1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  
    TalkBass.com has been uniting the low end since 1998.  Join us! :)

Best name in bass amps

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Ash Jazz, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. Reading through a recent thread I was amazed by the great variation of opinion on various manufacters: "I love Fender", "I would never own a Fender", etc.

    My question is; what in your opinion are the best name brands for Bass amps and in what order?

    I'm really curious to see the results!

    Thank you
  2. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    There are very few truly bad bass amps these days. Mostly it's a matter of taste, although I would recommend staying away from the bottom of the barrel budget cabs since most of them suck out loud.
  3. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan
  4. echoSE7EN


    Jul 1, 2010
    Balto., MD
    1. CRATE
    2. Kustom
    3. Bugera

    Work your way down from these three.
  5. The best amp is the one you like. :D
  6. Sid Fang

    Sid Fang Reformed Fusion Player Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2008
    The best amp is always the one I just paid way too much money for. :smug:
  7. echoSE7EN


    Jul 1, 2010
    Balto., MD
    That one is only good until you pay too much money for the next one.
  8. Rooster009


    Feb 27, 2008
    Mesa Boogie
    Genz Benz
    Mark bass
    Further down the line

  9. ga_edwards


    Sep 8, 2000
    UK, Essex
    What's the best beer?
    What's the best football team?
    Who's the best Bond?

    Entirely subjective IMO.

    I think you would need to do an unscientific poll to find out the most popular brands on these here forums. Even then, it will only be a handful of people who answer.
  10. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    Well read a dozen more threads, your answer should be clear as mud...
  11. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    I know this one!

    It's Ampeg because the word "amp" is in the name.

    That's all the logic and reasoning you need right there,
  12. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    1-Glockenklang / Merlin( no longer made) on par and really quite different from one another.

    For me anyways and in this order. :)
  13. majortoby


    Jul 2, 2009
    Tampa, Fl USA
  14. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Blech, blech and agreed.
  15. majortoby


    Jul 2, 2009
    Tampa, Fl USA
    Hey I hate em too but they won :p
  16. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    I've always felt the best name in amps is Glockenklang, just because it sounds so cool and Kraftwerk-y. But I don't mean to say their amps sound or perform better than other brands, necessarily.
  17. Violen

    Violen Instructor in the Vance/Rabbath Method Banned

    Apr 19, 2004
    Kansas City Metro Area
    Endorsing Artist: Conklin Guitars (Basses)
    For rock and metal and big stage stuff, i have owned an Ampeg SVT, a Peavey Mark IV and my current (to me) Mesa M-2000. The Mesa is a godsend, i hated the Ampeg and some days i miss the Peavey. It had a 4x12 dual ported cab from the 70s and i think was a full frequency amp. I sold it for money for things of vanity, not things i needed. I have also had an old school peavey 115 combo and it was a workhorse.

    I really do love my Mesa though. I've used it with my Upright even.

    I just got an Ibanez Promethean a week ago. The 5110, not the new one. Its freaking amazing!

    Hopefully i can get the 110c extension cab and that will probably set me for my big, medium and small rigs for life!

    Crate sucks.
  18. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    As with most things, "best" is only really "preference". Popularity is quite another thing, and not the best way to judge any piece of gear.
  19. HATER!

    Best Names in Bass Amplification:

  20. lbanks


    Jul 17, 2003
    Ennui, IN USA
    Any amp I don't currently own.
    (excepting Sunn)