Opinions on amp rental for a gig

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by MentalBass, Dec 6, 2005.

  1. Hey all,

    I've got a gig this Thursday in Niagara Falls, Canada. I don't want to rely on my 30+ year-old GBX stack, so I'm renting a rig for the show. I've narrowed it down to two possibilities (or rather, Long & McQuade has forced me to narrow it down to two possibilities :p):

    1. Gallien-Krueger 800RB + Ampeg SVT610HLF.
    2. Mesa/Boogie M-Pulse 600 Venture combo 2x10'' + Eden 1x15''.

    The show is a Dimebag Darrell tribute concert, so all Pantera and Damageplan covers. Any thoughts? What setup would you choose?

  2. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    I'd personally take the amp that I am used to. Otherwise, you'll spend half of the show monkeying with it trying to find a tone you are happy with.

    Its just one more variable you don't want to have to deal with during a show. Concentrate on your playing.
  3. Building on Eric's comment... the GK is MUCH more 'plug and play' than the Mesa... which can sound great or terrible depending on the EQ. So, if you are going to rent, I'd go with the GK.

    PS.... remember if you go with the GK that it's a biamp-able amp.... make sure to plug the speaker cable into the correct output!
  4. Rich's_Alice


    Aug 18, 2005
    Atlanta, GA

    Tried a Mesa Pulse 600, lots of buttons/knobs.
  5. 4Mal

    4Mal Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    +1 on the GK being plug and play. My experience with Mesa has been plug and pray ... or plug and pay ... to be fair, I only have two Mesa experiences and they each were painful but I know of other folks who bleed Mesa if you cut 'em so my experiences were with gear that had issues... I'd still go GK as it's easy to dial in a sound.
  6. 62bass


    Apr 3, 2005
    The Mesa is not that hard to get a good sound from. Set everything flat and make small adjusments from there.

    The GK is a great amp too. You'll have a good sound with either one.
  7. Thing is, the Mesa, I've used; the GK, I haven't. IMO, it's not hard to get a good tone out of an amp if you know how to use an EQ properly. That said, I have no gigging experience with either of the amps, and I guess I'll have to decide tomorrow, when I go to check out the amps at Long & McQuade. Thanks for the input, guys!