GK MB Fusion 800 vs Streamliner 900

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Not yet, Dec 19, 2014.

  1. Not yet

    Not yet

    Mar 26, 2012
    Just picked up an MB200 been using for unplugged gigs and really digging sound

    Have some electric gigs coming up wondering opinions between stepped up GK vs the 900.

    Appreciate opinions
  2. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    I own an MB800 which replaced an STL900. Exactly what you'd expect. 800 is tighter, brighter, and more aggressive. 900 is softer, warmer, and less aggressive. They can both be overdriven, but I don't find either to sound all that great doing it. 800 seems a bit louder through the same cab, but both are capable of being punishingly loud if said cab can handle it.
  3. JxBass


    Aug 5, 2008
    I agree. I found the STL 900 too wooly for my taste, while the MB Fusion sounds cleaner. I also prefer the grit of the MB200 over its Fusion big brothers.
  4. Low Class

    Low Class

    Jul 4, 2005
    Those 2 amps are like polar opposites to each other. That being said, I found the MB800 tone a lot different than the MB200(preferring the MB200). You might also consider the MB500 which IMO is closer to the MB200 than the MB800 and has plenty of power.
  5. Not yet

    Not yet

    Mar 26, 2012
    Thanks... Kinda where I've been going. Have you ever used the MB200 for a relatively loud bar gig... Can it carry it w minimal PA backup?

    The grit on the 200 is the appeal vs the 900
  6. popgadget

    popgadget Commercial User

    Sep 4, 2005
    Eastern, PA USA
    Authorized Greenboy Designs Builder, Scabbey Road
    I just played a customers MB200 through his Fearless F112 and have to say I really liked it. I think that setup would work fine in a small club. I was playing with two guitars and third that switched off on keyboard, and a disciplined drummer. Amps were Blues Junior, and Princeton sized not Marshall stacks.
    I have to say that I was very impressed with the MB200, I'm thinking about getting one. I usually use a Shuttle 9.0 or Streamliner 900, with various similar cabs, but not usually an F112
  7. Low Class

    Low Class

    Jul 4, 2005
    Yes I have with 2 Berg 12's and no PA support. Surprisingly powerful little head and I prefer to tone much more than the MB800 I had. with PA support should be no problem whatsoever.
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  8. Real Soon

    Real Soon

    Aug 15, 2013
    Atlanta, GA
    I've had my eye on the MB Fusion 500, but responses in here have been rather surprising. I figured they would be pure improvement on the already nice MB sound (I have an MB200 currently).
  9. Not yet

    Not yet

    Mar 26, 2012
    I know what you mean, was about to go out and get a Fusion MB 800 for tomorrow's gig.

    Hooked up both cabinets w the 200 this morning and sounded great. Going to go for the gig w that and the STL900 as backup just in case not loud enough

  10. bouns

    bouns Guest

    Oct 14, 2011
    If you want an upgrade of the mb 200, go for the mb 500 or the 800. They are the keepers of the gallien spirit, in a small box. The
    fusion series are quite different, less growl, rounder imho, with some tube warmth. I loved the genz with its pillowy low end, its thickness and warmth. It sounded smoother to my ears.
  11. friendlybass

    friendlybass Guest

    Jul 19, 2012
    If you like the 200, grab the 800 cause its that tone plus tubes and lots of great features
  12. Molan


    Dec 13, 2003
    Oxfordshire, UK
    I've tried the Streamliner a few times - always felt it sounded like I was playing through a puddle of mud :(
  13. You have to be very loud. My mb200 has just enough snot with 2 cabs that I don't need to worry about keeping up with drums.

    If it's a big PA gig then it takes up the big volume and I turn down.
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  14. Not yet

    Not yet

    Mar 26, 2012
    Just finished 2nd set

    MB200 just too little thin for the room

    Very glad brought Streamliner.... New appreciation for it