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Ampeg SCR-DI into a Fender Rumble 500 V3...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Vinnie Boombatz, Dec 13, 2017.

  1. Vinnie Boombatz

    Vinnie Boombatz Banned

    May 26, 2010
    I was worried that running the Ampeg DI into the Rumble would result in catastrophic failure of both pieces of gear. Kind of like putting Fender strings on a Gibson results in the guitar falling apart and destroying itself right before your eyes, but luckily for me that didn't happen!

    Was in the market for a DI and was going to pick up a Radial J48 or JDI, but figured although it's obviously not the same, with the Ampeg I'd get a nice overdrive and a totally different tonal option, along with the Headphone and Aux options.

    I'll get to the point, it sounds great, and when it's engaged it sounds like an Ampeg. Obviously disengage it, and it's back to Fender tone! Sort of like the best of both worlds and a very versatile little unit (that's what she said?!) I can take the SCR-DI and just my bass and head over to a friends place to record. I can use it at home late nights to practice quietly.

    I know it's a bit unconventional, but this combo is now really versatile with the Fender and Ampeg sounds at the touch of a button. The kicker is though if I'm playing live I think I'd just have to use the Line Out on the Rumble (not really a true DI) and send that to FOH if I wanted to be able to have both sounds going through the PA, because if I just went DI out of the Ampeg SCR-DI it obviously would just be the Ampeg tone going through the PA the entire time, but that also may not necessarily be a bad thing, since I'm kind of liking how this thing sounds. The Fender's tone is rounder, warmer, a bit softer around the edges, while the Ampeg is a little more defined, tighter and punchier. Like I said, it's nice to have both options, and for what I got the Rumble for brand new plus the SCR-DI, I'm in it for about the same, or a little less of what a PF500 and 2x10 cab would have cost me.
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2017
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  2. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    I never try Tone shaping effect pedal with my previous Rumble 200/150 Combo, but the reverb pedal work fine with it.
    i been try the Ampeg Analog Classic Preamp pedal at GC along with Hartke KB15, Rumble 500/210 and 200/150.
    I really dont know how to describe the tone from the Ampeg Classic pedal with Rumble , even all EQ flat without Vintage button engage, the bass tone is very strong weird-muddy lo-mid voice. Not open tone at all.
    The Pedal play nice with the hartke , just turn the bass on Hartke down to 11oclock and the rest at noon. Push the Bass on pedal to 1 or 2 o'clock , turn down the MID around 10'clock and keep the treble at noon , i get the Ampeg like sound. The Bass freq on Hartke combo is different than Ampeg . Maybe 70hz VS 40hz ? . If i let the Hatke bass on Noon or push, the low will become unatural Ampeg like Voice.

    Even i like this pedal, but I dint buy it , otherwise, i think the Zoom MS60B is more fun.

    Just my opinion , hope help.
  3. johnpbass


    Feb 18, 2008
    Glen Mills, PA
    I'm a big fan of the SCR DI. It's a great piece of gear, IMO. Lots of options and uses. I don't think the way you're using it is unconventional at all. That's one of the great things about the SCR DI - the ability to have two different sounds with the click of the footswitch.

    Have to be careful though if you're running on battery. If the battery voltage gets too low, you get a high pitch squeal through the outputs. I need to order a power supply for mine.

    Great user name too, btw! LOL!
  4. Vinnie Boombatz

    Vinnie Boombatz Banned

    May 26, 2010
    I have no idea why anyone would use batteries in any of their pedals these days. Makes no sense to me. If you're not willing to shell out for an honest-to-goodness power supply, you can always buy a one spot.
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