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Darkglass Microtubes 500 VS Gallien Krueger MB Fusion 500

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by CarmenWilliams, Mar 10, 2019.


  1. CarmenWilliams

    CarmenWilliams

    May 18, 2018
    Both are priced around the same. The GK comes with three 12AX7 tubes.
    I'm wondering which is the better buy? From the videos I've heard of the GK, it sounds amazing. Darkglass products to me are killer. But... which one would you guys buy?
    I've been leaning towards the Darkglass until I discovered the GK today.
     
  2. Dan Knowlton

    Dan Knowlton Sometimes you're the dog, sometimes the tree Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2002
    Palm Coast, FL
    I have the Darkglass M900 and it is in a totally different league than any of the GK products I have tried.

    I'm a Darkglass fan!

    Dan
     
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  3. Blankandson

    Blankandson Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2010
    Gallatin, Tennessee
    I traded my GK 500 Fusion for the GK 550 Fusion. Same three tubes but totally different inside. Liked the headphone out on the GK500, and the tiny size. Carried it in my gig bag. Thinking it was 5 lbs or less. I would have probably kept a GK800 Fusion if I had bought one instead of the 500.
     
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  4. sonojono

    sonojono Supporting Member

    Both Darkglass and GK heads are very good but I leaned more to my GK500 Fusion before selling it towards the new GK legacy heads which actually offer more ohm options than the new Darkglass heads at the moment :thumbsup:
     
  5. bass40hz

    bass40hz Cigar smoker, scotch drinker, American Patriot

    Aug 13, 2014
    Sussex County, NJ
    no endorsements yet...Are you listening Spector, DR, GK, Line6?
    Here is what I play through, a picture is worth 1000 words.
    Rock on.
    3GK.jpg
     
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  6. mmbongo

    mmbongo Five Time World Champion Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Carolinas
    Actually both are 2 ohm stable so that's a wash.
     
  7. sonojono

    sonojono Supporting Member

    What rack is that?
     
  8. sonojono

    sonojono Supporting Member

    Does the Darkglass offer a 2.7ohm like the the gk legacy?
     
  9. mmbongo

    mmbongo Five Time World Champion Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Carolinas
    Yes. The Darkglass is stable down to 2 ohms, so it can handle 2.7 by default since it's higher.
     
  10. jeff7bass

    jeff7bass

    Apr 9, 2009
    Is that sarcasm? If not please explain how it's better than the un-named (please name) GK's you've tried.
     
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  11. JtSD619

    JtSD619

    Nov 10, 2011
    San Diego
    Minor thing to consider (and please correct me if im wrong), but i believe Darkglass heads have no rack mount capability.
     
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  12. I like GK amps and own the MB-200. I haven't heard the Darkglass amps in person, so I can't really compare them. When they first came out, I was very interested. However, they seemed to be designed with their heavy cabinets in mind. Not sure if the new ones are any different. I picked up a Mesa D-800+ and couldn't be happier.
     
  13. Clap Trap

    Clap Trap

    Jan 27, 2015
    Israel
    Ampeg SVT 7Pro
     
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  14. Dan Knowlton

    Dan Knowlton Sometimes you're the dog, sometimes the tree Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2002
    Palm Coast, FL
    Nope, not sarcasm. I just don't like the sound of the GK lines. My first exposure was with the 1001 series and I have looked at what Guitar Center had in stock. I really like Norm Stockton's playing and he uses GK but it is just not what I like for me.

    as always, YMMV.

    Dan
     
  15. Wicked G

    Wicked G

    Jan 19, 2017
    Hell Paso Texas
    That depends. If you want to run clean with a bit of breakup, then the GK would be the best choice. If you want lots of distortion, then the DG would be it. Actually I think the GK with a DG pedal would be a more versatile rig. IMHO.
     
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  16. bass40hz

    bass40hz Cigar smoker, scotch drinker, American Patriot

    Aug 13, 2014
    Sussex County, NJ
    no endorsements yet...Are you listening Spector, DR, GK, Line6?
    Its a Gator 4U.
     
  17. LeonD

    LeonD Supporting Member

    How does the tone of the Darkglass compare to the GK? Same ballpark or completely different?
     

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