to be loud enough but can lack a little 'punch' if you know what I mean. Probably due to the large driver.
Not sure on his budget. Nothing too flash but also nothing shit obvioisly. Lets just say reliable and great sounding.
School me.
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BY StrummersOfThunder
#804778
I can definitely recommend one of gallien-kruger RB series heads. I picked up an older rb400 (i think) for $250 on tardme. Matched with a neodynium markbass 2x12 it does the job very nicely.
The GK has a great EQ, bi amp option and DI out. Sounds clean, punchy and present.
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BY jimi
#804779
New series of Fender Rumble 500 is what I would buy if I got a gig as a bass player again.

Compact
Light
500w
2x10
Bit over a grand new
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BY Single coil
#804781
Blackstar unity series very cool. Will be buying the little one.
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BY bender
#804784
StrummersOfThunder wrote:I can definitely recommend one of gallien-kruger RB series heads. I picked up an older rb400 (i think) for $250 on tardme. Matched with a neodynium markbass 2x12 it does the job very nicely.
The GK has a great EQ, bi amp option and DI out. Sounds clean, punchy and present.


+1 on this- it’s a very good sounding rig, and easily keeps up with a loud drummer.
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BY griff7628
#804791
bender wrote:
StrummersOfThunder wrote:I can definitely recommend one of gallien-kruger RB series heads. I picked up an older rb400 (i think) for $250 on tardme. Matched with a neodynium markbass 2x12 it does the job very nicely.
The GK has a great EQ, bi amp option and DI out. Sounds clean, punchy and present.


+1 on this- it’s a very good sounding rig, and easily keeps up with a loud drummer.


Very pedal friendly?
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BY Jake
#804803
griff7628 wrote:
bender wrote:
StrummersOfThunder wrote:I can definitely recommend one of gallien-kruger RB series heads. I picked up an older rb400 (i think) for $250 on tardme. Matched with a neodynium markbass 2x12 it does the job very nicely.
The GK has a great EQ, bi amp option and DI out. Sounds clean, punchy and present.


+1 on this- it’s a very good sounding rig, and easily keeps up with a loud drummer.


Very pedal friendly?


For bass I currently run a Gallien Krueger head and cab: a 1001RBII head (750watts) into the 410RBH cabinet, sounds absolutely killer in my opinion. I love a 4x10 cabinet for punchiness over a 1x15 but that's personal preference.
The GK stuff is voiced to be a little bit grunty anyway, so in my experience takes drive pedals and the like better than some other brands.
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BY Kev77
#804821
Mark bass.
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BY Bg
#804823
Kev77 wrote:Mark bass.


Is the correct answer ;) I have ampeg svt-200t into genz-benz cab. but Mark Bass is my ideal.
BY null_pointer
#804856
Yeah the Markbass stuff is great. Goes really well with pedals in the nose, plenty of grunt and definition. I have the Jeff Berlin CMD 151P (1x15) and use it at least 50% of the time (I also have a Fender Bassman TV Duo 10). I see them pop up on TM around that $1k mark for the combos, and it would be money well spent.
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BY griff7628
#804859
Is there much difference in tone between tubes and solid state for bass amps?
BY foal30
#804860
griff7628 wrote:Is there much difference in tone between tubes and solid state for bass amps?


Yeah I think so

"Live Bass" in a rock band gigging the biggest single contributor to Bass Tone is potentially the Sound Person.
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BY griff7628
#804863
What sort of minimum wattage head should he be running if just going through a 4x10 and maybe a sub later on
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BY Single coil
#804867
>=400.