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Shopping for a GK...which one?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by dave120, Jul 30, 2005.

  1. dave120


    Jun 27, 2005
    Central Florida
    Well with larger venues on the horizon for the band, I think it's time to upgrade my amp. See my other post on the amp I have now that I'm not sure what I'm even using.

    I've pretty much decide my next amp will be a GK. I've been looking for an 800rb, but lately I've been checking out others aka 700rb and 1001rb. The old 700 has like 350 watts where the new one has like 480 or something so I assume the new one is the better choice, and it has more than the 800 does. The 1001 is basically a more powerful 700. I like the sound of all these amps, and they are all similar to my ear, so my question is:

    Do I really need the 700+ watts of the 1001 or will 480 work? Or will 300 work? I don't imagine I'll be playing for more than a few hundred for quite a while, and not without PA support that I can run to direct. Which of these amps would work best for running a 4x10 and a 1x15 rig?
  2. Personally I'd go the 1001RB II , it has roughly 200w more juice, and you said your moving onto bigger and better things venue wise- the extra 200w is there even if it's just there for head room persposes. I have found the 1001RB II seems to sound better it's a little fatter even with the same settings.

    Only about $100 difference if you live in the USA, so it's a good buy...
  3. Fred312b

    Fred312b Proof that gear doesn't make you a better player Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2002
    Chicago, IL
  4. vacman


    Mar 8, 2004
    portland, or
    I second the 1001rb. But hey, why not live on the wild side and go for the 2001rb? :ninja: Who needs a stinken PA anyway? ;)
  5. funky_bass_guy

    funky_bass_guy Guest

    Jul 30, 2004
    I would go for the 1001RB and I want to upgrade to that soon :D
  6. Dirty Dave

    Dirty Dave

    Oct 17, 2004
    Boston, MA
    While I can't argue with the "more headroom is better" advice, I can certainly assure you that the 700RB-II is pretty freakin' LOUD.

    I currently play in a classic/modern rock cover band with two guitarists that play through Marshall half stacks and my 700RB-II (w/115SBX/210SBX cabs) has no problem cutting through with plenty of headroom to spare. I have yet to bring the volume past approx. four (or 10/11:00) without feeling the need, or being asked, to turn down.

    If the extra $100 is not much of an issue for you then maybe you would feel better playing it safe with the 1001RB-II. If it is, then feel confident the 700RB-II will get the job done, especially with PA support for the larger venues.
  7. i would definetly go for the 1001rb-II
  8. 'JC'


    Mar 14, 2000
    DirtyDave - are you using the 200W or 400W SBX cabs?
  9. xb100


    Mar 24, 2004
    NH, In
    +1 for the 1001-II RBI.

    For 600$ you can't go to wrong the only other option I'd think of would be a kustom groove bass, but thats a totally dfifferent amp.

    I always like to have lots of headroom. the 1001rbi II has 460 watts @ 8 ohms and 700 watts @ 4 ohms. Plenty of power for about any situation.

    Not to mention it weighs 11 lbs or so. I'd get a gk 410 and 210 to go along with it (sbx series) Or get a neo 212.
  10. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    go for the 1001-II - the more headroom, the better.
  11. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent

    May 31, 2004
    San Diego, Ca.
    Dealer Nordstrand Pickups.
    GK1001RB-II 700 watts @4ohms. You'll not regret the extra $100 and You'll not have that nagging thought in the back of your mind that you could have had "just a little better" if you got the 700RB instead.
    It's only money. :D
  12. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.


    I have zero problems being heard in sizeable clubs with my 700RB-II. I do agree, though, that, for $100.00 more, the 1001 is a great deal.
  13. Dirty Dave

    Dirty Dave

    Oct 17, 2004
    Boston, MA
    I purchased the original 200W SBX series cabs before the 400W SBX-II series became available. However, within the first two months of use I blew the woofer in the 115SBX. GK promptly replaced it with the new 400W used in the SBX-II's and I haven't had any problems with it since. The 210SBX has held up fine since day one.

    Given this experience I would be hesitant to recommend the original 200W SBX cabs but am completely comfortable recommending the SBX-II series cabs without reservation.
  14. Trevor.A


    Jan 2, 2005
    Lubbock, TX
    headroom is never a bad thing... unless you have no self control
    and its only $100 more
  15. 4Mal

    4Mal Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    I just ran that same decision by and for $100 I chose the 1001 rb II. $600 burned in and delivered from Rik's.

    I'm really impressed with this amp so far.
  16. Tash


    Feb 13, 2005
    Bel Air Maryland
    I'm about to get a 1001RB-II. The 700RB would probably be enough for me now, but 'm confident the 1001RB will meet my future needs as well. I'm starting off with a single 212 Neo cab and will add a second if I run into volume issues at larger gigs. I cannot think of a single reason to buy a 700RB when you can get the 1001B for so little extra $$$
  17. Dirty Dave

    Dirty Dave

    Oct 17, 2004
    Boston, MA
    It came down to the choice of cabs for me.

    I know that when I bought my 700RB-II, part of my reasoning was I thought it might be a better match for the 200W GK SBX cabs. I wanted to go with the SBX series to take advantage of the GK's biamp capabilites. I remember being a little concerned that the 1001RB-II might be a little too powerful for them. Now that GK has upgraded the SBX-II series to 400W, I would have to agree with you.
  18. dave120


    Jun 27, 2005
    Central Florida
    I'm not too worried about power handling since my 410 will take 800 watts and the 115 I'm getting will take 500. With those cabs paired up for a 4 ohm load I should get plenty of power, although I won't be using the bi-amp feature because my cabs don't have speakon connectors, but that's alright.

    I'll probably save up for the 1001 because I probably won't ever need another amp that way...thanks guys
  19. There actually is a tonal reason for choosing the 700 over the 1001. If you prefer a more saturated tone, then the 700rb would be a better choice. The 1001 has so much power that you would have to play it rediculously loud in order to run it into the rails. Tonally what that translates into is the 1001RB is a cleaner tone, the 700RB is fatter. The difference is subtle, but you can feel it when you're playing at high volume levels.

  20. Well there you have it. The authority has spoken.

    I really dont think you can go wrong with a 1001RB-II.