Rig Complete!!! finally

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Smokey P, Sep 29, 2021.

  1. Smokey P

    Smokey P Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2021
    Its not pretty (in fact it's butt ugly imo) but it all plays nicely with each other and sounds pretty delicious! this has been in the works since May of this year when my markbass 121 combo died. Needed something that can fill a medium/large room but can also get ear splittingly loud for one of my regular bands, needed to be modular cause i also play my fair share of quiet jazz gigs, needed to be able to transport the whole thing on my own, and i am in my early twenties (aka broke). After a few months of scouring FB marketplace, craigslist, and hitting up other local bassists I put this whole rig together well under $500. Hopefully it plays some 500+ shows like my markbass did. CB0F6C4F-D439-469F-9EF6-67FFFCB47CB5.png
  2. joel406

    joel406 Inactive

    Dec 27, 2013
    Frankenrig. Not my favorite stuff but "stuff" none the less. If it rocks, rock it.
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  3. ENJOY! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

    I still love the look of them ol' Genz Enclosers. :drool:
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  4. Analogeezer


    Jul 29, 2021
    So what is the purpose of what appears to be a Focusrite stereo mic pre/interface?

    You DI into it and use the headphone jack on the Focusrite?

    Congrats on putting together a very nice budget rig, I would figure the Ampeg alone ate up a bunch of the $500.

  5. Smokey P

    Smokey P Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2021
    The PF500 was $200 even on fb marketplace, that was a lucky find. $200 used price for the hartke and 40 for the Benz. The focusrite is just there for home recording and headphone practice, not a part of the rig per se. just happened to be in the photo.
  6. Smokey P

    Smokey P Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2021
    Thanks so much! Happy with the sound personally, not a beautiful mesa rig or svt but it serves me well.
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  7. OOD


    Jul 29, 2009
    That’s awesome. The PF preamp can get Grindy surprisingly well for a solid state amp. Not that solid state in general can’t, but you wouldn’t think it would based on the marketing. I like running a boost into mine.
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  8. Skillet


    Nov 25, 2011
    I would plop me one of these down in front of it and crank it up.
  9. I love that you think you’re done. Cool setup, but you’re never done.
  10. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    A rig needs to serve you and sound good. Mission accomplished. But like @Jrussblues said, you are never done. Where are your pedal boards and backup pedal boards and collectible pedals that will never be on a board but you don't exactly hat them so you can't sell them and...
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  11. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Inactive

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    Cool as long as the drivers are in phase your ready to conquer the world!!
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  12. mexicanyella


    Feb 16, 2015
    Troy, MO
    I love checking out rigs like that and hearing how they came together.

    For exposure to a bunch of other whackos that have similar interest in such things, may I suggest posting in this thread:

    Janky-A Rigs of Doom
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  13. kentiki


    May 14, 2008
    Nice! Now start working on your next rig.
  14. srayb


    Oct 27, 2010
    $40 for the Genz?! And it is fully functional? Wow, great score there!
  15. Smokey P

    Smokey P Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2021
    Oh yeah, I’m well aware that DONE is a relative term. God I hope I’m not DONE, sheeeesh I hope I have more money than this one day to get something better. But, for now, I think this sounds great, plenty for my needs, I don’t think I’ll have this for 25 years, but maybe I’m done for the next 5. Lol I mean I played a mark bass combo for 10 years.

    the drivers are indeed in phase and compliment each other well to my ear. The hartke is scooped like a ***** and the Benz is very mids forward. I’m into it. It handles my low B very well. Tho, like someone mentioned, a HPF might be in my future so as to not blow out my new butt ugly rig. What frequency do you set those to anyway? I play pretty loud and a lot of low B in a couple groups, where do you notch in the filter?

    For a while I was using the PF500 with a TON of gain for a this one band and loved the grinding natural tube esque distortion! It’s a really nice sound, not I’m also sticking a DS-1 in front of it for that band. (if you haven’t guessed yet, I play a lot of upright jazz/avant garde, pit gigs, cocktail hours, and some funk/Latin/reggae, but the one band I’m always referring to is a doom metal trio :rollno:)

    ahh yes, the 40 dollar Benz cab, yep it’s fully functional, sounds great! Crystal clear! A friend of mine was using it as a back up for his rumble 500c but just landed a pretty sweet touring gig so he got a new Aguilar rig, made the fender his back up, and just wanted to get the old Benz cab out of the house. There was a rattle in it and he said that’s why it’s so cheap but he suspected it was just a matter of tightening some screws. Well, he was right, I had that rattle gone in all of about 5 minutes.

    just returned from doom metal rehearsal and this rig held her own, I’m proud of it! Sounded great. Not quite as fat as the ampeg 410hlf (sold to help pay rent) I had but I can also get this rig up the stairs on my own…
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  16. Where did you get that tiny Walter Woods head sitting right up top?!?!
    (Sorry, I use a Focusrite too)
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