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Gallien Krueger 800RB or Little Mark III ? Not happy with my sound at the moment

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Rat Blitz, Dec 25, 2013.

  1. Little Mark III

    9 vote(s)
  2. Gallien Krueger 800RB

    12 vote(s)
  3. You have too many amps already. You still won't be happy

    12 vote(s)
  1. Rat Blitz

    Rat Blitz

    Jan 6, 2009
    At the present moment in time I'm not happy with my sound. I keep changing back from tube to solid state but I just can't seem to dial in a sound I like at the present time.
    I'm thinking of adding either a Gallien Krueger 800RB or Little Mark III head. Both are same asking price.

    This is my current gear. Maybe I don't have the right heads married to the right speaker cabinets. I thought my sound was good using various combinations but recently nothing seems to sound right. I'm preferring solid state right now over tube.
    What seems like the better choice. Gallien Krueger 800RB or Little Mark III? And what cabs would they work best with that I've currently got in my inventory. I recently liked the Ampeg B2R recently but there just wasn't enough head room. I also thought my active Ibanez Musician sounded really good with Hartke married to the Peavey 810TV but I usually prefer passive basses. What makes it harder is that getting a good tone with the band is different than getting a good tone by yourself.
    I keep thinking the right head will make me happy.
    Would the Gallien Krueger 800RB or Little Mark III be a marked difference from what I've currently got?

    Current RIGS:
    Ampeg B2R Head with Peavey 810TV 8x10 Bass Cab

    Ampeg VT-22 (V4B) Head with Ampeg SBT 2x15 Cab/Amp

    Traynor YBA-3 Custom Special with EV-2150M 2x15 plus 6 horn cab

    Fender Bassman 100 with Yorkville XC808 8x8 Cabinet

    Hartke Model 3500 with Ampeg SVT Cab 8x10 (OLD)

    Traynor YBA-1A Bass Master Mark II with Traynor YC-610 (6x10 Cab)

    Traynor Mono Block II with Traynor 2150 2x15 Cab

    Traynor TS-98 9x8 Cab
    Traynor YCX 2x12
    Ampeg B115E 15 inch Cabinet
    Yorkville 410B Speaker (4 x 10 and horn)
  2. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Honestly, if you can't get some kind of good tone with all that gear you already own, I'd start looking at something besides the amps and cabs. Maybe you are in need of some eq education?, or maybe it's your bass/strings?, or perhaps it's due to playing technique? I don't know, maybe there is no problem, and you just have GAS?
  3. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    I have to agree with Ricken, I would think you should be able to find a good sound/tone out of your existing gear. But, if youre not finding it, youre not finding it. Me, I would go with the GK 800RB all the way, no contest to me. And a Neo line cab. That is the way to go IMO if you cant find or arent diggin the tube sort of sound.
  4. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    I agree with the above. There is no reason why you shouldn't be able to a great sound with any of the gear you listed. Personally, I would use the V4 with the old Ampeg 8 X 10.
  5. mbelue


    Dec 11, 2010
    How did you end up with a Peavey 8x10 & an Ampeg 2x15. Seems like you did that backwards....
  6. andrew


    May 20, 2000
    Vancouver BC/Pacific Northwest
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar Amplification, Spector, Regenerate Guitar Works, Tech 21 NYC
    What kind of sound do you like?

    Where are you located?
  7. Itzayana


    Aug 15, 2012
    Oakland Ca
    Try a Sans Amp BDDI.
  8. eno50


    Jan 31, 2009
    North of Memphis
    Amen to that !!!!!!
  9. Lucky Strike

    Lucky Strike Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2008
    Upland, California
  10. Jaco who?

    Jaco who?

    May 20, 2008
    :confused: Deleting all of the info about your gear, this is the extent of your post - what specifically don't you like about it?

    I used a Yorkville (same as the Traynor) XS800H through one if the TC808 cabs awhile back and thought it sounded great, fwiw.