GK 1001RB-II..holy smoke!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Matt Morgan, Nov 12, 2005.

  1. Matt Morgan

    Matt Morgan Fellow Conspirator Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2001
    Plano, Texas
    So, my Iamp800 is in the shop for some repairs and I have a gig coming up. I wander down to the local GC to check out if they have anything that will fill in for the time being.
    Hmmm...GK 1001: lightweight, about 750w at 4 ohms, solid state, what the heck.
    I buy it with the full intention of returning it tomorrow if I don't like it.
    I get it home, plug it in to my two EA CXL112s and WOW!
    This thing is very clear, very articulate, pretty easy to plug and play and SERIOUSLY LOUD! I have to use the -14db pad on the input, I have the input volume set at "12:00" and I can still barely turn the thing up to "9:00" before stuff starts flying around the room. My cabs were really opening up nicely and I was hearing the kind of volume and punch for which they are infamous.
    I knew there was an input gain problem with my Iamp and this GK proves it without a doubt! My Iamp should be tearing my head off and the last several shows it has barely put out a whimper compared to this GK. The GK seriously puts out!
    For the money this is a great amp for those looking for a clean, clear, quick and punchy tone with some serious horsepower behind it.
    Returning may no longer be an option!
  2. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
    San Diego, Ca.
    Dealer Nordstrand Pickups.
    exactly my experience. I put my Eden Wt800 up for sale 3 days after I got my GK1001Rb-II. Its a great head and fantastic value.
  3. Cantstandsya


    Jul 27, 2001
    Fontana, CA
    KEEP IT!
  4. SUBass

    SUBass Guest

    Oct 21, 2005
    Grab a pick, roll that preamp gain up 'til it just barely clips on the transient, and slam that through a nice cab. You'll be getting close to the old Eddie Jackson tone.

    I'm so torn on an amp. I like the SVT 3, The GK stuff, the Boogie BB750, B400, Buster Bass200...I just can't make up my mind. They're all different and cool in their own way.

  5. 1001RB-II....Great aren't they!

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  6. ras1983


    Dec 28, 2004
    Sydney, Australia
    Yeah, the GK has a place of its own in the bass world. I just can't believe the transient response of the amp, it is just so quick. I ran a few tests before i bought mine, i varied intensities of plucking, did quick runs up and down the neck, slow bluesy walking lines and i had a go at harmonics. it just does everything so well and fast, and the most prominent feature is the aggressive bright tone.

    and yes, it is LOUD :) :) :D
  7. unatratnag

    unatratnag Guest

    Jun 29, 2005
    Indianapolis - Chicago
    I think it's interesting to hear all the sounds you can get out of it. With all the knobs you really can get a bunch of different sounds from punchy, bright, and growly.
  8. tbone0813

    tbone0813 The faithless say farewell when the road darkens.

    Aug 6, 2005
    Grand Prairie, TX.
    GK stuff is the bomb. I love my rig. Any tone I want at my finger tips.

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  9. hammer2748


    Feb 22, 2002
    Hartford, CT
    Same here, got a GK1001RB-II about 3 weeks ago, and this thing is just wowing me everytime I plug in. Finally just got a RR 4U rack for it. It's going in the bottom, single space above for cooling and tuner/conditioner on top. Can't get enough of it!
  10. rusmannx

    rusmannx Guest

    Jul 16, 2001
    welcome to the 1001 club.
    i can't stop loving mine either.
  11. cheezewiz


    Mar 27, 2002
    There is no better head in that price range IMHO.
  12. johans

    johans G.U.I - Groovin' under influence

    Oct 28, 2004
    the Bay Area, CA
    best bang for the buck!
  13. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    I love mine...Tim Cole's site kind of helped me want one...I was also getting hurt lugging around a QSC/Ampeg rig...

    I have had the thing for almost half a year and finally started to get a better sound with it...apparently I was over driving the pre stage and was getting a farting sound...

    My tech showed up last night to told me "oye, baboso, you're driving the pre stage too hard...pendejo!" :D

    NOW, I have a much better sound and am totally happy...

  14. cheezewiz


    Mar 27, 2002
    Guess who did the review on Tim Cole's site? :)
  15. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    I know, I know...