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Best 100 watt combo

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Stealthco4545, Sep 18, 2001.


  1. I've been looking around for a new amp and I was wondering what is the best 100 watt combo...The only one I've tried is the Fender, and I liked that, but I was wondering what everyone else's opinions were.
     
  2. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    I know you didn't say this, but I'm just assuming, so bare with me...

    I'm guessing you want an 100 watt amp because that's as loud as your guitarists is? Or something to that effect?

    Well, to match an 100 watt guitar amp, you generally need a 300 watt bass amp.


    For combos, I suggest these two:
    -Peavey Combo 115
    -Gallien Krueger 1001RB 115/210 (either the 210 or the 115)


    I'd mention Ampeg, but I know other people will, so I won't consider that I'm not very fond of their sound.
     
  3. gweimer

    gweimer

    Apr 6, 2000
    Columbus, OH
    Best covers a lot of ambiguity, and there's a wide price range to select from. If you're looking for quality sound on a budget, I'd recommend the Crate BX-100. Excellent tone, 5 year transferable warranty, and you can throw on an extra cab if you like. I know some people don't like Crate, but when I was shopping, I found that what I heard from the Crate was far better than the comparable Fender and Ampeg models. I was even somewhat disappointed in the G-K combo. The Crate will run you about $350. In comparison, the SWR Workingman's 15 is a great amp, but not twice the amp at twice the price.
     
  4. Old Blue

    Old Blue

    Mar 18, 2000
    Texas
    Best really translates to "favorite", and that's totally subjective. So keep in mind that what you'll like best is the combo that has the tone that you'll prefer. For me, it's the Ampeg B-100R. It has a surprising amount of volume and it has that trademark Ampeg tone. Some don't like that particular sound, but I do. The only way you can make the right decision is to plug into a bunch of these combos with your bass and give 'em a test drive.
     
  5. Ampeg B100-R, Rocketbass. At least check it out. It doesn't really matter that it's just 100 watts, this sucker is LOUD, and clean. It's more of a vintage sound. If you like more varied tones, try the Ampeg BA115, it's my 2nd favorite. But I think the look of the Rocketbass is awesome (blue check tolex).

    No, I'm not affiliated w/Ampeg!

    Mark
     
  6. T. Alan Smith

    T. Alan Smith

    Sep 9, 2001
    I'll second the Ampeg B100R!
    Hauls tail!!!

    T. Alan
     
  7. Bernie

    Bernie

    Dec 12, 1999
    Ive got the Ampeg BA-115.Its great!The style switch allows you to cop the BR's sound very well and others.Its just a bit more versatile in tone than the BR and a bit less expensive because it has a cheezy plastic handle and black tolex.The BR looks way cool with the patterned blue covering and the more comfortable leather handle.But otherwise,IMHO the BA is the best 100 watt combo ive tried.Good luck!
     
  8. Stealth, the new Fender bassman series are pretty good sounding amps, I have a 60. Ampegs are great, though I don't own one. Ashdown makes two 130watt combos which sound absolutely fantastic. They have their own sound, but, sound a little like Ampeg. One has a 12, the other a 15; I liked the 12 better. I think M/F has the 15 for $449.00, which is a pretty good deal. Check it out.
    www.musiciansfriend.com

    Mike J.
     
  9. CaracasBass

    CaracasBass

    Jun 16, 2001
    Madrid, Spain
    Ok.......forget about peavey and fender combos, here is the real thing:

    Ampeg B-100R (wow!!!)

    also check out:
    SWR Workingman´s 12 (very good)
    Hartke Kickback 12 (nice amp)


    (Ok, now I know all the million of peavey and fender fans are going to kill me, like I care :rolleyes: )
     
  10. sorry it took me so long to respond, but what exactly is this ampeg sound that I hear about? Ampeg was definetely my 2nd choice.
     
  11. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania

    Ampegs are generally very warm sounding. I'm personally not very fond of the warm sound, but a lot of people are.

    I'm selling my 700 watt Peavey stack, as a side note. PM me if you think you're interested.

    Good luck in finding an amp though. :)
     
  12. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    If you're looking for a practice amp, I REALLY dig the Peavy 1x10 combo, I don't remember the name of it... But I regret getting my Hartke B20 for a practice amp, rather than the Peavey 1x10...
     
  13. shirojiro

    shirojiro

    Jan 24, 2001
    San Francisco
    My favorite small combos are the GK MB150 and the SWR working man's 10. I also have the SWR WM1x10 ext cab for the WM10.

    I just got home from a gig at a small club where I used the WM 10 with the ext cab, and I used my GK as a monitor for my drummer (he has trouble hearing me).

    It worked great!

    I used the WM10+cab as I normally do, and I ran a cord from the tuner out on the SWR to the input of the GK (had to use the 10db pad). The sound was terrific, and my drummer was very happy with being able to hear me loud and clear.

    I did cheat by placing the SWR mini stack in the corner though.

    I'm really interested in the iAmp and the Carvin 1x10 as well.

    -Shin
     
  14. Niels Keijzer

    Niels Keijzer Guest

    Nov 27, 2000
    I'm seconding the seconded seconding of the Ampeg B100r.

    It's a nice one, but it sometimes lacks a bit of clarity.
     
  15. Gman

    Gman

    Jan 4, 2000
    Indianapolis, IN
    Ampeg B-100R.

    I found mine at a pawn shop in mint condition, with casters already installed for $240.

    Try one.

    Dave
     
  16. I like the Hartke Kickback 10-15 series combo's. They are however 120watts but they have a big punch for how small they are.