Can you help me?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Gunnar Þór, Dec 2, 2001.

  1. I've been playing for around six months now and think I'm beginning to tell a good bass from a bad one and what I want from my bass. But. I own a 60 W Ross amp and the only other amps I've tried are Fender bassman amps at a local store. So I don't know jack about amps. I wantet to ask you if you could point to me some good amps (I've heard good things about Mesa/Boogie, any opinions?) and perhaps explain to me the difference between an amp and a cabinet. Stop laughing. Thank you.
  2. ChenNuts44


    Nov 18, 2001
    Davenport, IA
    Gallien-Krueger, Mesa-Boogie, SWR, Eden, Ampeg, Marshall, Hartke, Aguilar, EBS, Ashdown, Trace-Elliot, Peavey, Carvin... I'm probably forgetting some, but that should give you a pretty good start.....

    Also, the amp is the thing with the knobs that makes the sound louder. The cabinet is the big box with the speakers in it.
  3. SRSiegel

    SRSiegel Guest

    Sep 17, 2001
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    High end "fancy" stuff, more expensive (worth it though):
    glockenklag (sp?)
    Mesa Boogie
    Euphonic Audio

    Stuff for mortals like you and I:
    Hartke (XL, transporter series)
    Carvin (good amps, bad speakers)
    Hartke B series

    Stuff I would avoid at all costs:
    LA series by SWR
    Carvin Cabs/speakers
    old paper cone hartke cabs.

    An Amp (or Head) is what supplise power to your speakers. you might say it looks kinda like a stereo reciever. on steroids.

    A Cab/Box/Cabinet is a box with speakers in it. usually made of plywood or particle board of somre sort. they can be sealed (no air escapes) or ported/vented (air allowed to escape to increse low end response.)

    A combo is a box with an Amp and a speaker inside. range in size from lunchbox sized to 100+lbs.

    to play with a drummer and guitarist... you need decent power for bass... 200+ watts and either large or multiple speakers. for practice anything is fine really, just depends on how loud you want it.

    hope this helps.
  4. SRSiegel

    SRSiegel Guest

    Sep 17, 2001
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    sorry i didnt ask this earlier, but do you have a price range? then everyone here can do your shopping for you!
  5. Mark Hoppus

    Mark Hoppus Banned

    Dec 3, 2001
    A cabinet is where your parents keep their liquor.
  6. I don't have a price range because I'm a poor student, and I was only trying to get the amp part clear. Thanks for the advice everyone, especially Mark, liqour you say?