need a good solidstate bass head

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by merrell, Feb 12, 2013.


  1. merrell

    merrell

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    I am looking for a good reliable bass head for around $500 to $700. I play metal music in drop tunings. I dont know if I should go markbass, gk, carvin,or what. Im hoping to get some help.
  2. Kmonk

    Kmonk

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    I used GK for many years until I decided to go back to a tube head. The 800RB and 1001RB-II are versatile and reliable.
  3. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    +1 for GK

    700 RB-II or 1001 RB-II would be great choices.
  4. SRCRS

    SRCRS

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    I would look into the Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 a lot Of people here seem to like it
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  6. merrell

    merrell

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    thank you for the input. What does anyone think about the hartke L1000 head? good bad loud?
  7. garmenteros

    garmenteros Junkyard Scout Gold Supporting Member

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    My vote goes for gk as well.
  8. two fingers

    two fingers Loud Mouth Know It All Blowhard Gold Supporting Member

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    Yep. GK all day long. Built like a tank. Powerful. Every one I have ever played has been "louder" and "stronger" than its watt rating.
  9. IronLung1986

    IronLung1986

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    i've been playing markbass amps for several years now and to me it's the best sounding stuff out there. every time i play, whether it's with a group or by myself, i notice how much i like the clarity and responsiveness. i know a few guys who use markbass amps for hardcore and they sound great.
  10. DerekG

    DerekG Supporting Member

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    Markbass LMII or LMIII. Can't go wrong.
  11. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks. Supporting Member

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    For metal tones, it's hard to beat GK. Also take a look at Carvin - you get a lot of power and tone shaping for an incredible price.
  12. merrell

    merrell

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    thank you all for your input. i have alot to think about.
  13. CLMSHQ

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    I have always gone back to GK..BUT, I have been using my MarkBass LMIII since 09'.

    GK is good and Loud, and built well, but I get better 'Old School' Motown sounds from the LMIII.

    The GK is good for bright and sub sounds that really make the Bass come out in the mix.

    LMIII is warmer and creamy.

    Bottom line...try them, A-B them..and bring your own BASS to compare.
  14. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Supporting Member

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    I'd pick up a old Sunn Coliseum head, louder than god.
  15. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

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    LH1000 and an outboard pre.
  16. Stevorebob

    Stevorebob Well... I'm Here, Aren't I? Supporting Member

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    GK 700 RB-II. Great tone, loud, cuts through. Pair it with one or two GK Neo 410s (more bottom) or 212s (more balanced).
  17. Lee Bruton

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  18. mcm

    mcm

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    Gk 400 or 700 or 800
  19. mattbass6945

    mattbass6945

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    ummm......i think someone mentioned gk. that would be my pick. something like a used 1001rb?
  20. petermca17

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    You might also want to check out Mesa Boogie Carbine amps. Great tone and plenty of power.
  21. Primakurtz

    Primakurtz Registered Nihilist Supporting Member

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    +1 The Mesa M3 is one of the best deals around right now. Loud, fat, and versatile.

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