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Need Advice on a new head. Have a $1000 budget

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by yourxd43, Apr 3, 2015.


  1. yourxd43

    yourxd43

    Mar 9, 2011
    I'm looking for a new head to get in the next couple of weeks for my metallic hardcore band. The 3 main options I'm looking at are the orange ob1-500, the fender bassman pro 500, or possibly a vintage svt classic that I'd buy off my friend for $1000. Any other suggestions would be great though.
     
  2. cfsporn

    cfsporn

    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    GK 1001RB-II. Awesome tone for hardcore/metal, more headroom than the colosseum, proven durability, made in USA, and you can get one for about half of your budget. What's not to love?
     
  3. yourxd43

    yourxd43

    Mar 9, 2011
    I actually just sold that head. I couldn't even turn it up to 1 out of my 810 without completely overpowering our guitarist who plays out of a badcat hotcat 100 and an emperor 612
     
  4. cfsporn

    cfsporn

    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    It is a loud head isn't it :D?

    Why not a 700RB if you liked the GK tone?
     
  5. yourxd43

    yourxd43

    Mar 9, 2011
    I've been considering that and maybe using the extra money for a darkglass b3k. I would kind of like a tube head though and the orange ob1 also sounds pretty incredible. Too many options
     
  6. yourxd43

    yourxd43

    Mar 9, 2011
    I turned the gk 1001 up to 7 for about 10 seconds and the door to our jam room won't close anymore, boxes were knocked over everywhere, and it knocked a few parts loose from my guitarists room mates computer
     
  7. cfsporn

    cfsporn

    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    :D
    :bassist:
     
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  8. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Of those 3 options I'd go with the SVT as long as it was in good working order.
     
  9. Since you mentioned tube/SS hybrids (Orange and Fender) G-K also has the Fusion 550 (full sized head with the 1001RB's power amp), MB Fusion 500 and 800 all three have a full voltage 3 tube (six stage) preamp.
     
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  10. I'm a rack guy. For rock and metal styles I definetly prefer sans amps. I use a sans amp RBI, crown xls1500 in a gator 4 space rack bag. Total it all costs Between $700-$800 new, entire rack weighs about 20lbs and it kills everything at that price and weight. Plus it's low maintenance.

    Sans amps aren't crazy expensive some folks like the rbi, some the rpm, some the Vt so you can pick your poison.

    The svt all tube amps like most all tube amps are great sounding amps, I didn't keep mine long enough to deal with maintenence issues. I got rid of it because of the weight. But I've watched my guitarists fork out more than the cost of his old 5150 over the years just keeping the thing working. Not my kind of thing.
     
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  11. RoadRanger

    RoadRanger Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2004
    NE CT
    So, what was the problem? :D
     
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  12. hsech

    hsech Work hard. My Social Security needs a raise.

    Jun 27, 2012
    Central Iowa
    You beat me to it on the MB Fusion heads. I have the MB Fusion 500 and it is the most versatile amp I've had in a long time. Being two channel with a footswitch is a big bonus.
     
  13. friendlybass

    friendlybass

    Jul 19, 2012
    Colorado
    Those OB1 heads do look like they'll sound killer with that built in fuzzy thing. Stands up to YouTube scrutiny!
     
  14. higain617

    higain617

    Sep 12, 2013
    WA
    SVT.
     
  15. Ballin'bass

    Ballin'bass

    Jun 16, 2014
    Madison, WI
    +1 on the svt. Love it. Simple yet versatile.

    Not a big fan of the orange equivalent.
     
  16. physics

    physics

    Aug 7, 2009
    Berkeley, CA
    You won't have any trouble at all in keeping those drummers and guitarists in line;)
     
  17. cfsporn

    cfsporn

    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    I felt it necessary to start bringing my 1001RB to practices after the lead guitarist started using a JCM900 on a Marshall 4x12, the rhythm guitarist using a fender twin, and the drummer using marching band sticks.

    In a 15'x15' room.
     
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  18. somegeezer

    somegeezer

    Oct 1, 2009
    England
    Complaining that the GK was too loud, but giving yourself 3 options of amps that could just as easily compete in loudness?

    But worse than that, complaining of loudness when you're in a damn Hardcore band. Punk music doesn't care about making everyone deaf! =P

    Of those, I'd personally go for the Orange. Just because I rather like a rackmounted head. But I'd probably be able to be convinced with the SVT for some tubey goodness.
     
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  19. jamro217

    jamro217 Supporting Member

    If you face one due east and crank it up to 11 it slows the earth's rotation.
     
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  20. f.c.geil

    f.c.geil

    May 12, 2011
    I'd go with the vintage SVT-CL. Awesome heads: stone reliable, great sound, great grind, loud as hell with the right cab.
     

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