Is your main bass worth more than your main amp?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Waspinators, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. Waspinators

    Waspinators Guest

    Jul 22, 2007
    South Florida
    I realized a few days ago that my bass (Epi T-Bird) is almost twice the price of my amp (Crate BT50 combo). And when I get a job, I'll probably be saving for an Acoustic rig (about $600) and a Highway One P-Bass (about $850). So, what's worth more, your main bass or your main rig?
  2. OptimusPrime


    Mar 30, 2008
    My Jazz (about $1200) is worth more than my Ashdown MAG 210 combo (I think $500).
  3. My Lecompte is waay more expensive than my Carvin Rig. But I love the portability and sound of the rig. Sold more expensive gear and kept these.
  4. Main bass. Amp is a new Ampeg B-100R; bass is an 82-83 Fender Jazz (Fullerton) stackpot reissue.
  5. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    My main amp is worth WAAAAAAAAY more than my main bass. As it should be.
  6. ibanezcollector

    ibanezcollector Yoyo's Hurt When You Crank It Into Your Face

    Feb 18, 2007
    Cleveland Ohio
    my main bass Vintaged Aged Valenti($2000+)

    my amp Fender Bassman 250 2x10 ($600ish)

    So yeah my bass is worth quite a bit more then my amp.. LOL

    But I like that amp it sounds perfect flat and thats why I chose it. I am a true audiophile at heart and if I need to boost anything then its time to re-evaluate my gear.
  7. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    I paid 4 times as much for my main amp( the power amp) as I paid for my main bass. To me it is not worth less tho.
  8. tmw

    tmw Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 17, 2006
    Delmar, NY

    1978 Fender Precision vs. Thunderfunk 550-B
  9. Geothermal

    Geothermal Guest

    Apr 18, 2008
    Bristol, England
    Spector Legend 5 - I paid £350 for it
    Peavey Microbass - £80-ish but it came as part of a starter pack with my Peavey Milestone III so I didn't pay as much for it.

    I would really like a new combo or something, I'm starting to see the Microbass just doesn't cut it volume-wise or tone-wise, despite me loving it dearly.
  10. ()smoke()


    Feb 25, 2006
    i have 2 'main' amps, and my main bass is a warmoth parts build, so my answer isn't really cut and dry...

    when i played guitar, my guitars usually were worth more than my amps though
  11. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    My whole amp rig is worth more than my bass. Hell, the head alone is worth as much as my bass.

    Early model Ampeg V4-B head, SWR Goliath 2x10 cab, Orange 15" cab > Fender Geddy Jazz bass
  12. moomoocajoo

    moomoocajoo Guest

    Feb 13, 2008
    Glasgow, Scotland
    My bass is worth more. Am Std vs Laney RB4. About a 400 quid price difference.

    I plan on getting a GB Shuttle soon though, so things will be changing.
  13. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    My bass (Warwick LX5) is probably worth a little more than my amp if you only take into account the preamp and power amp (Ampeg SVP-CL and Crown XTi2000), but if you throw in the rack bag, tuner, Furman PL-8 and SWR speaker cabs the amp is probably worth a little more. Does that balance them out? I'm confused as to whether there's a point to this.
  14. kaputsport


    Nov 14, 2007
    Carlisle, PA
    Atypical, not a typical...
    Pedulla Rapture (PJ or JJ 5 strings) Worth.... $1000 each...

    Marshall DBS 7400/7200 worth about $1000 together...

    So.... Yes.
  15. rhcp32291

    rhcp32291 Guest

    Aug 19, 2007
    Long Island

    stingray 4 $1100

    Gk 1001rb + Schroeder 412R = $1800
  16. My bass cost/is worth more than my main amp by far.

    Sadowsky MS5 - About $2000 used

    Markbass F1 head - $900 new
    Ampeg 2x10 cab - $275 used

    Even if I add my Korg tuner, BBE Sonic Maximizer and Sansamp RBI rack gear, my bass is still more $$$ (all used and cost me a total of about $500).
  17. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    No, for the first time in my life, my amp is worth more any one bass of mine. My Markbass 1x12 cost be $833 and my most expensive bass is used Cirrus that was under $700.
  18. Psychicpet

    Psychicpet Guest

    Mar 13, 2004
    Friend and Endorsee of Larry
    yes it is. but is worth only half of what I plug into in studios.
  19. FutureTense

    FutureTense Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2008
    Wilton, Iowa
    Amp and cab setup is worth way more than my bass right now. Something along the lines of 4 times as much, actually.

    Avatar 210 and 212 + GBE 750 is much greater than Ibanez BTB405QM.
  20. Tom Howland

    Tom Howland Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003

    Main bass Custom fretless 4-string $1600.00

    I have two Amps.

    2007 Ampeg V4BH- Ampeg 6x10 cab.

    The amp I use the most is my Ampeg B100R.