should i upgrade?

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by edcars, Dec 27, 2013.


  1. edcars

    edcars

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    i have a chance to buy a mesa m-pulse 600 for cheap. my current amp is a gk 400rb with a sansamp pedal. i'm in a punk rock band, i actually like my gk head but i was wondering if the mpulse is worth upgrading to. i had a buster bass 10years ago and couldnt remember how it sounded.

    any advice would greatly be appreciated. and if i do get the mpulse will i still need the sansamp to get that punk bass sound ala matt freeman?
  2. edcars

    edcars

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    any advice?
  3. swamp_bass

    swamp_bass I love it when a groove comes together Supporting Member

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    Going from a 280 Watt head to a 600 Watt head is a power upgrade that is made frequently by those who need more stage volume.

    But I suspect nobody replied because you didn't mention the price you'd be getting it for (seems to be going between $700 and $1500 used), or what cabinet(s) you're running.

    Here's a link to a thread that discusses the tone of the mpulse:
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f15/mesa-m9-carbine-vs-mpulse-600-few-questions-682362/
  4. edcars

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    oh thanks for the reply swamp bass -i'm getting it for $390 in a pawn shop but i have to decide on it by dec 31 because they are running a 30% discount on everything. im reading up on the link you gave and i think im gonna get the mpulse. i gonna be running it with my 215 randall cab
  5. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    That's not exactly true. More speakers are going to give more volume. More wattage generally gives more headroom

    Mesa and GK both make really nice stuff. I can't say whether you'd prefer one over the other, but I know I'd be happy with either one.
  6. BioWeapon

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    Also not entirely true. Combining both is ideal for a volume boost.
  7. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist Gold Supporting Member

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    that mesa isn't a noisy/grindy one, i think the voicing of the gk might be more appropriate in your setting
  8. edcars

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    yeah. thanks folks. i had band practice today, i recently upgraded the pickups on my pbass with some seymour duncan QP. first time using it and realized i already have the tone i really wanted. it's just me GASing something that i really dont need, just because there's a opportunity to buy something nice cheaper. so i decided to just use what i have right now and just buy some red wing iron ranger boots. hahaha
  9. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist Gold Supporting Member

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    that's cool, i've gotta do a pedal inventory next week at practice and i'm hoping i'll be pretty happy with what i have

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