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Lightweight Bass Head Recommendation

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by LowEndGroover, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. LowEndGroover

    LowEndGroover Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2012
    Long Island
    Hello all,
    I'm looking for something powerful/lightweight and that can run max power with only one cab. My price range is around $500.

    Any recommendations are greatly appreciated.
  2. jlepre

    jlepre Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2007
    Parsippany, NJ
    Used. Genz Benz makes a bunch that fit your criteria. You would need a 4 ohm cab if running only one.
  3. IanA


    Jul 31, 2011
    Leicester UK
    Shuttle or streamliner depending on taste. Excellent products with great support, I recommend without hesitation.
  4. JWP


    Aug 19, 2012
    Ampeg pf500 is a solid choice and well within your budget...
  5. newbold


    Sep 21, 2008
    used Mesa Walkabout for analog oomph?
  6. Carvin BX500 or BX1500
    GK MB500
    MarkBass LM III
  7. main_sale


    Apr 26, 2004
    Cape Cod
    +1 for the Genz-Benz line. I just got a Streamliner 900 to replace a shuttle 6.0. That one is for sale for $400. You can't go wrong with Genz-Benz.
  8. Hartke LH1000 is 700 watts with an 8 ohm single cab in bridged mode. $499 new and about 20lbs.
  9. PotsdamBass8

    PotsdamBass8 Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Long Island, NY
    There are a lot of lightweight heads that run 500 watts from different companies... is there a specific sound or "standard" head that you prefer?
  10. :DChilis:D


    Dec 23, 2006
    aguilar tonehammer or genz
  11. mam1862

    mam1862 Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2008
    Northfield, Ohio
    1. Streamliner 900
    2. LMIII
    3. GK MB Fusion
  12. LowEndGroover

    LowEndGroover Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2012
    Long Island
    Outside of what I already mentioned, versatility is definitely key for me. Playing everything from Top 40, Funk, Rock in a cover band and like to "try" to play Jazz @ home.

    Also, do any u recommend come with a built in compressor?
  13. Carvin BX1500 or BX500, they both have compressors and the BX1500 has 3 semi-parametric eq while the BX500 has 2. Both have a graphic eq section on top of that. Versatility they are.
  14. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Genz-Benz Shuttle 6.0 amps are available used and they are fantastic. At an incredible 3.75 pounds (yes...under 4 pounds), they put out 375W peak into 8 ohms, 600W peak into 4 ohms.

    LOVE my Shuttle 6.0. Fantastic amp!
  15. Ampeg PF500 has a built in compressor.
  16. wmheilma


    Jan 5, 2010
    Look for a deal on a Genz-Benz! I picked up a new one for about $600 a while back. I am still scratching my head as to how this thing can sound so great, weigh so little, and not break.
  17. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I own both the Walkabout and the GB Shuttle 6.0. While I like the Walkabout more, you can't really go wrong with either. You might be able to find a Walkabout for that used. The GB you can find in your range all day long no problem.
  18. ScottTunes

    ScottTunes Gear-A-Holic Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2011
    So Cal
    Used TC Electronics RH450, if you like the Ampeg SVT tube tone and feel.

    Used Eden WT550 or WT400 if you prefer a more uncolored sound...

    Can't go wrong with any of the feather-weight amps listed in this thread though. Best to let your ears decide.
  19. Second-hand Genz Benz
  20. Sav'nBass

    Sav'nBass What the .............. Supporting Member

    Jan 18, 2009
    Northern Va.
    Genz all the way. From what I have read the LMks and the TCs and the GKs and the Aggies are all good too but I have owned 3 GB heads and were all great.