New setup for progressive/alternative rock band
I currently play an Ibanez 5 string on a Ampeg SVT 350 with an Ampeg 4x12 and Ampeg 1x15. It does not belong to me, but rather the guitarist in my current band. I am trying to plan my next move, and I do have some idea of what i'd like to get. I'm a little uncertain about some things though, trying to wrap my head around wattage and impedance and frequencies.
GK 1001Rb-II is 700 watts, 4 ohms. If I pair it with the GK Neo 4x10 (800 watts, 4 or 8 ohm models) I can use the Bi-amp feature, which is something I'm unfamiliar with but very curious about.
So.. if I have one 4x10 at 4 ohms, 700 watts from the head should pair acceptably with the 800w cab?
2 4x10's at 8 ohms is a net impedance of 4 ohms I believe, but would my wattage be split between and I'd only get 350 to each, underpowering them?
I was told by my instuctor years ago that with a 5 string I need at least 1 15 inch speaker to carry the frequency of the low B (I tune it to A)
so... GK Neo410 @ 8 ohms..
GK Neo 115 @ 8 ohms.. totals 4 ohms?
But ive heard of people saying others fall into the "410 and 115 trap"
And I also originally wanted to save a little space, my current rig is as tall as I am and much heavier.
Guide me, wise ones. I see myself spending much more money than necessary without guidance, and potentially burning my amp up not understanding ohms and what not.
I would eventually like to replace the bass as well for the Ibanez 6 string.. I find myself on the 24th fret of the G too often..
Thanks for any feedback :bassist:
If you are looking at GK gear, I suggest you seriously consider the 412. Pair that with any of the GK amps out there.
If you are looking at non GK gear as well, there are tons of options.
I'm open to all kinds of stuff. I'm mainly worried about pairing head/cab combos as efficiently as possible and making sure the full range of my instrument is heard. I'd like for this to be a long term purchase, not looking to upgrade again in another year. Portability is also a factor.
A couple of things in the op that I'll comment on- Using a 4 ohm cab to "get all the watts" from your amp is usually not a good idea. Cab ratings do not tell the whole story, and a 700 watt amp can actually kill a cab rated at 800 watts. Limitations are always on the spkr end, so always have enough spkr for the job. Also, mixing a 410 with a 15 is very unbalanced, and people do it anyway, thinking "lows from the 15" and mids, punch, etc from the 10's- also wrong. Diameter tells you nothing.
Bottom line, a good bass rig is one with enough spkrs to get the desired volume, with enough power to push those spkrs adequately. You can't "under=power" them, but you can push them past their mechanical limits well before reaching the thermal limits that are used to rate them. Much more in depth info in the stickies and faq's.
My personal choice, if I were to start fresh in your shoes would be a Mesa M9 Carbine, paired with two 8 ohm Powerhouse 2x12's. Allows a modular approach, use one or both cabs, and with both, a monster 900 watt 4x12 rig. Good luck.
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