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Good head for $500

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Gecko 5, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. I need some input here. I am looking for new head. I have about $500 to spend.
    I considered a Carvin BX500. But there is a thread here about them ,and alot of people have had alot of problems.
    Tried a GK Backline 600. No thanks.
    I am suppose to pick up a Benz Benz Shuttle 6.0.
    Same guy has a 800RB. I'm told not a lot of power.
    I am nervous cause it has a tube pre-amp. I'm not a tube guy.
    I can pick up a used Peavey Tour 700 for $300. Its not bad.
    Any suggestions?
  2. XavidmanX


    Jun 29, 2006
    Bakersfield, CA
    What kind of power are you looking for? What kind of sound? Tube grit? Warm and punchy?

    At that price range I'm a fan of used Markbass stuff, Eden WT405 (used), and a Carvin B1500 (used), but those meet my tonal goals and wattage needs. I have little experience with anything that would get you a real tubey gritty grindy sound.
  3. BAW


    Aug 1, 2008
    Long Island
    the tour 700 seems like a good deal, ive played the tour series a few times in store and they seem like solid amps

    i would also give the hartke LH series a try if you can. the LH500 is in your price range and the LH1000 is just above.

    dont read into whats in the pre amp or the power sections or what kind of eq is in it. just plug into every amp at your disposal and find one you like.
  4. iualum


    Apr 9, 2004
    ...must resist first comment that came to me :D...
  5. rbonner


    Sep 25, 2008
    Acoustic B600H is $422 at GC right now. BOB
  6. UncleFluffy


    Mar 8, 2009
    Head Tinkerer, The Flufflab
    Funny, that was the first thought that came to my mind, too.

    To the OP: what are you looking for?

    - size
    - power
    - weight
    - lots of knobs to tweak / just a volume knob / somewhere inbetween
    - any other requirements?

    There's a lot of options at $500, knowing these things could help narrow it down somewhat.
  7. illidian


    Jul 2, 2004
    You can get a used Genz Benz GBE600 for that. That's my #1 suggestion - if you have other tastes then I can recommend you something else, but it's a fabulous amp.
  8. 800rb is one of the greatest bass heads ever made imo.
  9. Interceptor

    Interceptor Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2005
    Madison, WI
    Please ignore the concept that a GK 800 lacks juice. They get loud.

    I'd add AMP and Thunderfunk. The T-Funk might just fall just outside your price range, but it is well made very functional gear.
  10. Clank


    Jan 7, 2008
    Huntington Beach
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Strings
    800 rb has plenty of juice. Used they run 3-400. A great amp.
  11. REAPER52


    Aug 17, 2008
    ACOUSTIC B600H-- very nice - good reveiws- i have the B200H and love it run into a Trace Elliot 2x10 and 2x15 plenty loud i only wish had bought the 600 for more head room, but i really dont need it --- 499 at GC for the 600
  12. I guess I'm looking for something around 400 watts at 4 ohms.
    I'm generally not a GK fan. I played through a borrowed 1001RB , I think is what is was. I played a Backline 600 last week.
    Did not like it at all.
    I know I saw on Guitar Centers website some store had a used
    Genz GEB400 I am going to research.
    I am going to check out a Shuttle 6.0 tomorrow.
    I know a guy that has a used one. But like I said, it has a tube pre-amp. I am not a tube kind of guy. I don't like the dirt.
  13. ErebusBass


    Feb 20, 2008
    Madison, WI
    Hartke HA3500. $500 brand new.
  14. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    Markbass LM II.
  15. I am going with the GK MB2-500.
    I tried the GB Shuttle 6.0 but did not like the tube preamp.
    I played an MB2 at GC thru an Ampeg 810 and it was just LOUD!!!!
    I'm confident it will be more power than I will ever need.
    And at my age, I don't mind "downsizing"
  16. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Third St. Cigar Records staff musician.

    You should check out the thread on the MB2-500. Many problems have been noted and I have shied away from it until they get all the bugs worked out.
  17. Grantrudd


    Jun 26, 2007
    Boston MA
    i think i know a lady that can help you out:bag::bag::bag:

    try to find a markbass LMII or F1. the f1 is a little more pricey, but they pop up around $500 used. definately worth the money. 500 watts at 4 ohms, 2 lbs and fits in your case. LMII has a slightly different sound i feel, and is a little bigger. i play funk with my F1, and this head is perfect imo. i also dabble in jazz and fusion, where a much clearer tone is needed, and i just turn down one of the filters and it is clear as a bell. my drummer wont let me leave the practice space with any other amp!
  18. hrgiger


    Jan 11, 2009
    I would get that Peavey that is a steal! You'll regret it if you don't...:bassist:
  19. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett Customs...........www.rickettcustomguitars.com
    That's what she said.......

    That title was just *so* wrong ;)
  20. I use Genz Benz amps, the tube preamp does not add any grit if you don't want it to, it is actually pretty clean, and slightly warmer than my previous amp's pre.

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