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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by boxerrider, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. boxerrider


    Mar 16, 2009
    I've been burning up the TalkBass search button, figured I should take a few minutes to say hi and thank you to the dozens of posters who have already answered many questions for me!

    Started with a short-scale Fender Bullet and and a small combo amp(best forgotten) about the time I started driving. Needed to be louder and wanted to sound better in college, aquired an Ibanez SR800, 200 watt Crate and budget model JBL 15" cab. Had about a decade of fun with that rig, pushed it into the corner for a few years and became a harmonica player, then set it all aside while I became a father.

    Both kids are old enough to participate with this stuff now and I've been dragging things out occasionally. No outlaw is safe for very long in a small Texas town so now I'm getting requests to be a bass player again.
    Bass amp works sometimes and quits others. Never was real proud of it so I'm in the market for a head and depending on how things go maybe another cab or two further on up the road.

    Probably going to buy a Nemesis NA650 unless y'all talk me into something else. I play blues, rock, and some country, not real fancy, just solid & steady. :cool: From what I've read I should be able to get from really clean to a little gritty with the NA650 and have plenty of extra power in reserve. Can't find many people complaining about having to fix them all the time which is a big plus for me too.

    Thanks again.
  2. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    ...For which we are genuinely grateful. :) Seriously! That'll win you friends and get you more help here. Anyway, as to your amp needs, the Nemesis is a fine amp, but for blues/rock/country I'd steer you to the Mesa Walkabout Scout. Check out the threads about it, I think you'll agree. However budget is usually a factor, so what's your max budget?
  3. boxerrider


    Mar 16, 2009
    I live about 100 miles from anywhere else and don't have a lot of free time so taking a couple of days to drive around playing with amps isn't going to happen. I bet I would really like the Walkabout but I think it's out of my range. I could possibly stretch to $450, but would really like to stay under $400. I don't mind buying used when it's equipment I believe in. The Nemesis stood out because I'm reasonably confident about being able to get a good sound out of it even if it's not something I fall in love with and it looks like a whole lot of amp power/quality-wise for $350.

  4. boxerrider


    Mar 16, 2009
    I bought the last B-factory NA650 from Musician's Friend. It would crackle for a while when cool, I cleaned the input jack and snugged up the nuts on the gain & enhance pots, everything is tip-top now. Gotta water the money tree so I can go cab shopping this summer. Sure would be nice to find a 2x12 that's as good of a bargain as this amp has been.

  5. PSPookie


    Aug 13, 2006
    Lubbock, TX

    Having gear you enjoy is a wonderful thing.
  6. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    NA650 is a superb amp.
  7. Loel

    Loel Blazin' Acadian

    Oct 31, 2004
    Congrats on NA650 nice amp!
    buget cab suggestion Avatar
    neo blue tolex good match w/650.:)
  8. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I greatly prefer Nemesis over Eden, even though Nemesis is supposed to be the budget brand.

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