Hoppus Sig + Ampeg BA115/Hartke Kickback 10

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by ben123, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. ben123

    ben123 Guest

    Jan 12, 2009
    Hello everybody,

    Looking for a smart advice.

    I'm a total bass noob. Played guitar for 8 years, decided to try another instrument. :bassist:

    Few days ago I received a brand new Hoppus Signature Fender (please no talks about the tone knob. It already has a great tone for punk supported by Duncan Quarter Pound pickups). So what I'm looking for is a medium sized combo for home practice/small rehearsals.

    Played Hartke Kickback 10 120W. Pretty awesome, but I heard Ampeg's are great too. BA115 seems ok for its price. About 30 euros more than Hartke, but can't try it. They don't sell it here, so I need to order. Any suggestions?

    Looking for a deep rich Hoppus tone to play pop-punk.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Small combos with bigger speakers and cabs almost always sound better than small speakers and cabs. The Hartke is pretty nice for a small inexpensive combo, but I think a BA115 sounds heavier and deeper. But since Ampeg is currently owned by an inept bunch of morons who drove it to bankruptcy, I wouldn't buy a new one, otherwise you may find yourself with an unsupported product until they find a new buyer.
  3. whoatherechunk


    Apr 4, 2008
    the new acoustic line of amps is cheap....and sound damn good.
  4. heavyhitter


    Jan 24, 2008
    ANY combo will work for practice. But you also said rehearsals. A loud gui**** or even a light handed drummer will drown you out, Id recommend the most powerful/loudest combo you are willing to pay for.

    P.S. I never played a Hoppus bass but I really dig them alot =)
  5. Yeah, I love that Hoppus sound -- it is something else. Meaty. Slabby. Juicy.

    Plus, I don't like a lot of knobs, either. Knobs confuse me.
  6. Lync

    Lync Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2004
    The Hartke has a nice mid snap for that music. You may want to get the 15 to really be happy though.

    I use the Kickback 10 for practice but when I use it on gigs I run it into my Bose L1 PA for PA support.