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Ampeg vs Marshall vs Line 6?

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


Which amp manufacturer for bass is the best?

  1. Ampeg

    80.7%
  2. Marshall

    4.5%
  3. Line 6

    2.0%
  4. Orange

    12.9%
  1. RichardLEntrup

    RichardLEntrup

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

    gjbassist Supporting Member

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    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

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    +1

    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

    Vipersassasin

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    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

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    include Orange and Line 6 and not mention GK?
     
  7. monsterthompson

    monsterthompson The Eighth Note Wonder Of The World Supporting Member

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    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

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    The brands that really stand out to me overall:

    Ampeg
    Peavey
    GK
    Fender
    Hartke
    Genz Benz
     
  9. rockelye

    rockelye Supporting Member

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    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.
     
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  11. singlemalt

    singlemalt Supporting Member

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    No GK, no Genz Benz, no pre amp/power amp, NO Fearful? No acoustic image? No "other" option?

    Dude, whatever....
     
  12. Kmonk

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    I like Ampeg first and GK second.
     
  13. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Supporting Member

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

    How about:

    Loudest
    Lightest
    Clearest
    Cheapest
    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

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    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

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    Line 6 usta make the LowDown series, but stopped.
     
  16. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Neo Maxie Zoom Dweebie Supporting Member

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    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

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    +1

    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 Gold Supporting Member

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    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

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    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

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  21. monsterthompson

    monsterthompson The Eighth Note Wonder Of The World Supporting Member

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