How is the Fender Rumble 350 head?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Sabin, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. Sabin


    Mar 27, 2012
    Anyone have any experience with these? I am picking up a used Mesa 4x10 cab, and I need a head.. Because of the discount I get on Fender and Traynor, I am trying to decide between the rumble 350 or the Dynabass 400H head. Unless they both suck in which case I will search elsewhere. Being a guitarist all my life, I really don't know much about bass amps. I know I love Fender guitar amps (well, some of them).
  2. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan
    The Rumbles are entry lever gear, they dont get a lot of love around here, but I have not used one so I cant say more on them. Have you checked out what is available use? you can get a lot of bang for your buck that way.
  3. Sabin


    Mar 27, 2012
    Ok, I'll stay away from the Rumble.

    The thing is with my discount, I am often better off buying stuff new. But if I am not going to go with Traynor (still deciding) then I may have to go the used route.

    What are your thoughts on the Traynor amps?
  4. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan
    They get a lot of love here. Are you wanting to go all tube?
  5. rpsands


    Jul 6, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Uhh, I actually really like how the new fender Rumble ultralights sound. They're kinda like cheapo versions of the Genz shuttle 3/6 from what I can tell. Definitely a good way to start out.

    I'd look at the Ampeg PF350/500 series as well.
  6. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan

    Notice I didnt say they are bad, or even less than great. Just that they dont get talked about much here.
  7. Sabin


    Mar 27, 2012
    If this was guitar, I would say hell yes. But as I don't know bass amp sounds well enough yet, I honestly don't know. What is the advantage of tube or solid state in a bass amp?
  8. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan

    Personal preference. What kind of music are you going to be playing, and what is your budget?
  9. Sabin


    Mar 27, 2012
    I will be playing mostly funk, ska, reggae, jazz, rock, and combinations of each. My budget is not that big of an issue because I can get Traynor amps below cost - which is why I would really like to get a Traynor if they will sound good enough.
  10. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan

    I would go Traynor then, I would recommend you go play one first though to see if you like the sound. What cabs are you pairing with what ever head you decide to get?
  11. wagdog

    wagdog Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2000
    Waiting for the bus
    Nothing wrong with the Rumble 350. It's actually a nice little amp. I prefer it's more neutral voicing over the Ampeg PF series. Unfortunately, I know nothing about the Traynors although they seem to get good reviews.
  12. jeff7bass


    Apr 9, 2009
    I had a couple of the early Rumble practice amps and they were junk. However these new Rumbles are Rumbles In Name Only (sorry for the political pun) and certainly appear to be much better than the old ones. There’s a few posters here who own them, do a search. The 2x8 cab looks really nice actually. So does the 1x12.

  13. LoTone


    Nov 4, 2010
    Quebec, Canada

    The Rumble 150/350 have nothing to do with the rest of the Rumble line. I like them a lot. The voicing filters (punch/scoop) are well voiced and the EQ frequencies that Fender have chosen are really useful. Assuming that, "... beauty is in the ears of the beholder", you might or might not like the overdrive channel but my ears find that channel to be pretty good as well.

    I suggest you check them out. :bassist:
  14. msaone


    May 13, 2012
    Just bought a rumble 350 head and 410 cabinet yesterday. Lovin it so far. Sounds good and it's loud everything I was shopping for.

    AMJBASS Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ontario, Canada
    I just picked up a Rumble 150 head to use as a practice amp/backup. Its actually quite a nice little head and puts out a TON of volume for 150 watts. Shouldn't have any problem with club gigs, etc. Tonally it reminds me of the Ampeg PF heads but with a bit more hifi sounding top end. It has a lot of low mid presence, but is not muddy. I dig it. Distortion channel isn't the greatest IMO(bit too modern square wave for me). Likely won't use it for more than a backup, but for the price its an excellent value.
  16. Green Lantern

    Green Lantern

    Nov 3, 2011
    I tried the Rumble 300 and it sounded fine. However I did prefer the GK, Ampeg, and Aguilar over the smaller sounding Rumble I compared it to them at the store.
  17. I tried a Fender Jazz Bass through a Rumble 350 head into a 2x8 and 1x12 stack at NAMM and came away impressed with the tone. I have never noticed much praise for them on TB.
  18. 4dog


    Aug 18, 2012
    Just picked up a Rumble350,, its actually a clean,,strong amp,, def. a sleeper.

    AMJBASS Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ontario, Canada
    I'm not sure they will really get the recognition they deserve based on the name(Rumble). I am thrilled with the one I bought though, and I've owned most of the class D heads on the market.
  20. newbold


    Sep 21, 2008
    If you can get Traynor below cost then go that route.

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