hmm.. something just got me thinking...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by GearHeadBassMan, Jul 29, 2009.

  1. I was walking through the bass section of my local music store (it's as depressing as it sounds) and I thought it was weird how cab companies like to shout about how you're using the cheap models. The best example are the new GK backlines. Without the top portion of the grill I think they look quite good, but then along the top you have "THIS IS THE CHEAP ONE!!! THIS GUY IS POOR!!!" written across it. why not keep the model number a secret and put it on the back plate? Does GK save money but putting the advertising right on the cab for store displays?

    Same thing with Epifunkys, even ampeg has that little "b series" plate on the front.
  2. Hector_G


    Apr 6, 2009
    El Paso, Texas
    I don't know man.... I use Bheringer so it's ALL top of the line from that company.
  3. SnoMan

    SnoMan Words Words Words

    Jan 27, 2001
    Charleston, WV

    I may have to sig this...great post. :D
  4. Flatty Banks

    Flatty Banks

    Oct 26, 2008
    Haha, Hartke heads: "250 WATT MODEL!".

    SWR cabs: "RONNIE THE CHEAP 2 BY 10".
  5. rcarraher


    Dec 21, 2008

    Well, to employ a metaphore, Chevy Put the Vega on the front line of the car lots, and did there logo on the front and back.:meh:
  6. Vic Winters

    Vic Winters

    Apr 20, 2006
    Western NY
  7. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000
    If you folks would buy used pro gear you wouldn't have this image issue. There is so much lightly used pro gear out there. Don't be afraid of it. It's often more easily repaired then the inexpensive new stuff.

    The other thing is this. If you are just starting out act like Americans used to, by waiting and saving up for the quality stuff.

    The "newsd" pro gear will do the job better, it will hold up better, in many cases you can sell it for so close to your purchase price that you will be renting it for say $100 a year. Not bad! It also will not

    limit your musical development by obscuring issues with your technique.

    Good Luck!
  8. rbonner


    Sep 25, 2008
    This post backfires, the VEGA was a top seller for a lot more than a couple years.

    Great designed little car for LOOKS, Economy, and you thought everything... BLAH BLAH BLAH. The car magazines eat them up. CAR OF THE YEAR AWARDS everywhere.

    Then after a couple years of heavy mileage the aluminum engine blocks wore out and the sky behind the VEGA filled with oil smoke.

    It's now concidered a stinker car. Funny how it was a major player right along with the PINTO. Ford sold a bazillion of those until ONE GUY BLEW UP... Then it was like everybody was blowing up.

    The corvair was a top of the line econocar for a decade until Ralph Nader decided to make himself a household name by taking on that ONE CAR MODEL...

    Dont pick on cars, they have enough trouble.

  9. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    If you don't label the cheap stuff on the front...then how can I see that your tone is sucking?
  10. I've said it before... There's not enough therapy in the world. Owning a Ferrari doesn't make you a better driver. That aside, you don't need to please anyone but yourself. If a Backline gets the job done and that's the best your budget will allow, who else needs to be happy about it? I use a matched pair of Backline 1x12s, and, given their bang for the buck, couldn't be happier with them. I played a gig a few weeks ago. As I watched the bassist from the band that played before us haul off his two 8x10 monster cabinets and rack full of designer gear, I passed him with one Backline in each hand and promptly let go of any shame I might have felt. House PA incidentally. He was showing off. I'm too lazy... and too cheap.
  11. wildhorse


    Mar 15, 2009
    I agree without the cheap names on equipment how would anyone know you can't really play the thing? Personally I'd like Fender to come out with a Bass called KMA by Squier
  12. rcarraher


    Dec 21, 2008
    Thats the point, it was a piece of junk that sold marveously well! And, just voted one of the ten car designs that ruined the American manufacture'. Ceteris Paribus, caveat emptor.
  13. Vic Winters

    Vic Winters

    Apr 20, 2006
    Western NY
    They have them on all of them. BLX, GLX, NEO, etc. It's not that big of a deal. The majority of the people in the audience don't know what the GK means let alone the little BLX in the corner. Your bass could be a 10 year old B-Stock MIM or a brand new Custom Shop, it makes no difference to the crowd.
  14. NWB


    Apr 30, 2008
    Kirkland, WA
  15. father of fires

    father of fires Commercial User

    Nov 29, 2006
    Chief of Medicine at Damnation Audio
    They label the cheap stuff to make you ashamed for owning it.

    Do what modern Americans do. By on credit, then you won't have to bare the shame.

    Then sell it to me when you can't pay your bill.
  16. UncleBalsamic


    Jul 8, 2007

    What's this Dingwall stuff anyway? Must be rubbish.
  17. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars

    People regularly ask me if I'm playing carvin or peavey.
  18. Sundogue


    Apr 26, 2001
    Wausau, WI
    As far as cabs go, I'll never buy another commercially made one ever again.

    With regards to "branding", a lot of thought goes into the marketing of music equipment. Some companies suck at it, and some are great.

    In the end none of it matters anyway. If you don't like the product, don't buy it and if you do like it but hate the branding labels, cover them up.

    Besides, your own playing might be a bigger indicator than the label on a cab that says you suck. :smug:
  19. xk49w


    Apr 13, 2008
    Negative. :rollno: My lousy playing is an indicator that my gear sucks. :D