The Frugal Bassist Rigs
I really dig reading about all the wonderful top shelf gear here. Hey, I've even got a little bit of the good gear, thanks to methodical hunting and a willingness to get busy in the shop once and a while.
It is time for me to do a "b" rig. Something that is workable with acoustic instruments. Easy to transport. Middle of the road tone. Either it will be a smallish combo or a simple one way cab in cahoots with a GK MB500 already in my possession. I've used an Epifani T-110 that a very kind fellow TB'r let me try to get a taste of things. That little cabinet works great for my use, except I don't need a tweeter.
Might have to just buy that cabinet. Or, build or buy something else. I am trying to keep this a low dough endeavor.
I'm curious about what others have used (and enjoyed) in the context of small acoustic setting.
I am not sure whether you are asking for "cheap" ideas, or just things that work. But if you can sneak up on a good deal on a Mesa Walkabout Scout 12", I bet that would be an amazing portable acoustic show gig. I have a 15" with matching extension cab and it fills entire rooms with wall shaking boom. I imagine the 12" combo would do the job just fine.
Used Shuttle 6.0 + used Epifani t-210 >= $725
Added a Tech21 ParaDriver DI as a preamp for the Gage realist piezo pickup on my upright.
I use my MB200 with a 4 ohm Eden EX112. Sounds great and the cab can be had for 250 or less. It doesn't have a tweeter, but is a "whizzer cone" config - I don't like tweeters either and the EX sounds fine to me.
I'm looking for things that work that are inexpensive. The Mesa, which I've played through at a GTG and liked, is more money than I want to spend. I suppose if I sold the GK, then the Mesa moves closer to possible. But, the GK is my back up head for the "A" rig. Nevermind.
The b-100 is bigger than I care to move.
I bought a GK 400 RB for $200
and an old symore duncan 1x15 from the
80's for $100
Sounds fantastic for $300
JBL EON 10.
It has line, instrument & XLR inputs, sounds pretty damn good with just about anything plugged into it.
I carry a small mixer & use that little thing all the time and it sounds great!
For me it's a 400RB and the top cab of my 12/6+112 rig. Homemade boxes, drivers got used of craigslist or canibalized from other gear I have.
Probably a little bit under $300 all done.
Not an "acoustic" rig specifically, but my "coffeehouse" rig is Ampeg PF350 and Aguilar GS112. PF350 and accessories go in a shoulder bag, GS112 in one hand, Bass in the other.
But as you say, you've already got the MB500 so add a lightweight cab and you're all set, IMO!
restock Ampeg PF-500 (musicians friend "Stupid Deal of the Day" ) $287.00 with a Carvin BX210 cab. $199.00
I am looking for a better cab though, the Ampeg really rocks.
IMO Used GK stuff is probably the closest you will get to relatively top shelf gear at really low prices. Even new, an MB500 and two Neox112II's are less than some amp heads (especially if you shop carefully.... 15% off sale at Musician's Friend with no tax and free shipping). Used, forget about it... great deal... light, sounds good. Good deals on 700's etc. also if you don't mind a bit more weight.
SWR WM4004 and a small Ampeg 15" cab from a defunct combo.
Swr cost nothing, one of the in jacks didn't work
(guess the guy who gave it to me never tried 'em both)
Ampeg, again nothing: built in amp was fried.
You mentioned shop time, building, etc.
Look up Duke LeJeune's "coffeehouse tweeterless 110" thread.
It's a good little cab. Prices may've risen some or availability of some parts may've changed since then but it's still a solid littoe cab.
If you really want to keep the price low...stick a 10" Eminence Beta in a 1 cu.ft. box and tune it high 40's - 50hz, then fashion a port cover to run it sealed if you need to tame down a boomy acoustic bass.
The panels will all be small enough to be leftovers from other projects. If you get a little creative about cannibalizing/dumpster diving/repurposing some hardware and get some covering off the remnant rack at a fabric store, you could concievably bring it in just under $100.
Leave room for a future tweeter add-on and it'll run vocals, keys, acoustic guitars, etc.
Other option is to find a used Peavey Minx 110 from CL, pawnshop, yardsale, etc.
Real good sounding little combo...again < $100.
I used an SWR Workingman's 12 for a long time and that was perfect for the smaller gigs. You can pick one up on the cheap too... $300-$400.
I picked up an SWR California Blonde and used that - again, sounded fantastic, minimal setup, etc.
Now I use an old SWR SM-400 and a Goliath Junior II now and it sounds great. I traded the Workingman's 12 for the head and the cab cost me $200 on Craigslist. Minimal investment for vintage pro gear!
Another $300 GK 400RB rig here.
400RB III @ $180 and a Carvin RL210 @ $120. The
XLR3 line out has made it all I need for the last 2 years.
EDIT: Just re-read the OP. I have not done any acoustic stuff...
+1 on the GK 400RB rigs, I use that with a DIY 1-15 for smaller electric gigs. Including speaker (JBL D140F or EVM-15B, I have several different 1-15s) it's well under $400.
Me thinks your GK would sound very nice with and Ampeg SVT 210-AV.
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