Best practice amp

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by Squawk, Mar 29, 2014.


  1. Squawk

    Squawk

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    Im looking for something lightweight to play with at home that has good sound for the size. This will not be used for gigs. I will be playing a Gibson SG Special.



    Recommendations please. Thanks.
  2. JYBass

    JYBass

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    I love my roland bass cube, its very, very nice.
  3. Rick Auricchio

    Rick Auricchio Registered Bass Offender

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    Remember that when you're practicing alone, your aim is to learn a part and to improve your technique. Tone is far less important.

    So look for an amp that's small, well-priced and, if possible, has a headphone output and an aux input so you can play along with music or a drum track.
  4. Dogbertday

    Dogbertday

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    Something transparent sounding is also helpful. A small Roland keys amp would work well.

    I use a GK backline 110. Similar but I'd like an aux input. I just don't care enough to spend more money. If I NEED an aux in I'll use my small mixer.
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  6. ExTek

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    Kinda need a budget. But I would recommend one of the older Fender Rumbles (not the new v3's, unless you have a wider budget.) I used to use a Fender Rumble 350 and it's fantastic for practice and home use. You can find them cheap!
  7. Squawk

    Squawk

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    Budget would be $100 - $200. The less I spend the more I have for future setup that would be for gigging.
  8. Junk420

    Junk420

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    I just picked up a Marshall MBB15 for $140. I can't complain at all. Plenty of amp for me to practice with and a few options as far as tone goes. Between the 2 channels on the amp and the Preamp on my bass, I have enough options to keep me entertained until that little voice in my head that wants a Line6 Pod finally wins...
  9. Clark Westfield

    Clark Westfield Floyd Pepper is my mentor! Supporting Member

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    I have a Rumble 15 that is perfect for my town home.

    I run a Fender Jazz and a Schecter Deservio through it.

    The tone is perfect and the reliability is solid.

    The give them away for under a hundred bucks.

    Great little amp.
  10. DogBone

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  11. Joe Louvar

    Joe Louvar

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    The GK MB110 is really sweet - it's a 100 watts and really small: 14.5"H x 12.5"W x 11.5"D, vented cab, and it only weighs 21 lbs. Plus it has aux input and headphone, DI and Chain outputs too. I totally like mine.
  12. Cycho

    Cycho

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    I use a headphone amp. Yeah, I'm cheap, but it works fine.
  13. Linnin

    Linnin

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    Fender's Rumble line of bass amplification offers some great choices for a personal practice amp.

    The outgoing second generation Rumble 30 for a penny less than $130 shipped is still available for a short while. http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Rumble30/

    It's being replaced by this new version 3 Rumble 40 for $180 shipped. http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Rum40/

    But for a mear $100 this new Rumble 25 is going to totally dominate all of the C-Note price point bass amp offerings across the board. http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Rum25/

    There is really not a bad choice here with the new Rumble 40 being the best of the three. You might look at used amps, but buyer beware. At Guitar Center you at least have a 30 day grace/return period on used gear, and can use a credit card which offers some additional consumer protection in the event of a deal gone bad.

    :bassist: Rumbles Rock! :bassist:
  14. Twocan

    Twocan Supporting Member

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    Last year I won a Warwick BC 20 in a raffle. Aside from the location of the power switch (back/bottom), it's the perfect practice amp for me. Sounds great for 20w.

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