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Clean Bass Amp

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Evilyn42, Jun 6, 2018.

  1. Evilyn42


    Jun 6, 2018
    Hey y'all. I'm looking around for a nice, clean as hell bass amp with loads of headroom so I can stack pedals on it. Something like a bass equivalent to a Morgan, ya feel?

    Looking for something simple, don't need 50 onboard options like the Ashdown Rootmaster stuff (though I'm not opposed to it). What I don't want is that
    SVT-style tube coloration. Nothing against it, just not what I'm looking for.

    I know Hartke makes good stuff like the LH1000, but I don't need 1000 watts of power. Is the 500 watt version just as well? I've heard otherwise...

    Anyhow, hope y'all can help me out. Price range is under $1,000 but under $700 would be preferable.
  2. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    the Cali Intergalctic Mind Space
    Song Surgeon slow downer software- full 4 hour demo
    Mesa/Boogie Subway D-800+ Lightweight 800W Bass Head
  3. Cuzzie

    Cuzzie Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2016
    Form Factor Bi1000 or Bi400

    I have had a LH1000 and a Darkglass M900

    This slays it, clean powerful and presence with an Ampeg type tone stack

    There is a thread on here with more info if you search
  4. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    MB 800 Specs

    One of the best amps I’ve played through.
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  5. Snaxster


    Nov 29, 2008
    Hello, and welcome to TalkBass. For "clean as hell" at your price point, try the Acoustic Image Clarus SL.

    Unaffiliated with them, I recommend buying from Gollihur Music. They are cool people and real bassists who know the gear.
  6. rogypop


    Jan 10, 2009
    I have yet to play an amp louder and cleaner than hartke lh500 in its price and power rating range (and far above actually).
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  7. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I'm more of a tube tone guy so I'm not much help with your question.

    I just swung by to to say Welcome to TalkBass @Evilyn42 !!!!
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  8. walkbassman45

    walkbassman45 Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2007
    Cooperstown, N.Y.
    Bergantino Forte.
  9. SickAura

    SickAura Let There Be Rock Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2013
    Very simply: Quilter Bass Block 800

    Clean, tons of headroom, few tweakable knobs, takes pedals extremely well, under $700, punches heavy
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  10. Kro

    Kro Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    New Jersey
    This was going to be one of my top recommendations, or the MB-500 if you can get by with less watts - but in most cases more watts equals more clean.

    I've also had good experiences with those Hartke LH models, though they use a Fender tone stack, so IMO are a bit less flexible EQ wise, especially compared to the GK EQ section.

    Personally I prefer the GK RB line, it's a little heavier (like in the Hartke LH range), but has a nice dry, snappy feel to it - I run a 1001RB because I like the additional wattage to keep things clean as a platform for anything else I put in front of it, which currently is just my VTDI, and it does it's job and does it very, very well. Just something else to consider.

    I thought that one of the major selling points of the Quilter Bass Block was that it had a naturally warm tone and broke up nicely when pushed. Legitimately asking - as I had always associated it with something that was being marketed as less pure and clean, but in a good way.
  11. Paulabass

    Paulabass Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2017
    I love my GK 1001RB, at 700 watts. Tons of headroom, and crystal clear unless you want to use the drive feature. At the stuff you need, and no bells and whistles. Just a solid workhorse.
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  12. SickAura

    SickAura Let There Be Rock Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2013
    The tone may be warm-ish and thick but it certainly doesn't breakup unless you max the Gain and even still just barely from my experience. I put a Porkloin in front of it for slight breakup when I want/need it. Otherwise its very clean and authoritative.
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  13. chaosMK


    May 26, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM
    Hi-fi into an old tube amp
    If you are starting out I'd probably look at GK MB series (easy to find, should get the job done) although there are tons of great options as people are mentioning.

    I think for a pedal platform you want just a little flavor and warmth on the amp. I wouldnt go for the 100% clear/transparent rig unless you are one of those cats.

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