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Ampeg BA-115 Combo

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Shawn Luckman, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. Hello everyone i have just joined this forum and it seems to have something for everyone.I need your help with the following questions:

    I was bought an Ampeg BA-115 Combo for Christmas,and i love it i have read that it could do a small to medium sized gig is that correct.
    Also i have disconnected the 1" tweeter & have toyed with the idea of changing the speaker to an Eminence speaker,would that be a good or bad idea.
    Finally i am trying to find out about the history of the BA-115when it came into production etc.

    The basses i use are a Rickenbacker 4003 & an original 1964 Hofner violin bass.My main influence is Mr.Chris Squire & i'm trying to get that Squire sound or something close.
  2. VanzKantDanz


    Sep 4, 2007
    Yeah the 15 will pretty much cover you for small clubs and such, I was able to borrow my cousin's for a gig at a pretty big bar and it held through. I don't know much else about that but I think I can help you with trying to sound like Squire.

    According to his interview in Guitar Player Magazine in October 1973, Squire obtained his distinctive tone at the time by rewiring his RM1999 into stereo and sending the bass and treble pickups each into a separate amplifier. This technique is known as 'bi-amping'. By splitting the signal from his bass into dual high and low frequency outputs and then sending the low frequency output to a conventional bass amplifier and the high-frequency output to a separate lead guitar amplifier, Squire produced a tonal 'sandwich' that added a growling, overdriven edge to the sound while retaining the Rickenbacker's powerful bass response. This gave his bass sound bright, growling higher frequencies and clean, solid bass frequencies. This technique allowed Squire to utilise harmonic distortion on his bass while avoiding the flat, fuzzy sound, loss of power and poor bass response that typically occurs when bass guitars are overdriven through an amplifier or put through a fuzz box. He also uses fresh strings for every show.
    -from Wikipedia's Chris Squire article.

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