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Preamp vs combo vs head

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by gatogordo, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. gatogordo


    Sep 3, 2010
    I have been playing electric guitar and bass and church. I have been using the churchs Rolando keyboard/bass amp so far. I have 2 cantatas that I will be playing in where I will be playing with a small orchestra and will be running direct to board. My budget is $300 (I know thats not much). I want to know which route is the best for the money. Buy a combo with a DI, or head with a line out and DI, or a preamp. Looking for a big round sound.

    I play an Fender am P-bass > Zoom B1x> Roland combo

    I am going to start using my HD500 for effects.

  2. Are looking for a guitar and bass guitar rig in one combo?
  3. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Unless you've got a power amp and cabs or plan on running through the PA all of the time, I'd rule out the preamp.
  4. gatogordo


    Sep 3, 2010
    I wasn't very clear sorry. I am looking to build a small rig to be able to take to places that is versatile. Not worried about the watts because it will be direct in to board. For $300 what is the best thing to buy. Ex. The small carvin amp for 299 looks like a great di with monitor. Or do l buy a amp head that has a great di and either use ear buds or just use a good preamp and run with my zoom b1x and use ear buds.


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