NEW: What amp do you use and why?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Green Lantern, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. Acoustic

  2. Ampeg

  3. Aguilar

  4. Ashdown

  5. Behringer

  6. Carvin

  7. EBS

  8. Eden

  9. Fender

  10. Gallien Kruger

  11. Genz Benz

  12. Hartke

  13. Markbass

  14. Mesa/Boogie

  15. Orange

  16. Peavey

  17. Roland

  18. SWR

  19. Trace Elliot

  20. TC Electronics

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Green Lantern

    Green Lantern

    Nov 3, 2011
    I forgot to include Ampeg on my other thread. :eek:

    I now use Aguilar since I wanted a light amp that had a nice rich sound. I did not want a super clean amp that was too bright or harsh. I used to have a Mesa Boggie 400+ and then Boogie Buster amp. 400 was too heavy and expensive to replace tubes on. Microphonic issues on a tube amp is a pain and time consuming to locate which tube is causing the problem. But I love the Boogie sound so much.
  2. Peavey, Ampeg, Aguilar -> fEARful 1515/66/1

    For my needs this is the best Sound/weight/price performance.
  3. eulogy77


    May 14, 2008
    i use a mesa boogie strategy 500 and a peavey tb raxx preamp, works great for what i play with plenty of power just using one cab and one side of the amp, but when both are being used with both cabs its just stunning, ill post a video as i havent seen many of bass players using this amp for bass guitar
  4. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Roots and fifths and a little extra. Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    West Bend, Wisconsin
    Gallien-Krueger. My MB500 is loud, light and punchy as heck.
  5. Stephent28

    Stephent28 Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    C470, CO
    You forgot OTHER on this poll.

    A lot of us (probably a small percentage) use TecAmp.

    I play a PUMA 900 through a fEARful 12/6/1 and 12/sub stack.
  6. TussinBot.


    Aug 21, 2010
    Burbank, Ca
    Had a gk mb500 which I liked a lot for a couple months till I began finding it extremely sterile. Got my first all tube amp, a '74 ampeg v4b, which I play through a mesa diesel 1x15. Although not light, it is loud and punchy as hell. I dont see myself going back to solid state amps anytime soon (possibly for a backup head), the feel of tubes is something else. Gorgeous breakup on the v4b, and the diesel 115's sing. Mmm.
  7. wmheilma


    Jan 5, 2010
    Genz Benz Shuttle MAX6.0 gets most of the action for the last couple of years. It is lightweight, versatile, has decent power, and a great direct out!
  8. Ampeg SVT-CL because I like it and nothing else "micro" sounds like it.
    Genz Benz Shuttle 9.0 because it too sounds great, is so small yet powers anything.
    Mesa Walkabout because it too sounds great and I love the small 12" combo.
  9. wcriley


    Apr 5, 2010
    Western PA
    Amp I use: Genz Benz ShuttleMax
    Why: Versatility
  10. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Roots and fifths and a little extra. Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    West Bend, Wisconsin
    You gotta run the boost channel up north of noon to get some sizzle out of it! But compared to a vintage ampeg tube head, yeah, not the same. When I want retro, I step on a pedal. What do you do when you want uber-clean?
  11. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Mesa M3 Carbine Combo after going thru more than a few heads,cabs and combos I was discouraged and I fiqured I would never find that tone that was in my head until I got the Mesa Combo from a fellow TBer from the very first note I was hooked deep beautiful bass and enough tweeter adjustments to make it also very articulate finally it was what I was looking for.
  12. Sid Fang

    Sid Fang Reformed Fusion Player

    Jun 12, 2008
    Was a 100% Ampeg guy until I tried by first EBS. Still have the 'fridge, but it hasn't been out of the house in a long, long time.
  13. Zoomie


    Jan 26, 2012
    East Tennessee
    Hartke Kilo - Amazing range of tones and stellar sound for an amp weighing half of what the big boy all tube heads weigh.

    Genz Benz Stremliner 900 - Amazing tone in a such a small package. I still can't my head around this little tiny head driving my Dually with such sweet tone.
  14. jlepre


    Nov 12, 2007
    Cedar Knolls, NJ
    GENZ BENZ - Great Customer Support. Amazing Tone, and exactly what works for me. My STM-900 is perfect for my situation because of it's size and nice deep tone.
  15. pocketgroove


    Jun 28, 2010
    Peavey VB-2, for an excellent, American made, all-tube amp...and it only set me back $400!

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  16. ExaltBass

    ExaltBass XBass Cables Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Twin Cities, MN
    Eden WT800C - because it is AWESOME
    Ampeg SVT 15-T combo - because it is cool
    Fender Showman ('65 blonde) - because I've played one since then
    Genz-Benz Shuttle 6.0 - because it is light, but doesn't sound lite.
  17. JoZac21


    Nov 30, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY

    Gallien-Krueger 15" combo...


    My friend had one he was looking to sell, and I needed an amp ASAP for a gig... seriously, that's the only reason I own it. It is a good amp, I should say - I'm slowly learning how to dial in a tone I like out of it, and it's surprisingly loud... but to be honest, if I had some time to shop around I probably wouldn't have gotten it, and when I finally get a bigger rig, I probably won't go GK... no hatred for the co., again, I like the amp - there are just other bass manufacturers I prefer over GK (i.e. Hartke, Epifani, Trace Elliot, Genz Benz).
  18. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    Other/ none of the above.

    I design and build my own preamps and cabs. Why? Because I can.

    Any properly functioning rack mounted power amp works fine for me, they are just commodity items at this point. I prefer light and no fan. I may build one eventually just for the heck of it, I guess.
  19. CTC564

    CTC564 Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 7, 2011
    Toms River,NJ
    Genz Benz SMax 9.2

    Best customer service, incredible tone and flexible features, lightweight

    Seems they nailed all of my needs in one package
  20. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Mesa Walkabout for bass, and Mesa M3 Carbine for synth. Because, after owning more amps than I can even remember, these sound best to me. Spkr cabs are equally important. Genz Benz Uber and Aguilar DB have what I like.

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