back up head

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Blu bro, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. Blu bro

    Blu bro

    Mar 1, 2012
    Im pretty new here but have been playing bass for almost 8 years, i have a GK1001RB head and 410RBH cab (4 ohm), am looking at getting a secondry back up head (as my GK head is getting fixed atm). I really like the mordern punch of my GK but was wondering what you would recommend for a back up? something similar or drastically different to cover more ground?

    btw i play experimental funk jazz, rock, use some effects and play 4 string (if that helps at all). any comments would help me out narrowing down my options.
  2. Well the three tube preamp MB Fusion would be a good light weight easy to carry backup, as would the MB800 and MB500. Less wattage MB200.
  3. mesa M6 carbine. Only modern solid state amp I would ever touch
  4. will33


    May 22, 2006
    If it's strictly as a back up, just in case your main amp goes haywire at a gig, just pickup anything that cheap as you can find, used that works, old Peavey or something. If it's for more play than that, get a wider variety of sounds, etc., anything on the wamer "vintage" side of things tonally would make addition to the stable. Although, I can make my 800rb sound pretty fat and warm as well. The only thing that makes people say GK's are modern sounding is a pretty healthy baked in treble boost. Turn the treble down quite a bit, turn up the boost a little, small tweaks on the other knobs maybe dropping the bass a notch or two, and you're in old-school territory tonewise.
  5. Matt Dean

    Matt Dean Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    SF (North) Bay Area
    My main amp is an all tube mesa buster 200... backup is a mesa m6.
  6. For rock solid tour proof I would go with a Hartke 3500....
  7. krstko


    Aug 29, 2011
    Cerknica, Slovenia
  8. I just picked up a PF-500 as a micro grab and go. Im digging it.
  9. Blu bro

    Blu bro

    Mar 1, 2012
    Awesome. Thanks for the in put. I'm thinking about going one of the light weight heads. Just purely for transport (easier to carry/light weight) also they are relatively cheap. But do love the idea of a warmer valve amp

    Don't get me wrong I love My GK but I think its a great idea to have a back up.
    Thanks to everyone for thier opinions. Still just doing my research.
  10. I use a GB Shuttle 6.0 & love it. I never feel it's a compromise if I use it. Fits in anywhere, light as & with it's tube pre, you can dial in-or out-some tube grind.
    So, with their A1 CS, the GB Shuttles tick many boxes. Equally as good-imo-Ampeg PF500. Up to yr personal preferences
  11. froghat

    froghat Supporting Member

    Jun 14, 2009
    Rhinebeck, NY
    IMO you can't beat the GK MB200 for a stow-it-and-forget-it backup head. It's tiny enough to fit in a gigbag pocket. Saved my bacon once.
  12. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    Westchester, NY
    I'd go with a GK MB200 as well. If like to grab one for a tiny backup.
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