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Fender Rumble 75

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by silva1996, Feb 14, 2014.

  1. silva1996


    Jan 14, 2013
    I play guitar and I'm looking into buying a new bass and a bass amp and saw the Fender Rumble 75. I never played bass but I want to use it for homepractice and also in a band reharsal. We are not loud but I'm worried it won't be enough. What do you think? And also is it good?
  2. ZenG


    Dec 13, 2013
    Near the fridge
    I liked it when I tried one out.......

    Plenty of power for home practising.......

    Probably be ok for practising in a garage or small place with friends etc.etc.

    It's pretty loud but personally I don't think it has enough balls to be used as a stage amp really....unless you're playing in a smallish venue........
  3. I've owned a Fender Rumble 75 for well over a year and a half. As much as I love it for personal and live performance in my jazz duo ( bass & guitar) it just doesn't have enough volume for a band with a drummer. I've tried it and you're pushing it too hard. I use a Rumble 350 head running twin Rumble 112 Neo cabs for rock band work.

    I would suggest either the Rumble 150 or the newer Rumble 200 combo {available for pre-order} for band work.

    You can pick up a Rumble 150 combo from Sweetwater for only $250. That's quite a bargin. They also have Rumble 350 combos for only $350. A killer deal if ever there was one.

  4. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    I have an older Rumble 100 1/15.
    Plenty loud for home use and practicing with a quieter band.
    It wouldn't be enough for a loud band setting, let alone gigs.
    You need more wattage, man! The newer 150w may do it, but still pushing it.
  5. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    I have a Rumble 75. It's a good amp with a good sound and built like a tank. However, it's not loud enough to play rock with guitar and drums. I'd spend a bit more and go with the Rumble 150.

    Also, the Rumble 75 is big, awkward, and heavy. It's a pain to lug around. I have a Hartke Hydrive 112 that is smaller and lighter and is 300 watts.
  6. swamp_bass

    swamp_bass I love it when a groove comes together

    Nov 20, 2013
    North Cackalacky
    I looked seriously at the Rumble 75 because it has optional overdrive. But the one I demo'd sounded too boomy and muddy for my taste. But then again, I like a hard attack and forward sound, which isn't everyone's taste. Everything's relative.

    As for playing with a band, I played on a Rumble 60 with a caveman drummer and a screeching gui****, and it just barely kept up maxed out. If your band isn't balls-out, the 75 should work for tame practice sessions.

    I say go demo one for yourself and see if it's what you like.
  7. Troph


    Apr 14, 2011
    Kirkland, WA
    I owned a Rumble 75. I sold it because:

    1. It's heavy and cumbersome... Mine weighed over 50 lbs, and it only has a single top strap for carrying. Walking to/from vehicles, I really wanted to carry it with two hands, but without side handles, it's awkward.

    2. It doesn't have much headroom. If you rehearse in any band with a drummer, you'll hit its limits quickly. (The dynamic range clips way before max volume.) Not a problem at typical self-practice levels.

    3. When I owned it and nothing else, I thought it sounded OK. But when I finally tried it side-by-side a GK head + lightweight cab, it was like night and day, and I realized what I was missing. I sold it the next day and have never looked back.
  8. silva1996


    Jan 14, 2013
    I see most of you don't think it would be enough power which was what I was worried about, and the weight would also be a problem... Do you guys recommend anything else keeping in mind that the price range is an important aspect? Thanks for the feedback ;-)
  9. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    Rumbles sound good. If you really want one, go for a 150. There's a lot of them on the used market and they will probably be reasonably priced.
  10. silva1996


    Jan 14, 2013
    I checked that and it really seems cheap and also found a Peavey MAX 112 200 Watt 1x12" http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MAX112V2/
    The peavey would be easier to carry and with 200 watts I think it would be enough even with the 12''. What do you think? Also do you know if they ship to Portugal?
  11. I'm not sure. You'd have to call and ask.

    I'd go to a music stroe and try out all the bass amps in your price range and buy which ever one sounds best to you. You can't just go by published specifications as in 200 watts must sound better than 150 watts. That's just not the case. Good luck to you on your quest silva 1996 :cool:
  12. silva1996


    Jan 14, 2013
    So I decided I'm not going to order from Sweetwater because it can give me a lot of trouble. I'm sticking with Thomann. I also understand I will probably have to spend a bit more. So I saw this amps:
    Kustom KXB100

    Hartke A 100 Thomann Edition

    Gallien Krueger MB110

    Fender Rumble 150

    Ibanez P3110

    Ashdown Five Fifteen

    Warwick BC 150

    Laney RB4 Richter Bass

    TC Electronic BG250-112

    I know they are a lot and I'm sorry but I'm really reaching here (specially in the Kustom, and the GK and the Ibanez only have a 1x10''). I'm relly stuck.
  13. So 300 Euros for the Fender Rumble 150 is a decent deal for Europe. It will be months before the new Rumbles arrive and they will be even more expensive.

    Both the TCE. BG250 and the GK MG112-II are 100 Euros more. To me they are not worth more.

    I would play those three and just pick the one that sounds best to you and has the features you want.

    I would avoid Kustom.