Is The Gallien Krueger MB115 loud enough for a small band?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Jtaing562, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. Jtaing562


    May 24, 2013
    There's a local ad asking for $200 in like-new condition. I was wondering if 200 watts is loud enough for a small band that has a drummer, myself, and a guitarist/vocalist. We plan on playing reggae and alternative rock with some guitar distortion. We will only practice here at my house, in my room.

    NOTE: The drummer is rather calm and likes to groove. He doesn't hit hard at all....and the guitarist isn't a volume whore.
  2. Depends on the people you play with.
  3. Most likely, yes. I own one and play it at many gigs and practices with lots of volume left. I would think this would cover most situations except for neanderthal drummers, deaf guitarist, and outdoor stages...
  4. matt11


    May 19, 2006
    Yes. It's a good little combo with strong output for a 200 watter.
  5. eee

    eee Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2009
    Yeah, most likely. I have one and it's been great so far!
  6. Mike M.

    Mike M.

    Feb 14, 2010
    Yes! With the band I'm in, the drummer who's not what I would call "heavy handed" can pound 'em pretty good when he has to. Our guitar player uses a Vox AC15 which can crank when needed. Our other guitar player plays an acoustic which is fed thru the monitors. My MB115 keeps up just fine.

    On two occasions our drummer couldn't make it, so a friend of ours sat in. Now this guy IS heavy handed. Pounded the crap out of those drums and I could still hear myself just fine. He said he could hear me too with no problem. But then I aim the amp in the drummers direction as well.

    With your lineup you should have no problem.
  7. You will have plenty of volume, and it sounds good, too!
  8. Leadfoot


    Sep 3, 2011
    I used to have one and really liked it. I used mine solo practicing at home and with a mellow band project I had. IMHO, it's inadequate for a gig or a louder type of rock band. It was too quiet for my classic rock band, so I sold it for a bigger rig with more watts. No biggie if you buy it and outgrow it, you can always sell it.
  9. Jtaing562


    May 24, 2013
    Right on! I plan on checking it out this weekend and possibly take it home. Does the amp have a good amount of low end?
  10. You can also buy the matching powered cab and chain it, which should be loud enough for most anything...
  11. Jtaing562


    May 24, 2013
    Wow this is awesome. I did not know that I can add a cab to the MB115. Do I have to chain it with another 1x15 or any other GK cab would work? Thanks.
  12. You can't do this if it's the first-generation MB115. Only the MB210 has a Speakon connection which allows you to connect up to an extension cab. The newer second-generation MB115s will let you connect to a powered cab.

    I've got a first-gen MB115, and it's more than adequate for my needs. With the built-in DI I can run it to the house PA, and it's got plenty of volume to keep up with the 2 guitars, keys, and drummer we have in our band. And my 59-year-old back appreciates the light weight! Just set your volume to max, set your tone, and play with the gain. Your bass will growl like Geddy's J! ;)
  13. Jtaing562


    May 24, 2013
    The new Peavey Max 115 is 300 watts and it is only $299. Should I grab the GK for $200 (used first gen) or go for the Peavey for $100 more and it's brand new?

    Peavey= 50lbs 300 watts

    GK= 35lbs 200 watts
  14. Sav'nBass


    Jan 18, 2009
    Virginia Beach
    Get the GK.. but look on the classifieds here on TB you may be surprised what you may find..
  15. soulman969

    soulman969 Inactive

    Oct 6, 2011
    Englewood, Colorado
    For $200 grab it fast. For a three piece it should do fine. I've played the smaller MB112 in rehearsals and on stage with a 7 piece blues band and still could be heard. The MB 115 will push more air and give you more bottom than a 112. And I think it's already been mentioned but you can chain it to another powered cab and double the output.
  16. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    I have this rig and it rattles the stage. Go for the MB115 at that price and add a powed extention cab. You will be plenty loud enough.
  17. Jtaing562


    May 24, 2013
    Unfortunately the ad is for the first gen so I am not able to add an ext cab :(.
  18. Mike M.

    Mike M.

    Feb 14, 2010
    Low end? Gosh, yeah it does!! I play a SR505 thru it and the response from the low B get's 'em shaking!!
  19. Jtaing562


    May 24, 2013
    Just what I wanted to hear! I own an SR505 and now I'm definitely sold! Thanks for commenting!