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Amp breaking in / bass aging

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by SBassman, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    Have you ever experienced some of your equipment getting better sounding over time?

    I have a GK MB112 that sounded good when I bought it - but great today.
    I play lots of my MP3 music through it all the time, and I honestly think it has broken it in and opened it up. It's definitely louder, with better, awesome bass response today than it had when I first bought it.

    My only bass this days, a steel 4 string Ibanez, is sounding tighter and fatter than ever. I honestly think it has improved over time. I can't imagine better tone from a steel 4 string.

    Experienced anything like this? Think I'm crazy?

  2. deste


    Sep 14, 2009
    Bologna, Italy, Europe
    Endorsing Artist: GullanskyLab pickups
    Hmmm... My GK MB150, after almost 20 years (well, to be honest is a FrankenKrueger, to restore it I had to "cannibalize" another one, and the speaker has been rewound twice) is showing signs of age. So I'm planning to buy something new, maybe a GK MB500 + MarkBass NY121.

    Just today I played at home my old (1985) Ibanez RB850, and after 27 years is still a great instrument.
    But... my double bass is 130 (more or less) and some days sounds so marvellous, but I know, we can't compare such different genres of lutherie.
  3. Yeah sometimes I feel like that too. Like jeans and shoes, instruments "break in" and can feel and sound better over time.

    But I guess it could also be that you're getting better at playing and eq'ing, and therefore the difference in sound.

  4. Stilettoprefer


    Nov 26, 2010
    My Schecter has gotten more comfortable with age. The neck has gotten smoother feeling with many hours of play time breaking the finish in.

    My sound has gotten better over the years because I've gotten better at playing and setting my EQ.
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  6. shackled


    Jun 25, 2009
    Western NY
  7. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    New basses rarely sound good to me. They need a bit of time to open up.
  8. Certainly true of instruments, though I'm not sure about amps.
  9. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    After all this time pumping MP3s through the amp - because I don't have an actual stereo in this house - I really think the response from this amp is
    like 2X what it was when I first bought it.
  10. two fingers

    two fingers You tahkin 'uh me? Yeah, you. You tahkin 'uh me? Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I think basses do break in a little. But for the most part, I think that what happens with both basses AND amps is that you learn to dial them in to your tastes better over time. The more I get to know the controls on my Roscoe Beck sig Fender, the better I am able to dial in what I want. Plus, the more I play it, the more I learn it's little "quirks" such as better overtones in certain parts of the neck, dead spots (not that there are any), etc. The same goes for my Mesa Walkabout Scout 15" stack. The more time I spend with it, the more I learn to tweek it the way I like.

    The same goes for my tools. The more I use them, the more I get to learn them and they feel more "mine". Even my O scope has it's own little "things" that make it it's very own character. Now that I have dialed it in dozens of times, I can get it to do what I want with little effort.
  11. Bought a used Squier Precision Special that sounded like crap for the longest time, a beauty though. Took off the rounds and put on some EB Flats. O my f***ing god!!!! It was an out of body experience. :hyper:
  12. duff beer

    duff beer

    Dec 2, 2007
    Okay.... :rollno:
  13. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    Stop rolling your eyes. It's real.

  14. pgolliher


    Apr 27, 2010
    Santa Cruz, CA
    I have a gk mb210 and it was the first amp that I ever noticed a change in tone. It really got a deeper low end after playing it a bit- I like the low end, but it lost some of it's tight punch ( I totally eq it differently now to get that tone back) think it was the speakers because I experienced the same thing with an mbe 210 extension cab, but much more subtle.
  15. cableguy

    cableguy Supporting Member

    Jun 4, 2009
    North Bend, WA
    Both my main basses were made in the 80's. The new ones just don't compare. (at least not in my price range)
  16. DiabolicLow B

    DiabolicLow B Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Ontario, Canada
    Most drivers will break in a bit when they are brand new and usually means more low end extension after a while, of course some are much more noticable than others.
  17. rapidfirerob

    rapidfirerob Fusion rules! Supporting Member

    I can see instruments and speakers changing over time, but how would an amp do so, besides the tube go bad?
  18. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    I mean the speaker in my combo - GK MB112.
  19. Stilettoprefer


    Nov 26, 2010
    Caps can go bad if the amp is sitting for too long without being used. But that requires no play time.

    Speakers in combo amps have a break in period. They just sound better after some use. A lot of sub woofers have a recommended break in period where you don't want to have it hitting too hard.
  20. skychief

    skychief Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2011
    South Bay
    When my bass was new, it had some issues... bad notes flying out,, too many notes rolling off... never seemed to groove with the drummer.

    Thankfully, over the years, these problems have seemed to diminish significantly.

    So yah, I'd say that some basses probably do improve with age.

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