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Help me pick an amp?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by HunterBurgan4Me, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. HunterBurgan4Me


    Mar 6, 2010
    Hiya, while i'm a good bassist i'm useless when it comes to rigs. I'm looking to upgrade from a combo amp to a stack and I need some help narrowing down my choices.

    I use a 5string bass and I play metal, funk and everything in between, I do everything, slap, finger and pick and I play through a Fender deluxe active jazz V

    I usually have quite a pretty compressed tone but I don't use a compression pedal just built into the amp as it gives me a fair amount of extra attack which is quite nice and evens out the transitions to slap bits. So if anyone could reccomend a fairly straightforward compression pedal that would be a bonus.

    My budget for the entire thing is probably around
    £1000 (note british pounds) so I need an Amp head, cab and possibly a pedal

    Thanks in advance :)

    These are a few examples of the kinds of tones I like.

  2. musicman666


    Sep 11, 2011
    Used SVT and 810
  3. +1
    you really cant go wrong with one of these
  4. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Shop for used gear to stretch the budget, and whatever else you do, don't skimp out on the spkr cab. Bigger is always better, so 4x10 MINIMUM, or a pair of 1x12's, a 2x15, etc. powered by any good bass head 300-500 watts.
  5. Used SVT+8X10

    Trust me, you'll never look back
  6. If you can get that rig for 1000 British..I need to move across the pond. ;)
  7. I got mine for $1800 US. if I remember correctly, the pound to dollar ratio is 2:1 so that would be 900 pounds

    Get over here :bassist:
  8. US prices do not apply to imported equipment ;) I've already had two of them anyway.
  9. Mine was used...
  10. i think what b string is saying, if i may be so bold to speak for him, is that if it's imported and new there, it will have a higher value used and possibly be unobtainable for that amount. b string, correct me if i misread that scenario. still a very cool rig though.

    i'd say not to overlook gk and hartke if the svt is out of reach. or maybe pro series?
  11. Novel idea. An svt 4 pro would do very nicely
  12. i have a genz gbe600 and it kills. got it for $500us. if you see one, give it a try.
  13. HunterBurgan4Me


    Mar 6, 2010
    I've actually now got someone lined up to sell me a SVT pro 7 head for £450

    I've checked out the sound and I love it, just what I've been looking for

    Can anyone recommend a 4x10 cab to go with it?
  14. my gb xb2 is the best 410 i've ever owned. on the flip side, the ampeg pr410 i had i disliked. almost too much low end, trouble cutting through and heavy. that said, ampeg makes good cabs, i just didn't care for that one. loved (and miss) my 810e.
    someone who knows more than me will put in their 2 cents shortly.
  15. murphy


    May 5, 2004
    Toronto, Canada
    SVT Pro7??? Is that not the amp so many people have been having problems with?

    Get a Markbass analogue head....or a Trace rig.......a Barefaced cab....Epifani or Berg cabs....or Ashdown JJBurnell rig.....or???

    SVT all tube rig.....or Marshall.....or Traynor 300
  16. You were right on target :)
  17. even a blind squirrel finds an acorn sometimes!
  18. f.c.geil


    May 12, 2011
    The SVT-7PRO, Rev. D00 is a stone reliable head. The Rev. C00 is pretty decent, avoid A and B series heads.

    I have a Rev. C00 that has given me hundreds of trouble-free hours. If you really like the tube power section, though, there is nothing like an actual SVT, be it a CL or VR. They are absolutely phenomenal heads, and they pair up to an 810e like bread and butter. For the sounds you're looking for, an SVT-7PRO or SVT-VR with an 810e is as good as you're going to get.
  19. M. Owen Santy

    M. Owen Santy Banned

    Aug 10, 2011
    Springfield, MA
    Michael Tobias Designs Kingston Series & Traynor Amps Artist
    Would agree that a 4x10 is pretty much the standard, and SVT is a great choice. However, being a Brit I would seriously look at Orange, Hiwatt, Laney & Ashdown stuff before purchasing a rig from an American manufacturer.

    You have the advantage of being able to purchase that great British tone without all the import fees we pay on gear coming from your folks - so I would take advantage of that.

    That being said I would be looking at either an Orange 500W Bass Terror or an Ashdown ABM 500 head and an Ashdown 410h 650w cabinet. Should make for killer tone and powerful enough to stand on it's own.
  20. I like this guys ideas. Listen to him.