Anyone used the GK MB115 in a band setting?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by jessicabass, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. jessicabass


    Dec 22, 2009
    I play mostly in rock/grunge bands and wanted to know if anyone has played this in a loud band setting?
    How did it do/sound?
    Recently got rid of my big cabs and tube head and just want to go compact nowadays.
  2. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    I have the MB112.

    It Could do - in a low volume setting.
    In a loud setting, it probably can't be more than your own personal monitor. That's how I use the MB112, anyway.
  3. ed khalimba

    ed khalimba platinum member

    Dec 24, 2005
    i have, but only in a moderately loud band, and it sounded great. i also play in a really loud band that can be pretty heavy, and i don't think i'd use it in that band unless i had no other choice. but that's only because most places we play have no pa support, and i think it would be tough to fill the room (at our volume) with that single 15".
  4. Sam Evans

    Sam Evans

    Nov 29, 2008
    I've used mine with a big band - 4 saxophones, 4 trombones, 3 trumpets, drums, keys, guitar, vocalist - and played in large rooms (one was quite literally a warehouse), and I've never had to raise the gain, boost, and master knobs past halfway. I'd say we were as loud as a moderately loud rock band, but maybe not a mega loud one - that might be pushing it a bit.
  5. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    I have, and it didn't cut it. Even coupled with an mb210. Actually, it was the other way around. I had the 210 combo, and added the 15. Either way, in the rehearsal studio I was in, I wound up plugging into a little yamaha combo instead that blew the mini stack away. Returned the GKs.
  6. Wow did you have the setup wrong! :)
  7. BassBob1


    Dec 21, 2010
    I've used the MB210 in rehearsal with what I'll call a moderately loud band, not quiet but pretty damn loud. It hung just fine and still had room to go. Right now the keyboard player in a band I formed for a benefit show is using it for rehearsal and its doing just fine in that situation as well.
  8. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    I tried everything I could possibly try, including using the 210 by itself. It kinda cut through, but with no bottom whatsoever, and forget about any tone shaping. I had to crank it and work towards just getting something that cut and didn't sound like crap. After reading a bit on the 15 I believe it may have been miswired or something, but I didn't want to deal with going back and forth with musicians friend. Have a GK Neo 212 that destroyed that combo (with a backline head, or my carvin), and the 212 doesn't even put out all that much. Enough for a small to ???medium??? size gig, but then starts hurting. Sounds awesome at low volumes, but struggles in any venue bigger than a bar. At least with bands i play with. And that's the 212 I'm talking about.
  9. blmeier7

    blmeier7 Supporting Member

    May 7, 2006
    Amarillo, TX
    I use the MB115 for my rehearsal amp and it does a good job. We play at full volume during practice and the MB115 hangs in there with two guitarists and drums. I wouldn't gig the MB115 by itself in a med to large setting though, I just don't think it would be enough.
  10. Joe Louvar

    Joe Louvar Guest

    Jun 6, 2011
    Santa Rosa, CA USA
    The GK MB115 combo is perfect for rehearsals, jamming with friends, small backyard parties, coffee houses, small bar gigs, casinos with big volume limits, church gigs with low stage volume and PA support - but it isn’t loud enough for a loud band and its definitely not loud enough for metal.
  11. Kael


    Dec 26, 2004
    Oklahoma City
    I use an mb115 sometimes with a loud,ish Americana outfit. Two elec guitars, keys, pedal steel, mandolin/fiddle/dobro, four vocalists, harmonica, plus whatever else we scrounge up that night. It works fine for monitoring myself on stage. Even handles a little FOH on quieter gigs. If people get into a volume war, I miss my thunderfunk/epifani rig.

    Note: I also tried the mb210. I did not care for that combo. The mb115 sounded head and shoulders better to my ear.
  12. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    IME in a loud band without PA support-forget it. With PA support or ina moderate volume setting it performs well. BTW, I have a new one FS in tha classifieds that I got in a swap :)
  13. bkbass2000

    bkbass2000 Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2011
    Asheville NC
    Not enough umph for me either (2 guitarists, moderately loud drummer). Sold it.
  14. tdub0199


    Mar 4, 2010
    Atlanta, Ga.
    I have not used mine in a band setting but I think it would do alright in my case, we are a three piece alt. rock band but we don't play at extreme volumes either.....
  15. jessicabass


    Dec 22, 2009
    thank you all for the responses :)