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LMII vs MB800?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Discharge, Jan 7, 2014.

  1. Discharge


    Nov 25, 2006
    I have pretty much settled on getting a 12/6 fearful cab and an MB800 as my new rig.

    However I was just wondering how the MB800 sounds in comparison to the LMII which is my favourite "small amp"?
  2. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2006
    Northern California
    The MB800 will have much more of a baked in voice (big lows and aggressive high mids/low treble) and a LOT more horses under the hood.
  3. Discharge


    Nov 25, 2006
    Which would you say has a more pleasant voicing?
  4. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan
    Depends on what you want to hear. Personally I dont care for markbass' tone, others love it. It is all personal preference.
  5. Discharge


    Nov 25, 2006
    I want to hear something that's close to the LMII or the GK1001RB-II?
  6. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2006
    Northern California
    Yep, personal preference. Personally I like both tones but for different applications.

    The MB800 is voiced VERY similarly to the 1001RB-II. To me the MB800 sounded like the 1001RB-II tone just "exaggerated" with slightly bigger lows and more high end. But if you like the 1001RB-II tone you'll like the MB800.
  7. Discharge


    Nov 25, 2006
    Perfect, you just made my day :D
  8. Just to be clear you are talking about the G-K MB800 not the MarkBass 800?
  9. Discharge


    Nov 25, 2006
    Yeah the GK variety :bassist:
  10. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Between the GK MB, MB=MarkBass, and MB=MesaBoogie its hard to tell what anyone means these days. I wish amp makers would take note and name their amps with crap like that in mind.
  11. jeff7bass


    Apr 9, 2009
    People who like the GK sound should gravitate more towards the Markbass Big Bang head, which is designed for punchier and more immediate attack but still retains those cool filter knobs, which is the uniqueness of Markbass micro-heads IMO.
  12. Everyone pretty much abbreviated Mesa Boogie to Mesa (now Mesa Engineering ?). G-K's MB is For Micro Bass series that started several decades before MarkBass opened. But I have seen the LM 800 from MarkBass abbreviated MB 800. Always best to know exactly what model is in question :).
    LM 800 or LM Tube 800 won't come close the G-K 1001RB sound IME, G-K MB 800 different story of course.
  13. Discharge


    Nov 25, 2006
    Is the big bang a good match for a 12/6 fearful?
  14. WillieB

    WillieB Battling Bass Guitar Bulimia since 1975 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2010
    Columbus Ohio
    I've owned both LMII and currently use the MB800 I used the LMII with a fearful 12/6 - it did the trick and sounded good.
    I've sold the 12/6 and the LMII. I currently use the MB800 w/ either a fearful 15/6 or one or two GK MBE II 210's.

    slightly different tones with the two heads. I rarely find that I can get everything I want with just the preamp controls so I set them mostly flat and use a whirlwind Bass Ten EQ.

    I liked the LMII VPE and VLE controls more then the contour control on the GK. The GK does have a mute switch that I use often.

    When I was using the 12/6 and LMII I had a problem with the crossover and it was creating a short at peak volumes. The amp would shutoff and I would have to turn it off and back on. The same issue occurred with the GK .... it resets itself - about 5 seconds.

    support for both products is great LM - Italy GK - US.

    can't go wrong with either one. Sorry for blathering on.

    Good luck.
    petch likes this.
  15. Discharge


    Nov 25, 2006
    Not at all, very interesting read. Did you need to use the bass ten eq with the LMII?
  16. WillieB

    WillieB Battling Bass Guitar Bulimia since 1975 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2010
    Columbus Ohio
    I only discovered the bass ten after I had sold the LMII so no I didn't ... but I would have.
  17. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    I have experience with both amps and a 12/6 and 15/6.

    The LMII was one of my favorite amps for years, but I find the gk mb800 even better. The tone is fantastic, the power exceedingly good, and the 1u and 5LB specs make it a breeze to move. I kept mine in a 2u rack bag with a dual 15 band graphic equalizer.

    No matter what amp I use these days I almost always use an external eq pedal.

    IMO you cant go wrong with the gk mb800. I regret selling mine.