1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  
    TalkBass.com has been uniting the low end since 1998.  Join us! :)

300-500 watt micro heads - suggestions?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by don21480, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. don21480


    Mar 17, 2006
    Love my Markbass F1 and I am looking for a similar powered head as a back up and just to shake things up. I like an old school sound, play a pbass with a pick. My bands play classic rock, Van Morrison, Stax, Motown, Bob Dylan, Honky Tonk etc.
    Any suggestions?
  2. waveman

    waveman Supporting Member

    Sep 25, 2008
    Since you already have Markbass, then the GK stuff is cool. I have a GK-MB500 that sounds great.
  3. Aguilar Tone Hammer? GK MB500 or the Fusion?
    Carvin BX500?
  4. jeff7bass


    Apr 9, 2009
    Be the first to grab the new Carvin B1000. Looks like a winner in price/performance. Free shipping right now.
  5. aparker82


    Sep 19, 2012
    Ampeg makes a 350 and a 500 that are micro heads
  6. don21480


    Mar 17, 2006
    I used to have a MB250 and it was a cool little head for sure. I wish ampeg made something like the micro vr with more power too. Good suggestions, keep em coming!
  7. TwinBass


    Oct 5, 2007
    Spokane, WA
    I'm using an Aguilar TH350 and it rocks my socks off. I tried a MB head (can't remember which one) and while it sounded good, there is something beautiful about the simplicity of the tone hammer.
  8. PF350, PF500
  9. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    Orange Terror Bass 500
  10. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Aguilar TH350/500 or a GB Streamliner for the tone you're looking for.

    Mesa Walkabout might be another option, but it's not exactly micro. But it may bump your F1 to backup status. :)
  11. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2007
    Toronto Ontario Canada
    As you are in the States, check out Carvin's BX500. It's a nice little amp and pretty cheap too.
  12. don21480


    Mar 17, 2006
    wow - lots of options - I'll be researching sound clips tonight!
  13. sb69coupe


    Aug 9, 2004
    Raleigh NC
    Aguilar TH500 or Genz Benz Streamliner. I know a guy who has both and I bet he'd let you borrow them for a test-drive.
  14. don21480


    Mar 17, 2006
    check your email - great minds think alike!
  15. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    Difference between Fender and Carvin
    Right now, I stay clear of Carvin, their 1 year warranty is the worst in the industry.

    Fender, 5 year transferable warranty, Fender has multiple service centers, I highly suspect GB hands are in the designs. i.e. they're using known good modules and special limiting and feedback. These new fender rumbles are something special.
  16. bkirk


    Oct 2, 2003
    Austin, TX
    I was in a similar frame of mind and have a MB F500 which I love and is essentially the same as your F1.
    I wanted a backup that was a little different. Bought an Aguilar TH350. Didn't really care for it initially as it was too old school for this old guy. I like some warmth but really don't like that breaking up, saturated sound that I used to get out my old amps back in the day.
    Did some research here, particularly Ken Jung's wealth of info on Tonehammers, and am now loving it and using it as my primary amp. Turns out I had a misconception of the role of the gain knob. (A little goes a long way). Also, I've found the TH350 to have plenty of power as a substitute for the F500, though you may need the added juice of the TH500 for your purposes.
    IMHO a TH350 or 500 might be just the thing for your equipment and style.
    My $0.02.
  17. +100 The New Fender Rumbles Are Extraordinarily Special!
    You owe it to yourself to audition one. :cool:
  18. NWB


    Apr 30, 2008
    Kirkland, WA
    Yeah, I think you pretty well described the Tonehammer for your playing style. They are very well built too with a great warranty.
  19. don21480


    Mar 17, 2006
    Bruce - good info. Fellow TB'er just let me borrow his TH500 and with little tweaking I really like it - a lot. The low end is a little more focused than the F1 but has a nice old school thump which is right down my alley. It seems the extra wattage of the TH500 might be nice to have for the outdoor wedding gigs one of my bands does?