New Amp Trouble

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Minimallamb, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. Minimallamb


    Apr 22, 2012
    I'm looking for a new bass amp, but as I'm a guitarist I don't really know what I'm looking for. I've been looking at the Marshall MB60 as it had a tube preamp but it's got some great reviews on other site, but everyone here seems to hate them. I like the tube preamp idea because what I'm missing on my amp is a slight overdrive.

    I'd like something big enough to gig with, preferably combo and a 5+ band eq. a compressor would be a nice option but isn't necessary, used or new, under £300.

    At the moment I've got a Peavey TKO112 and a Fleabass Model 32 (or whatever the first version that came out was, in blue and orange) and I play Funk (something good for slapping), metal, rock and Jazz.

    Hope someone can help because at the moment I've gravitated towards Marshall as a guitarist :)
  2. Your budget is really tight to get a combo with tubes that is gigable.
    If you are to play bass learn this now; anything under 100 watts for bass won't leave your bedroom without PA help. Bass requires a lot more power and speakers than guitar ever will.
    Just drums will drown out that MB60.
  3. Minimallamb


    Apr 22, 2012
    OK, that's helpful :) I've been looking at used Marshall B150s as well. I've seen them go for about £100, is that because they're awful? Is there anything non tube that would be good?
  4. Plenty of non-tube stuff you would like. Shop around for a used GK 4x10 Neo and an GK 700rb or something similar. That would be a good rock setup. Plus you would be heard and felt unlike anything below 300W in a rock band.
  5. I have had several Marshall rigs and never liked their bass sound, that was all in the past though. Love the guitar stuff.
    SS bass amps and hybrids (tube/SS like the combos you have been looking at) amps work really well for bass. Much better than the old SS did for guitar.
    Look at G-K, Ampeg, MarkBass, GenzBenz, Ashdown, many great bass rigs to choose from.
    Good starter combo is a G-K MB115 (200 watt) or MB210/MB212 (both higher wattage).