Combo under 200$?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by crispygoat, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. crispygoat

    crispygoat Guest

    Aug 22, 2006
    London, Ontario
    I plan on buying the girlfriend a bass an amp for her birthday. I am not too familiar with cheap amps and the such. She's into the Motown artists. I did a quick look on MusiciansFriend and have noticed the Acoustic B20 1x12 is priced at 149.99$ and is a best seller. I've read a quite a few reviews and they are mostly positive. Then again, I can't really try the amp in question before buying because my local music store only stores bigger sized amps. I am not really looking at any Line 6 products.

    Thanks for your suggestions!
  2. Are size/weight an issue? If not a used peavey combo is pretty cheap
  3. amandolin

    amandolin Guest

    Mar 16, 2008
    Lancaster, PA
    Does she want to play with a full band, or is she just looking for something to play at home?

    I have the B200, and it sounds fantastic, I've heard the tone is nice on the smaller combos as well.
  4. crispygoat

    crispygoat Guest

    Aug 22, 2006
    London, Ontario
    Just at home
  5. debassr


    Jan 23, 2008
    Consider just getting her a preamp and a good set of headphones.
  6. If she has a laptop with a sound card and a Decent Speaker attached - like the inexpensive Logitecs with a Subwoofer - you can go into the line in or mic in on the Laptop and play through it.

    Works great - I use mine all the time when I am in the kitchen sitting at the table surfing and playing my Bass. Get a great tone too - actually cracks me up that is sounds so good - I paid $30 for the speakers and they are powered. Just need a cable with 1/8 mini plug at one end. I can even mute it with the laptop sound control.

    Here is a link to the speakers - best sounding practice Amp for $28 bucks in my opinion and you can play your iPod through it too.

    Edit: wanted to add that of you have Audacity or Reaper - you can also record easily - and play along to any MP3's from iTunes, Zune or any other mp3 player. You can mix your level using the Windows audio contol or whatever third party sound card software that might be loaded on the LT.
  7. Gearhead43

    Gearhead43 Guest

    Nov 25, 2007
    Actually that Acoustic B20 is a very nice sounding practice amp, and is very loud for it's wattage.

    I think it would be an excellent first bass amp, and it would be loud enough for jamming with other people at home.

    I have the Acoustic AB50 and use it for practice all the time, it's only 50 watts but it is louder than many 100 watt amps I have played thru.

    I was really surprised at the tone of the new Acoustic amps, and there's nothing in that price range that can touch the overall value and quality you get for the money.
  8. Jayhawk


    Sep 6, 2006
    Kansas City
    +1 on old used Peavey combos. I picked one up a couple months ago for $150 and it works great for what you're talking about.
  9. anderbass


    Dec 20, 2005
    Phoenix. Az.
    keep your eyes pealed for a nice used Ampeg B-50R combo. I've seen a couple selling for under $200 recently. They sound amazing, seem to last and last and you'll both find it will cop the Motown sound and vibe to a T.

    If your interested, here's a few TalkBass threads about this model:;S:;LP:1;FORID:1&hl=en
  10. srxplayer


    May 19, 2004
    Highland, CA
    GC is blowing out the GK Backline 10" 12" and 15" combos. They are around $199.00 new andI'm sure you can find them used for less. They are very small, fairly light and compact. Great for a practice amp.

    I'm not a big GK fan due to the tone but they are solid pieces of gear and have a good rep around here. I'm considering picking one up for a home practice amp.
  11. martyman5000

    martyman5000 Guest

    Sep 12, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Do a search on Toronto Craigslist...might find a used amp cheap...
  12. +1 on the B20...the best living-room amp on the planet.
  13. +1

    go USED. you will get WAY more bang for your buck. ampeg b50r or b100r is exactly what you're looking for. great amps, i owned the b200r
  14. Get a bass trainer
    No need for amp while just playing for yourself.

    I'd skip buying used, it's only for people who know what they're doing or what to look for. Buy new and get a warranty. It's worth the peace of mind if something goes wrong.