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Ampeg vs Marshall vs Line 6?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by RichardLEntrup, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. Ampeg

  2. Marshall

  3. Line 6

  4. Orange

  1. RichardLEntrup


    Jan 20, 2014
    In the midst of comparing bass sounds, I also contemplate the different tones of different amplifiers...:confused:
  2. gjbassist

    gjbassist Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2005
    Kansas City, MO
    Let me be the first of many to tell you that there is no "best" amp, it is purely subjective. Also you left off many brands of amps that people on TB prefer over the ones listed. How about GK, Markbass, Carvin, Fender, Peavey, Aguilar, Eden, Genz Benz, etc. Is there a specific tone/features/power you are looking for?
  3. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    May 5, 2008
    Orange County, California

    Amps and cabs are a part of your tone just like your bass, your pickups, strings, pedals, etc.

    Now in terms of quality control, reliability, etc. you could get that from any of your above choices. For me, I like Ampeg, Genz Benz and Mesa Boogie.
  4. Vipersassasin


    May 5, 2013
    There a multiple amount of factors that go into an amp being a "favorite". Personally, the perfect rig for me would consist of a Phil Jones 24J Piranha cabinet with an Ampeg head. That being said, I also like Hartke HyDrive cabinets and I like to pair those up with either Carvin or GK. I would probably have about 3 different rigs if it were up to me though.
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  6. lmfreeman9

    lmfreeman9 Supporting Member

    Sep 1, 2007
    include Orange and Line 6 and not mention GK?
  7. monsterthompson

    monsterthompson The Eighth Note Wonder Of The World Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2008
    just joined, posted this thread twice (only once with a poll), choppy english. i'm tempted to say this is a marketing bot.
  8. JellinWellen


    Oct 18, 2012
    Houston Tx
    The brands that really stand out to me overall:

    Genz Benz
  9. rockelye

    rockelye Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2010
    Stavanger, Norway
    There is probably no "best amp in the world" since people have very different opinions on what is a good sounding amp.
    If you ask me I would say none of the amps in the poll, but if I had to go for one of these brands I would probably say a Marshall or an Orange 100w/200w tube amp from the 70's. But I like Hiwatt even better. The old Ampeg Portaflex amps is also nice.
    My bass amp now is Monique preamp, Demeter Minnie power amp, and Barefaced Super Twelve speaker. I'm probably gonna change the speaker to another Barefaced model eventually, but I am very very pleased by the sound it produces.
  10. Cartman86


    Jan 2, 2011
  11. singlemalt

    singlemalt Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2007
    White Salmon, WA
    No GK, no Genz Benz, no pre amp/power amp, NO Fearful? No acoustic image? No "other" option?

    Dude, whatever....
  12. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    I like Ampeg first and GK second.
  13. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    I know you're talking about sound, but it's hard to rank amp sound objectively.

    How about:

    Best Built
    Easiest to Use
    Most Responsive Customer Service
    Most Reliable

    Get me the amp that's in the tops of all these categories and I can add a tube preamp or effects to make it sound however I want.
  14. Sir Squier

    Sir Squier

    Apr 29, 2005
    Out of those 4, Ampeg is the only actual choice. Do the other three even make real bass amps? They're all guitar amp manufacturers..
  15. vmabus

    vmabus Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2013
    central nowhere
    Line 6 usta make the LowDown series, but stopped.
  16. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Neo Maxie Zoom Dweebie Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Line 6 and Marshall (with the exclusion of Murder One) are garbage for bass amps. GK and TCE are far better. Also Aguilar.
  17. klejst


    Oct 5, 2010

    I say whatever sounds best to your ears and gives you exactly what you need/are looking for out of it is the best.
  18. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2010
    sunn, mesa, peavey, and marshall have worked for me, my fender was pretty messed up when i got it so i won't denigrate them
  19. JeffVanter


    Sep 23, 2012
    Can anyone tell me what the best manufacturer is for PUNCH? I don't want to waste thread, so thank you :smug:
  20. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    May 5, 2008
    Orange County, California
  21. monsterthompson

    monsterthompson The Eighth Note Wonder Of The World Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2008


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