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I need Help with my rig!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by MoFoTWeeTeR, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. MoFoTWeeTeR


    Jan 1, 2013
    I have an SWR Workingman's 15 combo with a SWR 2x10 extension cab. This is what i use for gigs with my band. The amp is on its way out, yet i feel i could still salvage the speakers. My thoughts are to either buy a new "head" and run the 2x10 speaker and 15" speaker off it (will this help improve my sound?). OR buy a 4x10 cab (slavage my 2x10 along with it) and a new header. Im pretty tight with money and frankly dont know anything about equiptment especially which amps out there are most reliable i was hoping for anyones insight or thoughts.
  2. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    what type of music do you play, what type of bass, is your drummer super loud, did you like the swr's tone?
  3. MoFoTWeeTeR


    Jan 1, 2013
    The style of music we play is alternative rock (Funk/Jazz/Hip Hop). I play an American 62' Fender Jazz reissue.. Drummer plays super loud. The tone on the SWR i do like, however i always felt that my sound has lacked on the low end. Deep notes never seemed clean and smooth as compared to playing on amps with EQ's at rehearshal studios. Im asumming its the lack of EQ's on the combo header of the swr though.
  4. IPYF


    Mar 31, 2011
    What do you mean by "on the way out"?
    No chance of just saving some scratch getting the combo unit serviced?
  5. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    the drummers i play with are super loud, maybe try a 15 extension cab and ditch the 210, my set up sounded 4x as loud when i added the second 15, today you can get a pretty powerful good sounding head cheap from gk, kustom, ibanez, or ampeg, that shouldn't be a problem

    since you don't want to spend a ton of cash, i'd stay away from tube heads
  6. There may be someone in your area could help see where the problem is before spending your hard earned.

    Reading between lines, you have possibly abused the rig's ability to provide lows and the cabs are shagged. SWR didn't filter any sub lows making it critical for you to not boost your lowest eq.

    I have Goliath JR III. It can't do big low lows. It can do low mids where the real meat of the lows is.
  7. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Without know if it's your amplifier or ypur spkrs that are "on thier way out", most here will assume it;s the speakers. Try backing off the low eq and boosting your mids. If this helps, there may be hope. But, in the long run, you're going to want a bigger bass rig, and speakers are the important bit.
  8. MoFoTWeeTeR


    Jan 1, 2013
    While jamming the clip and limit light went solid and shut down. Weeks later at a gig same thing happend again except this time some smoke from behind the amp. It wouldn't power back on. Didn't know if it was the amp or a back circuit/outlet in the club. It works now but I simply don't trust it. I put about 11 years of love and abuse on the thing. Due to the two crap out episodes I'm really thinking its the amp. I believe the output is only 160 watts which I know max outeverytime I play with my band. Always keeping it at levels just before that clip light goes off.
  9. MoFoTWeeTeR


    Jan 1, 2013
    What's the best avenue you all think I should take? 4x10 with a new header? Or something else? I'd figure I'd ask here because going to a place like guitar center and testing out headers and speakers are joke due to their limited pathetic selection, most of which is used.
  10. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    West Bend, Wisconsin
    It just sounds to me like you pushed a small rig too far for too long. Get 500w and, most important, get more speakers. Like a pair of quality 212s at least. I don't care for 410s much. Too big, too heavy and too much of what they do is aimed at your ankles.
  11. murphy

    murphy Supporting Member

    May 5, 2004
    Toronto, Canada
    tight budget
    get a used Markbass LMII or III....or a GK 1001RB in the classifieds
    Buy the best 4ohm speaker cab you can get for the LM or 8ohm for GK.
    Quality 410 or 215...which sound you like best
  12. The 2x10 may be still rocking. If so I'd get another one and a handmedown head from the classifieds.
  13. lokikallas

    lokikallas Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2010
    los angeles
    Good idea. Matching 8 ohm 2x10 is a powerful 4 ohm combo. Versatile as well.