Best Head Under 600 Bucks?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by freshmeat1989, Mar 5, 2004.

  1. What is the best *new* head under $600 in your opinion. Tone? Wattage? Features? I'm gonna be upgrading my rig from a 10 watter to a head and cab setup. I'm pretty sure I'm getting an Avatar B212 and B210 but I need a toneful head that has 350 watts or more. I dont want to spend 200 bucks on a Sansamp either. How are the Peavey Max 450's. Yes I did search but I'm looking for more recent opinions.
  2. used GK 800RB.. rock solid, lots of power and very reliable.. my .02 cents..
  3. New Peavey Max 700...700 watts @ 2ohms, 475 watts @ 4ohms. Full of features including a crossover, tuner send, shiftable midrange, and of course the usual Peavey standard:preamp out/power amp in jacks

    It's definetly worth checking out...has a ton of power and sounds great.
  4. I was thinkin of that or the 450. How is the tone. I heard its transparent and people like to add Sansamps on, I dont wanna spend the extra 200 bucks for one.
  5. ojthesimpson


    Jul 21, 2003
    Draper, UT
    For $600, GK all the way.
    Used 1001rb
  6. marklinca


    Nov 11, 2003
    So Cal
    G-K 700RB-II. 480w @ 4 ohms, 320w(?) @ 8 ohms. Only 16 lbs, with a lot of tone-shaping capability. $599 street price.
  7. GTI


    Nov 27, 2003
    Check this source out for the best price for GK gear. You will have to e-mail for quote. They reply fairly quickly, depending on time of day you send request. If you find a better deal on new GK gear than this place, please tell me where.
  8. Hows the tone on that GK vs. the Peavey? Also how's the SWR WM's 4004?
  9. grooveguru


    Sep 14, 2000
    Central PA
    Down on Front St and 4th Ave! :hyper:

    Seriously there are used Eden WT400 around in that price range.
  10. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    The new Hartke HA5500. 500w@4ohm, 330w@8ohms! 10 band eq, Solid State and Tube Pre-amps & Compressor. $539.99 at Sam Ash (
  11. Nick Wagner

    Nick Wagner

    Feb 24, 2003
    WA, USA
    ^^^ I wish that had been around when I bought my head. (Hartke HA5500)

    Ampeg B2R 200w@8ohm 350w@4, 9band EQ, pre in/outs, plenty of features, good tone imho. Got mine for $500 at guitar center, talked them down from $550.
  12. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
    been really digging SWR's Workingman series 4004 heads. whenever i goto GC, its the first head i plug into. warm, chewy tone, and the EQ sliders are voiced pretty nicely to get a great tone. if its good 'nuff for Rocco, good enough for me.

  13. junglebike

    junglebike Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2003
    San Diego, CA
    QSC RMX850 (850W) - $300 (or buy mine used)
    Sansamp RBI preamp - $300 (or ~$250 used)

    you'll need a bit more for a rack and cables (maybe $75) but you'd have a killer setup with those Avatars...

    just something to consider.
  14. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    That Rocco head SWR Workingman 8004 T/O/P. is a different beast (voice architecture) altogether but I'm seriously 'gassing' for it! 750w!!

  15. I was thinkin SWR but the 4004 is not enough wattage!
  16. bassist286


    Nov 22, 2001
    rhode island
    I would go with gk because they are a great company and the 800rb sounds great with soem nice cab's under it.