GK Backline Cab Quality?

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by Plectrum72, Apr 6, 2014.


  1. Plectrum72

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    I did a search and found a bunch of threads about the Backline 600 Amp, but not a whole lot about the cabs. What little info I found was from 2006/2007 saying the amps were pretty good, but the cabs were garbage. I usually see a bunch of them going for $100 or less on GC's used site, which leads me to believe a lot of people who bought them don't care for them; however, the price is very tempting to throw together a cheap full stack, 3/4 stack, or half stack.

    So I guess my question is are they really bad sounding cabs or did they just get a bad rap because they are "entry level"? I'd appreciate comments from folks who actually owned them. Thanks.
  2. RickenBoogie

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    They are/were the bottom rung in the GK line. The one place not to skimp out is on your spkrs, but play them first before you buy- make your own judgement.
  3. JimmyM

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    They're really bad sounding cabs.
  4. Steve

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    I got a little "note to self" on one of their 410 cabs I ran into at a rehearsal venue, let me see if I can go find it....here it is:

    Note to self: Don't ever buy one of those things.

    YMMV
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  6. bassist4dalord

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    Yeah, I played through one of their 2x10" cabs at a backyard party and it was pretty rough. Save your $$$ and get some better quality stuff.
  7. Plectrum72

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    Thanks for the feedback. Definitely explains the abundance and low prices of these over at the GC used website.
  8. basscooker

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    Hijacking.......

    Are the Goldline cabs (heck the amp, too) any better?
    Just wondering. They ask about 2x what they ask for the Backline cabs. I thought I read here that the Goldline was an exclusive to GC run, just a prettier Backline series, but don't remember reading anything about quality specifically. Anyone? Had 250 head (pd $50) and a 600 head (free + fan replacement) and even at those "deals" let them both go quickly. Goldline stuff any better? It's cheap, too, so I think I already know the answer.
  9. B-string

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    The amp head is a sleeper value, Robert Gallien responded to that question once. The components in that head are the real thing. The cabs I have not heard, yes they were a GC etal only build before they picked up MarkBass and their own "Acoustic import".
  10. basscooker

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    I have been curious about the head. It seems like a halfway point.... It looks laid out like the new RB's, but has a price point (used) closer to the BL's.
  11. B-string

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    Not sure if I remember correctly, thought I had saved the post. The poweramp was the 700RB II without the horn amp stuffed and the preamp was I believe the early MicroBass (MB).
  12. JimmyM

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    The Goldline cabs are just as bad IMHO.
  13. Plectrum72

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    Funny you should hijack asking about the goldline cabs. I happen to have picked up a used 210GLX a while back for $125. It gets the job done. Took some knob tweaking to get it where I want it, but no complaints now.
    Last edited: May 11, 2014
  14. tjh

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    .. several years ago, I picked up a 'Brat Pack' GK combo that was being blown out from MF .. it was a BL250 head, and a BL115 cab .. cab was terrrible ... very heavy, MDF I am pretty sure, and sounded like mud ... I would have liked to experiment with the head a bit, but I needed to send it back with the cab ...
  15. hsech

    hsech Don't try to argue with an old fart. Gold Supporting Member

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    I've had good luck with the neo cabs.
  16. Vic Winters

    Vic Winters Supporting Member

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    GK Neo cabs can be found dirt cheap, and they're very solid.
  17. hover

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    If more companies with otherwise great reputations would just stop making crap boxes in general, the world would be a better place, and the market would have clear division lines between the true low-dollar **** (Gorilla / Acoustic / et al) and the real deal gear (MarkBass / Aguilar / Ashdown / Ea / Phil Jones, etc etc)...and the market would not be so glutted with awful rat fur pawn shop-level fodder.

    I know WHY they do it, I just wish they DIDN'T.
  18. lowfreq33

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    The Goldline stuff was a GC exclusive. I had the head for awhile, and it was a beast. Didn't really have that GK sound, it was beefier and more old school. Mine survive being submerged in flood water for about 12 hours. I let it dry out for a few days, and it powered right up. I used it for about two years after that until I got my Genz Benz stuff.

    The Goldline cabs, however, are garbage. Sounded bad and blew really easily. Avoid at all costs.

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