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Amp recommendations for Fretless Bass

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by thebige, Nov 1, 2006.

  1. What sort of rig would you recommend for someone who plays fretless bass? I don't have a whole lot of money to play with ($600 - 800 for the head and the Cab...Ok maybe I could go to $1000) I've been looking at the Ashdown Mag 300 head but I've read that it may not be well suited to fretless (http://www.guitarnoise.com/article.php?id=344). I've played through an Ampeg 2BR. It has real meaty tone but not a lot of detail.

    So what are your thoughts/Experiences/Advice?



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  2. Cabs with 12's seem to sound a bit better to me.
  3. Maybe a GK head. Pretty good sound for the bucks.
  4. warswr


    Oct 21, 2006
    SWR SM 500 is incredible. I play exclusively a fretless warwick. I run an SM500 into an Ashdown 4x10. theres nothing quite like it. If you want to hear the sound go to www.myspace.com/taximusic

    listen to 'valve' (the other two songs are before i had the SM 500). After the long solo theres a little bass thing. I think it represents it pretty well. Of course thats my personal preference for tone, but you can get anything out of the amp, and really get a solid growl.

    *Sorry for the shamless plug
  5. BillyB_from_LZ


    Sep 7, 2000
    Since the mwah hides in the midrange, it's best to have an amp with a parametric midrange control that allows you to choose the center frequency of the mid boost.
  6. steve4765630


    Feb 27, 2006
    A GK 700RB with a 2x10 or 2x12 is nice. Inexpensive, but powerful. 12's tend to be the best in the mwah factor.

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