for those on a budget,no shame with a redface

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by bassyboy, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. I see the old swr redface 350's on ebay everyday in the 300 doller range
    why pay so much for all these newer amps eden,genz,gk i think the old redface 350's sound great, better than the eden 550 i spent a lot on
    ( not bashing eden ) but the swr just had a more defined tone, why spend a thousand when for 300 bucks you can get get two swr's
    one as backup or for rehearsal, they also do 2 ohms and the look really cool an they only weigh 15 pounds they sound a bit like the old eden 400
    also a great little amp a similar design by David N.of eden and swr.
    just my thoughts for today.
  2. Crabby


    Dec 22, 2004
    I had one this past year for awhile and thought it was actually quite nice. I paid next to nothing for it and the amp felt like a very high quality product. I liked the tube preamp and the simple but effective tone section.

    I really hated the loud thump when the amp turned on and found it very easy to run out of headroom. To maximize headroom, I was keeping the low end flat, using no Enhance circuit and boosting only the mids a bit. The amp would still fart out fairly easily. I loved the tone but could get nowhere near the volume and punch that i could from my old 300 watt GK 800rb.

    I sold off my Bass350 and bought a Shuttle 6.0. All I can say is, wow times are a changin! twice the power, much warmer tone, way louder and punchier, much better feature set and about twenty times lighter!

    I dont miss the SWR at all but as you said, its a great amp at the used prices they are going for.
  3. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Well, maybe some people don't like those amps and they want something else. That could be one reason for not buying one.
  4. gkbass13

    gkbass13 Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2006
    Southern Vermont
    i'll echo that last post.

    ive found that most of the old GK stuff i have played blows the rest of the oldschool used market away, as far as solid state and hybrids are concerned....i wont even mention SVT's.
  5. On the one hand, you have the 'amp du jour'. On the other, you have the amp that sounds good to you.

    Pick accordingly.
  6. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    What if they're one and the same? Or is that an impossibility?
  7. that is entirely possible - but you may pay extra for marketing:D
  8. nastyn8c


    Feb 7, 2005
    Tampa, FL
    I just sold an SWR Bass 350 for my church, and I have to admit that while I was testing it out, I considered keeping it and selling my TFB550. Of course, the TF sounds better, but $500 ($800 vs. $300) better? I dunno. But I had to keep the ThunderFunk, because a TFB550 can't be beat. :hyper: