Need lighter than Genz-Benz GBE 600

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  1. brock29609

    brock29609 4 strings, 2 wheels Supporting Member

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    I'm a huge fan of the tone from my GBE 600. Love the quick & tight lows with mids that sizzle and grind. But, I want something more portable, lighter. What should I try first?

    I'm wondering if the Streamliner is too boomy, and if the Shuttle is too modern sounding. ???

    Anything 400-600 watts at 4 ohms is plenty for me.

    I'll be playing my 4-string Jazz (rounds) and P-bass (flats) thru any 2 of the following:
    • Epifani UL-110
    • Epifani UL-112
    • Bag End S15-D

    Anyone who knows the GBE 600 tone have advice for me?
  2. Pocket4

    Pocket4 Supporting Member

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    I only have owned the GB Shuttle 3.0, but surely you have thought about the Shuttle 6.2 or 9.2?

    I also play a Jazz through the GBE 600 and I have to turn down the mids or hit the mid scoop button - the bark is so much in your face!

    Bet you can get some good offers to buy the GBE.
  3. brock29609

    brock29609 4 strings, 2 wheels Supporting Member

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    How would you compare the GBE to the Shuttle 3.0 (tone)?

    Man, the GBE is close to perfect with everything at 12:00. I don't cut, boost or scoop anything more than one click or two. Just want something easier to carry.

    The wood Genz-Benz rack case that mine sits in probably doesn't help the weight issue.
  4. svtb15

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    Maybe the Shuttle 6.2.. or 9.2
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  6. KJung

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    The closest thing IMO to the GBE600/750 is the Genz Shuttle Max 9.2. Similar front end with the variable voicing filters and four bands of EQ (although the Max midrange is semi-parametric.

    Similar tight, bright grind with the additional of an additional FET channel (along with the tube channel). Genz is no longer in business, but if you can find a used Max 9.2, you will most likely love it. a little smaller than the 600, and about 1/4 the weight.

    The Streamliner is a totally different thing... big down low, relaxed in the upper mids.... exactly the opposite of what you are looking for IMO.

    In a current model, the GK MBFusion500 or 800 would most likely make you happy. Bigger, deeper lows, but somewhat similar in that bright, grindy top end.
  7. brock29609

    brock29609 4 strings, 2 wheels Supporting Member

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    Thanks, Kjung. Exactly the kind of stuff I was hoping to hear.

    Other opinions appreciated.
  8. Pocket4

    Pocket4 Supporting Member

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    I haven't had the pleasure playing the Shuttle Max series heads, but my old departed Shuttle 3.0 had surprisingly similar tone characteristics to the GBE - owing to that pre-amp circuit
  9. brock29609

    brock29609 4 strings, 2 wheels Supporting Member

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    Thanks. FYI, I'm not married to Genz-Benz stuff. Will consider any light head that is in the same tone category.
  10. CrashClint

    CrashClint I Play Bass therefore I Am Gold Supporting Member

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    I own a Shuttle 6, Shuttlemax 12.2, Streamliner 900 and the GBE600. I love all these amps. IMO the GBE600 sounds the best and has a quicker response. I don't like carrying the weight around but occasionally I still do. My Streamliner paired with my UL410 sounds awesome, I will carry the Shuttle 6.0 as my backup. My UL410 is 4 ohms so either setup is plenty loud. If I have to take two cabinets, I take the Shuttlemax 12.2 and the GBE600 which will drive all day at 2 ohms.
  11. agedhorse

    agedhorse Development Engineer-Mesa, Product Support-Genz Supporting Member

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    The Shuttle and ShuttleMax will be quite close. That's the logical evolution with the NeoPak being in between.
  12. brock29609

    brock29609 4 strings, 2 wheels Supporting Member

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    So are the Shuttles the Shuttlemaxes pretty much cut from the same cloth with the Shuttlemaxes just having more knobs to fart with?
  13. agedhorse

    agedhorse Development Engineer-Mesa, Product Support-Genz Supporting Member

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    Yes, Max has more eq, 2 channels (FET and Tube) and variable tone shaping filters.
  14. brock29609

    brock29609 4 strings, 2 wheels Supporting Member

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    I kinda regret not scooping up the Markbass LMII that just sold in the classified section for $320 shipped. Is it comparable to the ones mentioned above?

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