Ampeg B 100 R hitting peak

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by MAJOR METAL, Jul 14, 2003.


    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    I was palying at church yesterday with my Semi hollow Epiphone Jack Casday and My Schecter Model T with the Bill Lawrence pickups. I noticed that when playing the Schecter the amp was ligting up with alot of peaks, the volume was only at three but i keep the gain, trebble and bass high. Am i damaging this amp when it hits peak. It is a great amp but i am having some difficulty getting some clarity with the bill lawrence pick ups with alot of the lower notes on the E string. How do you think this amp compares to the AmpegB2 combo, i was thinking of giving it a try. Thanks
  2. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    You should try switching your gain and volume. If the signal that is coming from your bass is fairly hot, then gain does not need to be high. Rock back on the gain until the peak light goes out, (or at least is lit less often), then adjust your volume to get the volume you need.
  3. Selecter


    Jun 30, 2003
    The B2 Combo is not being made anymore. I just got a BA115HP over the weekend and so far am happy with - it's got that sound. Not many features but thats just more stuff to break. I saw a B2 combo go for under 330 bucks on ebay not too long ago, but I dont think I will ever buy amps on ebay - the shipping cost and hassles are just to much for me. I'd rather get it new and pay more. 100 watts should get you enough to play in most churches I know. The above poster is right on - what you need is more average power and less peak. :)

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    Thanks guys, i turned down the gain and balanced the bass a bit and was able to get the voulume higher. I think i am going to check out that B2, this B 100 R really hits the porta flex sound. Thanks for your help:)
  5. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    You are welcome!

    The B2 probably won't be much louder at first. It's a max of 200w into a single 15. Where it can get much louder is in its ability to run a second 8 ohm cab at a max of 350w for both cabs combined.

    You also might look for a B248. This is the same head, but its internal cab has 4x8 speakers. Then toss a SVT 15e under it and you have a stack.
  6. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Gabu has you on the right track. In addition, instead of turning the bass and treble way up, set both around 5 and set the low and high mids to 3. Accomplishes the same thing and doesn't muddy the sound. Also, try this with all of the voicing switches off.

    The key to happinesses with any amp is understanding the fundamentals. Cutting an unwanted frequency is usually preferrable to boosting everything but that one;). I use my B-100R with an assortment of crazy basses (4,5 and 6 strings) and it's loud and clean and handles the lows easily.
  7. Mcrelly


    Jun 16, 2003
    Minnesota, USA
    Major (salute)

    I try to run my guitar volume about halfway then set my gain to where I know it would "peak" if I turn the guitar all the way up, and then adjust the amp volume to the median volume I think I need for the song set. sometimes I have to manually turn up the amp, but I NEVER put the gain where it can "peak" on the loudest guitar output. that is where you'll get max volume ratio going into the amp/head/pre etc.
  8. ya same thing pretty much as everyone else, I have the B2 Combo(FOR SALE!!;) ) and I would set it with my bass volume at max I would adjust the gain so it would just licker the peak light when I dug really hard, harder than I would play to give it a little room. I use that idea for setting up pretty much all amps I play and it seems to work well.
  9. JayAmel

    JayAmel Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Carcassonne, France
    I received my new Rickenbacker 4003 a few days ago, and of course, just time for me to take it out of the box, and I immediately plugged it into my Ampeg B-100R. That was hoo-hooooooooo !

    Then I inserted my SABDDI between the bass and the amp, and it is WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW !

    What I wanted to say is that you can easily build your tone with an SABDDI and then adjust the gain. Then the purpose of your B-100R will be to amplify your signal (with a few tweaking on tone if you wish to adjust it). For me, it works great that way, without any clipping problem.


    Hope this helps,