List your 1st 3 amps.

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Ampslut, Jun 4, 2019.

  1. Ampslut


    May 15, 2017
    Barrackville WV
    There is a post on the "Bass Guitar" page asking us to list our 1st 3 basses, I thought list our 1st 3 amps might be fun. I started playing in 1969 so some of you may never have heard of these.

    1) Challenger PA head with home made 2x15 cab. Got the Utah speakers at Lafayette Radio. My uncle and I had no idea how to build cabinets and it was huge and sounded terrible.
    2) Silvertone 25 watt tube head with silvertone 6x10 cab loaded with Jensens.
    3) Fender Bassman with 2x12 small cab. It sounded great as long as you didn't get too loud.
  2. 1. Regal 1x12" that both my guitarist brother and I used for instruments & vox!
    2. Some crappy 8" combo that someone 'lent' to us and never really wanted it back.
    3. Traynor YB-1. Bought it used in '78 and needed constant work. Got too expensive to keep...
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  3. Giffro


    Apr 29, 2017
    South Australia
    Aussie made Goldentone BassMaster 60W Combo with 2x12" Rola drivers
    Goldentone Bassmaster 60watt.JPG

    Aussie made Lenard 150W head with Lenard cab 4x12" Etone drivers
    Lenard 150 head.JPG
    Lenard 150 head 1.JPG

    Marshall 100W SuperBass head with Lenard cab 4x12" Etone drivers + 1x18" Gauss driver
    Marshall Super Bass 100.JPG
    Lenard Cab.JPG
    Peavey MKIV Head through a Peavey 1820 Cab gigged solid since 1985 till current, although use my lightweight Fender Rumble 500 Combo w/ 115 cab mostly nowadays.
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2019
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  4. JimChjones


    Aug 6, 2017
    SE England
    Gibson Atlas (awful)
    HH IC100S (technically a guitar amp but OK)
    Ohm GA150 (had a vicious built in flanger)
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  5. John M Ewers

    John M Ewers Supporting Member

    Oct 17, 2018
    Forsyth, IL
    Fender blonde Bandmaster head atop a homemade 2x15 cab with Altec speakers.

    Fender Bassman 100 head and matching Fender 4x12 cab.

    Fender Bassman 10 combo amp.
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  6. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    First was a Fender Bassman that my Dad gave me. He also gave me a JBL D130 and we built a cab for it. 1989-ish.

    Second was a Carvin ProBass 500 with 2x10 and 1x15 cabs. 1993-ish.

    Third, Carvin Redline R600 with 2x10 and 1x15 cabs. 1996-ish.

    Currently? Mesa Subway D800+!
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  7. pfschim

    pfschim Just a Skeleton with a Jazz bass

    Apr 26, 2006
    SF Bay Area
    starting 'round about 1967 ....
    Radioshack (homebuilt) stereo thru a JBL (also homebuilt) loaded stereo cabinet.
    Baldwin Professional with the funky colored "tone" switches (really a guitar amp, but it worked ok)
    Fender Bassman thru a 2x15 cab loaded with JBL D140's
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  8. 92aceshigh


    Feb 11, 2017
    Brighton, UK
    1st - Fender Rumble 15(?) Combo. The one you get in the Squier starter pack :D Surprisingly fun little amp. Still own but currently on loan to a friend's son who is beginning to learn.
    2nd - Orange OB1-300 + Orange OBC115. Really liked the head, wasn't a fan of the cab. Later added an OBC410 which I preferred. Ended up selling them all though.
    3rd Ampeg SVT-CL + 810E. Sold both after 2 months. Hated them. Least favourite amp/cab I've ever owned (are you allowed to say that on here?o_O). Replaced with Fender Super Bassman + 610, which I had up until recently.
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  9. 1. Ampeg V-2. It was a guitar head, but I didn't know any better. Guitarist friend and I wondered at the fact for the longest time why an "Ampeg bass amp" would have reverb...*

    2. Ampeg V2-B. Ah, better...*

    3. Laney Linebacker 100. a total POS. No headroom and the power section usually (and horribly) clipped before the so-called "limiter" would engage. Number 1 vote for worst bass amp ever (that I've owned).

    *both were used for many years into an Ampeg 215.
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  10. foal30


    Dec 3, 2007
    New Zealand
    1. Jansen "Little Brute" Combo

    2. Peavy DataBass 400W

    3. SWR Workingman 15
  11. Brad Maestas

    Brad Maestas Sono est omnia Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2003
    Petaluma, CA, USA
    This took some thinking!

    1. 1990 Peavey Basic 60

    2. 1992 Peavey TNT 115

    3. 1994 Trace Elliot 715 SMC 15" combo + extension cab
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  12. TinIndian

    TinIndian Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2011
    Micco Florida
    Peavey TNT100
    Peavey Centurion head on top of a Peavey 215 w Black Widows
    and yes a Peavey Microbass practice amp. That sounded like poop. For some reason 30+ years later I still have it.
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  13. pjbassist


    Mar 13, 2014
    Fort Wayne, IN
    I'll give you 4...

    1) Gorilla combo in 1984
    2) Peavy Megabass
    3) SWR Bass 350
    4) Genz Benz Shuttle 9.0
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  14. D.A.R.K.

    D.A.R.K. Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2003
    1. 1982 Holmes 1x12 practice amp from Music and Arts Center
    2. 1983 Yamaha 50 watt 1x15 from Venneman music
    3. 1984 Peavey Mark 4 head and Music Man 4x12 cab from Venneman music
  15. 1st.: 5 watt 8” Lafayette Radio tube guitar amp

    2nd.: 10 watt 10” Kay solid state guitar amp

    3rd.: 22 watt 12” ‘65 Fender Deluxe Reverb

    First bass amp was an Acoustic 126 15” solid state combo amp.
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  16. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    1) Ampeg SVT + 810: "Borrowed" from our high school by my friend for his 'band'...he needed a bass player and I was the victim, moving over from guitar. 1985ish. Amp never made it back to the school but hadn't been used for decades anyway.

    2) Kustom -200- head (sparkle blue probably late 60's) with black TnR 3x15 cab. Traded 3 cases of Milwaukee's Best longneck bottles for this amp. I figure the guy I traded made out pretty good on that deal, though I used that setup until about 1991.

    3) Hartke 2000/3500 + Carvin 4x10 - The original MOSFET versions of these amps from the early 90's bought new and after the 2000 wasn't quite loud enough the 3500 was up. I used the 3500-Carvin 410 setup for a long long time most of the 90's and into the early 2000's all over the east coast, though sometimes I used house backlines along the way.
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  17. stigbeve


    Sep 24, 2014
    1. GK 2001RB

    2. Fender Bassman 150 (to practice at home, have since sold it.)
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  18. Pbassmanca

    Pbassmanca In the pocket n' thumpy. So woody, so greasy...

    Ok, in order:

    1) Ampeg B248 combo with 4 x 8" drivers
    to which I added an Ampeg Classic 15" cabinet for a 350 watt rig that sounded really great.

    2) Sold that and bought a Fender Bassman 200 watt 15" combo which I still have and use.

    3) Picked up a GK 1001RB head in great condition for $300 which I paired with a Mesa Powerhouse 4ohm 600 watt 210 for about 5 years. Sold that head and bought an M9 Carbine which I still have with the PH cab and use as my main rig.
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  19. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    my first amp was a crappy crate pratice amp, possibly a guitar amp.

    my next was a carvin 100 watt combo bought in 1998ish

    not sure if this counts, but the next one was a long-term loaner from a bass playing buddy. it was a kustom maybe 2x12, horizontal and beautifully upholstered in blue sparkle. i used to sit on it during rehearsals. like this one, but blue
    Kustom K-100 2 x 12" Combo Amp 1970's Champagne Sparkle Tuck and Roll

    if the loaner doesn't count, amp number 3 was a carvin R600 600 watt redline head like this one
    Carvin R600 Redline Stereo Bass Amp Head 2000's
    and i bought an 18" carvin cab with it.
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  20. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    I'm not going to count plugging into the all-tube fleetwood stereo console or the home-made 'Champ-like' tube combo with the 8-inch speaker :)

    So, first actual purchased 'gig' amps:
    1) Supro Thunderbolt 1-15 combo
    2) Acoustic 360 w/2-15 & midhorn cabinet
    3) Garnet 'big knobs' tube head (120 watts?) with matching folded 1-18 cabinet
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