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need advice

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by bass_boy, Nov 11, 2005.

  1. bass_boy


    Nov 11, 2005
    ive been playin bass for a few years now, but have never owned a decent bass amp. i will be joining a new band soon and i will need something that can handel some shows. i was wondering if anyone had suggestions on a bass amp. i am open to any suggestions. im not sure whether i should get a combo or like a half stack. also, i need an affordable brand but an amp that will give me some punch. im a fairly poor college student... but let me know what y'all think.
  2. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Welcome to TB. :)

    In order to answer your question, most people here will want
    to know more about your gear needs.

    What kind of music do you play?
    What bass are you playing?
    Makeup of your band, loud guitars, drums, what?

    And finally, what is a realistic budget for you?

    Fill in the blanks bro, and we'll try to help.
  3. +1 on the "welcome".
    +2 on the "a little background will help"
    +3 on the budget.

    Looking for something portable, or a larger "combo", or head/cab combinations? Budget and your need for watts, depending on music and venue size will be major deciding factors.

    Side-note; Hey, Thor! I saw in your "bio" that you're probably of age to remember this; my first amp that I played through was a Gibson "Thor" amp. Remember those? Just a little trivia. ;)
  4. bass_boy


    Nov 11, 2005
    well, like i said ive never really had a great bass amp so i dont know about watts and stuff. the band im joining is a pretty hard rock band, very loud guitars. also, my price range is somewhere around $600-$700. the bass i have right now is a yamaha of sorts so nothing spechial, however my next step after the amp is a new bass. hopefully this is enough info and stuff. thanks guys.
  5. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    I don't know squat about combo's others will have to help
    you there.

    600 - 700 should get you some serious muscle though
    in a combo.

    1 Get yourself down to every music store in the area.
    2 Take your bass, and play what they got with your bass.
    3 Keep notes on what you liked and didn't like.
    4 Check all the used gear they have for sale around.
    5 Com'n back here and read up on what you played.
    6 Check TB classifieds, Ebay and other forums for sales on what you liked.
    7 Post and ask questions on the gear you liked.

    That is a good way to start narrowing down the field.

    gottawalk- Yeah, Guilty, I think, I can't remember ... ;)