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Gallien-Krueger MB115

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by gerard_66six, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. gerard_66six


    Nov 21, 2011
    Hi fellow TBers,

    I've been GASsing for a Gallien-Krueger MB115 combo amp and based from the reviews and feedback that some of you guys have given, I am now sure I can't go wrong with purchasing this amp.

    My only issue with regards to this one is that I think the local music store that have this amp is selling it way too over priced.:crying:


    The link above shows the price to be 28,600pesos (Philippines), estimatedly that would be around USD690+...:rollno:

    How much does your local music store listed this amp?

  2. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    West Bend, Wisconsin
    $450 American dollars here. But that's the -II version, the one with the black grill, not the silver. Not sure what the differences is.
  3. The II with the black grill is the newest model and slightly more expensive, built only in California. The silver grill is the first series built either in Cal or the G-K owned China plant.
  4. gerard_66six


    Nov 21, 2011
    The one that I'm refering to in my post above is the older version (silver grill)

    sweetwater.com is listing it USD399.00
    guitarcenter.com is listing it USD399.99

    I really want to buy this amp but is it worth if I buy it for USD690+ ???
  5. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    West Bend, Wisconsin
    Maybe everything is just more expensive where you are. I guess you'd have to factor that in.
  6. The older silver grill does not have the "chain out" to drive the new powered extension cabs. Maybe use this point to bargain a lower price?
  7. Troph


    Apr 14, 2011
    Kirkland, WA
    According to the GK website, only the new MB210-II supports driving an extension cabinet. So neither the MB115 nor MB115-II offer that feature.

    You should be able to get the older MB115 model at a discount now that the new series is here, however.

    $690 seems very steep. Is everything more expensive there?
  8. tdub0199


    Mar 4, 2010
    Atlanta, Ga.
    The MB115-II does indeed offer the "Chain Out" option......
  9. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    West Bend, Wisconsin
    The distinction here being that the new MB combos can all use the new powered extension cabs.
  10. Note I said "POWERED" extension cab. The chain out will supply a +10 db balanced signal for any MBP powered extension cab. Only available on the rev II's.
  11. gerard_66six


    Nov 21, 2011
    Hmmm... I've tried searching for other amps and it seems that everything is way more expensive here...

    Kustom KXB100 is listed here at PhP18,800.00 = USD460
    Laney RB4 is listed here at Php22,380.00 = USD548

    Those are the amps that I am looking at aside from the GK MB115...

    Anyways, thanks for your feedback guys. Guess I'll just have to delay my purchase until I save enough money...

  12. Troph


    Apr 14, 2011
    Kirkland, WA
    I see. I apologize for the misunderstanding. So basically it sounds like a DI output but it's post-EQ.

    That's better than having to mess with a multi-output pedal into two cabs with independent controls. But it's still not exactly what I'd call a "marquee" feature... The ability to truly drive a 2nd cab would be much more valuable, obviously.
  13. banskevie


    Jan 9, 2013
    the one with the black grill, not the silver. Not sure what the differences is.[​IMG][​IMG]
  14. It is hotter than a DI signal. Combo is the master preamp. Any number of powered extension cabs can then be added.
    Add a non powered 210 to the MB210 for a 500 watt 410 rig then add as many 500 watt powered 410 cabs as you want.
  15. Davyo

    Davyo Davyo Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2008
    Las Vegas, Nv
    Actually it is a "marquee" feature,,,,, you can double the wattage of that single MB115 series 2 combo with each powered MBP115 powered cab and you can add as many chained output MBP powered cabinets as you want.

    I just purchased one of the new GK MB115 series 2 combos and that's the main reason I purchased it was the ability to add more cabs with the chain out feature.

  16. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    West Bend, Wisconsin
    It's a new way of thinking about rig modularity. I think it's just as valid as the more traditional way. I definitely see the appeal.
  17. Riccardo C

    Riccardo C

    Dec 4, 2013
    Is it possible to use the MB115 II combo AS a cabinet, connecting it to an external head?
  18. I suppose if you disconnected the internal amp and added a jack you could.
  19. The online manual for the powered cabs says the limit to the number of powered cabs you can link to a combo is THREE.

    "The MBP powered enclosures are optimized to interface with any Gallien-Krueger product equipped with a chain output. All EQ and volume settings made on the primary unit are sent to the MBP, ensuring uniform output and tone. Up to three MBP enclosures can be linked together, allowing the user to create the ultimate “Rig.”

    This shouldn't be a deal-killer. Four 15s powered by 800 watts - I think that would be (as my Dad would say) My - Tee - Fine !
  20. paquer


    Mar 6, 2014
    I have a MB150S-III combo - no Chain out - can I use the new powered extension cabs? Gallien's website just says MB Combo which does specifiy whether I need a new one with a "chain out" or not...

    If not, what do you suggest? I find the MB150S-III combo is just not enough to hear well beside a drum set. Will I get much more stage volume with getting an external speaker? (without screwing the amp)

    Back of the amp implies I can hook up an 8 ohm speaker while still using the internal - total load = 150W

    extending this wee GK amp beats lugging around my warwick amp with its 4x10 cabinet...