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need a good solidstate bass head

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by merrell, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. merrell


    Feb 25, 2011
    I am looking for a good reliable bass head for around $500 to $700. I play metal music in drop tunings. I dont know if I should go markbass, gk, carvin,or what. Im hoping to get some help.
  2. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    I used GK for many years until I decided to go back to a tube head. The 800RB and 1001RB-II are versatile and reliable.
  3. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    +1 for GK

    700 RB-II or 1001 RB-II would be great choices.
  4. SRCRS


    Apr 23, 2012
    I would look into the Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 a lot Of people here seem to like it
  5. merrell


    Feb 25, 2011
    thank you for the input. What does anyone think about the hartke L1000 head? good bad loud?
  6. garmenteros

    garmenteros Bass Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2008
    Dominican Republic
    My vote goes for gk as well.
  7. two fingers

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

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Yep. GK all day long. Built like a tank. Powerful. Every one I have ever played has been "louder" and "stronger" than its watt rating.
  8. IronLung1986


    May 19, 2010
    Exeter, NH
    i've been playing markbass amps for several years now and to me it's the best sounding stuff out there. every time i play, whether it's with a group or by myself, i notice how much i like the clarity and responsiveness. i know a few guys who use markbass amps for hardcore and they sound great.
  9. DerekG

    DerekG Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2006
    SF Bay Area
    Markbass LMII or LMIII. Can't go wrong.
  10. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks.

    Jan 25, 2011
    Camarillo, CA
    For metal tones, it's hard to beat GK. Also take a look at Carvin - you get a lot of power and tone shaping for an incredible price.
  11. merrell


    Feb 25, 2011
    thank you all for your input. i have alot to think about.
  12. CLMSHQ


    Apr 17, 2007
    Danielson, CT
    I have always gone back to GK..BUT, I have been using my MarkBass LMIII since 09'.

    GK is good and Loud, and built well, but I get better 'Old School' Motown sounds from the LMIII.

    The GK is good for bright and sub sounds that really make the Bass come out in the mix.

    LMIII is warmer and creamy.

    Bottom line...try them, A-B them..and bring your own BASS to compare.
  13. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    I'd pick up a old Sunn Coliseum head, louder than god.
  14. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    LH1000 and an outboard pre.
  15. Stevorebob

    Stevorebob Well... I Am Here, Aren't I? Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2011
    Los Angeles
    GK 700 RB-II. Great tone, loud, cuts through. Pair it with one or two GK Neo 410s (more bottom) or 212s (more balanced).
  16. Lee Bruton

    Lee Bruton Guest

    May 11, 2012
    GK here
  17. mcm


    Oct 2, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Gk 400 or 700 or 800
  18. ummm......i think someone mentioned gk. that would be my pick. something like a used 1001rb?
  19. petermca17


    Jul 24, 2012
    Boston, MA
    You might also want to check out Mesa Boogie Carbine amps. Great tone and plenty of power.
  20. Primakurtz

    Primakurtz Registered Nihilist Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2011
    Denver, Colorado
    +1 The Mesa M3 is one of the best deals around right now. Loud, fat, and versatile.