Gig Tonight - Conflicted on which amp to use....Suggestions.

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by BobbyLee2112, Jun 22, 2019.

  1. I have an outdoor gig in the parking lot of a restaurant, nothing fancy.
    PA for bass-drum vocals and keys. Guitars and bass will be in our amps.


    2 GK NEO 212's


    SWR Henry 8x8


    6T & 9B

    And Amp wise

    Hartke LH 1000
    SWR SM400s

    The VTbass will always be with me either as primary or to backup the other amps incase if failure. because it is so light.

    Bass wise it will be a Geddy Jazz and Musicman Sterling....

    Last edited: Jun 22, 2019
  2. kpc


    Apr 6, 2011
    If your going into the PA with the bass, a single cab is more then enough. Remember, if you play too loud the singers can't hear the monitors.....YVMV
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  3. The PA will only have the BassDrum no Bass Guitar...
  4. Gearhead17

    Gearhead17 Supporting Member

    May 4, 2006
    Mount Prospect, IL
    Hartke LH1000, 2 GK 212's stacked vertically. Set the Hartke for B M T: 2, 10, 2. It's the Fender tone stack and you need all the mids you can get. Make sure to mono bridge the setup (I assume you have two 8 ohm cabs). Depending on how large the area is and/or what kind of stage you are on, you might not be heard too well. Good luck and play well!
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  5. FirewalZ


    Aug 14, 2014
    S.E. Michigan
    I try to fit my amp and bass with the room acoustics and/or band instrumentation. I have a gig tonight in an open/boomy room and a smaller stage, so the amp will to close. So I’ll go with a P bass and cab with 10’s, either on a stand or angled up so,I can hear.
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  6. Great Idea...It is in an open parking lot, no stage, sad...

  7. alack


    Nov 20, 2000
    Perfect opportunity to go full on SWR.
  8. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Inactive

    Bro, you have altogether too many amps and cabinets. :roflmao:
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  9. Please don’t tell the wife!!!!!!!!!
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  10. Use the PBJ. Not only is it beautiful, but the sandwiches are good, too!
  11. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    You're outside. You don't have the benefit of walls or a ceiling to reinforce the low end like you do in a room. Take as much horsepower as you can - assuming you have a volume knob, you can make it fit.
  12. DrThumpenstein

    DrThumpenstein Living for the groove Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2015
    St Louis, MO
    Stacked gk212s should move a lot of air and project well. Give them as much as they'll take. Assuming cabs have similar power handling, efficiency should rule the day and I've got one of those and it's very efficient, so go with that
  13. Ian McLaughlin

    Ian McLaughlin

    Aug 11, 2018
    Updates, please.
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  14. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    For an outdoor gig, where the bass rig gets no FOH support, I'd take the most cabs with the most drivers, with the most powerful amp I own to drive them.

    It's not about being loud it's about pushing a full bass sound out into the audience. About getting a sound that doesn't fade into an anaemic noise half-way through the audience. And it's about keeping a good tone to the back of the area.
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  15. I agree with this ^^^^
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  16. Just to update everyone.

    I used the PJB cabs to see how they would perform, and since we know they require lotsa power i used the LH 1000, well NO SOUND. I tried each cab separately and other speaker cables.... Enter the backup amp. VTBass 500, so 500 watts and outdoors and cabs requiring power, but it did great. I was able to rise above 2 guitars.....

    Upon returning home, I connected the LH1000 to an SVT15-n and worked fine, then to the PJB cabs and ...Fine..
    Possible could be a power issue but who knows..

    Always bring a backup, 2 basses and 2 amps, multiple cabs if possible.

    Thank you all who responded....

    BTW Next gig is at a yacht club and will be Full on SWR.
    SM400s into Henry Cab. Not sure if the SM 400 can power 2 Henry Cabs.......

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