Beginner Bass Rig Recommendations

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by HydroTyrant, Jun 7, 2019.

  1. TC Electronic BQ500

  2. Ampeg PF-350

  3. Ashdown ORIGINal

  4. Peavey Headliner 1000

  5. Hartke TX600

  6. Peavey Mini Max 500

  7. Markbass Blackline Little Mark 250

  8. Other (Please Specify)

  1. HydroTyrant


    Jun 7, 2019
    I've been playing for about 2 years, using a Yamaha TRBX174 through a Rumble 25 8" combo amp. I just recently picked up a used Schecter Diamond Series Elite 5 at a great price. Me and my friends are starting a band, so I need something that packs more punch than my current practice amp. We will play mostly rock. I have a budget of roughly $800, but I could go over if needed. I want to stay away from a combo amp to avoid a full upgrade next time. Looking for a good, low price head hopefully below $300, but loud enough for a full band practice. The cabinet I'm set on at the moment is a Peavey PVH 2x12, at $500. Something similar to that quality but at a lower price would be good. If you have any ideas they would be much appreciated, as there is so much on the market and I'm overwhelmed.
  2. basscooker

    basscooker Commercial User

    Apr 11, 2010
    Northern KY
    Cab fan, hobbyist
    Used used used

    300 bucks can get you a pretty good amp on the used market. For now, don't think too much about small/light. SWR, GK, Hartke, and Peavey are your Craigslist, Reverb and Guitar center keywords. Look in the 300 watt range (@4Ω).
  3. HydroTyrant


    Jun 7, 2019
    I've seen a lot of Peavey Mark Series amp heads on Reverb, do you have a recommendation on which one is the best?
  4. basscooker

    basscooker Commercial User

    Apr 11, 2010
    Northern KY
    Cab fan, hobbyist
    Shopping older Peavey heads can be overwhelming all by itself. I would say probably the best mix of high power, condition and feature set. There are 70s Peavey heads out in the wild that still power up and rock balls, but id recommend at least late 80s or newer... I believe you are looking for black knobs, maybe red accent colors. The chrome knobs, pointy logo, and blue or teal accent color era Peavey stuff rocks, but they do lack power by comparison to even slightly newer amps.

    As an aside, last time I went looking, the GK Goldline heads were hovering in the $200 range. Rumor has it they are quite nice heads. Their speaker counterparts not so much.
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  5. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Used GK MB 500 or Rumble 500.
  6. HydroTyrant


    Jun 7, 2019
    Like a Firebass/Nitrobass?
  7. this.

    Your average 212 is an anti-Goldilocks Zone thing. They get more than loud enough for lots of things and not loud enough for others. Two of them is overkill as nobody should be louder than an unamped drummer.

    I am a 210 vertical stack believer!!

    And always wear earplugs playing anywhere near a rock drummer.
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  8. HydroTyrant


    Jun 7, 2019
    Would the 410 version be better, or should I stay away from the PVH series in general?
  9. Not talking about specific cabs but garden 212. Read the vertical thread for 1000 reasons not to 410.
  10. SJan3

    SJan3 Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2010
    MarkBass Nano 300
  11. HydroTyrant


    Jun 7, 2019
    I'll look into it, what's the difference between that and the Blackline?
  12. spaz21387


    Feb 25, 2008
    Portland oregon
    The carvin bx series amps are amazing light and cheap. For shows i run 2 carvin 2x10s with either my bx500 or ampeg v4b. The ampeg 8x10 and svt lives at home and only comes out for the studio...
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  13. matante


    Nov 3, 2003
    A used GK 800RB
  14. ditto
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  15. I picked up an SWR Workingman 4004 head 400 watts at 4 ohms 250 watts at 8 ohms with a Korg rack tuner for $250 bucks Canadian 5 years ago and a Yorkville Y410B cabinet for $200 Canadian. Just last week I bought a GK Fusion 500 for $560 and that head sells for $1230 taxes in new.

    All this to say go to a few music stores try a bunch of heads and different cabs play around in the store have some fun and figure out what you like and then scour Craigslist or the TB forum and buy used. When you tire of it you'll sell it for close to what you paid for it and your loss will be minimal.

    Look at stuff from SWR, Ampeg, Peavey, Traynor/Yorkville, Gallien Krueger, Fender to name a few. Try to get to 500 watts because if you buy one 8 ohm cab your looking at around 250 watts give or take a few.

    If you really want new I was impressed with the video from Andertons on the Peavey Headliner 1000, I actually preferred it to the mini mega. My sons best friend bought an Ampeg PF500 which sounds amazing which is $399 new at Sweetwater.

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  16. wintremute

    wintremute mediocrity at its finest

    Oct 16, 2014
    Endorsing Artist: Langstrom Carrot Farms
    What city do you live in? We can check out your local Craigslist and see if there's any value.
  17. wintremute

    wintremute mediocrity at its finest

    Oct 16, 2014
    Endorsing Artist: Langstrom Carrot Farms
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  18. JimChjones


    Aug 6, 2017
    SE England
    I bought a black line last year after ab-ing it with much of your list. All the ones I tried seemed to be decent bits of kit, I couldn't recommend one above another to someone else.
  19. lbbc


    Sep 25, 2007
    Seaford , DE
    Acoustic is a great bass amp. I just bought mine and absolutely love the sound I get with it (unfortunately selling due to moving).
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  20. 39-Bassist


    Jul 7, 2010
    Endorsing Artist for: Duncan Pickups; Line6, Hipshot, GHS Strings, Somnium Guitars
    Um for that amount get yourself a Fender Rumble 500 combo w/ 2 10's....GREAT sounding amp, enough power and can add 2-10 extension in future...well worth the price.
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2019
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