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No Clean tone :(

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by bluesgeek, Dec 2, 2004.

  1. bluesgeek


    Jun 27, 2004
    Hi guys, I bought a Gunn 200 amp (NZ made clone of a 200 watt Marshall head unit) and just had it refurbished with brand new KT88's etc. I thought this would make a great bass amp but I'm dissapointed with the low end - gets too much distortion from bottom E up to about C. Is this an amp problem or more likely the Cab I'm using? Its a no-name 15" cab which sounds ok but a bit muffled when I drive it with my Ibanez 65 watt amp. The 15" driver is rated up to 360 Watts. Thanks in anticipation.
  2. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    Hard to say without hearing it. What part is distorting? The preamp? The power amp? The speaker?
  3. bluesgeek


    Jun 27, 2004
    hard to say even listening to it ;)

    I suspect it may be the cab, its an unknown speaker in a proprietary NZ made cab - so I'm sure its not designed for this thing.

    Have spoken to someone who knew the guy who designed the amp etc etc and he reckons they were a solid amp (it is an old amp, circa 1972 ish) So its more likely to be the cab.

    Problem is I can't get a decent clean sound at high volume on the lower strings - D string upwards is fine, but E and A are a bit dodgy, I get a growl - no good for the music we do (Soul)
  4. MatronMother


    Jun 22, 2009
    From my understanding the Gunn 200 is a clone of the Sunn Coliseum.
  5. chaosMK


    May 26, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM
    Hi-fi into an old tube amp
    Try it through a legit bass cab (a bass cab, not guitar cab) and see if the issue persists. If it distfarts through a bass cab that would suggest issue with the head. If it sounds good then issue lies with your current cab.
  6. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    OP hasn't logged in in over a decade. I think they've either learned to love the growl of their head or they've moved on to a new head.

    Either that or they stopped playing bass.
  7. chaosMK


    May 26, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM
    Hi-fi into an old tube amp
    I got pwnd
  8. rufus.K


    Oct 18, 2015
    Maybe he switched to guitar
  9. MarkA

    MarkA *** Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    And I learned that the Gunn 2000 (clever spelling) is a clone of the Sunn Coliseum. I'm okay with my experience in this thread.
    christw, chaosMK and cfsporn like this.
  10. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2007
    Toronto Ontario Canada
    Gunn might just be the name of the guy who made the amp. :D

    I didn't get caught by the date of the OP this time so there's a plus!! :)