backup bass head advice

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by JWP, Nov 12, 2012.


  1. JWP

    JWP

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    looking for a solid moderately priced back up bass head (would like to keep it under $250) to my pf 500. Will use as a practice amp and if needed - it would be powering my ampeg115he. We play middle of the road rock, some blues. Been thinking about the acoustic b200, maybe go with hartke or even the pf350. Used is fine. Just wanted to get some opinions....thanks all...
  2. mam1862

    mam1862 Supporting Member

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    GK MB200 or TC BH250. Both will fit the what you are looking for.
  3. two fingers

    two fingers Loud Mouth Know It All Blowhard Gold Supporting Member

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    You should be able to find a used Shuttle for around that. I have a 6.0 as my backup and it rides around in my just in case gear box (along with a bunch of other stuff that rarely sees the light of day). But it's not a bad little head. 'Bout the size of a textbook and weighs 3.75 lbs. I use if for practice with the Aux in coming from the computer when I YouTube songs to learn. Sounds pretty good with my Avatar 1-12 (backup/practice cab). I haven't played it through anything else as I bought it just for backup.
  4. monti2889

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    line 6 low down 400h :bag:
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  6. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

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    I use a GB Shuttle 6.0 myself as my practice amp and backup to my main amp with the couple of bands I play with.
  7. jnewmark

    jnewmark Supporting Member

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    GK MB 200, or Carvin BX250.
  8. DerTeufel

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  9. tbirdsp

    tbirdsp Supporting Member

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    Another vote for MB200. So far one of the best pieces of gear I've ever purchased. I have powered everything from a Hartke 210XL to a Ampeg SVT 8X10 with mine:eek::D Fits in a gig bag or side pocket of a duffle bag.
  10. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Supporting Member

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    I'd grab an MB200. I have the 500 already and it's terrific.
  11. seamonkey

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  12. Sav'nBass

    Sav'nBass Supporting Member

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    +1 for the shuttle.. Great heads..
  13. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

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    +1

    As others have said, this is a great head that can be found for very reasonable prices, used. The Shuttle 6.0 is a classic micro. It kicks butt, but is tiny and weighs 4 lbs. Bad joke about younger girlfriends deleted here...
  14. Laurent

    Laurent Supporting Member

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    Carvin offers some nicely priced amp options.
  15. dougjwray

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    Here's another vote for the GK MB200. They are very simple and easy to use, sound very fat, clear and loud, and weigh about as much as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
  16. KrisHayes

    KrisHayes

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    No love for the Acoustic head? I think it's got a lot of character at the price poiny.
  17. MLC_BassPlayer

    MLC_BassPlayer Supporting Member

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    I've been using an Ampeg PF-350. Decent power and tone, lightweight and it fits in a backpack.
  18. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good

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    +1 My thoughts, exactly. :cool:
  19. johnpbass

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    Another vote for the MB200.
    If you don't like the GK tone, then a used Shuttle 6.0 would be great too IMO.
  20. JWP

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    Was taking a look at the gk...seems to have a great reputation but was at gc and saw they had the ampeg micro vr 200 for 225.00. Picked it up and so far...so glad i did! What a great little amp!
    great
  21. JWP

    JWP

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    Just put the micro vr through its first test...playing through an acoustic b115 cab with 3 guitarists, keys, drummer and a flute player and had more than enough volume. Loved the tone as well. I am very impressed with this little ampeg. Great backup head!

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