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Newbie - amp advice needed

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by MikeFallopian, Feb 16, 2016.

  1. MikeFallopian


    Feb 16, 2016
    I've been a guitarist for about twenty years but haven't delved into the world of bass. I'm about to take the jump and buy a Fender Jazz, however I don't know where to start when it comes to amplification. I know where I am when it comes to guitar gear, but not sure where to start when it comes to bass.

    Should I opt for a combo or a head? I tried out a Jazz with one of the TC Electronic BG250 combos and it sounded pretty good, but don't have anything to compare with. Anyone have any recommendations? I'll be playing at home and small gigs. Is the Ashdown MAG 300 any good?
  2. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone Banned

    Feb 23, 2011
    I only ever tried one Ashdown, maybe a little too little to judge by, but it sounded horribly flat, bland and without any character what so ever to my ears.

    It will all depend on your personal taste and preference though, some prefer it raw and punchy, some prefer it soft and warm.

    I haven't owned that many amplifiers my self, but as my favorites goes up to now are the Ampeg B15 I once owned, but was stupid enough to sell, and some old Trace Elliot combo I have been borrowing lately with a 4x10 cabinet.

    Two very different beasts, and in two completely different classes.

    If I were to chose right now and had all the money I needed, I probably still would chose the cheaper of the two for it's ability to produce a raw punchy sound, namely the Trace Elliot.

    So there's my recommendation right there:

    Find an old used Trace Elliot combo, they are pretty affortable, and sound amazing to my ears.
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2016
  3. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    I usually recommend against combos for bass. They are usually made to a price more than a head or cab, and have much more definite sound limits.

    In order to give you a good recommendation for a head and cab, we need to know some things: What is your budget, your location, and your desired sound?
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  4. MikeFallopian


    Feb 16, 2016
    I'm in the UK, my budget is about £300-£400 (ca. $450-$550), and I'm looking for something versatile and adaptable to a range of sounds - part of the reason why I'm interested in getting a Jazz bass.
  5. Linnin


    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
  6. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Honestly, if I were you I would try to find an old Ampeg V4 or Fender Bassman head. They both work beautifully for guitar OR bass. You can start with a small and/or cheap cab and upgrade later depending on your volume requirements.

    Oh, and, Welcome to TalkBass! Glad you are here!

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