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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by ExurKun, Sep 29, 2009.


  1. ExurKun

    ExurKun

    Sep 29, 2009
    Rochester
    Help me pick my amp? rad

    anyway i'm looking for something powerful/loud enough to cover me pretty much in all gigs excluding of course huge stadiums and whatnot... so basically im thinkin more than 300watts at least

    My budget is below $1000 US for my whole rig (I'd be willing to wait for more money for a second cab etc), although less I have to spend the better... I would be willing to buy used but it would still be nice to have something new for once

    I haven't had a chance to try out too much, other than the acoustic, because guitar stores in my area seem to lack bass amp variety
    I'm gonna worry about cabs latter and just try to get the best head now
    I'm looking for at least 5 band eq (preferbly knobs)
    I would play through a warwick fortress rockbass active p/j pickups

    As far as influences/sounds I'm going for:
    Bands: Shinedown, 10 years, RHCP, Tool, Mudvayne, Seether, Breaking Benjamin, Metallica
    Bassists: Ryan Martinie, Flea, Justin Chancellor, Matt Freeman, Leon Wilkeson (Lynyrd Skynrd), Josh Smith (Halestorm), Joe Principe (Rise Against), Fuzz (Disturbed)

    For heads I've been looking at:
    Ashdown Mag 300 or 600
    http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ashdown-MAG-300H-Bass-Amp-Head?sku=485030
    Heard it can't do a metal sound well and breaks easily, but perfect for a warm low end sound

    Peavy Tour 450
    http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Peavey-Tour-450-Bass-Head-?sku=480314
    Heard that its not very loud and might not have great tone, but indestructible.

    Acoustic B600H
    http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Acoustic-B600H-600-Watt-Bass-Head?sku=501093
    Have played and it sounded good, but didn't really blow me away

    Warwick Pro Fet 3.2
    http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Warwick-ProFet-3.2-300W-Bass-Amp-Head?sku=483062
    In general I've heard high end brands make bad budget gear

    Carvin BX500
    http://www.carvinguitars.com/products/single.php?product=BX500
    Haven't heard much of anything on this

    Any other suggestions are welcome

    TL DR: Gig worthy head for modern rock, hard rock, and metal
     
  2. If you have not heard much about the Carvin BX500 then you must not have done a search on TB.
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=528161&highlight=carvin+bx500
    There are several threads about it. I have one and it is a great amp. I have it in a combo with 2x10's and a 1x15 extension cab. I spent less than $800 total. It is plenty loud. I played a gig this past Sunday in a large hotel ballroom with at least 400 people. I had the volume between 2 and 3 with no PA support!
     
  3. ExurKun

    ExurKun

    Sep 29, 2009
    Rochester
    **** i feel like an idiot thats the one amp i didnt bother to search haha...
    would it fit in with the tone ideas I said before or is the head not really that big of a deal for the rigs sound?
     
  4. The nice thing about the Carvin head is that it has a lot of EQ controls. It is a very bright sounding head and it takes some fiddling with the EQ settings to get what you want but I think it would work well for what you are wanting. You might want to dirty it up with a distortion pedal of some sort like the Tech 21 VT Bass pedal.
     
  5. ExurKun

    ExurKun

    Sep 29, 2009
    Rochester
    Thanks for the advice, my main concerns are I don't want an eq thats too complicated and I'm not a big fan of treble...
    Anyone else got any ideas/opinions?
     
  6. NKUSigEp

    NKUSigEp

    Jun 6, 2006
    Bright, IN
    That pretty much sums up the entire spectrum of bass sounds...way to narrow it down for us! LOL j/k :smug: It seems like you just want something that's versatile for the time being until you find what works for you...out of the choices you have listed, I'd go with the Peavey Tour 450. Those bassists and bands all endorse different brands and use totally different effects, basses, EQ'ing, etc. to achieve what works for them. I would spend some time looking through reviews on talkbass, harmony central, bgra.net, and then going to the classifieds here, craigslist, harmony central, bassgear.com and the backpage to find something.
     
  7. ExurKun

    ExurKun

    Sep 29, 2009
    Rochester
    true haha hell I'm a perfectionist and if I'm in a new band with a completely different style I don't want my amp to hold me back...
    Smooth and clanky are both just too sexy though :D
    I'm going to try to hunt down a peavey or ashdown soon and try them hands on...
    anyone else got any advice?
     
  8. You say you are not a fan of treble. Many of those bands and bassists have a ton in their bass sound. It can help in keeping things from getting muddy, especially in a metal band.
     

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