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GBE 400...What do you think?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by petesguitar1, Apr 2, 2006.

  1. petesguitar1


    Mar 29, 2006
    I have been tossing up between a few different amps, and I've come across a GBE 400 from Genz benz. Just wondering what your opinions are on this head, and what sort of cab would go well. I would like to use 2 (2x10) if possible, so i can break them down for smaller gigs.
  2. bump for something I'm wondering also.
  3. mettec


    Aug 22, 2005
    I tried one out before I decided to go with the GBE750 instead. Excellent tone and thunderous lows. One of the best amps that I have heard. I played the GBE600 through a Genz Benz 410T-XB2 cab in it literary shook the entire store even with the levels below the 12 O'clock positions. That is power!
  4. Flipper

    Flipper sale: Sadowsky NYC PJ5

    Jan 11, 2005
    Dallas, Texas
    I have a GBE 600 and I think its one of the most underrated heads I've ever played through. I've owned them all over the years : SWR, Trace, Ampeg, Mesa, etc.etc. This has got usable power, head room, is pretty light and is cheaper than almost anything in its class. Their customer service gets rave reviews and their gear is available at mom and pop's everywhere. I'm not a Socialist or anything, I just hate G***** Center.
  5. winston

    winston Supporting Member

    May 2, 2000
    Berkeley, CA
    I've played the GBE600 through a 2x12 Genz Benz Neo cab. Great tone--rich and plump but very detailed. Loud even at low settings--I bet these things crank turned up. The tube/solid state pres seem useful and I got great tones from both passive and active basses. Genz Benz seems to have one of the better price/performance ratios around.
  6. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Not exactly what you were asking, but I havethe NEOX400-112T combo. Same setup with the dual pre and similar power. So far, I have been quite impressed with this combo. With a single 12" mine is loud enought for full volume band practice with plenty of headroom. Nice warm, tubey sound. If you get the 400, you should pair it with the 112 NEOX cab. They are quite light and sound fantastic. 2 of them would be loud enough for most small to medium sized rooms without PA support.
  7. I'm thinking of pairing a GBE400 with a Schroeder 1210(R)

  8. Flipper

    Flipper sale: Sadowsky NYC PJ5

    Jan 11, 2005
    Dallas, Texas
    Yeah I've got the 2x12 NEOX and I don't think I've heard a better description. My Ken Smith and Pete Skjold, both 5ers, sound great in totally different ways. I'm no stranger to dropping some mad bank on gear, just glad I did the GB stuff. NO REGRETS!!!
  9. Flipper

    Flipper sale: Sadowsky NYC PJ5

    Jan 11, 2005
    Dallas, Texas
    Speaking of customer service....Run a search on Neox 2x12, there was a guy who was having trouble with one back around the time of the winter NAMM show. I think his problem started getting resolved here on TB by one of the GB guys. Pretty good exchange that ended up very well. Made me feel good about my purchase anyways.
  10. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    While I've had no problems with my rig, I can tell you that both of my e-mails have been answered promptly by Genzler himself.
  11. illidian


    Jul 2, 2004
    The GBE400 is a very, very good amp.

    The GBE400 is what first turned me on to Genz-Benz amplification. Very, very good. Quick amp with tons of punch!
  12. snappytom


    Aug 17, 2005
    +1 on Genz customer service.
    Bought a used GBE600 and had a question on some noise it was generating with the LF Extend engaged. Sent customer service an e-mail and got a prompt reply from Jeff Genzler offering to take a look at it and make sure it is running up to current specs. Called the 1-800 number to get an Return Auth number and he answered the phone himself.
    They e-mailed today that it is on it's way back, should be here Thursday.

    All it cost me was shipping. Try getting that kind of customer service out of any of the other big names, and I bought it off eBay !
    I am sold on their gear and their service.

    If you get a GBE400 I am sure you will be happy.
  13. Flipper

    Flipper sale: Sadowsky NYC PJ5

    Jan 11, 2005
    Dallas, Texas
    It makes you wonder about SWR and the likes...
  14. dangnewt

    dangnewt Veteran Dispenser

    Jun 6, 2003
    MetroWest Boston
    I have had a GBE 400 for a little over two years. Right now it powers a Bergantino HT112 at 8 ohms. Someday I hope to complete the mini-stack and get the EX112. The head is a little larger than the cab so it doesn't look that pretty but it sounds good to me and I can be heard over drums, singer, guitar, sax, trombone and keys. We have played halls the size of an elementary school gym with no problem. With one cab it is a fairly portable rig that can get pretty loud if needed. Even with two cabs, it is still pretty portable if you had a small hand truck and would be that much more powerful. The head feels real solid which is good because I tend not to be real careful with my stuff.
  15. Does anybody have cab suggestions that would go particularly well with the GBE? I've heard that the Genz Benz cabs sound reaqlly good with the heads.
  16. Sako


    Nov 4, 2004
    Charlotte, NC
    i dont have the 400, but i do have the gbe600. love it. GB customer service is phenominal, and some of their engineers/product guys are TBers -- lots of useful info. if you get the 400, i'm sure you'll end up feeling good about your purchase. good luck.
  17. Hofbrauhaus


    Feb 10, 2002
    Upton, MA
    I own the GBE400 and I love it. It's quite transparent sounding and has good features and power for the price. I have it paired with just a 2X10 XB cab and can be heard over a very loud guitarist, keyboards, drums, and a 4 piece horn section. I personally feel it's a little on the heavy side and plan on selling both the cab and head for a Thunderfunk/Schroeder combo, but they've served me well and I highly recommend Genz-Benz for probably one of the best bang for buck amps in the industry
  18. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    The NEO cabs sound fantastic and are very lightweight to boot. I've tried the 212 and the 112 and been very impressed.
  19. petesguitar1


    Mar 29, 2006
    Thanks heaps dudes! I'm really enjoying my excursion into 4 string land. I picked up a Fender BXR 115 Cab (150 Watss @ 8 Ohms) So I'm going to use this with the GBE 400 until I can get a custom from Achilles. This is a dude in Australia who is making phenomenal cabs for guitar and bass at really good prices. I'll be loading the 2X12 with Lorantz speakers (another Aussie). Let you know how it goes!



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