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Poll: what is your favorite amp brand, and why do you like it over other brands?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Sean775, Mar 12, 2019.

What is your favorite amp brand, and what makes you prefer it?

This poll will close on Mar 22, 2019 at 10:45 PM.
  1. Ampeg

    119 vote(s)
  2. Fender

    29 vote(s)
  3. Gallien Krueger

    82 vote(s)
  4. Peavey

    8 vote(s)
  5. Markbass

    34 vote(s)
  6. Other

    216 vote(s)
  7. Mesa

    91 vote(s)
  1. Sean775

    Sean775 Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2015
    New Jersey, USA
    Just curious; might try out some new amps soon and I’d like to see what people like and why
  2. I use a HeadRush powered FRFR (another person on TB pointed out to me that it's an amp). It's both a monitor and an amp with 2000 watts (peak) that sounds better than any amp I've used.
    GBBSbassist likes this.
  3. mmbongo

    mmbongo Dilly Dilly! Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009

    USA Made. Best sound. Best quality. Best warranty and support. Designer is a Talkbass member.
  4. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Staff Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Need to add Mesa to the list.
    Also Genz Benz, Genzler, Bergantino.
  5. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Bergantino, a class of it's own. Mesa is great too.
    Munjibunga, scf4003, LM Bass and 6 others like this.
  6. Mingo Sanders

    Mingo Sanders

    Mar 11, 2008
    Austin, TX
    GenzBenz. It misbehaved once. I threw the amp and some money at the Aged Ho', and it has not misbehaved since. I want a Mesa, and a Bergantino, and a Hartke, and some old Peaveys, and many Ampegs, and .... But I just keep using the old Genz.
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2019
    Datsgor, Guiseppe, Bobro and 6 others like this.
  7. alack


    Nov 20, 2000
    GK=clean, clean, clean!
  8. I like my Aguilar TH500+SL112 set. Light to carry, loud (enough for me) to gig.
  9. 1bassplayinfool

    1bassplayinfool -Nowhere Man- Supporting Member

    GK has been very good to me.
    robmclucky, Joe Boom, Bobro and 4 others like this.
  10. Charlzm

    Charlzm Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    The best sounding amps I have owned and played through were/are Trace Elliot, both the original British version and the Peavey resurrection.

    If I were going to buy an amp today, though, I would go for a Mesa.
  11. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I use Ampeg because I like ballsy tones.
  12. andykeating


    Oct 5, 2016
    Adore my Ampeg SVT-CL.

    For me it epitomises the sound of the electric bass and suits what me and my band do perfectly.
  13. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    I voted GK but I also have a Genz Benz Shuttle 6.2 and an Aguilar TH 500 that are also being rocked (or jazzed). :smug:
  14. I like the Fender all tube amp, Super Bassman .
    Ampeg's all tube amps... V4B and SVTII, SVT-VR & SVT-CL
    Aguilar Tone Hammer 350/500/700
    and DB750/751
    Orange AD200B
    Genz Benz Shuttle series.
    Mesa Walkabout
    They're the ones I've tried and liked.
    So...... no favorite brand I'm afraid
  15. Coot


    Nov 14, 2018
    1973 Acoustic 370,GK(200,500,800's and fusion), Mesa (Titan 1200,sub D800+ and WD800), Fender SuperBassman, Ampeg SVT CL, Peavey,Quilter BB 800, a whole pile of Traynors..etc.,etc. I kept the Mesas.. consistently good tone,reliability, sturdily built, excellent customer service and 5 year Warranty...The Mesa's tone is the main reason though..
    aureliab20gt, Roxbororob and LoTone like this.
  16. Tom Bomb

    Tom Bomb Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    EBS because I have one :) Partial to Lab Systems too — shared a room with one of theirs for seven years. One day.
    rodl2005 likes this.
  17. JakobT


    Jan 9, 2014
    Oslo, Norway
    I like my Rumbles simply because the way they sound, as a bonus, they're also crazy light and look good.
  18. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Audio Mike Lull Custom Guitars Gallien Krueger amplification Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass Electronics

    Clean - Tight - Punchy

    It’s the amp of choice if you like that combination.

    Other amps are better for other sounds.
  19. BLDavis

    BLDavis Old enough to know better.....too young to care! Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Ellenboro, NC
    #1 GK. In 35+ years of giging, sometimes 5/6 nights a week, I never had one quit on me.
    Ampeg all tube amps are a close second because tone matters.
    I hardly use an amp on stage anymore. A BDDI, Broughton HPF and a Diamond BCP get me everything I need without the weight.
  20. the_home

    the_home Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 14, 2005
    Pensacola, FL
    Mostly play Mesa, old school all tube 400. But I have a now-and-then flirtation with Phil Jones Bass gear. Love the portability of the M500 head (did I say I mostly play Mesa).
    MaplePrecision and Hounddog409 like this.

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