I need to buy a gigging amp.

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Rimshot, Feb 28, 2010.

  1. Acoustic B600H

    5 vote(s)
  2. Ashdown MAG 600H EVO II

    11 vote(s)
  3. Carvin BX500

    23 vote(s)
  4. Line 6 LowDown HD400

    2 vote(s)
  5. Line 6 LowDown HD750

    7 vote(s)
  6. Peavey Tour 450

    1 vote(s)
  7. Peavey Tour 700

    9 vote(s)
  8. Other - Please specify

    24 vote(s)
  9. Carrots

    11 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Rimshot

    Rimshot Supporting Member

    May 4, 2006
    I've got my bass (MM Stingray 4 *drool*)
    I've got my backup bass (KSD-704)
    I've ordered a Tech 21 VT Pedal

    I THINK I've decided that a good 2x10 will be plenty for me to hear myself on stage (figuring I can always add a second if I'm wrong, and whatever I get needs to fit into a Hyundai Sonata)

    Now I need to decide on an amp.

    I've narrowed it down to the following, based on price, wattage and ability to buy new (warranty):

    • Acoustic B600H
    • Ashdown MAG 600H EVO II
    • Carvin BX500
    • Line 6 LowDown HD400
    • Line 6 LowDown HD750
    • Peavey Tour 450
    • Peavey Tour 700

    I'll be playing all covers, mostly Rock, Hard Rock and Power Pop.

    I'd love to get the input of the folks who've used/tried any of these. Also, do you think a single 2x10 will be enough?
  2. shoot-r


    May 26, 2007
    Can I suggest an addition to your list?
    A G.K. MB2-500 head.
    I just recently went with one, it's 3.8 lbs. of pure dynamite!
    350 watts at 8 ohms, 500 watts at 4 ohms, 580 watts total output at 4 ohms.
    Mine was new from Guitar Center, $499.00.
    Will a 210 be enough for a loud hard rock group...mmmmmaaaayyyybe...depends on the other instruments stage volume, foh, and how hard your drummer hits, size of the room, ect.
    I'm running "two" Avatar Neo 210 cabinets as a vertical stacked 410 rig in a loud, 6 pcs., country/country rock group with foh at around 50% of the jobs we play, with both cabs it's more than enough for me!
  3. B-string

    B-string Supporting Member

    G-K MB210 combo, 33lbs IIRC 350watts with internal speakers only, 500 watts with an 8 ohm extention cab.
  4. Rimshot

    Rimshot Supporting Member

    May 4, 2006
    suggestions are gratefully accepted (hence the 'Other' category on the poll)

  5. +1 for G-K. Don't rule out a 700 RBII or 800RB either.
    As for a 2x10 cab, I haven't found one I could gig with, although many around here do. I'd go with a 1x15, 2x12, or 4x10.

    BTW Shoot-R; Does your MB500 give you everything your other G-K amps do?
  6. shoot-r


    May 26, 2007
    I've used the MB2 on 4 or 5 gigs and a couple of hearsals since I've had it.
    LOVE IT!!!
    I almost hate to admit it...but...with all things considered I like the MB2 better than my old 800!
    Never thought I'd say that. :D
    We'll have to wait 26 years or so to see if the MB2 will stand up like my 800 has.
  7. lazyone2


    Jul 27, 2006
    new jersey shore
    There are some many amps to choose from. I like my EA Iamp800. I also prefer 2x12 or 2 1x12 cabs.
  8. A GK. Either the 700RBIII, 1001RBIII, 800RB, or the GK MB2-500. All are great heads.
  9. Gintaras


    Dec 11, 2004
    Kent Island, Md.
    the bx500 handles a 2 ohm load. you can tour with a 4 ohm cab and still add another.
  10. i voted for the Carvin BX500 poll option as well....
  11. I didn't read this thread at all but I'm going to have to say carrots.
  12. butchblack

    butchblack Life is short. Do good. Find and do what you love.

    Jan 25, 2007
    Waltham Massachusetts
    A further suggestion. The new GK MB 210 combo 350W into the 210's add an extension cab for the full 500W $599 new 33 lbs the amp rocks.
  13. Bootzilla


    May 4, 2009
    Hartke LH500?
  14. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    I voted Carvin. My second choice after Markbass.
  15. The Eden WT800C is a great amp that has an amazing sound.

    Just my thoughts...
  16. nato101010


    Dec 12, 2009
    I'd go Markbass if you got the dollars.

    Carvin would be my second, considering everyone loves them!

    EDIT: Hah! I could have just +1'd Marley's Ghost.

    Live and learn. Or not.
  17. Unless your drummer hits like Bea Arthur and your guitarist plays a low watt combo, a 2x10 is probably gonna be a disappointment. Most of the guys on here who get a 2x10 to work for them aren't playing rock and/or are playing with considerate drummers and guitarists.

    I play similar styles in a cover band and need a 4x10 minimum. I usually just man up and bring a 4x10 and a 1x18, or two 4x10s. It's a pain but, imo, it's better to do extra physical labor to be sure your stage volume and headroom will be sufficient.

    Also, I voted other. GK. Good, loud, bang-for-the-buck pro gear. I play an older GK700, does the trick. if I were in the market now, I'd look at their hybrid head, too.

    Good luck!
  18. Rimshot

    Rimshot Supporting Member

    May 4, 2006
    So far, no love for:

    Acoustic B600H
    Ashdown MAG 600H EVO II
    Line 6 LowDown HD400
    Line 6 LowDown HD750
    Peavey Tour 450​

    Unsurprisingly, carrots are in the running.

    GK has at least 7 write in votes

    Eden is waaaaay out of my price range (hence the options listed) and Markbass is a bit too steep as well.

    This is GREAT feedback…you guys are the best! Keep it coming.
  19. ChrisB2

    ChrisB2 Bass... in your fass

    Feb 27, 2008
    TalkBass > Off Topic
    I don't own one, but out of your list I voted Carvin. I almost bought one simply for a backup head, but went with a used GK600 instead (which I'm very happy with). From reading on TB, other review sites, and researching carvin.com, I believe the BX500 to be a fantastic combination of features, power, weight, reliability, and overall value. I especially liked the optional footswitchable mute and EQ.

    Oh, and I don't think a single 210 will be enough for rock gigs without PA support. I gig with a 210 and 212, and rehearse with just a 210. It's enough for rehearsal but I like to have more power on tap at a gig. IMO.
  20. That's my take, too....:bassist:
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