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Genz Benz GBE1200 or Aguilar DB750? Which would you choose?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by MentalBass, Feb 13, 2006.


  1. GBE1200

    36 vote(s)
    46.2%
  2. DB750

    42 vote(s)
    53.8%
  1. How about it? All things considered, from tone to cost, which would you choose, and why?

    Peace!
     
  2. lame(B)ass

    lame(B)ass

    Jun 18, 2004
    Slovakia
    GBE - the blue LEDs are lovely! :bag:
     
  3. Matt Call

    Matt Call Supporting Member

    Aug 1, 2004
    Minneapolis, MN
    Both amps have blue LEDs...
     
  4. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Would it be more fair to compare the genz benz gbe750, rather than the 1200?
     
  5. lame(B)ass

    lame(B)ass

    Jun 18, 2004
    Slovakia
    GBE 1200 has more LEDs. More LEDs = faster solos! :bassist:
     
  6. If that were the case, then why aren't there more people voting for the Genz Benz?
     
  7. lame(B)ass

    lame(B)ass

    Jun 18, 2004
    Slovakia

    Becaue they haven't tried the GB yet. ;) (nor I)

    But in this class of amps it boils down to personal preference.
     
  8. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    I'm just talking in terms fo watts to watts...seems a closer match, but wahtever.
    I dunno if the gbe1200 is shipping yet, I know the gbe 750 is in production, but not shipping yet...
     
  9. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    I can't vote until I hear them both (and some would say not to vote until you've gigged with both ;)), but I will say that the GBE1200 is on my short list of amps that I'd like to hear!

    Tom.
     
  10. SnoMan

    SnoMan Words Words Words Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2001
    Charleston, WV
    I don't know if this is something you're taking into consideration or not....but the GBE1200 can be found as low as $899 or $1000

    The 750......well....it's slightly more expensive...
     
  11. at this point, the GBE is a hypothetical competitor, and the DB750 has more than proved itself.
     
  12. illidian

    illidian

    Jul 2, 2004
    Although I haven't played the Aguilar DB750, my GBE600 is perfect for me.

    So I would go with the GBE1200, definately. No second thoughts about it, either.
     
  13. hasbeen

    hasbeen Commercial User

    Sep 23, 2004
    Vice President, KMC Music. Warwick U.S. distribution
    I'm not sure why Genz Benz would be a hypothetical choice except for some not being aware of the brand.


    We've had amps on tour with John Hiatt, Randy Jackson, Nikki Sixx, Bobby Vega, Toby Keith, No Doubt, etc. and I can honestly say we haven't had one failure.

    Our GBE1200 is shipping ....has been since last January. The GBE750 will be shipping soon....already is but in limited numbers.
     
  14. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    I *can* tell you I looked at eq sections, features, size, weight, power and price...
    and ordered a gbe750;)
    To me, the gbe seems to offer broader tone shaping options in a smaller, lighter and less expensive platform-though truth be told-cost to me was the last of the decision factors. My need to move from DB to electric requires broader tone shaping abilities than the DB750 seems to offer. Then, 3RU vs2RU, and the weight difference...

    I'll report back as soon as I can!

    chef
     
  15. That's exactly my point. You'd have a really hard time convincing me to pay $2895 USD for a head, no matter how good it purportedly is, unless it can predict winning lottery numbers. The Genz Benz is rock solid, and for the money, absolutely cannot be beat. Dave Freeman from Club Bass in Toronto swears by Genz's build quality and tone, and I believe him. Twenty years of bass playing experience has got to count for something :D

    And Dave, if you're reading this, I'll be in soon to pick up that GBE1200...

    Peace, all!
     
  16. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
    db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750 db750
     
  17. Matt Call

    Matt Call Supporting Member

    Aug 1, 2004
    Minneapolis, MN
    I'm an Aguilar guy at heart. My band's old producer introduced me to Aguilar gear, and I've been a fan ever since.

    However, I'm a huge supporter of Genz-Benz equipment as well. A friend of mine has a GB acoustic amp and it is by far the best one I have ever heard in my life. I haven't had the opportunity to play any of their bass gear though. So, tonewise, I can't really comment. However, I smile a little everytime I hear his Taylor through that Genz-Benz Shenandoah.

    My heart says Aguilar. My wallet and part of my mind says Genz-Benz. Quality gear at a reasonable price.

    The only reason my personal preference runs to Aguilar is because it's what I use right now, and I plan on using their gear for a while. Plus, I've been able to get great deals on stuff.

    I'd try playing a DB750. If you notice a difference that you're willing to pay substantially more for, by all means... do it. Otherwise, I'd say do the logical thing and get a Genz-Benz.

    It's all personal preference anyway.
     
  18. I was very impressed with the GB600 I played a while back. The 1200 is just too big of a horse for me (as is the Ag750)... however, the GB750 might be a real winner. If it's anything like the 600, but with more power, it should have a much tighter, punchier low end versus the Ag750 (which can get very big and open to my ears), and much more tone control options and tonal variations. Saving $1500 would be an added bonus!

    I'll look forward to hearing some reviews when the GB750's start shipping.
     
  19. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Good points, folks. I need to add the GBE750 to that list as well! :smug:

    That and the Genz-Benz all-tube head! :eek:;):D

    Tom.