Recommend me a $500-$600 dollar amp!

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by ExTek, Mar 20, 2014.


  1. ExTek

    ExTek

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    Hey everyone. I'm pretty new here, so I apologize if this is the wrong section. I'm going to be getting a new bass and a good amp (that I actually own, since all I've ever done is borrow small combos) soon, and I am not really good at finding a good setup. So I was wanting to see if you guys could give me a good setup!

    So, here's what I am looking for:
    Preferably, a head and cabinet setup. I wouldn't mind a combo though.
    2x10 speakers
    Something that sounds tubey.
    Something that is good for both low-volume apartment playing, but also loud enough to cut through in a loud band setting.
    Most importantly, around 500-600 dollars

    Thanks for the help guys! :bassist:
  2. bassguppy

    bassguppy Supporting Member

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    For a loud band i'd go 410 or bigger. Grab an Ampeg PF-500 ($250 used) and maybe an Ampeg 410HE or SVT-410HLF. It's best to buy used for your budget.
  3. Mechanical

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    Go to carvin.com. Excellent value for the money.
  4. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    You can probably get a good head and cab for 6 bills if you go used. Check the classifieds and Guitar Centers used section. A GK 700rb II and a GK SBX plus 410 cab can be had together in your budget.
  5. ExTek

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    I'm checking out all the suggestions now! I'm liking the idea of the 410 cab. I never really check out GK but they look and sound pretty good to me!
  6. Chapbass

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  7. ExTek

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    That doesn't look too bad. Hopefully it'll be available after the month is over.
  8. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

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    Buy used. Budget $450 for a used head and $400 for a used cab. Check TB classified often. "Something that sounds tubey?" Meh—you can always get that with a VTbass pedal. First get clean and loud, affordable, and of course reliable. "Tubey" is such a vague idea. If you want some degree of dirt, sag, compression, grit, gank, and grind, leave it to a pedal rather than having it baked in.
  9. tgriley62

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    Bought this Hartke LH500 & Peavey 2x10 for about $480 last month. Great sounding head

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  10. Boom762

    Boom762 Hartke Whore - I AM the one who Booms! Supporting Member

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    HARTKE LH1000! Nuff said. You wont find a 1000watt head for less and its from a reputable company.

    Im gonna have to get a hartke tattoo on neck so I dont have to type LH1000 so much :D
  11. ExTek

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    That's a good idea Jim. I never thought of it that way. I might get a Verellen Meatsmoke preamp pedal later on down the road. I'm going to take a look at the Hartke stuff soon. I really need to get to a music store and actually try these suggestions.
  12. philvanv

    philvanv Gerbil Turds, Kitsap County Turd Core

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    and at the bottom it says thank you, and now you can **** off
  13. bassinplace

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    I've got the Fender Rumble 350. Had it for a few years now. I don't play out a lot, but they usually D.I. it when I do anyway. It's been a great amp, I really like it.
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  15. ExTek

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    Yeah I've had experience with the rumble 350. It's going for cheap now, I remember when my buddy paid 500 so for it. But the only problem My band had (I was a drummer at that time) is that the drums drowned the bass out. We played a lot of heavy stuff. Even when I would quiet down, I'd get so pumped that I would play loud again. That's why I may need more power.
  16. 39-Bassist

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    +2
  17. DerTeufel

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    Adding more speakers will let you be heard more easily than more power.
  18. StuartV

    StuartV Out of GAS!! Supporting Member

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    True. But, the new Peavey MiniMega 1000 is also 1000W head for $499, and from a reputable company.

    The Hartke has the advantage of a tube preamp, which is nice. And it's rack mountable. But, it's 19" x 14.5" x 3.25" and 32 pounds.

    The Peavey has the advantage of being smaller and lighter. It's only 8 pounds. And it has a 4-band, semi-parametric EQ, versus the 3 band EQ in the Hartke.

    They both have built-in compressors.

    Personally, if I had to choose without being able to try them both, I'd probably choose the Peavey for its smaller size, lighter weight, and more flexible EQ. Then use a Sansamp BDDI or VTBass pedal in front of it to get the "tubey" sound I like.
  19. bassguppy

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    This +1000.

    That's why grab a 410/610/810 instead of a 210 with a 300-500 (or more) amp. More volume, fullness (IMO), and you won't have to crank as much to be heard.
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