hollywood and wla GC - lots more combos, lots less cabs

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by pcake, May 13, 2019.

  1. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    i'm interested in trying some 112, 210 and 115 cabs, so we headed off to our local GC yesterday. at a glance, the bass room was full of basses and amps. a closer look, however, revealed liimted cabs - there were ampeg PF series cabs and i think a 6x10, lots of markbass cabs, a few acoustic cabs and they said there was a fender cab, but neither they nor i could find it. there were lots more combos, however, including a bunch of the new peaveys.

    so we decided to head to hollywood. our first stop was sam ash, where they had one of the cabs i've been interested in trying for a while, a TC K-212. i went through madness getting a head i wanted to use to the cab as all the heads are leashed to cabs, and none of the ones near the TC were ones similar to my LH500. ultimately after trying a couple, i carried an LH500 to the cab, got everything hooked up, and mostly i liked what i heard. but there was too much brightness for me, so i went to turn off the tweeter, which is how i always have my cabs. and surprise, surprise, i couldn't find a way to do so, looked it up on sweetwater and they didn't mention the tweeter being defeatable. so across the street we went.

    first off, the hollywood guitar center remodel is finished, and it's much nicer than it was during remodeling in just about every way. the bass section is to the right after you walk in, and there was a single elf 2x8 on clearance and a herd of markbass cabs and combos and a couple ampeg pf cabs. there was a guy played tuned way down who took up that section for the entire time we were there, but i have tried all those cabs before and i really enjoyed his playing - very fieldly, really good.

    so i went to the back of the store where the fender bass amps are, and they had one cab, the rumble 2x10. i haven't tried it before, but since the only head in the area was a rumble head. i messed with it for a while, but it was hard to know how much of what i was hearing was the head and how much was the cab.

    and that was pretty much it for my day trying to find cabs to demo. although GC had lots of peavey combos, they had no peavey cabs at either store and neither they nor sam ash had any GK cabs at all - too bad as the CX series is on my try list; there were no hartkes with cardboard cones, and i would have tried a bugera (negative though i am with behringer) at sam ash but this time around they didn't have any. no ashdown, but i haven't seen even a used ashdown in any of those three stores for years.

    and i was disappointed not to find a rumble 115, which i had really wanted to try.

    all i could think afterward was "curses - foiled again!"

    any of you having better luck in this department?
  2. jastacey


    Feb 8, 2009
    Seems they are catering to the beginner/home player market, as that's what sells the most, so that's what they stock, kinda nowadays, you have to find a store that specializes in bass gear
  3. There is four Guitar Centers in my area an all of them only have combos with maybe one 2x10 and one 4x10 and them cabs will only be MarkBass. Fender, Peavey, Ampeg and Acoustic are all combos.
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  4. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    haven't seen any peavey cabs in months at any of our GCs. i wanted to try the peavey headliners - at least the 112.
  5. nostatic

    nostatic Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2004
    central coast
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    Try True Tone in Santa Monica. They used to have a reasonable selection of separate cabs, though haven't been there in awhile.
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  6. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    good thought - thanks. i haven't been to tru tone in years, and only shopped for acoustic guitars there. i never even noticed they had bass cabs :D
  7. Red Planet

    Red Planet Inactive

    May 29, 2005
    I'm cranky in my old age.
    Brick and mortar is going away. Most of the stores are carrying the low end stuff. Any cool gear any more is found on the inter webs. Occasionally one can find a boutique store (but not like it used to be) though usually the selection is fairly slim. My experience on the other coast is GC doesn't carry GK anymore I think GK dropped them and Sam Ash only stock in a distribution warehouse central to multiple stores but don't have a lot of stock.

    I kind of liked the old Mesa model where you purchased direct but they did away with that years ago when they went to wave soldering and making smaller less expensive (to manufacture) amps. Eventually the quest for the almighty dollar wins out.

    My recent quest to walk in, play, and purchase two new GK CX210 cabs ended in a purchase online from Musicians Friend (cabs due in today).
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  8. socialleper

    socialleper Bringer of doom and top shelf beer Supporting Member

    May 31, 2009
    Canyon Country, CA
    When I was there last they barely had any bass equipment.
  9. socialleper

    socialleper Bringer of doom and top shelf beer Supporting Member

    May 31, 2009
    Canyon Country, CA
    I noticed this in the new store ad well. It gives them a more flexible layout. Cabs are big and bulky. It is hard to work a layout around them.
    But it does stink for real musicians that need substantial gear. Amps and cabs are something you really need to try out before buying, and shipping costs are a real bear.
    The music biz is doing everything it can to kill its self. Ain't much to do but watch it burn.
  10. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Don't blame the stores. They stock what they sell.
  11. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    My local GC is the same way.
  12. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    hi pcake :)

    No! :(

    When they stock expensive gear, the store will be full of people who try that gear and buy it….

    somewhere else. com :(

    may the bass be with you

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  13. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Any store can punch a few buttons on the computer and see what is selling retail and what is selling on line. Add in the boutique cab builders to the mix, and I would bet they sell a lot more cheap combos in store (never mind all the people who won't buy something off the floor because it's "used".
  14. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    i did want to mention that some of the combos really aren't beginner fare - there are some pricier options, as well.

    btw, if anyone in l.a. is looking for a vintage kustom from long ago, they had a black one with the tuck and roll upholstery in pretty good condition. it was too big for my needs or i might have been tempted.
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  15. socialleper

    socialleper Bringer of doom and top shelf beer Supporting Member

    May 31, 2009
    Canyon Country, CA
    It is a vicious cycle. People can only buy what they have, so they only stock what people can buy.

    But actually I'm talking about the music biz as a whole. We are witnessing the end of a musical epoch. We may be at the end of a species epoch as well. I dunno. Not feeling particularly optimistic about anything these days.
  16. bass12

    bass12 Have You Met Grace Jones?

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    I went into one of my local music stores the other day and was saddened to see how much the selection of instruments and music equipment has dwindled. The things that struck me most:

    - this shop used to carry separate cabinets and heads, now all they carry is combos;
    - they used to stock F bass and some pricier Yamahas, now it's just Fenders and some lower-end basses;
    - they used to stock Mo'Perc (locally-made high-end hand drums), now it's just lower-end percussion;
    - what's with all the ukuleles?

    I've seen similar trends in other shops. Lots of downsizing and switching to lower end products only (to be fair though, this city has never been a good place to shop for boutique basses of any kind).
  17. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    It will be a bit of a trek, but check out Jammin’ Jersey, waaaay out in the west end of the Valley, on Tampa just north of Parthenia(near the Northridge Mall). Yeah, I know, put on your pith helmet and leave a trail of bread crumbs to find your way back. They’ve been having a going out of business sale for months(!), it’s essentially a big garage stuffed full of gear. You should look at their website first, they have most of their stock listed. There’s also the Sherman Oaks GC and whatever’s at Norm’s. Plus GC Pasadena, not too shabby. Future Music in Eagle Rock on York Blvd. is a good vintage/ second hand place as well...owner Jack used to play bass in Green On Red. Have a Huell Howser safari.
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  18. Bart Lee

    Bart Lee

    Feb 18, 2012
    Los Angeles
    You might want to check out Mesa Boogie Hollywood. Just west of GC Hollywood and across the street. I got a nice Mesa Subway rig there.
  19. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    subway is not currently in the budget or i'd have hit mesa last weekend.

    i ordered a GK CX115 due to arrive next monday. hopefully i'll like it - i've liked pretty much every GK cab i've tried...
  20. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Maybe hit The Amp Shop on Ventura.