Rumble 200 vs Rumble 40 studio

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Ricardo Leandro, Nov 16, 2020.


  1. Ricardo Leandro

    Ricardo Leandro

    Nov 15, 2020
    Hi there!
    Hope you are all ok!
    I am trying to decide between these two amps. I tried the 200 with my jazzbass in a local store and I was amazed. Great punch and I loved the overdrive. Size and weight also is a plus to me. Great amp!
    Now...is it too powerful for home practice?...I live in an apartment, so the volume would be very moderate.

    Then I saw this “new” Rumble Studio 40. It has a lot of effects and Bluetooth and all, probably would be more wise to invest on a less powerful amp since I will be using more for practicing and the 40 watts should do it.

    I love the simplicity and power possibility’s of the 200w. But the features of this Studio 40 are very promising.

    Question is: is the 40w enought to feel the low end notes and tone? Does these effects and different tones kill the vibe of practicing or it’s a more inspiring amp to have?

    Thanks is advance.
    Take care!
     
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  2. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    Every amp has a volume control. So does your bass. Few things sound worse than pushing an amp beyond its capabilities.

    I practice with a Rumble 500 head into a 12" cab, at a volume you could easily talk over.
     
  3. joelns

    joelns

    Mar 10, 2014
    I practice with that very Rumble 200 in my bedroom. No problem at all. I do use a volume pedal, which helps a lot to keeping it down to a very comfortable level. My wife and kids don't seem to mind.
     
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  4. I practice with a Rumble 25 in my basement music room. Plenty of volume for me, but I don’t play loud metal or anything like that. I practice along with YouTube or Spotify on my Bose Mini.
     
  5. Ricardo Leandro

    Ricardo Leandro

    Nov 15, 2020
    Interesting...did you get the volume pedal for this purpose because you can’t achieve that comfortable level on the amp?
     
  6. Ricardo Leandro

    Ricardo Leandro

    Nov 15, 2020
    My thing with the Studio 40 is that I’m afraid I’ll spend more time digging effects with the knob than actually practicing. The thing I don’t know is if it’s tone satisfying enough. I really love the tone of the rumble 200 at the store... and you are absolutely right: I may regret it if one day Ill jam with my noisy drummer brother with the 40w.
     
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  7. JakobT

    JakobT

    Jan 9, 2014
    Oslo, Norway
    My experience with the Studio 40 is that it’s a very good-sounding (and loud) amp, and there’s no problem whatsoever getting enough low end.

    The array of effects is incredible, but you don’t need to mess around with them more than you want to. You’ll have more than enough options to be going on with the presets alone, and they’re as easy as turning a dial.
     
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  8. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    Then get the 200, but put a piece of tape over the effects knob if you can't leave it alone
     
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  9. jthisdell

    jthisdell

    Jun 12, 2014
    Roanoke, VA
    I have Rumble 150 v2 and a Bronco, both of which are the older versions of these. Both are good practice amps, I have used the 150 for many gigs, it has pretty decent heft for its rating. have done many practices (mostly with a bluegrass group) and a couple gigs with the Bronco, surprisingly good tone. I found on the Bronco that I narrowed it down to a few amp and effect settings, only went all in with the Fuse software a couple of times. The Bronco is nice in that I leave it behind a chair in the living room and then pull it out and it has tuner, fx, etc. everything you need without pulling out anything else.
     
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  10. B Dax

    B Dax

    Sep 8, 2018
    Florida
    If the apartment is where you will be using this amp the most, consider the Studio 40. It can get so many great and usable tones. Lots of usable effects built in. Can also be controlled through the Fender Tone app using your phone. You may want to add the foot switch later for even more ability.
    A world of tones in a small, light combo.
    Don’t fear the rabbit hole, embrace it!
     
  11. Studio 40 is perfect for noodling around at home. I picked up a cheap wireless set on eBay so no one is tripping over the cords. Once you figure out what amp/speaker combinations you like all the other options are not so distracting. I basically pick the amp setting that fits my mood for the day and what ever songs I feel like playing. IMG_20201117_090213647.jpg
     
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  12. inthevelvet

    inthevelvet Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2012
    Washington DC
    This is the situation I use my studio 40 for and it is perfect. I'm surprised how much I'm now dependent on the wifi for playback. Just firing it up and having it sync to my phone and I can start playing along is so convenient. You can definitely go crazy with the tweaking, but honestly I've just been using maybe 4-5 of the presets and haven't tweaked much with the detailed settings. The studio 40 is plenty loud, but of course for gigging it would not work but for coffee house gigs and the like. Honestly if I had it to do again I might just get the stage 800. Just turn down the volume knob for home, but it could work for any gig.
     
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  13. inthevelvet

    inthevelvet Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2012
    Washington DC
    @postalflunkie What wifi set did you get? Curious which ones people have used and which are junk.
     
  14. joelns

    joelns

    Mar 10, 2014
    No. I bought it to better manage my volume in a playing scenario. I tend to set the amp a little high and back off on the volume pedal a bit at the start of a gig. Sometimes intensity and volumes increase over the course of it and this keeps that control right at my feet instead of having to go back to the amp to fine tune. It also works well for things like effect swells.
     
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  15. inthevelvet

    inthevelvet Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2012
    Washington DC
    Yes, plenty of low end esp. for home use. The effects do the same thing as an effects pedal would, ie if you put on a ton of chorus or something, it doesn't punch quite as directly. But that's not to do with the amp. As far as tone compared to the regular rumble, it has the rumble presets so when you desire the basic rumble tone, just go to that patch. Bonus...the "filthy bassman" patch sounds great with guitar!
     
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  16. There are several that look the same but with different names on them, mine says "muslady" it was somewhere around $30.
    I like it for home but wouldn't be sure about gigging with it. The battery lasts for about five or six hours of playing and I can't hear any latency.
     
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  17. EatS1stBassist

    EatS1stBassist

    Apr 15, 2016
    So cal
    I love my 200c and I use it for home. Thick and tasty.
     
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  18. Bassdirty

    Bassdirty

    Jul 23, 2010
    CT
    Both have the capability to bother the neighbors, if you don't keep an eye(or ear?) on the volume knob. And at the volumes you'll likely use, both will have plenty of low end. So, either would be fine..

    That said, it's a choice of which features you like the most. and that's the kinda thing that only you can decide.
    Or set it up as a poll, and choose the most popular on TB community. ;)

    But, the good news is, either way will be pretty cool. :bassist:

    T$
     
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  19. inthevelvet

    inthevelvet Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2012
    Washington DC
    Also, is there a way to use the looper without the footswitch?
     
  20. I always stay away from blls and whistles. The standard Fender Rumble 40 v3 is a fine compromise. I Own Rumble 100 and Rumble 40.
     
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