How to Power a Barefaced Big Twin II

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by stevegrif, Feb 2, 2021.

  1. stevegrif


    Dec 27, 2006
    Oregon USA
    Hi there - I finally cracked and ordered a BFBT2. I currently play a Status S2 5 string with the ParaGraphix EQ, and I use a Trace Elliot Transit B.

    Am I better off using an actual bass amp (Thinking Berg B|Amp or Mesa 800+) or using a straight-forward Power Amp like a Crest Prolite 2? I do have a Kustom GrooveBass 1200 - I like it a lot, but it is a) Old, and b) Heavy.

  2. Lammchop93

    Lammchop93 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    Do you like the tone you get from your preamp and EQ? If so, the Quilter bass block is an amazing amp that has a powerful power amp, and a simple preamp that doesn’t get in the way of your pedal tones.

    I’ve been considering building a rig that using preamp amp pedals for my tone, and the quilter for the volume.
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  3. zombywoof5050


    Dec 20, 2001
    I'd also recommend the Quilter BB800. It's great sounding on it's own, and it also works very well as a power amp. I use the BB800 with a Barefaced Super Twin and an Alembic F-2B preamp. The Quilter wont do lower than 4 ohms, but with the BFBT2 you won't need anything else.
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  4. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    I used an Aguilar TH500 and AG700 with 2 Super Compacts and now with a BB2 and Super Midget.

    I'd suggest any amp will sound good through BF cabs from 500 watts up.
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  5. jazzyvee


    Aug 11, 2012
    United Kingdom
    I prefer to power my Big Twin II with a power amp and alembic preamps because I love a really clean Hifi sound.
    I also have a Mesa Boogie Walkabout which I use sometimes when I'm travelling lighter. BarefacedRig.jpg
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  6. StephenR


    May 21, 2009
    SF Bay Area
    I use a Crest ProLite 3.0 to power both of my Barefaced cabinets (SuperTwin and Big Baby II). Since the early 80s I have always used separate pre and power amps. That allows a good clean power source and since I own a couple of pre-amps I can choose the one I want to pair with the cabinet for specific needs or just a change of pace. Thankfully digital power amps have come a long way and you no longer need to lug a monster amp to get good sound. IMO any preamp you like the sound of is going to sound good with your Barefaced cabinet.
  7. jazzyvee


    Aug 11, 2012
    United Kingdom
    Thankfully with barefaced you don't need to lug heavy cabs around either. Win Win.
  8. SerratedBass


    Nov 4, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Warwick Bass Guitars,
    You don't see many Dubsters around!
  9. jazzyvee


    Aug 11, 2012
    United Kingdom
    No, i picked this one used and it is one of the only two pre production models so does not even have a serial number. BF started making powered versions but now neither version is currently in production anymore, and not many were made.
  10. Rjb1101


    Jan 4, 2021
    Have you used the line in on it? Does it work well?
  11. Lammchop93

    Lammchop93 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    No, I had only used the front input.