New to Forum, new to bass. Need a (good) amp!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Aumakua, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. Aumakua


    Jun 22, 2008
    Hey everybody,
    This is my first post here although I've been lurking a while, I just wanted to intoduce myself and say thanks for all the info posted on this forum - it's been invaluable. After 9 years of playing regular electric guitar I just recently had an "epifani" (sp). I have more fun playing bass! So now I've gone and sold my half stack and guitar and need to replace it with bass equipment. I'm in a predicament where I don't trust my ears enough to know what kind of gear I want but can't resist risking money on a nicer, more expensive amp... what do I get ??
    I generally play older rock but also a lot of reggae, funk, latin, clean groove stuff ... dig Chris Squire but then Aston Barrett at the other end of the spectrum. I'll be playing a Tele bass with Dark Stars in it ( yea I know that's weird, but...).
    Amps I'm looking at are:
    - Aguilar DB 750
    - Ampeg SVT-4 pro
    - Epifani UL-502
    - Eden WT 550
    ... and an Acme Low B-4?

    Do any of these seem to fit the styles I'm playing or would you recommend anything different? Also how do the tones of each of these differ?
  2. Outlaw_son


    Mar 8, 2007
    Out of the amps you mentioned Ive only played through the Ampeg. I found it to be decent sounding but lacking the beauty of Ampegs SVTs sound. I feel if your going the Ampeg route, why not just do it big and get thier famous tube amps? IMO.
    Not sure if your stuck on these peticular amps, but I recommend checking out Gallien-Kruger (GK) amps as well. Ive got the 700rb-II and it definately will produce good rock tones, good clean tones, and just about everything else. Sounds like you might want something with mad wattage so id suggest looking into the GK1001rb-II or the 2001rb. Check out ,they got great prices on GK! Good Luck
  3. dogbass


    Aug 9, 2006
    Bay Area, CA
    The WT-550 will certainly serve you well in all of those styles. Of course, the others are no slouches either. You've picked a nice stable of amps to choose from. Its a win-win-win-win situation. Welcome to TB and have fun !
  4. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
  5. Aumakua


    Jun 22, 2008
    Hey thanks everybody - didn't know there were reviews on here, they were really helpful. I actually just got to try an Epifani and really liked the sound ... just one more question. Would it be ridiculous to run a tube preamp ( like an alembic fx-1 ) into the effects loop to bypass the Epifani preamp? I don't really have much reason to do this except to vary the tone a little if I need to, being that the Epifani is all solid state ( but then that may be tube bias on my part from being a guitar player) ....

    Anyways thanks for the help!