Ashdown EVO II + GK NEO

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by mouthmw, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. mouthmw


    Jul 19, 2009
    Anyone tried this combination? I may have an offer to trade my 700RB II for Ashdown EVO II 900. I play vintage rock and use Darkglass vmt as an always on tool. Would I be gaining anything in terms of more vintage tone? My cab is gk neo 412.
    I'm worried when people say Ashdown sounds muddy. I'm not into boomy lows and super high ends. I love mids and nice round low end. That's why I love vmt - great mids.

    How do ashdown amps sound with gk neo cabs?
  2. Pokerdweebz


    Oct 26, 2012
    Lancaster, PA
    Honestly I don't know why you would want to switch. I run a GK Neo 212 through an RB700II and the tone is amazing. Unless you are unhappy with your tone why would you change it?
  3. dwjazz54


    Jan 21, 2003
    Jersey City, NJ
    Agreed - I think the 700RB and GK 4x12 is probably a match made in heaven.

    It sounds like you should be happy where you are - don't change unless you have to.
  4. gillento


    Oct 15, 2005
    Luxembourg, Europe
    Nordstrand pickups
    The ABM isn't boomy at all once you figured out how NOT to use the SHAPE switch.
    Actually, you have to engage the button in order to defeat the SHAPE preset.

    The ABM500 is actually the ONE amp I sold 3 times and got a forth one.... to keep!
  5. mouthmw


    Jul 19, 2009
    I'm not unhappy. Just wondering how they compare. If Ashdown is a bit warmer and rounded, I might find the change interesting.
  6. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
    I have no experience with that cab, but I play through an Ashdown ABM Evo II 500 210 combo. I would describe the tone as rich and warm and I go for a vintage tone myself (Lollar-equipped Jazz w/flats). It also has zero crispy high end, something I really don't care for either.

    For reference, I recently played through a new Acoustic 360/361 short stack (the real new Acoustic, not the GC branded Acoustic). I found it to be very mid-present and it picked up a lot of string clack. I also used to play through an Ampeg SVT4 Pro/Classic 410 HLF rig and I would describe that amp as a bit dry and sterile, though powerful. It also had a tendency to boom a bit, though that probably has more to do with the cab.

    If the head is an Evo II chances are it was made in England (check the back) and if it's in good shape it should be an EXCELLENT head. How it will pair up with cab I don't know, however.

    Hopefully Jaquo III-X (sp?) will chime in, he's an Ashdown endorser and very knowledgeable.
  7. mouthmw


    Jul 19, 2009
    Yeah it's an England made one. Darn that gas :D
    I use quite a bit of effects too, does Ashdown work well with pedals?
  8. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    I have let GAS talk me into buying quite a few different heads, but I always end up going back to my 700rb. I have yet to find a bass sound that I like more than GK.
  9. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
    My current project doesn't call for effects, but I enjoy monkeying around at home with an IE Nimbus and an Aggy Octamizer and it handles them just fine. If you're going through a 412 I can't see how you'd have any issues.
  10. mouthmw


    Jul 19, 2009
    You know, I think you're right. Tried a few myself, never got the samy punchy tone and presence. Now with vmt, I get a bit of that vintage dirt and I think it's a great combo. Plus, it's so reliable, a true workhorse.

    JAUQO III-X Inactive

    Jan 4, 2002
    Endorsing artist:see profile.
    The Ashdown EVO series amps are some very exstreemly versatile amps, They can go from old school boom to some nice clean highs and any where in between

    A few years ago Ashdown started making some of the ABM EVO II models in China but one can get a UK made EVO III(even though some of them are made in China).

    And yes one can use a bunch of effects through the EVO heads and still maintain a nice clean tone if that is what they are looking for,

    Ashdown endorser.
  12. mouthmw


    Jul 19, 2009
    I like the warm round tone I heard from Ashdown. Several bands I heard using ashdown sounded quite nice.
  13. grenadilla


    Aug 22, 2011
    It might be best to have both amps. I think of two pickups on a bass. You want both for some variety-nice growl and mellow round response.
  14. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
    I did have a GK 400RB for a while (run into a weird Mesa cab that had a mix of speakers in it), because at the time I was a huge Flea fan. As best I can recall it was plenty dynamic but it was flat sounding in comparison to the Ashdown. It was compressed and tight and punchy where the Ashdown is more warm and has more air to it. If that makes any sense at all.
  15. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
    I just remembered that in college I had a GK 400RB (run into a Mesa cab with a mix of speakers). As best I can recall that despite having plenty of dynamic range it had a punchy, compressed, tone to it, kind of flat. I don't know if the 700RB is similar. My Ashdown is warm and has more air to it, if that makes any sense. It's a softer, rounder, tone. I imagine I could dial in more punch, but that's not what I go for.
  16. Tunaman


    Dec 26, 2004
    Then a Streamliner on a GK NEO is the total $hit & you can steal one in the classifieds anytime at this point.

    That combo I have tried & love it.
  17. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
    Now that post shows up....