Bullfrog Cabs?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by GearHeadBassMan, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. GearHeadBassMan

    GearHeadBassMan Guest

    Apr 26, 2007
    Springfield, MA
    anyone ever heard of these? good? bad?

    it came up in a trade, a 115 cab with a horn, just wondering if any of you know anything about them.
  2. Gearhead43

    Gearhead43 Guest

    Nov 25, 2007
    You mean you've never heard of Bullfrog?

    Neither have I.

  3. Blues Cat

    Blues Cat Payson Fanned Bass Strings Owner Commercial User

    May 28, 2005
    Katy, Tx
    Payson Fanned Bass Strings Owner
    My band had Bullfrog cabs circa '78.
  4. Hankamer126

    Hankamer126 Guest

    Aug 1, 2008
    I've heard good things about their cabs, but I've never actually played on one.
    I never see them anywhere, either.. so I don't know if that means anything..
  5. theory028

    theory028 Really Loud Hamburger.

    Jul 4, 2007
    Cedar Falls, IA
    If Bullfrog later became Sonic, as I've read here on TB, then I can comment on one aspect of them.

    I have the Sonic 610. I bought it used for under $300. I have only had it for a few months but it has been a trooper. I finally got to play with the band again, with winter recess from college. It sounded fantastic paired with my Avatar B212, powered by my Kustom Groove 1200.

    I don't know what changes were made when they switched to the Sonic name, but it is my impression that Sonic cabs are affordable little gems; they are a bit hard to come by but they are priced right and feature some great sound. I would imagine that the Bullfrog cabs are similar.

    If you can try it out, I'd say go for it. I am very happy with my Sonic. The store I bought it from had two and after playing with it using my own gear, I contemplated going back with some other stuff and trading for another. I never followed through with that because then I'd need a small power amp for my B212. It would be a fun rig to have, though! If it is in the store for too long, I may jump in and snag it.
  6. jgsbass


    May 28, 2003
    Floral Park, NY
    Bullfrog first had PA speakers only. Great price point at the time (1980). I bought one with a 10 and a 12 w/3 piezos to use for bass. Its still sitting in my basement. Lasts a lot longer than Behringer and the like.
  7. lawsonman

    lawsonman Guest

    Dec 19, 2005
    NW IL
    Built like a tank,good but not great.I'm still using a 30 year monitor that's never been touched and beat to hell.
  8. topcat2069

    topcat2069 Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2007
    Cathedral City Ca.
    I had 1X15 and 1X18 Bullfrog cabs, driven with a 150 watt GK Head ... it was a great sounding stack...
  9. ihateusernames


    Jun 26, 2006
    i've got a bullfrog traps 10" floor monitor. can't comment on bass cabs though. the floor monitor is as clear sounding as any i've used (mackie, yamaha, homemade)
  10. JTE

    JTE Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    The store I managed sold Bullfrog cabinets in the '80s or very late '70s- it's kinda hazy when they first showed up. It started as a really small company- the vice president walked into the store one day to introduce himself and the company, and he had a Ford van with a bunch of speaker cabinets in the back. We sold quite a few small PA cabs (like a column with a 10, a 12, and some piezo horns) and some guitar cabinets (they made a reproduction of the small Fender Bassman 212 that the owner of the store really liked), but I don't recall getting any bass cabs. They were good stuff and reliable, but nothing innovative.

  11. i had a single 10" cab with a tweeter. it soaked up a lot of power. it was awesome with fretless bass. it was an unbelievably warm cabinet. it brought out the woodiness of the fretless, almost a nut like sound (if you can imagine what that sounds like.)
  12. shoot-r


    May 26, 2007
    They had two styles of bass cabinets. One had the carpet covering, one had a hard paint type covering.
    They also used two thickness of wood on their bass cabs. The one with 3/4" wood sounded pretty good, the one's that used, (I think), 9/16" wood....avoid. You could actually see the back of the thin wood cabs flex when you hit a low note.
  13. GearHeadBassMan

    GearHeadBassMan Guest

    Apr 26, 2007
    Springfield, MA
    ok, so, check the wood, make sure it's the thick stuff, bullfrog became sonic, they make cheap, good cabs (ala avatar?)

    basically, I want to add a 15" under my b410 for a little extra lowness, offering up my ltd b-105 up for a straight trade, what would a street price be on one nowadays? way too cheap?
  14. DblG


    Apr 27, 2005
    Buffalo, NY
    I have a bullfrog alumabass 2x10 with gold colored aluminum cones. Bought it around 1994 and still have it. Solid and Heavy, not bad sounding. Pretty deep for a 2x10 also. I use it for practice sessions now.
  15. I used some Bullfrog monitors back in the mid 90s. Were, as mentioned, solid and heavy, and good sounding, especially for the cash. You could certainly do worse!
  16. Kael


    Dec 26, 2004
    Oklahoma City
    I had a couple three way PA cabs by them for a while. Solid gear that was pretty durable, very cheap, and of meh sound quality. Better than the worst stuff but definitely not top tier.
  17. no-logic

    no-logic Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2004
    Suburban Brewtown
    I know Gary from Sonic and he never mentioned ever making Bullfrog cabinets. As far as I know all he has ever made were his own Sonic brand.
  18. chris4001asat


    Dec 16, 2002
    Toledo, Ohio
    Warehouse Manager : Reverend Guitars
    We have a set of the PA cabs in our rehearsal room. The 12/10/3 piezos......HEAVY feakin cabinets. One weighs more than my 2 x 15 cab.
  19. thumpbass1


    Jul 4, 2004
    My church still has two of their 15 inch with a full horn two way p.a. speaker/monitor
    cabs. Other than having to resolder the input jacks a couple of times they are still working and sound fine as stage monitors and even as mains for that matter.
  20. throbgod13


    Mar 26, 2005
    i once had seen a Bullfrog Alumabass 4x10 in a pawnshop.. i was tempted to get it, but one of the cones was dented and missing a dustcap.. so, i passed on it..