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Bass Amps not from China

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Lamar Fandango, Feb 25, 2020.


  1. Lamar Fandango

    Lamar Fandango

    Feb 27, 2017
    Florida
    I've had a Mesa/Boogie for a long time, but it conked out and I wanted to buy a cheap backup...you know, for when I have to ship the amp back to Mesa and wait around for 3-4 weeks. So I start looking at 200-300 watt amps heads, preferably with an FX loop or power amp in.

    Ampeg Micro VT: Made in China
    Trace ELF: Made in China
    Peavey: Made in China
    GK MB200: have been made in China, can't tell about the new ones

    Anybody have any insight on newer amps made anywhere but China?
     
  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo Five Time World Champion Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Carolinas
    Mesa/Boogie.
     
  3. Bassdirty

    Bassdirty

    Jul 23, 2010
    CT
    I "heard" GK amps are not in china anymore, someone please confirm.?..

    If you are looking for an "inexpensive" backup, then no, they will all (most likely) be made in china. What about a 2nd Mesa?


    And welcome to the world of manufacturing, its kinda been headed this way since at least the mid to late 70's (that's when I figured it out anyway).

    T$
     
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  4. Traynor SB200H and SB500H made in Canada.
    Have a look at the following links, especially the "Key Features" para.
    SB200H – Traynor Amps
    and
    SB500H – Traynor Amps

    As most things though, I would suspect that many of its individual parts are made...elsewhere.
     
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  5. ahadl2500

    ahadl2500 Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2003
    Greenwood, IN
    Define inexpensive.... At a little more than the new price of the amps you mentioned, you could pick up a used Quilter Bass Block. BB800 for XLR in that bypasses the preamp or BB802 if you need the effects loop (802 will be harder to find used, since they just came out).
     
  6. SJan3

    SJan3

    Dec 8, 2010
    Ct.
    Markbass Nano.
    300 watts made in Indonesia
     
  7. Stevorebob

    Stevorebob Well... I Am Here, Aren't I? Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2011
    Los Angeles
    GK ceased manufacturing in China many years ago.
     
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  8. Lamar Fandango

    Lamar Fandango

    Feb 27, 2017
    Florida
    Thanks for these suggestions. The Traynor looks almost perfect (but no FX loop), the GK 200 watter looks good, but it's hard to determine whether its a chinese version or not, so I'll steer clear. The Markbass nano is interesting since it has an FX loop,.
     
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  9. ... what's wrong with China? :bored:
     
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  10. SwitchGear

    SwitchGear Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2005
    Sunny Beach, Wisconsin
    GK - USA all the way baby
     
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  11. Stevorebob

    Stevorebob Well... I Am Here, Aren't I? Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2011
    Los Angeles
    The MB200 has been USA made for many years. Mine is 5-plus years old. Easy to tell — it’ll say made in USA. I’m not sure if these were ever made offshore.
     
  12. yodedude2

    yodedude2 Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2005
    san antonio, texas
    off topic a bit, but...how about a rental?
     
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  13. MMiller28

    MMiller28 Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2003
    Wisconsin
    Right now, quite a bit actually.
     
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  14. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Love my Mesas, but I wouldn't hesitate to pick up an old GK 400/800RB again.
     
  15. TNCreature

    TNCreature Jinkies! Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2010
    Philadelphia Burbs
    You can't go wrong with the MB200. I use it on many gigs even though I have a more powerful amp. Light, small, easy to use, LOUD a heck. I love mine.
     
  16. Lamar Fandango

    Lamar Fandango

    Feb 27, 2017
    Florida
    Just don't address it. It's not the subject of the thread.
     
  17. Blind owl bass

    Blind owl bass Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2018
    just bought one, it works great. I bought it for the effects loop but riddle me this. my other amps when I plug into the return of te effects loops with my demeter preamp, the eq section of the amp is now bypassed. not with the nano. the eq still effects the signal. is this not a true effects loop. when I do the same on my ampeg pf350, no eq, same for all my other amps. still happy with the nano and its half the size of the ampeg. thoughts anyone?
     
  18. Mark Reccord

    Mark Reccord Supporting Member

    Even if an amp is assembled elsewhere, most if not all of the electronic components inside it came from China. So even "made in the US" amps are really assembled in the US from Chinese parts. 99% of all electronic components are made there. All amps are made in China but some are more made in China than others. :D
     
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  19. bonin in the boneyard

    bonin in the boneyard Supporting Member

    The SB500H that he linked has an effects loop with jacks on the back:

    bass-sb500h-rear.jpg
     
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  20. DiscoRiceJ

    DiscoRiceJ Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2018
    Ahh but it kind of is. 99% of the non hand wired amps that exist have parts from Asia. There are lots of amps that are assembled in the US, but even that doesn't guarantee that the CM for at least a portion of the product is. I'm also not sure that outside of the manufacturers themselves that anyone knows to what degree there are parts of partial assembly done there. Also I assume that you mean specifically China and not Taiwan
     

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