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GK 800RB vs. SWR Workingman's 4004 ?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by register2, Jan 16, 2005.

  1. register2


    Nov 15, 2003
    Did a search but found nothing. Any thoughts?
  2. Cantstandsya

    Cantstandsya Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2001
    Fontana, CA
    You can't go wrong with the 800RB.........
  3. adam on bass

    adam on bass Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2002
    New Braunfels, Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Spector, GK, EMG and D'Addario
    No contest. 800RB.
  4. ravlin


    Oct 12, 2004
    the workingman is like a squier bass. ive played both heads and a variety of cabs and cant say that i liked any of it. the gk is a pro amp that was the standard for years. gk hands down
  5. danman


    May 18, 2004
    Philadelphia, PA

    hands also down.

  6. GK all day long.
  7. GK all the way
  8. Pickebass

    Pickebass Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    San Antonio, TX
    I don't even like GK!! :)... Get a GK...
  9. bassphisher


    Jan 16, 2005
    ns, canada
  10. FUNKonthewall

    FUNKonthewall Nailing The Groove

    Sep 29, 2004
    Atlanta, GA
    Endorsing: Fodera Guitars, Aguilar Amps, Dunlop/MXR Accessories
    I'm about to buy some GK in the next few weeks. GK all the way.
  11. vegedge


    Jul 14, 2012
    which would be louder? 800rb is 300 watts while the 4004 is 400 watts?

    i own the 4004 so i am looking for a step up in volume and tone
  12. René_Julien


    Jun 26, 2008
    So you need an 800RB and a bigger cab or one more cab. :)

    Don't you like the tone of your SWR? What cab do you play?
  13. vegedge


    Jul 14, 2012
    4x10 hlf
  14. René_Julien


    Jun 26, 2008
    And that's not loud enough? :eek:
    What kind of music do you play and where do you play it?

    I like that cab. It sounds great and performs great. Get a second one of these if you really need more volume. More watts isn't going to do much.

    As for another head... depends on your tonal preference.
    Tone is also in your cab though. Don't you like the tone of your cab?
  15. I owned both. The 800rb is louder and has better tone. It can also take a lot of abuse. Keep it cool though. No thermal protection. I just use a fan pointed at it. Never failed me.
  16. The G-K is conservative on the 300 watt rating. That said not a lot of difference between 300 and 400 watts even if it is an honest rating. Now double your speakers and tone and volume come a live! Go with a like cab first!

    Then move up to the G-K.
  17. vegedge


    Jul 14, 2012
    swr also uses the radiator cooling system. i play a ton of shows so i cant use a fan. does it tend to get too hot without one?
  18. I've played at close to 11:00 on the master outside into a 4 ohm cab when it was 120 in the shade. Never really thought the amp was too "hot"?
  19. Dan Knowlton

    Dan Knowlton Sarcasm: Just ONE of the many services I offer! Gold Supporting Member

    800RB IMHO! Better build, classic tone, looks cooler!

    Dan K.
  20. vegedge


    Jul 14, 2012
    you guys sold me on it i think. gonna see if my shop will trade my 4004 and ampeg 350h for a 800rb. high hopes!