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Primary Amp: Tube? Solid State? Or Hybrid?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Thumpking, Dec 15, 2010.

What is your primary amp type?

Poll closed Dec 22, 2010.
  1. All tube

    57 vote(s)
  2. Solid State

    28 vote(s)
  3. Hybrid head (Solid state power ube pre in one unit)

    41 vote(s)
  4. Separate tube preamp unit and power amp unit

    7 vote(s)
  1. Thumpking


    Sep 14, 2010
    Many folks here, including me, have multiple amp types. This poll question is about your primary amp:

    "if you had a showcase for the record deal of a lifetime, or for that dream gig, (whatever the case may be), what amp would you break out for that show?"

    Basically, would you break out a tube, solid state, or hybrid amp? BTW, no gear humping. All set up for you.
  2. once you go tube anything else is a noob
    Garret Graves likes this.
  3. christw

    christw Get low!

    May 11, 2008
    Dayton OH
    I want to be Tesla (tinkerer at Dayton Amp Co)
    I use an SVT-II and a 1001RB-II about equally although the GK gets equal action because it's at my rehearsal spot and the Ampeg is at home. ;) I'd bring both but use the SVT-II first, I think. Either way, they'd top off my Genz 610 XB2.

    The real kicker is what bass would I use? I have different basses set up for different playing styles and there's a bit of use overlap with most of them. That'd be the real choice, especially because I don't think there is any genre that I haven't, wouldn't, or don't play.

    PS-I'm voting tube.
  4. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    wouldn't even give it a second thought....t00bZ!
  5. christw

    christw Get low!

    May 11, 2008
    Dayton OH
    I want to be Tesla (tinkerer at Dayton Amp Co)
    Hah! I didn't see that coming. ;)
  6. canadian*eh


    Jan 4, 2006
    Uncompensated endorsing user: fEARful
    Gee Jimmy Who Would of thought.....i guess you just never know...lol :p

    As For Me It is Solid State!!! Been Using GK SS Amp's for over 12 years and am not looking back!!:bassist:
  7. I would take my walkabout scout stack, its the amp i know best and it does sound very tubey!
  8. Martin89


    Nov 8, 2010
    Glendale, AZ
    Unofficial Endorser: Ibanez, D'Addario, Zoom
    I would just go DI... ;)
  9. JimB52

    JimB52 User Supporting Member

    May 24, 2007
    East Coast
    I generally use a Marshall DBS 7200 hybrid head, because it's a lot lighter and less insanely loud than my preferred tube head, a Sunn 300T.

    If I am showcasing at a larger venue, I always use the 300T.
  10. LongHairFreak

    LongHairFreak Insert cool nickname? Nobody's given me one yet. Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2006
    Twin Cities - MN
    All tube for me. I'd have to break out my West Fillmore.
  11. bassvi


    Jul 12, 2005
    Have to say I fall in the tube camp. Though I love my SS amps too. Tubes are the sh**!!
  12. My '92 SVTII & NV215 cab most likely, But as above My Mesa WALKABOUT would be a VERY close 2nd.
  13. Thumpking


    Sep 14, 2010
    I am a total tone pig myself, so tube all the way for me. Let's get a few more votes.
  14. I haven't bought my Orange AD200 just to look at!
    Although, my hybrid Warwick Quad IV is an o so close second ...
  15. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005
    Right now, I'm really digging my Mesa M-pulse 600, so I voted accordingly - hybrid...

    - georgestrings
  16. Alex1984


    Jan 16, 2010
    Tubes or hybrid. But I don't think I'd ever go full SS.
  17. eyeballkid

    eyeballkid Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2009
    wes virginny
    Fender 300 Pro, Vintage Ampeg V4B, or Ashdown ABM EVO II-RC
  18. di with some type of solid state kickback reference monitor (if IEMs aren't appropriate).

    I'm so over dorking with amps... leave it up to the sound guys to do their job.
  19. sk8


    May 10, 2007
    United Kingdom
    Hiwatt 200 Custom for me
  20. Staccato

    Staccato Low End Advocate

    Aug 14, 2009
    Hey wait, in addition to my SS bass amp, that leaves out my three guitar amps (have one of each)...

    1 All Tube
    1 Hybrid
    1 SS