GK 400rb

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by bassrock, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. bassrock


    Jul 16, 2010
    For a few years now i have been dreaming of owning a gallien krueger head. I have played through or owned many different brands of amps. Although most of them were excellent sounding, i was never really satisfied. Something was always lacking.
    After extensive research on TB, I figured I had better try GK. So the other day I got my 400rb ii that I won off ebay.
    Well, when i plugged into it, set it all flat, turned it on and played a few notes, something crazy happened. I was instantly pissed at myself for wasting money on other amps. I really wished i would of bought a GK a long time ago. It would of saved me alot of headaches. Anyway, this is the sound I've been searching for. I love everything about it. And oh my lord is that boost a beautiful thing!
  2. Congratulations !
    I played one for almost 13 years as my main amp and it never failed once...
    Quite the tone eh ?
    Hope it gives you as many years of playing joy as mine did/does me, with today's cabs, that thing can move some serious air :)
  3. bassrock


    Jul 16, 2010
    Thank you! Oh the tone is outstanding. For some reason its not letting me post a pic of it on here.
  4. Your pic must be too big or you have too much stored already.

    Mind the contour, or you'll vanish into a low rumble in the mix.
  5. bassrock


    Jul 16, 2010
    Learned my lesson on that once. Now i always pay attention to the mids.
  6. Great catch!

    I have the same one and love it!
    Loved it so much that I got a 800RB!
  7. Alexdeth89


    May 7, 2012
    Congratulations man! Personally like the contour and hi boost a lot
  8. 4Strings71


    Apr 29, 2012
    Congratulations bassrock, GK all the way i say!
    I too have played many Amps but always come back to my 800RB. It's a beast and has tone for days. Enjoy your 400RB :)
  9. dougjwray


    Jul 20, 2005
    I recently posted about getting a great deal on a '93 GK 400RBII. I got it as a backup for my 400RB, which I purchased new in 1985, and which has never failed me. Over the years, I've tried and sold other amps and have always come back to it.
    I also have a GK 1001RBII and a GK MB200, and they're cool, too. But there's something special about the 400RB. :hyper: For me, it's particularly something in the mids.
    Anyway, they have fantastic tone, they last forever and they're much louder than they "should" be.
    Enjoy it!
  10. dannylectro

    dannylectro Supporting Member

    Aug 2, 2010
    Yonkers, NY
    To be clear, the GK 400RB II is a different animal from the original GK 400RB. I've never played through the 2nd gen version and won't comment about that. I do own several of the original 400RB's, some newer with detachable power cord, and some older without and have to say that I've never found a better, more durable, dependable-as-a-rock amp in 30+ years of playing. And they sound great through almost anything, though I am partial to them through an Ampeg 410 when I feel like moving that beast. But they also sound great through a modern neo 112, and with every bass I own. Welcome aboard!
  11. BillyIVbass


    Sep 24, 2008
    Gear Reviews Guitar World Online
    Much love for my 400RB Mark IV <--- whatever that means. But it was US made, super cheap and made it's way from a backup head to my main grab'n'go amp.
  12. bassrock


    Jul 16, 2010
    Hope this pic works.

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  13. Since i one day plugged in a 400RB, never looked back. I upgraded to 700RB for more power and this bi-amp feature: amp quest finished. viva Gallien Krueger !
  14. dougjwray


    Jul 20, 2005
  15. bassrock


    Jul 16, 2010
    Thanks dougjwray. Ill have to order some.
  16. will33


    May 22, 2006
    Hmm....I painted lines on mine with pink nail polish. :)

    Yup, love my 400rb. For me and my speakers and my gigs, it is at the perfect power level to crank the snot out of it and get it growling and grinding and "hitting the rails" and end up at just the right loudness for almost everything I do. Never so much as a hiccup running her hard like that either. Headroom schmeadroom. :p