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Best Gallien Krueger Head?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Alexander, Sep 15, 2018.

  1. Alexander


    Aug 13, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    I’ve been playing through a Backline 600 at a rehearsal studio and love the tone I’ve been getting. Although I’m more or less a tube amp guy, I’d like to get a lighter weight alternative and backup amp. Curious what the best sounding GK head might be. I had a Fusion 550 at one point and frankly didn’t like it. I’m thinking about maybe a 700RB-II or maybe a 1001RB-II (and don’t know the tonal differences between the two). Thoughts?
  2. RickyT


    May 29, 2015
    Dee Why
    I played a 1001RB (not the II) for many, many years. Killer amp. Absolute work horse. In 15 years I had it serviced once because the input jack was a little loose.

    540w through an 810 was more than enough.
  3. The older 800rb looks LEGIT......but I've never played one. The 1001rb is great too, although ultimately was not a fit when I played one for a short time.
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  4. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    The 1001RB gets my vote too. Bulletproof and great sounding.
  5. I'd like a 800rb. It'd probably appeal to me more, but I'm not judging that on real world experience, so I hesitate to recommend it. That being said, I think GK is pretty solid all around. Just depends on your preference and needs.
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  6. Kro

    Kro Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    New Jersey
    Those are probably the two that I'd recommend most highly, I've owned both. What cab(s) are you most likely to pair them with?
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  7. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    700RB. I've had a couple of them and would again if I wanted to go back to a heavier, traditional amp (compared to most, though, they are pretty lightweight).
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  8. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    People like Ferrari’s. I say the 458 is by far the best.
  9. BogeyBass


    Sep 14, 2010
    Even a 400 is a monster

    Reliable and yes not very heavy at all
  10. bobomatic


    Jan 15, 2018
    I mean... if you’re loving the sound of the BL600 why not get one? I don’t regret getting mine for a second. Sounds awesome, versatile, light, powerful as i can imagine needing thru a 4x10 vert stack... and it was cheap as dirt!
  11. If you like the BL600, I'd go with a 700rb as a "step up".
  12. Stevorebob

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

    Sep 29, 2011
    Los Angeles

    That's the ticket.
  13. SteveBass5

    SteveBass5 It all sounds the same, It's all one song! Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2009
    I had a 1000 rb back 15 years ago! My favorite gk head.
  14. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    Perhaps by modern standards, but I am saving up for a 365P Tre Posti, myself.
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  15. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    400RB best amp GK ever made IMO...
  16. Love my RB1001 but it is not light weitht. I use a BL600 for rehearsal and it is much lighter then my 1001.
  17. Al Kraft

    Al Kraft Supporting Member

    May 2, 2016
    Northern Virginia
    While I do not own this model currently (I've got MB's) I'm sort of partial to the current production 700 RB. That head is a great daily driver that combines a nice feature set, rock solid reliability, and enough power to do most everything from subtle jazz to serious rock. Its bigger powered siblings are fine too, but the 700 has just always seemed perfect for most everything I do.

    FWIW, I think any head with the GK logo on it will have more than a few good reasons to be the right answer to the question depending on what your needs and tone/volume goals are. And to me that says a lot about the GK brand.
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2018
  18. meatwad

    meatwad Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2008
    Smallville, USA
    Any RB series is going to be awesome, but I personally settled on the 1001RB-II because of it's seemingly infinite power. Some like the 700RB-II because they can "hit the rails" with less volume, but I prefer an amp with a cleaner tone. Combined with my Ampeg cabs, it's a monster that can do it all.
  19. Flea knows; 800RB

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  20. dannylectro


    Aug 2, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    I couldn’t agree more. I’ve used a 400RB for years.
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