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Only one, but...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by f.c.geil, Feb 10, 2014.

  1. Ampeg B-15

  2. Ashdown CTM-30

  3. Ampeg V4-B

  4. Ashdown CTM-100

  5. Ampeg SVT-CL

  6. Ampeg SVT-VR

  7. Ashdown CTM-300

  8. Carrot greens (since you only want the head)

  1. f.c.geil


    May 12, 2011
    I am about to buy a new rig, and expect it will be my last. This one would be for some recording, gigging (sometimes the only source for bass, but generally only stage monitor), practice, and rehearsal. I want a valve amp this time around, so I limited the choices to only those. I don't mind having two cabs, one for most purposes, and both together when I need to be loud, but I really only want one head. So, if you could only have one bass rig for everything, which one would it be?

    Feel free to mention the cab(s) you'd use with the head you chose.
  2. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    If weight is no issue, I would go SVT CL.
  3. I bought a Fender Studio Bass amp brand new in 1979 and used it for everything. It was my only amp. Totally reliable, it never let me down. I used it to gig and also recorded three albums plus tons of live recordings to tape. I sold it in 2005 to my best friend for his new studio where it resides to this day.

    Today I'd choose either the Fender Bassman 100t or Super Bassman.

    I myself now play Fender Rumbles; a 75 Combo, and 350 head + twin Rumble 112 Neo cabs.
  4. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    SVT all the way. Of those choices I'd go for the CL over the VR because I like the gain knob.
  5. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    B-15R - 100W, switchable down to 40W, in a combo package that is good for everything except loud gigs. Add a 1x15 extension cab for loud gigs.
  6. nysbob


    Sep 14, 2003
    Cincinnati OH
    I have three ampeg tube heads, but the most versatile and my usual go-to is the V4B. Plenty of gas to get a room rocking through a pair of 15"s, but switchable impedance so it works well when you don't that need that much volume for recording or rehearsal. I use either one or two single 15" cabs loaded with JBLs.
  7. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    No Fender??
  8. f.c.geil


    May 12, 2011
    I had a Fender 100t, didn't like the voicing of it, and it failed in the second week. I love hearing other people on one, but I couldn't make it sound the way I wanted it to.
  9. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    Ha! Famous last words.

    In an ideal world, B15, V4B, and SVT because one amp can not fill all rolls if you want to push it into power tube distortion. Failing that, a pedal can get you most of the way there with an amp set clean.

    The choice can't be made solely on emotion. There are practical considerations. You need to balance how ofter you need it loud, fairly loud, and really loud. A V4B with a smaller cab and an 810 is a good compromise. If you need an SVT on rare occasions, rent one. Nothing can beat a B15 in the studio.
  10. will33


    May 22, 2006
    How loud you need to gig?

    For me, a B15 would be a "lifetime amp", but I couldn't gig with one.

    I haven't heard the Ashdowns. They might be fantastic, but I just don't know. An SVT woukd obviously cover everything but it might be way more than you need. There's also some "cool factor" to the other amps. SVT's are no big deal, you see them everywhere.
  11. mimaz


    Mar 1, 2005
    Wheeling WV
    Endorsing Artist: Crook Custom Guitars
    Although I didn't see this option on your list, I gotta ask: What about a Mesa Boogie Walkabout or Walkabout Scout? Fantastic sound and power in a small package!
  12. TC.65


    Dec 20, 2008
    Carbondale IL
    My choice is the new V4B Reissue through a pair of the new SVT 212 AV cabs. It might not be as loud as the SVT Classic but is more versatile and has a better tone JMHO. I'll be pulling the trigger on the V4B and 1 SVT 212 AV cab real soon and will be adding the 2nd 212 pretty soon after.
  13. 1960jbass

    1960jbass Supporting Member

    Mar 28, 2013
    Berwick, PA
    One vote for the GK MB500 Fusion. Small, portable, and very versatile.
  14. Mark Nye

    Mark Nye

    Sep 18, 2012
    Columbus, OH
    If I had a nickel for every time I said that, I'd put them all in a sock, hand that sock to a friend, and instruct him to beat me mercilessly with it the next time I said that. :D
  15. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Carrots or Mesa Prodigy/Strategy. Prodigy with Bergantino CN212 here.
  16. sobie18


    May 5, 2002
    Shaw AFB, SC
    Go big or go home: SVT Classic

    On a side note, go cheap and join me on the Palau Aggressor this September...
  17. will33


    May 22, 2006
    It would have to have blueline cosmetics for me....not just another "black box".:smug:
  18. sobie18


    May 5, 2002
    Shaw AFB, SC
    I thought about that, too but I was comparing the prices in my head...got a little scared. I am sure the VR rocks!
  19. The Regulator

    The Regulator

    Aug 10, 2005
    Ampeg SVT-CL
  20. Everybody should play through an SVT classic before they croak.