I got another Quesition Ray

Discussion in 'Ask Ray Riendeau' started by Mulligan77, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. Mulligan77


    Jun 25, 2008
    Ok my amp is basically worthless... and so ive decided im gonna get the MM jazz, most likely... and if im gonna drop a grand on a bass I better have a good amp for it, or whats the point eh?

    so, im thinkin of spending maybe $500 on a new amp, do u think that would be sufficient? could I spend less than that even? or should I spend more than $500? and I know that price isnt everything... do u have any specific suggestions?
  2. rayriendeau


    Mar 19, 2007
    Arizona, USA
    Just like with basses there are a lot of good amps on the market.
    Here are some things to keep in mind when buying an amp:

    What will it be used for..practice?..a band...both
    What kinda music?...jazz...rock...anything and everything
    Combo amp or head and cab(s) separate
    AND of course price....

    My advice is to try out with your OWN bass what's available. I personally feel that an amp is simply to amplify your bass and that lot's of extras, such as compression, chorus, whatever built in is not needed. Your tone comes from your hands and bass and shouldn't come from an amp. You just want an amp that gives you the "truest" sound of your hands and bass...just my opinion. :)
    I would say buy as much power as you can afford. I say this because unlike guitar, a great bass tone is usually derived by having enough headroom (power) to run your sound clean at louder volumes. Guitar players want to overdrive their amps, you do not. This is especially something to consider if you want the amp for band situation where you need volume. Obviously a rock band will probably be louder than a jazz combo...again application...
    I think the $500 range can buy you a nice combo amp but if you need a bigger rig I would suggest checking out the used market. I know a lot of players are downsizing their amps so you can find some great buys.
    Good luck!
  3. Mulligan77


    Jun 25, 2008
    ah ic thanks for the advice

    as for what I would be using it for.. well not for a band, just practice in my home, its not really wattage or power that im looking for. And I would prefer a more jazz inclined amp. So i'll be getting a combo amp 4 sure

    Good advice on saying that it should just give the truest sound. So once I buy my MM jazz i'll take it into a shop and see what I like...

    But saying all that... do u have a specific suggestion
    for a good jazz combo amp, not neccesarily powerful but of good quality?