First practice-gig bass amplifier. Any suggestions?

Discussion in 'Ask Doug Johns' started by nygreekkid93, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. nygreekkid93

    nygreekkid93 Guest

    Apr 16, 2012
    I have a Fender Jazz bass witch I about from GC for 499$. I use guitar rig right now for an amp until I get real amplifier for my bass. I want a good practice bass that I could also use for a relatively small gig ( and I don't know how many watts are needed). They are many option out there and I'm confused. Because I'm new to the bass world I don't know what brand to buy ?

    I know that Ampeg is one of the best brands out there but I've heard that their new gear is not as good as the old. I was thinking about the Ampeg BA 108 (25 watts). I also like Markbass but too expensive for what I need. Is there any suggestions.

    I consider:
    -portability (lightweight and small)
    -tone (everybody wants a sound close to what plays in there head)
    -budget (I'm willing to spend a good amount of money For practive-gig bass. Top 150$. If there is something more expensive but really worth the money I'll go for it)
  2. waleross

    waleross Guest

    Nov 27, 2009
    South Florida
    25 watts might not be enough for much but, I say go to gC and see what they have in the used amp dept. ......:)
  3. TNcaveman

    TNcaveman Guest

    Feb 1, 2012
    I would look for a good used amp - CraigsList here in Nashville is loaded with stuff for sale. I'd go with a Gallien-Krueger combo. The backline stuff is pretty dern good for the money. SWR Workingman combos are pretty reasonably price used also.

    The new GK 112 combos are around $340 new at GC - 200 watts but no speaker outputs (could easily be added though).