Dismiss Notice

Ready to join TalkBass and start posting, get alerts, sell your gear, and more?  Register your free account in 30 seconds.

Need Amp Advice

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Livewire, Feb 2, 2013.


  1. Livewire

    Livewire Yahtzeeee

    Nov 13, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
    Hi guys,

    So I've been playing bass for the past 9 years, in and out of bands, bought and sold a bunch of gear. I currently play a Gallien Krueger 700RBII with an avatar 210 that has been sitting in my basement and been gigged with probably only once. I'm looking for a new set up and sound. I want something that is still gigable, but basically a warmer sound. I play a wide variety of music.

    I've been in plenty of rehearsal studios in NYC and played a bunch of Ampegs. I'm not about to get into the whole nonsense that GK is better than Ampeg drama, but I think I'm a bigger Ampeg fan over GK.

    I've looked in the SVT Pro 7, but I'm hesitant to drop $800 on a head that has known quality control issues. I've also eyed the Ampeg 115HPT combo amp. I've played it once in a studio and loved it, but it is 80+ pounds and only a 115, but it does have caster to help transport it. Would it cut it in a small gig situation? My budget is about $800, and will probably end up selling the GK and avatar if I find something I love. So basically, what are your opinions? Thanks!
     
  2. RickenBoogie

    RickenBoogie

    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Try the Ampeg PF500 head, and most importantly, 2 of the PF115's. A single 15 is nice, but 2 of them is where you get loud volume. (suggested this because you stated Ampeg). Otoh, any good 300+ watt amp paired with enough spkr to get the volume you require. As a minimum, 4x10, 2x12, 2x15 are good "mid-sized" cabs. Real loud volume = 8x10, 4x12, etc. You might also try keeping your GK head, (great amp), sell the 210 and get a bigger, better cab. Add a Sansamp pedal in front to get Ampeggish tones.
     
  3. Register_To_Disable

  4. srxplayer

    srxplayer

    May 19, 2004
    Highland, CA
    I own a BA115HP (non tube) version but it's the same amp. It's not a bad sounding combo but it's no gig amp. Don't waste your money. Mine is an 85 pound bedroom practice amp.

    Have you considered first starting with a different head first and pairing it up with the Avatar? The Ampeg PF like the other post suggested paired with the Avatar may sound pretty good. It would be a starting point anyway.