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Art SGX Nightbass

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by cassanova, Sep 12, 2000.


  1. cassanova

    cassanova

    Sep 4, 2000
    Florida
    Im going to be going to purchase a signal processor and Ive been considering the Nightbass for a very long time. I have never really played around with one, so I really dont know what theyre cabible of doing. Id like to get some input on them from anyone who has sat down with one and played around with them. (preferably from people who own one or have owned one) Id also like to know how much they cost, i know the price will be different in my area as to yours but itll give me a good idea. Im going out armed with $950. and ill admit id like to NOT blow the whole wad if possible, but i will do it if need be.
     

  2. I hope you realize that the NightBass has been discontinued by ART. I don't know why, I think it's a great little box.
    I have had mine for six years now, played it both in the states and in Europe without a problem. While it's true there are many options on it that you will probably never use, the sounds that you do use are well worth the dough.
    You should be able to get one for under $600 (Mine was $629
    new from Mus. Friend)Ther are 4 Banks of pre-programmed sounds, and 200 slots for your own sounds.It has a choice of three different types of pre-amps Tube, solid, or brite tube,has Compressor,2 EQ's,Envelope filter, distortion, flange, chorus, delay(s),reverb (at least 5 types). I guess some people thought it had too many bells and whistles to be useful, but I wouldn't trade mine for nothin'!
     
  3. Mo' bass

    Mo' bass

    May 4, 2000
    Netherlands
    I too considered the NightBass when looking for a new pre-amp/effects processor. I played a used one in my local music store. To be honest I did not like it at all, for several reasons.

    1. It muddied up my sound A LOT, even in bypass mode.
    2. It has an annoying click when switching between patches. And when the patch has a delay in it [yes, a delay CAN be usefull on a bass :)] the click is repeated several times.

    Once I found this out I did not even try to find a great sound so I cannot say anything about that.

    Just my $.02
    Ingmar
     
  4. Steve Lawson

    Steve Lawson Solo Bass Exploration! Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2000
    Birmingham, UK
    I had a Nightbass for years, and reviewed for Bassist magazine back in about 97 - it has been discontinued for a couple of years, so tech support may be an issue...

    I liked it alot, but since then better units have come out - check out the Lexicon MPX-1 and MPX-G2. I have a G2 and it's better than the Nightbass in just about every way possible. You can read the review of the G2 that I wrote for Bassist on my website.

    If it's the tube that you're after, try the Digitech BP8 - it's a floor unit, but is very good.

    cheers

    Steve
    http://www.steve-lawson.co.uk
     
  5. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Or if you like tube sounds, check out Hughes & Kettner's Tube Factor - it's great for bass, too.
     
  6. Doug

    Doug

    Apr 5, 2000
    Buffalo, N.Y.
    Steve, I'll agree the Lexicon's are a lot nicer.

    I've seen the ART Nightbass units going for $350-$500 used.
    ART, still has fairly good tech support concerning these. In fact you can download the manual from their website.
     
  7. jazzbass_5

    jazzbass_5

    Sep 1, 2007
    NY, Albion
    Since you're still a member and active I was just wondering what EFX unit you went with and why, were you happy and how have you changed since then.
    Reason I'm asking is I've been playing for 35+ years and went through a couple efx phases in that time, from the rack mount (Peavey bassfex... 3 of them over years) to single efx and a pedal board setups for cover band projects.
    Just curious how others have faired with this.
    Thanks.
     
  8. Sharknose79

    Sharknose79 UNPAID greenboy/fEARful endorser Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2011
    South Cackalacky
    I have nothing to disclose at this time.
    Dude...this post is from 17 years ago.

    Just saying'....
     
  9. jazzbass_5

    jazzbass_5

    Sep 1, 2007
    NY, Albion
    Yeah, I get that, hence if you read the content of my questions it'll make sence :)
    It's about growth and change as a bassist over the years.
     
  10. basscooker

    basscooker Commercial User

    Apr 11, 2010
    cincy ky
    Owner, Chopshopamps.com
    My first thought when I saw the thread title on the home page was " why THAT dimosaur? Lol. Saw the op date.... Hey weren't these things old even then?
     
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  11. jaco944

    jaco944 Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2005
    Lazarus thread of the week for sure. I had a Nightbass in '91????. It was pretty and fancy but ultimately sounded like crap.
     
  12. jazzbass_5

    jazzbass_5

    Sep 1, 2007
    NY, Albion
    Same with the Bassfex, was very versatile but I was playing a six string at the time and it couldn't reproduce the b string. Not to mention I hated spending hours and hours programing and setting levels.