Big bad bass rig looking little between the marshalls?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by xander8280, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. xander8280

    xander8280 Guest

    Dec 29, 2011
    I thought my amp was big, and in rehearsal we were spread out more, next two few Marshall full stacks my 371 looks little, LOL. Anybody feel the same? It is normal, in the walls of Marshall's in magazines and tv you're lucky if you see a couple bass cabs.

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  2. Bard2dbone


    Aug 4, 2002
    Arlington TX
    You need more cabs, then!

    I remember back when everyone had a GK 800rb into a pair of Hartke 4x10's that a friend borrowed one of my Hartke cabs for a video. His head on THREE 4x10's was about even with the Marshall heads on their two 4x12's.

    The sound wasn't any different from normal. They were still using one 4x12 each and his two 4x10's. The other three cabs were just for the video.

    Also there was a shop on the east side, near Grand Prairie, that had empty cabs, just so people could make their stage setup look gi-normous. It was pretty ridiculous. They had full stack cabs with no badging on them and if you bought one they would put the most appropriate badge they had handy on it for you. "So your head is a Marshall and you play it through a straight front half stack? Well here is an empty slant front half stack cab. And I'll even put this 'Marshall' badge on it for you."

    I used to laugh at the 'metal' guitarists who had a 2x12 combo inside a stacked pair of 4x12 empty cabs. It happened more than you'd think. The '80's had a lot to answer for.

    In related other news, you never need that much amp for a club. If the bass rig isn't the biggest thing on the stage, then your guitarists are overdoing it.

    My current band has the lead guitar using a homemade head into a 2x12, the rhythm guitar using a 4x10 Fender Super Reverb, and me into a SWR Redhead on a SWR Triad. That's about right.

    My old band that I was reminiscing about in the first paragraph had the guitar into a stereo pair of 1x12 cabs, the keyboard/PA into a pair of EV cabs much like these that Mackie makes now Mackie C200 Passive Speaker Black at and I had the two 4x10 Hartke's. That was about right for the day.

    Four a while we actually had them in symmetrical stacks on either side of the drums. My 4x10 with John's 1x12 sitting on it and the EV cabs on a stand behind my cab just tall enough to be above the 1x12's. It looked kind of impressive. Or at least we thought it did.
  3. pklima

    pklima Commercial User

    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    Karoryfer Samples
    Fake amps are awesome! The best part is that they're not as loud as real ones.

  4. xander8280

    xander8280 Guest

    Dec 29, 2011
    Yeah man! Haha. I will probably use a 1x15 and a 4x12 full stacked
  5. Kaa


    Sep 28, 2004
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Those Engls are nice amps.
  6. Bard2dbone


    Aug 4, 2002
    Arlington TX
    I wish I still had a picture I had back in the day of someone playing the Cotton Bowl with one full stack and a row of fakes taken from behind kind of like this one. It was pretty awesome. I think it was at a Texxas Jamm from the '80's and I think it might have been the Scorpions. All I could say conclusively was that the guitarist you could see from behind played a Flying V
  7. Unprofessional

    Unprofessional Guest

    Mar 5, 2012
    Hey man,

    Make sure all of those fake heads are turned up to 11! Hilarious!