Good 350-400w amp?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by jaymeister99, Aug 16, 2005.

  1. jaymeister99


    Aug 2, 2005
    Im hoping to get a 350-400w amp, probably a good combo amp that I can eventually have an external cab hooked to it. Quality is my primary concern, with sound being a close second. I like deep, strong bass.

    So far it looks like Im leaning toward a Fender 400 Pro, it gets 350w, and 500w with an extra cab. The other is a Gallien-Krueger combo that puts out around 340w, and about 480w with an extra cab. Ive heard great things about the sound on both of these but mixed reviews on their quality.

    Price is an issue, I want to keep the combo under $1200, preferably under $1,000. The Fender I can handle at $1,000, and the extra cab will run around another $400. The GK is around $1300, and another $400 for the extra cab.
  2. afroman


    Aug 31, 2000
    Brooklyn, NY
    I'd recommend you really go with an amp head and an external speaker. You'll spend about the same for a combo but you'll have the ability to change your amp or cabs later on. I'd say a Hartke 3500, any GK head besides the 400 which I really don't like (700RB, 800RB) or maybe some Ashdown stuff which people seem to like. For cabs I'd suggest Peavey, Avatar, Ampeg, Ashdown or GK. You can get a good head and a 410 or 210 & 115 cab for less than $1000 if you look hard. Go to any store you can and try everything and if you don't mind used stuff look in Ebay or hear in the For Sale section of TB. Trust your ears, if you cna try stuff out do it, if not well there are some really helpful people here in TB to try to help you out.

    I hope this helps...
    Peace. :bassist:
  3. Eden CXC110? Nine hundred bucks or so. Those heads are great IMO.

    Great DI
    420W at 2 ohms
    powerful EQ
  4. anyonefortennis

    anyonefortennis Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2005
    Lincoln, NE

    A thunderfunk and an avatar cab? right about $1100.
  5. As far as combos go, I've had good experiences with an Eden Metro. I think they go for $700-$900 used. I had to sell mine because it was a bear to lug around, but nice cut-through tone as I recall.
  6. seaKamp


    Jun 30, 2005
    You might want to check out an Ampeg SVT-3PRO. I owned one of these badboys for about 5 years and loved it. You can fetch a used one for about $500.
  7. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    Peavey BAM210 combo... and there happens to be one for sale right here on TB. I suggest you check it out, a lot.

  8. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    I have as well. It is a really nice combo, and is of high quality. The Peavey BAM also fits your description. You can't go wrong with either.

  9. The Mesa/Boogie Walkabout Scout might be right for you. I think the amps sound pretty darn good, at least.
  10. i second the mesa walkabout !!! i used to have the 12" but have since traded it for the 15....i little more than you want to spend )1249.00) but money well spent, i also got the extension cab for it which i have not needed as of yet....
    much superior tone compared to the fender 400 combo and i have not had to crank it above 3-4 on the master while playing with two guitarist using marshall half stacks and 100 watt heads, the head is also removable in case ya want to use it with a different cab and it is very light, by far the best combo out there imo.
  11. jaymeister99


    Aug 2, 2005
    Do I really need a 350-400w amp for small gigs and jammin?

    The GK looks good, but Ive heard some problems with em quality wise (blown speakers, bad fans, loose wires). Everybody says they sound awesome though. is selling a GK 1001rb(?)/210 combo for $1275, and they have a whole GK stack with the 700rb head, 210sxl and 115sxl cabs for $1,300.

    Hows the behringer amps? Behringer makes a 450w head for $200, but I think I might get what I pay for with it. Any other lower cost heads, cabs, or combos (under $1000 for 350-400w) that are good?
  12. ladros2


    Jun 2, 2005
    depends on room size, guitarist amps etc.

    i find my swr workingpro 400, 2x10 and 1x15 work great. never gigged with them, will be on the 27th though.

    the guitarist uses a fender 100w, and we're all even in a big room with the drummer with both our volumes at five.

    i was going to get the fender pro400, but once i tried the swr, i never really thought about it again, it's a great amp.

    also, +1 on the head/cab thing, and the pro400 comes in head form.
  13. craigb

    craigb Supporting Member

    Dr Bass RX112 ($249) or BL112 ($389) with 2-space built-in rack and the 2-space head of your choice (GK 1001RB-II $600 new? 700RB for $350-400 used?).

    Granted I have not tried the Dr Bass cabs but they look intriguing. Personally I've got a GK700RB-II and Avatar 1x12 cabs - I like the lower weight of separates.
  14. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Dr Bass is great stuff...
  15. CetiAlphaVI


    May 27, 2005
    And if you get tired of the combo, take the head out and get the rack ears. Great suggestion. Also, the Peavey Bam is worth a try.
  16. Trace Elliot AH 400 SMX, 400w @ 4 ohms, 300ish at 8 ohms. The best solid state head i ever had... Peavey 410 TVX for a box... Winning combination of gear...