Getting that B-15N sound live?

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by Rank Stranger, Nov 5, 2012.


  1. Rank Stranger

    Rank Stranger

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    Hi Folks,
    I'm looking for a relatively high-watt combo (at least 200+) to play with the band at gigs (small to medium venues) and would like to approximate the sound I can get with my B-15N at home in the studio. I know it won't be exactly the same and maybe I even need a touch more high end for cutting purposes (or maybe I don't).

    I play a Fender P with a J bass pickup added.

    Anyway, what do you recommend?

    Thanks,
    RS
  2. kevteop

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    Any amp, plus a SansAmp VT Bass pedal?
  3. jnewmark

    jnewmark Supporting Member

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    I have a feeling Jimmy M will be along any minute now.......
  4. Shane Carter

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  6. iiipopes

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    Line 6 P.O.D. Bass into a good PA.
  7. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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    To get that B-15 tone live use a Line6 pod or a Tech21 VT bass pedal.

    I have both on my pedal board.
  8. MoeGJBeener

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    Digitech BP355. my main preset is the B-15 with Portaflex cab and some compression. sounds awesome.
  9. Turxile

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    Ampeg PF500 with a PF115 cab might get in the ballpark.
    Well a lot closer than an amp sim pedal anyway...
    I use amp sims sometimes, but if you can get close without them...
    IMO of course :p
  10. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Gold Supporting Member

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    I'd go with an Ampeg PF 350 you'll be glad you did.
  11. gmarcus

    gmarcus Supporting Member

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    I'm running a VT bass into a GK MB212, This is light loud and sounds great. I run a Pork Loin pedal into the VT bass to add even more tube like break up. I find that if I run the VT bass gain at 3:00 it gives a nice clean tube sound. I can't get a good tube drive sound out of it, but that is where the Pork Loin comes in. The MB212 on its own is a little boxy sounding, but the VTbass transforms it completely.

    The MB212 excels at being Light (37lbs) and loud (2X12 with 500 watts). I find it definitely needs the pedals to sound good.
  12. backup

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    i second the ampeg PF suggestions. just got one three days ago
    its a great and unexpensive rig and you can dial in the b15 sound and more. and it still sounds very natural
    pf500+115he is what i got
  13. JFOC

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  14. pbass2

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    Might not be loud enough for you (though it is shockingly loud and room-filling for it's spec), but my B100R sounds as classic as the day is long--it is VERY B15-esque sounding, and cool-looking too;). I would expect a B200R would be noticeably louder, but as I say, it's bizarre how big the B100R sounds.

    Otherwise, I'd also say just get a VT pedal and use any decent amp(preferably with a 15"). I never took my REDDI to gigs--too easy to get it beat up and I think live the nuance isn't all that critical.
  15. fokof

    fokof Gold Supporting Member

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    "Getting that B-15N sound live"


    Get any amp , put a HPF to 100hz , a high shelf of -12db @ 5Khz
    and put a box of loose screws on the amp to complete the emulation of that "vintage sound".
    :p
  16. pfschim

    pfschim Just a Skeleton with a Jazz bass

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    ordinarily I don't comment in these kinds of threads, but that was funny brother. :)
  17. Rank Stranger

    Rank Stranger

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    Yeah, pretty funny. And I usually have an ample supply of loose screws . . . .


    Thanks for all the interesting suggestions. I'm interested in any others you might have.

    RS
  18. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

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    :cool:

    Ampeg B100R comes close.
    Add a VT-Bass Pedal your almost there.
  19. fokof

    fokof Gold Supporting Member

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    Thanx

    But the joke is that when I compare my '69 B15 to what I actually use , it really sounds like that :(
  20. tsunami1052

    tsunami1052 What the Funk? Supporting Member

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  21. stiles72

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    B-100R. Or even better - just take the B15 along and mic it .

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