Looking to buy my first amp head

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Juliano Stewart, Jun 6, 2022.

  1. Juliano Stewart

    Juliano Stewart

    Nov 16, 2020
    Hi all!

    I'm been playing bass for years, but never owned my own bass head. I play in a few indie bands (sound similar to men I trust) and am looking for a head with the following attributes. I generally play mid-sized venues

    Between 300-600W
    Onboard comp
    Interesting tone character while playing clean
    Direct output/ DI Output
    Budget: up to $800

    For reference, I use a P style bass, with flat-wounds.

    here's a link to the kind of tone I shoot for

    Thank you in advance for your suggestions!
  2. Ampeg PF350/500
  3. TomB

    TomB Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2007
    GK MB 500. $300-400 used USD. Sounds just like that, reliable, loud.
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  4. shoot-r


    May 26, 2007
    I'll second what TomB recommended with a used G.K.MB500 series head.

    I've somehow accumulated four class D heads in the last couple of years.
    The four are, (what "was" my main gigging amp) a Mesa 800+, a G.K. MB2-500, a GK. MB500, and recently, a used G.K. MB Fusion 800.
    (FYI: I always run a old SansAmp BDDI in front of whatever head I'm gigging. The SansAmp and head are set as clean as I can figure how to set them.)

    The G.K.MB2-500 and the G.K.MB500 have become my go to gigging amps!
    Clean, punchy, dependable, LOUD, with the feeling of a fast transient, and above all, fast to dial in in a working band.

    The Subway 800+ has become the backup, and since I've only had the MB Fusion 800 for such a short time my ears haven't decided where it'll land in the lineup yet.

    I bought the MB2-500 and the MB500 locally to me.
    The MB2-500 was in mint condition with a carry bag.....$250.00.
    I liked the MB2 enough that when a mint condition MB500 popped up locally for $300.00 I grabbed it also!
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2022
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  5. Juliano Stewart

    Juliano Stewart

    Nov 16, 2020
    Thank you for this thoughtful response! I will definitely keep my eye out for an MB500 - seems like a perfect fit!
  6. srayb


    Oct 27, 2010
    I don’t think you can go wrong with an MB500, hopefully you’ll be able to spot a good used one soon. :thumbsup:

    I was lucky to get a great deal on a used one a few years ago. I really love the EQing on it. And it easily fits in the front pouch of my gigbag. :D
  7. Sid the Kid

    Sid the Kid Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2013
    For something still in production I would look into the Orange Little Bass Thing. Check out some demos! If you like more grit (who doesn’t?) and can live without a compressor I highly suggest the Orange Terror Bass. Just an amazing and complex tone from a simple amp.

    Also it sounds like you’re on the right track to that tone with the P and flats!
  8. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Roots and fifths and a little extra.

    Jun 20, 2011
    San Marcos, California
    The MB500 has a built in compressor?

    How about the Peavey MiniMega?
  9. SJan3


    Dec 8, 2010
    Maybe you need a Jazz Bass?
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