Another newbie with a question

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by JBDammit, Nov 24, 2001.

  1. JBDammit


    Nov 24, 2001
    Athens, Alabama
    I am just starting out and need advice on a decent combo. I am looking at the GK Backline, Fender Bassman 100, SWR LA 15. I dont want to spend much over $500. Any help will be appreciated.
  2. rllefebv


    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    Ampeg B-50R... Cool lookin' amp that sounds so much bigger than the 50 watts it's rated at... Just as another option as the others that you've listed are all decent units... From what Ive played through them, (never tried the Backline stuff, but have heard good things), they are all viable choices.


    BTW, Welcome to Talkbass!
  3. BigBohn


    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    Forget the LA 15, get the Workingman 15. Great combo. It sounds so awesome, with incredible hi-fi, and the tube fullness. Great combo, and its upgradeable by adding another cab. Alittle out of your budget, but you buy it once, you buy it right, thats my philosophy.
  4. JBDammit


    Nov 24, 2001
    Athens, Alabama
    Back to my budget.
    1. SWR Workingmans 12..found it for 499.
    2. GK 400 RB 112...same price
  5. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I like the SWR WM 12. I tried the WM 15, too, and actually liked the 12 better. I use mine for practice.
  6. Go with the GK. GK is my personal fave, having way more wattage for a given speaker than the industry "standard." Their 1x12 is a great little combo, and I play through it every time I'm at GC.

    You also listed the Fender Bassman 100. This is also a great little amp. I've got the 60 version (60 watts through a 12" and a horn) and I fell in love with it the moment I got home and cranked it. If you can't get the GK, go with the Fender.

    Oh, and like rllefebv said, welcome to TB.:D

    Rock on
  7. FalsehoodBass


    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    Hey are you playing in a band or just practicing by yourself? If you're in a band and need more volume, carvin will give you the best deal. People will debate about the quality of the sound... but its generally accepted that it will be louder than anything else for the same price..

    $400 for 160watts and a 15 inch speaker w/ a tweeter.

    Understand that your GK,SWR, Ampeg, or Fender might sound better, but if you need volume now, look into carvin.
  8. Make sure you look into used as well. You could pick up some nice stuff for $500.
  9. JBDammit


    Nov 24, 2001
    Athens, Alabama
    Thanks for the input. I really didnt need that much volume. I am playing with one electric and one acoustic/electric and drums. I went with the GK 400RB112.
  10. FalsehoodBass


    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    awesome... let us know how you like it.