Beginer and I need a cheap amp!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by apathy, Dec 1, 2000.

  1. apathy


    Dec 1, 2000
    I just started playing with a band, and I need to know what kind of amp I can get for under $500.00. I have a cheap $200 washburn bass, and a micro bass that i mike and run through the singers pa now. Any suggestions for a guy who is just getting started??
  2. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    take a look at they have some pretty inexpensive combo's for well under $500, you may find one you like there
  3. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver, BC
    Used Peavys are usually a real lot of bang fer yer buck.
  4. Slater

    Slater Bye Millen! Hello?

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    In the under $500 catagory, my first choice would be an Ampeg BA-115. I don't own one, so I'm not just hyping my gear. I've played through this combo several times, in music stores while checking out basses, and I've been impressed. The price should be around $400, more or less (hopefully less).
  5. Bernie


    Dec 12, 1999
    I have the BA-115 Slater mentioned.Its a great amp!350 new.Good luck!
  6. Skip


    Mar 22, 2000
    Bronxville, NY

    Ampeg also makes a B100R which is a 15 inch combo. Also SWR's Workingmans 12 is right about $500. Check out the Fender Bassman series ( I didn't particularly like the tone but others have, YMMV).

    For a little more scratch there is the SWR WM 15 and the G-K RB400 series combos (a 12", a 15" and a 2x10" all around the same price).

    Listen to everything and see what you like best. If the band is loud, a small combo won't cut it. What does your band plan on playing?

  7. jrock111


    Oct 10, 2000
    Another vote for the BA-115. I have the BA-112. Great tone for a solid state and sounds better than the Workingman stuff to my ears. Check out used gear first, you might find something better.
  8. Fender Bassman 100 is good. I tryed out the Ampeg BA-115 and it didn't impress me much. Fender seemed louder and better.
  9. apathy


    Dec 1, 2000
    Thanks to all of you that replied to my question. This will give me a good start.
  10. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    You'll get the most mileage out of your $500 if you go used.

    A used Gallien Kreuger 400RB head plus a used speaker cabinet (1-15", 2-10", 4-10") would be doable for $500 and a step above some of the combos mentioned here.
  11. $300 I'll sell you my Peavey Combo 210TX, 210 Watts, contact me at if interested
  12. solo175


    Jun 26, 2000
    ba-115 is great.