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Best Solid state bass head?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by cuatro_cuerdas, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. cuatro_cuerdas


    Apr 2, 2010

    I am thinking about buying me a new bass head, and eventhough I like tubes, i don't want to discard the posibility to buy a SS head. Based in your experience what would be the best sounding SS amp head in the market now?

    I am looking for something warm and clear at the same time.

    Just for reference I play a Fender american jazz bass deluxe, and I am planning to use the amp with a Kustom 2x15 vintage bass cab.

    Any thoughts could be a great help.

  2. JulienJeff


    Mar 1, 2009
    well, I'm more than happy with my markbass little mark II.
    add a VT bass pedal if you want a tube-like tone and you're done ;-)
  3. René_Julien


    Jun 26, 2008
    Gallien Krueger is one of the most beloved SS manufacturers out there.

    I have the Backline 600 and 1001RB-II.
    The BL600 doesn't have as much headroom, it's sounds dirtier and agressive. (and that's why I use it the most)
    The 1001RB-II has lots of headroom off course, and is very clean.

    Everyone says the Gallien Krueger 700RB sounds warmer than the 1001RB. Wouldn't know that myself since I never played the 700RB.

    There is off course lots of choice between micro heads that are clean and powerful, but I'm guessing you're not really looking for that since you don't mind carrying a 2x15 cab. :)

    Also you might look into hybrid heads maybe.
    I played the Hartke LH500 some time ago, wonderful head. (Based on Bassman tonestack I believe.)
  4. there is no BEST ss amp on the market... as for what is best for you, we will require some more info: your budget, music style, tonal examples of what you are trying to sound like (clean modern slap sound or grindy rock sound?), is the weight of the amp a concern, how many watts do you need, does it need to be able to handle a 2 ohm load, do you want a tube preamp, do you want a built in compressor etc.
  5. rogypop


    Jan 10, 2009
    check out hartke lh 500 or 1000, tube pre with fender tone stack into a ss power without breaking the bank. nice!
  6. MIJ-VI

    MIJ-VI Banned Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    OP, once you've narrowed your selection of amps down to a few choices please Google around to find out if the amps have any problems. Also find out if each amp could be repaired locally. (If long distance you have to ship it, then skip it.)

    As well, e-mail the manufacturer of each amp re obtaining schematics and parts lists before you make a purchase. If they refuse your request, then deny them your business.

    An amp which isn't reliable and/or which can't be repaired in to timely manner at a reasonable cost is a waste of money and time IMO.

    EDIT: And please read the fine print on each amp's warranty too.
  7. waleross


    Nov 27, 2009
    South Florida
    I recently bought the LINE6 HD750 and for the price ($499) it gives you the most bang for your buck, I have it as a back up. Its a well designed modern head and worth looking into.....
  8. baron665


    Apr 9, 2010
    Tech 21 Landmark.
  9. cuatro_cuerdas


    Apr 2, 2010
    Hi, and thanks for your reply. Music should be around 1500 dollars, my sound well..... a bit grindy rock, but with the posibility to go clean. I am not in to slapping and popping. The weight is not important. The watts should be around 300 w or 250 w. It must be 4 ohm and a tube preamp is not priority but it could nice to have. No built in compressor, I have a trace elliot dual SMX compressro pedal which I really like.
  10. cuatro_cuerdas


    Apr 2, 2010
    That is really good advice man, thanks!

    I lived in Oslo, Norway, so it might be necesary to ship from the USA.
  11. putsia


    Mar 18, 2009
    If there really isn't any local dealers/webshops in Norway it still doesn't force you to order from the usa. Thomann in germany and DV247 in england? ship anywhere in europe for a flat rate (20€ for both i think). They also carry most any mass produced head you can think of.
  12. MIJ-VI

    MIJ-VI Banned Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2009


    OP, also keep in mind that an amp maker's foreign distributor usually covers warranty and repair work. Their coverage may be different than that offered by the amp's manufacturer.

    If I lived in your part of the world I'd look at popular rigs made in Europe since they should be easier to service compared to amps made overseas.

    Here's a U.K.-based bass forum whose members may know more about amp buying closer to where you live: http://basschat.co.uk/
  13. cuatro_cuerdas


    Apr 2, 2010
    Thanks man, I knew about Thomann. But I wanted to check from the USA because, the prices here at at least 2 times as the USA prices. yeah, is quiet quiet expensive here, for instance a Markbass CL 300 is lalmost 4000 dollar here in Norway. the same for the SS heads. But I will check with Thomann and DV247 anyway.
  14. BullHorn


    Nov 23, 2006
    So I see MarkBass love has ended. Heh.
  15. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005

    G-K 700rb-II or Mark Bass LM II or III for SS amps, Genz-Benz GBE 600, 750, NeoPak3.5 or Shuttle 6.0 for hybrids...

    Any of those will get you where you want to go, have more than enough power, excellent reliability, and *can* be some real bargains on the used market...

    Honorable mention for the Peavey Tour 450, as well...

    - georgestrings
  16. REAPER52


    Aug 17, 2008
    T C Electronics RH450.
  17. True, I don't know how the regulations are in Norway ... but
    if you want to ship an amp from the US to Belgium, you are going to pay:
    1) the price of the amp
    2) shipping of the amp
    3) import taxes, based on the cost of amp AND shipping
    4) VAT based on amp, cost of shipping AND import taxes

    Most of the time it is not very cost effective to ship just one amp from the US to Europe, or it had to be dirt cheap or extremely rare ...
  18. JimB52

    JimB52 User Supporting Member

    May 24, 2007
    East Coast
    A SS amp with a tube preamp might be the way for you to go.
  19. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005

    I've heard alot of good things about them, but haven't had the pleasure of playing one yet...

    - georgestrings
  20. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    An amp I should have kept! A Yorkville XS800! I loved that amp but GAS for a micro amp made me sell it and I regret it to this day!