Alrighty, Whats a Good Loud Combo Amp

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by Osztertag2112, Jan 19, 2014.


  1. Osztertag2112

    Osztertag2112

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    Hey guys, im sure this has been asked before, actually Ive read a couple threads already on the topic, but I would like to know, what is a good combo amp that I can get some good wattage out of.

    I play rock music, and like a dirty sound, but what combo amp can get me a loud boomy sound. Id like to spend under $1000 on it if I can, and it would be something to cut through two guitars and fill some clubs and bars.

    I dont really care if its a new or used or tube or solid state, im not to picky.
  2. SuperK

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    For less than a $1,000 you can get a good used amp head and cabinet.

    If you're looking for a loud combo you should be able to pick up a used one easily for around $500. GK MB212-II or MB115 are loud. Or an Ampeg BA115HP.

    Personally I would look at a solid state 500w micro head and a cab or two. Which one to get depends on your taste. Try some out and then buy one used here in TB.
  3. JellinWellen

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    you can get a 500 watt head and 410 cab for that kind of cash and still have a couple hundred left over. Would strongly stay away from combos with that kind of cash unless they are a combo that can have extension cabs added.
  4. Phalex

    Phalex Yeah, I've got the moves like Jagger. Supporting Member

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  6. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

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    If it must be a combo, I have always been very impressed with the Mark Bass 115 combos, but at your price, it would have to be used.

    For the volume you need, a combo isn't going to be the best value. Used GK MB500 and a good used 410 or 212 is going to bury most any combo in your price range.
  7. B-string

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    BTW boomy does not cut through, it just gets muddy and lost. Maybe you want punchy but cutting? The G-K's are a good option.
  8. Joe Louvar

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    Yeah, checkout the new Gallien-Krueger MB212-II, and MB410-II combos - they're lightweight, compact, 500 Watts each and affordable. http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f15/gk-mb410-ii-mbp410-ii-1030305/
  9. 57pbass

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    The loudest bass combo I have ever heard has been the Peavey Combo…. its a heavy amp but so loud. The Mesa Scout can fill a small room with high quality bass...
  10. chubfarm2001

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    Mesa M6 212 combo. It cuts through the hot knife that is cutting through butter.
  11. jeff7bass

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    Those are top dog combos but they ain't cheap! LOUD, full, and clear though.
  12. chubfarm2001

    chubfarm2001 Supporting Member

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    They are getting more and more rare it seems also. I'm extremely glad I got ahold of one when I did. Yes, they are a bit pricey, but worth every penny. With gain at 2 o'clock, I have never had the master past 9, it's that loud.
  13. RnBass

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    Combos always seem to be a compromise. You either get small and boxy sounding or large, heavy and/or expensive. :bag:

    A micro amp and a cab or two is, for me, much more versatile, easier to carry and more adaptable to the venue/rehearsal space.

    You can often find a great set for well under $1k...
  14. GK Growl

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    My son has had success with his GK MB212 Combo. We bought it used for $350. Full 500 watts into 2 12" speakers, DI for PA use, and more than loud enough blown wide open for his rock band with a heavy hitting drummer.
  15. Willicious

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    Used Mesa Walkabout.
    Tons of bottom.
  16. shawshank72

    shawshank72 Supporting Member

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    + a million
    Greatest combo amp i ever owned.
  17. RickenBoogie

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    Your budget will buy a better rig than any combo amp. 500 watts and a good 410, or 215 is a solid gig worthy rig, and will blow away most combo amps.
  18. kcole4001

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    Try a Super Redhead if you can find one.
  19. bobm2112

    bobm2112 Supporting Member

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    I was happy with my old SWR Workingman 210 combo. You can find them dirt cheap.
  20. Osztertag2112

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    Thanks guys!! Im not sure why i never considered amps and cabs, i just dont see too many in local shops. Ill look into them some more, however the gk and the swr seem good for the price points! Thanks guys!
  21. lowdown_billy

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    Echoing the love for the GK here -- I run a MB500 into a 212 Neo II for most rock gigs and have no problem holding my own in the mix. I also have a 112 Neo that I mostly use with an MB200 for practice at home, but stack up with the 212 for more loud goodness from the MB500 when I need it. I will warn you though -- this kind of G-K rig has more of a tight than boomy low-end. I can dial in a pretty fat bottom, but it's always crisp and articulate. I dig the sound, but if you're looking for that more felt than heard effect it might not be your thing.

    I have a nice Ashdown ABM 210 combo that I like for that tubey, overdriven, resonant sound. Paired with a 210 or 115 extension cab, it's a complete monster (575 honest watts) and it holds its own well even without another cab. The current UK-built models they're selling are fairly expensive (I think around $1500), but I have an older one that's China-built (and been completely flawless in its functioning for five years) I have up on Craig's List for about a third of that. I may put it up here if I can't sell it local. Again, you gotta like the Ashdown sound which is its own thing, but I think they make some great, often-overlooked gear.

    Good luck!

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