1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  

ripper thru svt II

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ripper75, Feb 15, 2006.

  1. i play a gibson ripper thru an svt II and i like the sound, but i'm wondering if i could get a brighter sound (similar to mike dirnt) thru a different amp, maybe a mesa 400, a GK800rb, or combining the svt with a solid state possibly. any suggestions for a suitable amp for my ripper to break thru two ridiculously loud rock guitarists? thanks.
  2. albass111


    Feb 13, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA
    I have a '74 Ripper and used to play it through a GK800. You can get a brighter tone, but not like Mike Dirnt. I don't know if you've noticed, but I never found the ripper to be a tone monster of a bass. I love the way it looks, but seldom play it. Try running a Out board Preamp in the front end. On the seldom times when I play the ripper, I use and SansAmp BDDI and put a lot of presence, a little drive, and boost the Low. That'll get you closer to the sound you want.


    Good luck.
  3. BassChuck

    BassChuck Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    I had a '74 Ripper. I bought new in '74 cause it seemed to have all kinds of tone options with the turn of that little egg timer knob. It did, but not too many were useable at gigs. So I replaced the pups in '83 with some Semour Duncans and the bass really sounded fine. The 'in phase, out of phase' dial still didn't offer much useable variations, but the basic sound was a lot more solid. It was stolen, but I replaced it with a '72 J-bass that had SD's in it.
  4. albass111


    Feb 13, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA
    What model were the Duncan replacement PU's? I don't think that they are still on the market.
  5. I'd go for the Mesa Bass 400 or 400+. I own a Bass 400, and play a Rick through it....all maple, like the Ripper, and it can slice through the mix like William Wallace's Claymore.

    I also think that Rippers can get much brighter than any Fender out there - listen to Faith No More's first album(if you can find it). Billy uses a Ripper(through a Peavey Mark III or IV) on that album, and it makes Mike Dirnt's tone seem dull in comparison..
  6. Ever think that the same tonal adjustment could be made through your cab(s)?
  7. Primary

    Primary TB Assistant

    Here are some related products that TB members are talking about. Clicking on a product will take you to TB’s partner, Primary, where you can find links to TB discussions about these products.

    Nov 30, 2020

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.