Gallien-Krueger Backline

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Nerotic, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. Nerotic

    Nerotic Guest

    Sep 17, 2008
    Hi you guys..

    I've been looking at an upgrade to my Marshall combo for some time now.. A 150w combo just doesn't do it for me when playing live, so I've decided to go fullstack..

    I've been looking at the Backline series full-stack (4x10, 1x15, gk600 head), but I can't seem to find any good reviews of it in full setup.

    So my question is: Do any of you guys have any experience with this particular stack?

    Thank you.

  2. Vic Winters

    Vic Winters

    Apr 20, 2006
    Western NY
    The head is great. Don't know much about the cabs though, but they don't get the best reviews around here.
  3. adube810


    Mar 6, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    get a 700rbii 210 combo and dont look back. all the power youll ever need and sounds fine with just one 2x10. you can always add another cab for the full 480w @ 4 ohms. dont spend alot of money on a product that you are going to second guess your purchase. also if you are going GK, buy from RMC audio. they have rediculously good prices on GK
  4. Nerotic

    Nerotic Guest

    Sep 17, 2008
    adube810>> I'm in europe, so i'm going to pay a butt load of money for a new rig, no matter what..

    I forgot to mention that the 1x15" speaker is essential to me, hence the reason I've decided on a fullstack..

    But thanks so far, please keep 'em coming...

  5. TheXym


    Oct 19, 2006
    I'd go with the RBX line over the backline series cabs in a heartbeat. The RBX cabs imho are MUCH better than the backline series, and the 700RB-II is a phenomenal head. I'm playing a 1001-RBII head because I wanted the headroom for some outdoor gigs, but if I was buying today, the 700RB-II would have fit my needs and been 100 bucks less. The RBH is their top line, and well worth it, but I own their RBX and love it. What style do you play? It may help with recommendations.
  6. Nerotic

    Nerotic Guest

    Sep 17, 2008
    Yeah, I looked at the RBX line too, but I'm on a budget.. :meh:

    I play rock music mostly. My band is kind of classic hard rock, but I don't mind playing a little Jaco by myself once in a while..

    I'm looking for a punchy sound with plenty of low end, and I play a couple af knock-off J's and an Ibby 406 as my main bass..

    Hope that helps..

  7. PSPookie


    Aug 13, 2006
    Albuquerque, NM
    I would stay away from the backline cabs though the head is pretty good (espacially for the price).

    You might look into their goldline cabs which sound a bit better IME and cost just a little bit more.

    Too bad you're in Europe; Avatar cabs would be a good fiit for your needs/budget.
  8. Nerotic

    Nerotic Guest

    Sep 17, 2008
    PSPookie>> Could you explain why I should stay away from the Backline cabs?

    edit: It sucks being European when bying new gear..

  9. Backline cabs have the cheapest line of GK speakers in them. The baskets of the 3 cheaper lines are about the same, (stamped steel),but the magnet in a BL speaker compared to a GL or RBX is much smaller. The RBH have a cast basket and larger magnet structure than the rest of the line.
  10. Godbody


    May 27, 2008
    I play through a 4x10 and 1x15 Backline full stack powered by a much-dreaded Behringer head. I get compliments on my tone live and in rehearsals fairly frequently. Most amazingly, nobody has ever said anything negative about my rig, and I know ppl aren't holding back cuz of my tender feelings.

    So go with the Backlines. All the other stuff mentioned does sound better, but it'll definitely do well enough for classic rock. And why invest in a rig that's more expensive than your basses?
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  11. Hey Nerotic,
    I have the backline 600 and I play through a 1X15 and 2X10 in separate cabs. I like the sound and the price. i wouldn't get any other GK head because I believe the 600 is just fine. I play in a loud rock band and its heard with no problems and the three volume knobs (clean channel, boost, master) never go past 11 o'clock. You can listen to the rig at The only issue I have with it is that it distorts when i hit the strings hard, which could be a good thing just depends on your style. I think its because of my cabs which are cheap. I bought a replacement 15 for the carvin cab and the 2 tens are aguilar. They sound great to me though. Give it a listen and let me know what you think. Oh yeah, one night i let a bassist play my stack; he usually plays through a bad ass mesa head thats $1000 bucks and he really enjoyed my tone. We both couldn't really tell the difference between the two and I thought he never sounded better; he had much more clarity with my stack. If you get good cabs thats half the battle;the head is totally transparent and the bass is what will define your tone.
  12. PS. I have heard the whole backline stack live in a club in Albuquerque and you'd have bass for days. It really sounded great and the bassist was a funk player and the bass was thumpin' my face. Go out and try one.
  13. b_carville


    Jun 26, 2008
    I had a two ten GK backline cabinet & didn't like it.Can't speak for the four tens or one 15 cabs.
  14. I own the 700ii 2x10 combo and love it! I added another 2x10 rbh to make it 4ohms and it's even better... you could do the combo and 1x15 rbh if you like.

    Have fun shopping!
  15. regarding the distortion... watch the boost knob, that is your overdrive and will cause it to break up... try your boost off, your master at 12 and set/control your volume with your volume knob... hope that helps
  16. butchblack

    butchblack Life is short. Do good. Find and do what you love.

    Jan 25, 2007
    Waltham Massachusetts
    +1 for the backline 600 head. Great head for the $. I'm curious as to why you must have a 15? I play a 112 most of the time. I do have an old Peavey 115BW that I re-coned to 8Ω that I use on larger gigs. I do admit that the 2 cabs sound better then either one alone the 115 adding a darkness I can't quite get with the 112 but the 112 is much more articulate. If only the Peavey wasn't so heavy. How is the used market in Europe? If you can buy used you may be able to get a better cab on your budget.
  17. Nerotic

    Nerotic Guest

    Sep 17, 2008
    Well, almost since I started playing bass, I've sworn to 15"s because of the rumble.
    I am of the belief that bass is meant to be heard AND felt.. Plus I never liked the sound of 4x10" alone..

    The used market i DK consists mostly of high-end rigs that are out of my price range unfortunately..
    I'm going to try out the GK Backline next week at a music store, along with some other rigs in that price range.. Then we'll see what I bring home... :bassist:

  18. Kingkananga

    Kingkananga Guest

    Jan 5, 2009
    what is your budget for this? I will be looking to sell my 400rb IV head really soon and im in the UK.

    the 400rb head is awesome, i wouldnt go with backline series cabs though as they dont bring out the tone nearly half as well as the rbx or no where near the rbh.

    i would say get a 410 rather than a 115, but if yoru really after that 115 pair it with a 210 rbx aswell?

    let me know if your interested
  19. Kingkananga

    Kingkananga Guest

    Jan 5, 2009
    sorry ive just read a sticky note saying im not meant to talk about for sale items here, im still very new to site, apologies to all.

    will post in classifieds when its good to go.