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Getting that B-15N sound live?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Rank Stranger, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. Hi Folks,
    I'm looking for a relatively high-watt combo (at least 200+) to play with the band at gigs (small to medium venues) and would like to approximate the sound I can get with my B-15N at home in the studio. I know it won't be exactly the same and maybe I even need a touch more high end for cutting purposes (or maybe I don't).

    I play a Fender P with a J bass pickup added.

    Anyway, what do you recommend?

  2. kevteop


    Feb 12, 2008
    York, UK
    Any amp, plus a SansAmp VT Bass pedal?
  3. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Play guitar.
    I have a feeling Jimmy M will be along any minute now.......
  4. Shane Carter

    Shane Carter

    May 21, 2007
  5. iiipopes


    May 4, 2009
    Line 6 P.O.D. Bass into a good PA.
  6. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    To get that B-15 tone live use a Line6 pod or a Tech21 VT bass pedal.

    I have both on my pedal board.
  7. MoeTown1986

    MoeTown1986 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2010
    SoMD (Mechanicsville)
    Digitech BP355. my main preset is the B-15 with Portaflex cab and some compression. sounds awesome.
  8. Turxile


    May 1, 2011
    Ampeg PF500 with a PF115 cab might get in the ballpark.
    Well a lot closer than an amp sim pedal anyway...
    I use amp sims sometimes, but if you can get close without them...
    IMO of course :p
  9. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    I'd go with an Ampeg PF 350 you'll be glad you did.
  10. gmarcus

    gmarcus Supporting Member

    Apr 4, 2003
    I'm running a VT bass into a GK MB212, This is light loud and sounds great. I run a Pork Loin pedal into the VT bass to add even more tube like break up. I find that if I run the VT bass gain at 3:00 it gives a nice clean tube sound. I can't get a good tube drive sound out of it, but that is where the Pork Loin comes in. The MB212 on its own is a little boxy sounding, but the VTbass transforms it completely.

    The MB212 excels at being Light (37lbs) and loud (2X12 with 500 watts). I find it definitely needs the pedals to sound good.
  11. i second the ampeg PF suggestions. just got one three days ago
    its a great and unexpensive rig and you can dial in the b15 sound and more. and it still sounds very natural
    pf500+115he is what i got
  12. JFOC


    Oct 23, 2010
    new hampShire
    REDDI + PA
  13. pbass2


    Jan 25, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Might not be loud enough for you (though it is shockingly loud and room-filling for it's spec), but my B100R sounds as classic as the day is long--it is VERY B15-esque sounding, and cool-looking too;). I would expect a B200R would be noticeably louder, but as I say, it's bizarre how big the B100R sounds.

    Otherwise, I'd also say just get a VT pedal and use any decent amp(preferably with a 15"). I never took my REDDI to gigs--too easy to get it beat up and I think live the nuance isn't all that critical.
  14. fokof

    fokof One day ,I'll be in the future

    Mar 16, 2007
    "Getting that B-15N sound live"

    Get any amp , put a HPF to 100hz , a high shelf of -12db @ 5Khz
    and put a box of loose screws on the amp to complete the emulation of that "vintage sound".
  15. pfschim

    pfschim Just a Skeleton with a Jazz bass

    Apr 26, 2006
    SF Bay Area
    ordinarily I don't comment in these kinds of threads, but that was funny brother. :)
  16. Yeah, pretty funny. And I usually have an ample supply of loose screws . . . .

    Thanks for all the interesting suggestions. I'm interested in any others you might have.

  17. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003

    Ampeg B100R comes close.
    Add a VT-Bass Pedal your almost there.
  18. fokof

    fokof One day ,I'll be in the future

    Mar 16, 2007

    But the joke is that when I compare my '69 B15 to what I actually use , it really sounds like that :(
  19. tsunami1052

    tsunami1052 What the Funk?

    Sep 13, 2005
  20. stiles72


    Mar 20, 2009
    Albany IL
    B-100R. Or even better - just take the B15 along and mic it .