New Matamp (super custom jobby)
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So finally after much umming and ahhing I placed an order and acquired this tonight before my gig tomorrow. (The rest of the insurance money bought me a 1970's Ampeg B-15)
Custom GT200 MK2
Gain & Volume on the front of the amp
Bass, Mid, Treble, Presence internally on the amp (set at the factory for my tone)
2 Identical inputs (allows me to use my Ric O Sound and do dual mono and who wants to pad a bass on a valve amp :p)
On/Off Switch is a key, so if this ever gets stolen it's useless, no key - no power, no power - you have a nice paperweight.
Head weighs 26.45kg
Reworking of the 2x12 I used for years and recently sold. Issue with the old 2x12 is the new GT200 doesn't fit on it so I've had them make it shorter and wider.
This cab uses their new lighter wood and neos and clocks in at 21.8kg
I'm gigging it tomorrow, I've had no time with it other than setting the eq, but it will be nice to have some real power behind me again.
Looks cool but I don't understand the internal controls. Why limit yourself? Does every room you play sound the same? What about different basses or effects? How do you adjust for all that?
The key idea is great!
Nice, but that is a weird choice for locating the tone controls ;) Still, who am I to judge? If you like it, that's all that matters, and I'm sure it sounds killer.
The key for a power switch is a cool idea!
Wouldn't it be easy to have a locksmith replace it? Just curious.
Now the main reason for this was I was gigging 3-4 times a week with 3-4 other bands on each night, lots of gear shares and I would come in plonk this head and the 8x10 down and basically get the rights to own the stage with it, as long as everyone else could use it. This was fine and was a good way to help promote Matamp but my gigging situation has changed massively.
Now I gig once a month max generally with just my band on the bill and if it comes down to a gear share well frankly I'm just sick of people using mine, you should have seen some of the settings people dialed into my amp.
So over the 3 years I had that amp, I never once turned off the TaySte switch when playing, or switched to the front eq so this is taking it one step further and I'd be lying if I didn't say I took the robbery badly, I took it really badly like pay people to find the gear and the people that took it badly. So part of the spec of this is maybe its gets stolen, great who you going to sell it to, it needs a key to work or a full rewire to remove the key and it's got no controls, oh and it's got my name on it etc etc.
I'm sure with enough time you can get round the key but that whole system is wired the same colour on an amp with a 700v plate voltage and 240v so maybe you can rewire it, maybe you can't, maybe die. Your average thief isn't a valve amp tech it's someone looking to score some quick easy cash with something easy to sell, well this isn't easy to sell and hopefully looks that way to a thief. But if it is stolen the thief won't be playing it, he won't be selling it and no one will be buying it out of the back of a van for £100 thinking they got the deal of the century and trying to convince themselves it's not stolen while they drive home.
But back on to the tone, I don't adjust for rooms, stages etc. To me my amp is my monitor, largely I'm DI'd and I send them a post eq signal from the head though I'm trying to get it mic'd more and more (especially since my other amp is a B-15).
My core effects have stayed the same for years now and are designed around tube amps, so if I switched to playing a modern digital lightweight thing then yes I'd be in trouble and have to mess with all sorts but I don't. Outside of that I use my Ric with flats as my main bass, I switch live to a P bass with rounds and I have a pedal on my board for A/B switching and volume leveling (Radial Bassbone) but largely I'm switching basses as I want the tone of that bass for that song. Yeah maybe I could go over to the amp add a bit more treble for this song but if I do that it's not going to turn a Ric with flats into a P with rounds. Sure I can get through a set without doing this but why not. I'm not touring loads I play an hour set once a month in pubs and clubs, it's fun and not a whole lot else.
I hope this makes sense, I'm sure it's not for everyone, hell anyone but for 3 years I never tweaked my amp, got a compliment on my tone at every gig, never had a soundman complain about the signal I sent him and to my ears I never had a gig where I couldn't hear myself or thought the sound was a bit hmmm off.
So maybe you can, maybe you kill yourself in the process and if you're trying to hotwire my amp, I'm ok with that. :ninja:
It works on the intelligence of the average thief, I'm sure there are people on this forum that could rewire it in 5 minutes, I hope these people aren't stealing amps off hard working musicians ;)
Also regardless of my paranoia, it's pretty damn cool :bassist:
I think the key and internal tone pots are cool...simplicity at its best. If you ever do want to change your eq settings, really how hard is it to change them? Would you have to take it to a tech or is it as simple as taking the headcase off the chassis?
Very very easy to change
He he he.... :p
You have to make a plate out of brass and engrave all your explanations above, so that a thief is able to see that he has no chance for selling / playing that amp. Don't forget your adress, maybe it gets returned after stolen "accidentally". :D
There are nice locks that are locking the 1/4''- sockets. This things are massive, you can't remove them without heavy tools. You get them for a reasonable price, about € 25,-- / piece. Its called "Fullers Uni-lock V".
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