My upgrading story.

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by yamaha, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. yamaha

    yamaha Guest

    Apr 7, 2006
    About 10 years ago, I had been playing guitar and bass for about ten years, and had low end, but decent gear

    Yamaha BB 300 bass and B55 Yamaha bass combo
    Aria Pro Guitar and Yorkville amp

    Upgraded my guitars, to Epiphone Les paul Classic, Fender 71 strat, and Ibanez artcore hollowbody. Now I had good guitars, but sounded not so great in my amp. So bought first Marshall hybrid, then Marshall JCM900. Now I had great guitar tone.

    Then, Basses upgrade. Bought first a Yamaha BBN4 with humbuckers, witch made my combo sound MUCH better, then Ibanez SR500. Now I realized I needed powerful Humbuckers to make my amp sound sweet. Sounded even better with a preamp. The P style pickup of my BB300 just wasn't cutting it.

    Now for my Quest for a decent bass amp. Started really well, with a 800RB, and a home made 115 Cab. Big improvement. Added a 210 Hartke. Wow, power and ability to cut through the mix, sweet. Then, SWR Working pro 410, eden 210xlt, Genz Benz GBE 400 and 600 amps, and eventually added a SWR 118 Big Ben to the 410. Gigged a year with this setup, and wow. Sold the amps, and went on to pre-power setups. SWR Grand prix and BBE BmaxT, and Crown MT1200 and Crest CA6 amps. Sold much of my cabs, and bought 810 SWR Megoliath, 410 Berhantino HS410, and AE210, eventually a used Goliath Sr at a great price too. Went and got a LM2, and a Shuttle 6.0, so no more need for the pre-power kits.

    Funny thing is, now that I have good quality amps and cabs, I started playing my BB300 again. The P sound is great. Also just bought a Fender Jazz, classic passive jazz tone, and it sounds even sweeter. Now, I find most humbuckers, and active basses, all have a somewhat similar fat tone, that isin't quite the sound I'm looking for. Talk about full circle.
  2. rbonner


    Sep 25, 2008
    Isn't GAS wonderful?
  3. stflbn


    May 10, 2007
    I'm a believer in "good enough".

    If the bass is good enough and the amp is good enough then your sound will also be good or great depending on what the player does with it.

    A great amp will not make a poor bass sound great, and a great bass will not make a poor amp sound great. In the middle it all comes together. After that you start reaching a point of diminishing returns and nit-picking.

    What the dollar figure is of that middle ground depends entirely on the person's disposable income and perception of what they 'deserve'.

  4. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Inactive

    I have been told that Beano is a good cure for Gas! Maybe y' should try it!! :)

  5. rbonner


    Sep 25, 2008
    Well see I have a new philosophy Paul, I no longer sell anything I just aquire. That way I no longer yurn for something I have sold.

    Even my kid has been infected. Well kid, we should buy this SG standard here instead of the BC Rich its only four times the price. Naw Dad you'll be really pissed if I dont like guitar; lets get the BC Rich and then If I like guitar I'll just get ANOTHER and start a collection. smile

    I like the way you think kid, how'd you get so smart, you didn't get it from your mom... Or me as I'd just get the SG and then the Les Paul and then the Ric...

    I guess I'll have to go home and beat your Mom again... I just can't win even in a winning situation. BOB
  6. yamaha

    yamaha Guest

    Apr 7, 2006
    I don't want to cure it, I want the means to enjoy it.