Beginner bass amp - help if you can please.

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Chris Brodowski, Oct 30, 2001.

  1. I know a TON about guitar amps, pickups, etc. I also know some good basses and bass pickups. But I am near clueless about bass amps.

    I already "play" guitar (I'm awful) and I would like to learn bass too. I am on a budget, so I was wondering what the good beginner bass amps are, if any.

    I was thinking maybe a fender or the cheapest ampeg, but I'm open to suggestions about any brand whatsoever. I wish I could afford a SVT-4PRO with several SWR Goliath cabs, but I dont have the money nor the neccesity for that.

    So if anyone has any suggestions I would really appreciate it. Thanks. :)
  2. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Chris - If you have a 4 string, (your profile is vacant - for shame!), one of the Carvin's with an R series head is a heckuva deal to beat. (Only their 18"s can handle the B string, IME).

    Eden's Nemesis line is excellent. Lots of volume per dollar.
  3. Probably only around $300. I'm not getting it quite yet, but even then it will still be a low budget. Thanks rickbass and cruise4 for replying.
  4. banger


    Jun 29, 2001
    vienna wv usa
    If you can spend around $200, you could get a pretty nice B-20, 20 watt Hartkey. I have one and it dose very well for just practicing, it is a nice little punchy amp. good for its cost.
  5. captainpabst


    Mar 18, 2001
  6. ndjx


    Oct 26, 2001
    If I'm not mistaken has a Hartke 60-Watt for around $260
  7. I would get a used amp that you could try first. I would recomend the biggest crate bx you can afford.;)
  8. captainpabst


    Mar 18, 2001
    Tennessee has the swr la-15 combo on sale for 299 - that'd be a good choice for that price range.
  9. rockjockjared


    Oct 17, 2001
    Lubbock, TX
    I'm going to have to agree with FatFunker on this one...granted Crates aren't the best amps, but they're good for starting on. I had a little Crate Personal Bass that worked great for practice and shows. It was 160 watts and had a single 15" in it. It was also able to power a 4x10" cab that I had. All in all it was a great little beginners amp! I think I paid around $350 for it. Ended up pawning it for $125...needed money...electricity got shut off :mad: but that's another store :)

  10. captainpabst


    Mar 18, 2001
    just heard the carvin pro-bass 100. nice amp for 299. loud enuf, ext. speaker jack, efx loop. i think you get more amp with the carvin than the swr la15, but the swr, thanx to the name will have better resale.
  11. whatever you get, dont get the ibanez ib10 or whatever its the only 10 watt amp they offer. i have one, it buzzes like a bee on crack. personally, i'm looking toward an swr la-15. i hear they're good, if anyone has opinions please post.
  12. Alexander


    Aug 13, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    An Ampeg B50R is a cool, great sounding, portable amp. At 50W, its not quite loud enough to gig with, but I've found it great for practice. I sold one recently for $175...
  13. For about $214 (tax included) I got my Peavey Minx 110, 50W 10 incher.

    I like it, it can be loud when I need it to be, but I think for a little more ($50 more) you could get their Basic 112, which has 70W.

    I've enjoyed playing mine, that's all I know.

    But then, I don't really know anything.
  14. Gman


    Jan 4, 2000
    Indianapolis, IN
    Find yourself a used Ampeg B-100R for around $250 or $300. It is a loud 100W, would do for small gigs, and has a line out.

    I paid $240 for mine from a pawn shop, and sold it at guitar center yesterday for $275.