700.00 to spend on an amp. what do I buy?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by benchpress11782, Nov 18, 2015.

  1. benchpress11782

    benchpress11782 Supporting Member

    May 23, 2007
    I play mostly solo bass. Higher guage strings. Chords, harmonics, tapping, etc. Amp is for practice only. I also like to use effects such as delay and reverb. So stereo sound would be nice. For 700.00 do I go combo or what? Any info will be a big help. Thanks so much.

  2. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    You want a single amp (or combo) that provides stereo? Do those exist? The only times I have ever run in stereo involved two separate rigs.
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  3. benchpress11782

    benchpress11782 Supporting Member

    May 23, 2007
    Lol. I'll take any advice. Thanks.
  4. benchpress11782

    benchpress11782 Supporting Member

    May 23, 2007
    Prob Gonna have to settle for combo for that price. So what's the best combo? For fretted and fretless? Thanks
  5. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    There are honestly so many options. If you are just looking for a practice rig I swear by my Roland MicroCube. Great tone with many different amp models, built-in BOSS effects and comp, AUX in, and, most importantly, a built-in drum machine that does a 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 metronome. You can run it off batteries if you are into busking, I know a fellow who takes his out and rocks solo bass on the corner for change. The amp cost me around $250 or so a few years back, it's a pretty pricey practice amp.
  6. nutdog

    nutdog when I'm a good dog they sometimes throw me a bone Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2009
    in the dog house
    For under 700 a pair of fender or ampeg 112 combos would do stereo practice, assuming you had something to split the signal. Maybe a pair of gk 112's with the right discount.
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  7. Look at Carvin combos. Great amp, low money and with your budget you could get 2 and as nutdog said above if you have something to split your signal you could run stereo. They are very transparent amps so they work great with effects.
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  8. benchpress11782

    benchpress11782 Supporting Member

    May 23, 2007
    Thanks. Could my boss gt10 split the signal? Is that what you mean?
  9. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    my new mantic hulk pedal can send a clean and sub octave signal
  10. nutdog

    nutdog when I'm a good dog they sometimes throw me a bone Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2009
    in the dog house
    I don't do stereo so I'm probably not the one to ask, but yes, the gt10 has L/R stereo outs so it should, one side to each amp. That is what I mean.

    The carvins look cool as well and you could get a pair of 110, 115, 210 or the 12/6 combos under budget. All depends on your tonal taste.
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  11. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    I'm guessing by your considering a combo you don't have a cab?

    If you don't have a cab, look to spend around 400 on a cab and 300 on the amp. For that price, you could get a used GK 700RB, and a used Neo 212. That's what I'd recommend.
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  12. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    If you want a combo (for less than $700), and it does not need to compete with a full band at gig volumes, I would definitely check out GK, Carvin, Fender Rumble series, Ampeg BA series, Hartke, Ashdown and TC Electronics.
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  13. benchpress11782

    benchpress11782 Supporting Member

    May 23, 2007
    How about the markbass 2x10 kickback, combo amp? Not sure of the model now.
  14. chaosMK


    May 26, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM
    Too much hip thrust
    Really just depends on what tones you like. If you use outboard preamps (Sansamp, Darkglass, Aguilar, Ampeg SRC, etc) then you can get additional ranges of tones out of an amp. I'd get something with an FX loop just for long term flexibility.

    On that budget I'd go with a used Mesa Buster Bass combo (check GC used). All tube, clear and fast, made in USA with the best components available at the time. I loved practicing on mine and with the cabinetry IMO it's loud enough for any gig.

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  15. groovaholic

    groovaholic Protect your hearing. Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2004
    Mount Prospect, IL
    Buy two combos and use your GT-10 to split your signal.

    Two identical combos would give you the most predictable results, but you might want to consider two combos that sound compatible, but different.

    IMHO, doing so will get a more convincing "stereo" spread.

    Perhaps my favorite sound ever was using my GT-6B to split into:
    LEFT -- my GK 700RB driving a pair of 410 cabs
    RIGHT -- a Fender Studio Bass tube amp driving a 215

    It just sounded incredibly spacious, and when I tried stereo into the matching 410 cabs, it didn't have nearly the depth.
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  16. I had an Ampeg SVT-4 head, it supports stereo out, you can run the dry signal to channel A and the wet signal with effects to channel B.

    It gets a little crazy in the back but it's not too hard to figure out with the manual.

  17. DavC


    May 17, 2005
    Tallmadge , Ohio
    if your gt10 has Stereo outs ... it can run to 2 amps ...

    the Roland MicroCube has stereo power ... you could run your gt10 into it's Aux in ... you'd just need the proper cable ... probably 2 - 1/4 to 1 - 1/8th stereo ... BUT , using the aux in you'll loose the use of all the other input features !
    which you really don't need , since your gt10 is full of fx .. !

    or ... just for home use ... good headphones running run out of the gt10 ...

    or ... even a pair of studio monitors ...

    i'd think it depends on what other things you might want these amps ... if you'd ever wanna take an amp somewhere to play bass , then i'd stick with bass type amps ... !

    if you'll never take stuff out of your home space ... anything would work ...!
  18. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist ZOMG! I'm back from the dead! Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2010

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  19. JJR58

    JJR58 Dirty Bird

    Dec 2, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY.
    all that and then, the Ampeg BA115 v2, or 2 B100R's.
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  20. lancimouspitt


    Dec 10, 2008
    dayton Ohio
    I would go with an ampeg BA 112.

    My experience is limited,but even the American made ones can be bought dirt cheap (200 or less) and they have a great sound. My ba112 has been a great little amp that has lasted me a long time now.
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