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Cheapo practice amp that actually has BASS?!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by bigcardinal, May 6, 2006.


  1. I live in a walk-up apartment and seem to always be jamming around town with various people. Needless to say, my 65 lb Yorkie is wearing on me!

    I would like to get a small practise amp that is reasonably priced. It doesn't have to be overly loud (often I play with acoustic guitars and soft-handed drummers with brushes/rods, never a PA in sight)....the thing is I have tried a few amps and they have about as much BASS as a tweeter!! What's the point, you end up in the same frequency range as the guitars and get lost in the mix!!.

    Any suggestions? Thanks!
     
  2. 62bass

    62bass

    Apr 3, 2005
    Try the 50 watt Yorkie-the XM50C. It's 30 lbs., sounds good and will play a lot louder than you'd expect. It has a direct out and with acoustic instruments you could do gigs.

    I have one for home practice and teaching. I like it.
     
  3. rummy

    rummy

    Apr 17, 2006
    Lombard, IL
    Ashdown 180W
     
  4. snowdan

    snowdan

    Feb 27, 2006
    the amp you are asking for is the GK MB150. light, loud, and a very handy size. show me an as capable amp that goes in a shoulder bag.

    i am in the same situation as you, and the GK is awesome for that.

    if you find some cheap am head, you could also buy the GK MB extension cab, which weighs next to nothing.
     
  5. Name Changed

    Name Changed Banned

    Apr 22, 2006
    Sarasota,FLORIDA
    yeah that microbass snowdan is talking about is probably your best choice.:smug:
     
  6. The 0x

    The 0x

    Aug 24, 2003
    Timonium, MD
    Yeah, except "cheapo" doesn't describe the price.
     
  7. Workingmans 10 or 12?
     
  8. snowdan

    snowdan

    Feb 27, 2006

    that is somewhat true...:crying:

    well imho usually the speaker is the limiting factor. so i suspect buying a used cheapo am with a 12" or 10", and putting a 40-50 bucks eminence in will improve tone quite a bit.

    but if he has 300 (or less?) for a WM 10, that is the far better option.
     
  9. gillento

    gillento

    Oct 15, 2005
    Luxembourg, Europe
    Nordstrand pickups
    SWR LA12
     
  10. Roland Cube 30
     
  11. I too am watching this thread, as I am in nearly the *EXACT* same position.
     
  12. Minger

    Minger

    Mar 15, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    I like my Peavey Basic 112.

    60 Watts, but it runs about 200 new...
     
  13. Arranger

    Arranger

    Mar 9, 2003
    Pennsylvania
    Hartke Kickback 12 (HA1200) should still be in the running. Depth of bass is excellent and overall palette is versitile. Cheep=$400?
     
  14. I played bass through the time when the Peavey name only meant that that it was rock-solid reliable, and it was cheap. Most of the Peavey stuff sounded like garbage. I assume that this has changed?
     
  15. Funny that you would mention that: I have a retailer that has one around here for $215 out the door. Has anyone else used these? It's been my impression that these were more "cheap" than "inexpensive".
     
  16. andrewd

    andrewd

    Sep 5, 2003
    fender bassman 60
     
  17. That's what I use for gigs :p, but it's a very nice amp.

    But for practice I would recommend the Kustom KBA16, list price is about 90 €. It's 16 W, but has a 10" Speaker, so it's pretty loud.
     
  18. SBassman

    SBassman

    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    I don't know what the definition of cheapie is, but ...

    A new Bassman 150 will probably have all the bass you want.

    It's capable of some Fat tone without distorting. I have actually successfully used Just a Bassman 150 at some small gigs recently.
     
  19. anyonefortennis

    anyonefortennis Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2005
    Lincoln, NE
    The little orange combos are quite good for about $300.
     
  20. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    Or look into the Fender Rumble series. They're very inexpensive.
     

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