Ampeg Rocket Bass Combos

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by kranahan, Mar 29, 2021.

  1. Greenstreet


    Aug 31, 2017
    Mm- good point! I'm going to try to check them out tomorrow, but the GC in Southfield doesn't have the 108 in stock, and Motor City doesn't have the 110.

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  2. jeff7bass


    Apr 9, 2009
    Do they have a 112 or is that out for you? It's the one I want. Grab and go 100w 112.
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  3. Greenstreet


    Aug 31, 2017
    Yeah, I'm with you on that one. From what I'm hearing, that's the one to have. I'm trying to find something for one of the kids- a 20 year old with a small apartment who just needs a small practice amp. If they have the 112, I'll definitely check it out (but that one would be for ME).

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  4. jeff7bass


    Apr 9, 2009
    Yeah maybe a smaller one for that is better, unless they head off to jams. Can always turn it down or use headphones.
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  5. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Pittsburgh PA!
    I'd definitely go for the 110 minimum.
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  6. Toonzo


    May 1, 2021
    Having the RB110 and RB112 at home for comparing. So far the RB110 sounds nearly as loud as the RB112, but with a little bit less low end. The RB112 has a bit deeper and richer low end. Not a surprise as the RB112 has the better speaker and the bigger box. The RB110 does a really good job considering its format and price.

    I tried the RB110 against the Fender Rumble 40 last week and the RB110 has a bigger/better sound. Less boxy. So far I have them in this order on my shortlist:
    #1 Ampeg RB112
    #2 Ampeg RB 110
    #3 Fender Rumble 40

    Just wondering where to place the Fender Rumble 100 in this list. Someone tried the Rumble 100 against an Ampeg RB?
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2021
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  7. EncoremMP


    May 24, 2017
    San Antonio
    Saw Peter Hook posted this on Instagram. Hes using an RB115 at fairly large venue (using a Radial DI).

  8. zmebass76

    zmebass76 Makin' bass faces since '92... Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2013
    Nederland, Tx
    Not yet, but I will be comparing the Rumble 500 with the Ampeg RB210 very soon.
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  9. Ahort

    Ahort Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2018
    SB, CA
    Has anyone compared the tone of the RB115 with the B100R? I expect the RB115 to be a tad louder...not sure about the tone though.
  10. lowendrv


    Dec 12, 2007
    Not side by side . B100R low end roll off is more like a B15 . RB goes a lot deeper .
    Both sound like an Ampeg .
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  11. Lync

    Lync Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2004
    Yes, I have had the Rumble 100 since its release and now I own an RB110. The Rumble 100 is louder/has a deeper tone and punch. The Ampeg is clearer and the SGT is superior to the Rumble overdrive. If you are looking lightweight for a DI and enough for practice/modest drummer, the Rumble 100 is the way to go (they are about the same weight). Oddly, shortly after getting my RB110, my Rumble 100 blew up. The Ampeg Gods apparently had enough.

  12. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Pittsburgh PA!
    I’d think that 100w and a 12” driver may have the edge volume wise over 50w and a 10” driver.
  13. Lync

    Lync Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2004
    Without a doubt. Just my comparison from what I own.

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  14. shoot-r


    May 26, 2007
    Finally stumbled onto a Ampeg RB 108 in a semi local brick and mortar store (GC) to give a play through.

    Played a off the rack P bass through it that definitely hadn't been set-up.

    Tone just wasn't pleasing to my ears.
    Boxy, high endish, with a feel of feeble power under the hood.
    (I realize this is a bedroom practice combo.)

    The store also had a Fend*r Rumble 500 on the floor.
    I honestly couldn't dial in anything but a slightly muffled, woolly tone.
    Definitely not for me.

    BIG surprise!
    (For my ears atleast, and especially with the bad rap this brand gets on T.B. that I've read.)
    They also had a few of the new, tilt-back cabinet, Guitar Center brand, Acoustic bass combos.
    Plugged into the 100 watt, 1-12" model and was floored by how clean, clear, defined and punchy the sound/tone was.
    Drawback, it felt lacking in power.
    "If" the Acoustic hadn't felt lacking in the wattage department it'd have probably came home with me!

    The store put me on a list for when the RB 100 1-12" and the RB 2-10" models are on the floor.
    I'll give them a audition then.
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2021
  15. signine


    Oct 2, 2021
    Hey, first post on this forum so that's pretty cool. I've been playing guitar poorly for two decades so I decided it was time to play bass poorly too and quickly found it to be way more fun.

    Anyway, after turning a guitar amp I hated into a Squier bass by way of store credit at my local music store I found myself rapidly in need of an amp. After scouring reviews here and elsewhere I came to the conclusion that I needed a Fender Rumble 40. Then I found this thread and recognized these little guys as a few of the handful of bass amps the same local music store had in stock. I went in today and plugged the cheapest bass I could find on the rack into the three Ampegs they had sitting in the corner (RB110, RB108, BA108) and set them all to roughly the same volume/eq, which was a bit cranked.

    I picked a few of the simple bass riffs I'm somewhat confident in and played in a store full of people. Gentle talkbass peeps, I have literally never felt confident doing that with a guitar amp in a store.

    Anyway, my emotional journey of loving bass isn't what you're hear to read about. Here's the skinny on the amps.

    BA108 - Clean, articulate, loving. Sounded like a decent solid state guitar amp. Lacking in thump. Definitely lacking in rumble. I liked it but it was a little boring. It was impossible to get a bad sound out of it, but it was also impossible to get sound out of it? It's the amp equivalent of a person you wouldn't kick out of bed. There's nothing wrong with it and it's pretty great, but I wouldn't take it home on purpose.

    RB108 - LOUD. Holy crap. I don't know why this thing was so loud but it was, and it sounded good. The 'SGT' switch made it sound like hot water garbage, but it sounded fine without it. Initially I actually liked it the most. It had a solid thump the others lacked, it was louder, it just seemed like an authoritative little amp. I would say there's not a bad sound in it, but I did manage to find one later.

    RB110 - I ended up buying this one and walking out with it. Initially I thought I was going to get the little one instead but then I realized what the RB110 had that the RB108 lacked If I were reviewing some hifi gear I'd call it a sound stage or 'airiness.' It was quieter and less thumpy but overall it just sounded better. As I started playing with the EQ I found the 110 sounded good no matter what I did where the 108 really fell apart if you turned the bass up past 2'oclock or did something atrocious like cranking the mids. It was impossible to make this one sound bad.

    As soon as I got home I did what any person who spent too much time playing guitar would do and plugged straight in, hit that distortion switch and dimed the gain and volume and left the EQ flat. It did not disappoint. I don't know how it would stand up in a room with a drummer but I don't care, it stood up just fine to rattling the windows a little bit.
  16. Robf

    Robf Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Fremont, CA, USA
    Thanks for the great review! I'm torn between going with the RB110 or the RB112, I have a Orange Crush 50 and it's the same wattage of the RB110 but doesn't sound so great with the tone. I'm thinking of the RB110 for the size and portable around the house, plus saving $150 from the 12".
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  17. Greenstreet


    Aug 31, 2017
    Welcome, and congrats on the new amp!
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  18. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    The 12 rocks
  19. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    I have the 12 and the 210. They're pretty much the same volume. Except, you can expand the 210. Personally though, the 12 sounds better.
  20. EncoremMP


    May 24, 2017
    San Antonio
    Question: I see the RB-115 dimensions read as the following.
    • Height:20.2"
    • Width:22.4"
    • Depth:13.9"
    However in the pics it looks like the cab is taller than wider. Can someone confirm if these dimensions are correct?

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