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Are Fender Rumble heads really that bad?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by pica, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. pica


    Nov 26, 2009
    I noticed there are very few threads on the Fender Rumble heads. And the couple threads I did find were not that complementary. Where's the love people? Are the Fender Rumble heads really that bad?
  2. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    Yes. Yes they are.
  3. I have read a few reviews on the Rumble 350 combo. Like everything else,,some people like,,them some don't. I know with the 350 combo you can not add an extension speaker,,,not sure with just the head though. I had 2 Rumble 1x12 Bass cabs (250 watt each/8 OHMS) hooked up in parallel to a Traynor YBA 200 (200 watt tube head) and on open "E" some times the speakers would blat or fart. Honestly they should not have done that at all . I traded the 2 Rumble Cabs for an Eden 4x10 cab (XST)and sold the Traynor and got a Carvin B1500. No problems at all now.:bassist:
  4. Jaco who?

    Jaco who?

    May 20, 2008
    The HEADS are quite good, at least judging by replies from actual users.
  5. mystic38


    Dec 4, 2012
    Mystic CT
    compared to alternatives i just dont think they offer much..but if you like the sound then who cares?..:D
  6. pica


    Nov 26, 2009
    Thanks WoodyJ, however I was referring to the newer 150 and 350 amp heads.
  7. RadioRob

    RadioRob Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2012
    I liked so much I took back my PF-500 for the 350 :p
  8. I checked out a Rumble 350 head and I was quite impressed with it.
  9. blubass


    Aug 3, 2007
    Modesto Ca
    Current or previous endorsements with: GK, DR Strings, Rotosound, EB, EMG, Dean, Dava Picks, Rebel Straps, Dickies
    Unless there's quality issues, then there isn't any amp that's bad. There's just amps that produce the tone you like, or not. I've heard Fender Rumble amps that compliment a band beautifully. On the other hand I've heard them sound like a bag of gassy cats trying to escape. Wattage I think is a huge factor in how these amps sound. There's not enough to compete with 2 guitars and drums without cranking it up too high.
  10. pica


    Nov 26, 2009
    As was I. My local guitar store had one set up and it sounded damn good IMO.
  11. christle

    christle Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Winnipeg, MB
    I use one and so far it has done very well. I get lots of compliments on my sound so I guess it works great for me.
  12. pica


    Nov 26, 2009
    I guess these amp heads are more popular then I thought. I was just surprised by the lack of threads on these amps.
  13. christle

    christle Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Winnipeg, MB
    I had a chance to audition it playing a large venue and I had a sound crew there. They liked it. I actually thought they might hate as we normally use large GK combos. Go figure....
  14. pica


    Nov 26, 2009
    I apologize if this is a stupid question. I know you can use any amp with any bass but are the Fender amps made to be paired with Fender basses. I mean will the Fender amps give you the best sound if used with a Fender bass?
  15. blubass


    Aug 3, 2007
    Modesto Ca
    Current or previous endorsements with: GK, DR Strings, Rotosound, EB, EMG, Dean, Dava Picks, Rebel Straps, Dickies
    That's really not a stupid question. Id be willing to bet sitting in a fender r&d building while designing the amp that they did use fenders. Most likely they used others too. Problem is fender had a team designing the amp to their ears. Your ear is the best tool and deciding factor.
  16. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Fender never once made a decent bass rig till the 90's. For a guy who revolutionized the world of bass, Leo and his design team were quite inept at building a decent bass cab. So were those who followed. Nice amps, lousy cabs. Nowadays they do a lot better but pretty much every other bass amp company in the world till the 90's had better products. So I'd have to say no to your question.
  17. rpsands


    Jul 6, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I think the Rumble 350 is just fine as a budget lightweight head. Decent power, nice sound.
  18. IPYF


    Mar 31, 2011
    The head seems to be well reviewed by those that own it, and poo-poohed by those who've observed it in passing. That's usually the norm for a good cheap amp.

    I don't see many people popping up implying that they own one but wish they had never bought it. You don't see many people claiming many QC issues on the head unit. I'd suggest it's probably a good amp. The combo seems to have some troubles though, but I think the blame has mainly been directed at the speakers and the bass players themselves

    I probably wouldn't buy one in today's market because it's low powered and not a micro. Low wattage amps which you can't fit in a backpack are going to struggle in 2013 and beyond.
  19. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks.

    Jan 25, 2011
    Camarillo, CA
    I plugged in to one at GC a while ago, and it actually sounded pretty good. I wouldn't balk if it was provided backline, and actually wouldn't mind using one as a backup head.
  20. Dugachug


    Oct 9, 2012
    Rumble has an awesome clean sound in my opinion, but it doesn't have the right distortion/overdrive i'm looking for, but then again you can use overdrive pedals. I do think the pf-500 sounds better to my ears.