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Amp recommendations

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by joeko, Jul 12, 2016.

  1. joeko


    Jul 12, 2016
    Hello. I am a young musician trying to make a name for myself with other musicians that I work with. I play bass in this band of five. We utilize two guitars, a keyboard, drums, and myself on bass. We play small to medium party and cookout gigs, which typically require a decent amount of bass prescence. I like the slap style and am greatly influenced by the sound of Marcus Miller and Mark King. Im looking for an amp (or pedals if that is the case) that will give me the present punchy sound. I am currently using a Sterling SUB5 and two 1x12 amps slaved together using an MXR EQ pedal with two outputs. I'm looking for a reccomendation of what amps i should be looking at. My price range is 750 and below.
  2. jimfist

    jimfist "Cling tenaciously to my buttocks!"

    Mar 28, 2011
    Boston, MA (USA)
    First, handcuff your keyboard player's left hand behind his back. If you aren't afraid to explore used gear, you can get a whole lot of bass amp for $750.
  3. woody357

    woody357 Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2005
    I have four heads and love them all GK 800rb, Eden WT550, Genz Benzi and a Buger BV1001m out of all of them the Bugera is my fav for slap. I know I know shoots will be fired for my statement but it's a nice head.small with a big sound, good power, nice tone selection inexpensive. I play in two bands a club band and a wedding band, I can use any one of these heads for whatever gig. I will say this try buying used, you can get some good deals on here. I bought my Eden five years ago for $400 on here and it was in great shape and has never given me a problem.
  4. Hey Joe-!
    No advice on any particular amp.
    Just wanted to welcome you to this insane asylum.
    Check the -for sale- listings here. Always plenty of good stuff to drool over.:hyper:
  5. Korladis

    Korladis Inactive

    I'd recommend a used GK head and a used Ampeg cab.
  6. Johnny Crab

    Johnny Crab HELIX user & BOSE Abuser

    Feb 11, 2004
    +1 to the keyboard player's hand.
    Our band leader, great guy, went over to a sit-in keyboardist after a song where the guy was running all over me with low end and said "He plays bass for us. Keep your left hand behind your back or else".

    You can get a LOT of good for $750 and +1 to Woody357's Bugera comment. There are more than a few Behringer and Bugera amps here and they've served and continue to serve nicely when you find an application for them. With $750, you might even look at a very flexible rack-mount preamp and power amp.

    I use the MXR 10 band pedal also in my chain to help EQ my setup to the rooms.
  7. deathness


    Jan 19, 2015
    Do the 2 1x12 cabs get the job done volumewise? Or do you feel like you need an upgrade in the cab deptartment too? Is the $750 budget for the amp only? Or for a whole rig?
  8. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    What amps are you currently using?
  9. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Looking for a gig around East Islip, NY!

    Jan 13, 2008
    A used 500 watt amp of almost any brand (Ampeg, Gallien Krueger, Aguilar, Markbass, etc...) will cover your needs. Match one of their heads up with a 2x12 or (preferably) a 4x10 cabinet and you'll have a rig that's more than adequate for 90% of gigs you'll come across.
  10. I would look for a GK 400rb or 700rb used, and a used Peavey 215 loaded with black widows.
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  11. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Looking for a gig around East Islip, NY!

    Jan 13, 2008
    GK700rbii is an awesome head. A GKMB500 is also really nice. If you like slapping I'd recommend GK gear.
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  12. joeko


    Jul 12, 2016
    750 for whole set up. I have lots of volume but tend to clip or get buried most of the time, especially with slap.
  13. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Looking for a gig around East Islip, NY!

    Jan 13, 2008
    Might be an EQ issue. Mids are actually a bassist's friend, but guess what tone typically sounds best when slapping - the old "smiley face" EQ where bass and treble are boosted and mids are cut. Try boosting your mids while rolling off your bass. It won't sound as good solo, but you'll probably find yourself with more presence in a mix. If you don't, report back and let us know what you're finding.
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  14. deathness


    Jan 19, 2015
    As jmattbassplaya said, you might be clipping bc of an eq setup leading to lack of headro. Of course, if thats the tone youre going for, then yeah perhaps a new amp is in order. In your first post i see where you say you're running an mxr eq pedal and the 2 1x12s. Whats your current amp?

    Based on your stated influences and tone prefences, the gk recs are spot on. 800rb, 700rb, 400rb are all nice amps for that sound. Hartke and peavey both make good sounding clean amps with flexible eqs to dial into taste. I never ran out of headroom with my hartke 3500 with enough speaker area once i learned how best to dial in the pregain and master (keep the pres low dialed for tone not volume and crank the master for volume). With your budget id set aside $300 for the amp and look used local.

    For the cab, if the 2 12s aren,t cutting it, look for a used 4x10 at 8 ohm so, if you still find it lacking in volume, you can add another 4x10 down the line. For $400, you should be able to get a nice ampeg, hartke (xl series does bright and aggressive), peavey tvx, maybe swr (personally not crazy about their amps but the cabs can sound nice). If you find a nice deal used you might even have some scratch leftover.
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  15. deeptubes


    Feb 21, 2011
    Virginia Beach
    Another GK vote. $750 could very well get you a used 700 RB-II and a decent 810.
  16. arai

    arai Inactive

    Jul 16, 2007
    Mark king plays a tc electronic rh 750

    I've read people say this many times. I've been in bands with at least 4 keyboard players not counting fill in gigs and I must have struck it lucky with all of them.
    Guitarists being too loud with too much low end is another story
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2016
  17. joeko


    Jul 12, 2016
    The one is a Peavey TKO 65. Nice but clips when I achieve desired tone. The other is an Acoustic B100. Boomy loud and muddy, in my opinion. Not the tone for my style. I enjoy a bright and growly sound with some lows for kick.
  18. ubernator


    Oct 30, 2004
    lost angels
    $750 can get you a new fender rumble 200 combo (115) AND a matching 112 or 115 cabinet.

    $599 gets a rumble 500 (210) combo, another $349 for the matching 210.

    All of these are lighter than the combos you are using, but I think the b100 is a 115 not a 112.

    You can slap all day on a rumble with the contour engaged and the tweeter turned on.

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