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GK 1001rb and 1001rb II

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Saetia, Jun 29, 2004.


  1. Saetia

    Saetia

    Mar 27, 2003
    Wisconsin
    I have a question, does anyone know the difference between the GK 1001 rb and the GK 1001 rb II. I have the oppertunity to buy a GK 1001 rb for $550 is that worth it.

    Thanks

    Peace
    -Ben
     
  2. From what I've gathered here, the old 1001 RB's are some of the most unreliable amps ever. I may be mistaken though. You can get a brand new 1001 RB II from www.riksmusic.com for $630.
     
  3. Dr. PhunkyPants

    Dr. PhunkyPants Guest

    Aug 11, 2002
    USA
    I'm not entirely 100% on this recollection, but believe something about the first iteration having weak circuit boards or something..... I'd second giving Rik's a call.
     
  4. Mike A

    Mike A Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2002
    Kentucky
    I've never had one single problem out of my first generation 1001rb in 3 years of gigging. Not one. That's all I know.
     
  5. Squidfinger

    Squidfinger I wish I could sing like Rick Danko.

    Jan 7, 2004
    Shreveport LA
    Definitely not worth it. Get a 1001RB-II for $630 at Riksmusic.com.
     
  6. I've got the RB1001. Mine works great. I guess these first model ones were kinda hit-or-miss. Some need some touch ups while others worked fine. Had mine for a year and a half with lots of hauling around and gigging. No problems with it. Although, if I was buying one today, I would definately get the RB1001-II. Why not?
     
  7. Mike A

    Mike A Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2002
    Kentucky
    I stand by my 1001rb, because it's never let me down, but for $550, I'm with these guys... spend the extra dough for a new series II.
     
  8. Doesn't the II have approx 700 watts whereas the series I had 500?
     
  9. xcental34x

    xcental34x

    Feb 28, 2003
    Memphrica, TN
    The 1001RB-II has 700, where as the 1001RB only has 540.
     
  10. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    yeah, woof. You are correct. The mark 2 series have a more powerful amplifier.

    I also own a 1001RB and I have had no reliability issues with it. I bought it used a year or two ago, and i didn't pay close to that much. It is a 2001 model. The earliest ones did have a reliability issue due to some weak solder joints. If you have the means, go buy the 1001RB II.
     
  11. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    I can vouch for the 1001RB II, although I'm getting rid of mine. I'm getting the 2001RB II!
     
  12. xcental34x

    xcental34x

    Feb 28, 2003
    Memphrica, TN
    Are they making a 2001RB-II?
     
  13. Saetia

    Saetia

    Mar 27, 2003
    Wisconsin
    Thank you everyone for all the information. I wasn't sure if there was a power differnece between the two amps or not. I had heard the first generation had problems, but as of what I know this one has never had any (a good friend of mine owns it). If the II's are more powerful and I can get it for less then $100 more I think I will option for that. Once again thanks for all of the info, and if anyone has anything else to add please do.

    Thank you
    Peace
    -Ben
     
  14. Fred312b

    Fred312b What if I want to play jazz precisely? Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2002
    Chicago, IL
    other than the power boost, the 1001rb-II is supposed to have a "warmer" sounding pre-amp and less hiss in the crossover. my 1001rb-I/210 combo sounds fantastic though, and while i don't use it all that much (like all my gear), has never given me any problems- supposedly the ones that would crap out did so right away. for $80 more, get a 1001rb-II with a 2 year warranty.