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Looking for a new amp (bassman vibes)

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by GeneralElectric, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. GeneralElectric


    Dec 26, 2007
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    Hey everyone, this is my second thread in about as many weeks as I look to remedy my bass tone. Its been a long time since I particularly cared about my tone being heard as I wanted and longer since I've used an amp live for any stretch of time. My current group is a 3 piece which is quite different than the large groups I've been playing with for the past few years.

    I posted in this thread trying to tighten up my bass tone:

    And found a good chunk of what I needed in getting a good EQ pedal but I've demo'd my sound with a bunch of amp heads and I just don't like the way the Markbass head sounds. I have to do a lot of tweaking just to get sorta happy with where I want to be. The best head I demo'd everything in front of was a Bassman 135. I didn't need to use my EQ with tone controls set flat.

    My current set up:
    -Fender P-bass with P-Retro tone circuit, sometimes just a passive P-bass
    -MXR 10 band EQ
    -Green Rhino Distortion pedal
    -Markbass LMII
    -Aguilar GS210 cab

    My current requirements:
    -Durable (this will be going on NYC public trans)
    -Relatively simple
    -Under 25lbs
    -Not prohibitively expensive (under $750 used)

    Amps that I've owned and have really liked the sound of but have gotten rid of for one reason or another:
    -Mesa Boogie 400+ (too big/heavy/and not much range between quiet and skull shatteringly loud)
    -1966 Fender Bassman blackface (great sound, dumped it because it wasn't loud enough and I needed money)
    -Ampeg B18 (couldn't justify this monetarily as an apartment piece)
    -Aguilar AG500 dual channel (traded this for the MB, not sure if it was the right choice)
    -Ampeg B25B (wasn't headroom and only sounded good with certain cabs)

    If you haven't guessed it, I'm into that vintage vibe. :p
  2. tedsalt

    tedsalt Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2010
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  3. Stealth Fighter

    Stealth Fighter

    Apr 14, 2013
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    Maybe talk to this guy?
    Oop! Missed the 25# requirement and the NYC public trans issue.
  4. GeneralElectric


    Dec 26, 2007
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    Yeah. If I really wanted to I could just wait for an old used tube bassman or aguilar ag500 to pop up but I'm looking for something that doesn't have a lot of tubes and isn't another ag500.

    Thanks for the rumble suggestion but I don't like the way it sounds, even in a YouTube video.

    Another option might be the alembic f1x and f2b preamp. I haven't played through either but I hear it also has the bassman tone circuit.
  5. nocluejimbo

    nocluejimbo Supporting Member

    Jul 10, 2011
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    The Hartke LH500 and LH1000 are supposed to channel the Bassman sounds and have a similar tone stack.

    The Aguilar Tone Hammer models might be right down your alley, as well.
  6. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2004
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    Maybe your cab is keeping you from tightening your sound. The Aguilar GS cabs are notoriously "loose" in the lows. For some,this is a great thing, for others, a curse.
  7. nutdog

    nutdog Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2009
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    Perhaps a Genz Steamliner 900. You'd probably need to find a used one at this point.

    I owned a pristine, all original Fender PA135 for a brief period. The streamliner reminds me of that sound. IMO, YMMV...

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