Shopping for medium amp to use with old gear for specific tone

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Armueller2001, Jul 28, 2017.

  1. Armueller2001


    Sep 19, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    Here's the back story. I haven't played in a few years but am getting back into it with my old gear. Used to play in a rock variety cover band with 30+ shows a year. Right now I have:

    Marcus Miller Jazz Bass
    Line 6 Bass Pod XT
    Tech 21 Bass Driver (adds a lot of punch to the tone)

    I'm looking for a medium size amp that I can practice with and jam with if necessary. I'd really like to start shifting my gear in the direction of getting that Justin Chancellor tone, very throaty bass sound like on Tool's latest album 10,000 Days.

    What amp would you recommend to start getting me in that direction? Should I sell the Marcus Miller and start looking for something else? Apparently Wal's are expensive as shiznit.

    Thanks in advance
  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    Sounds like a Darkglass 900 is in your future, and would allow you to get rid of the Line 6 and Tech 21 as well.
  3. The way the world is moving to in ear monitoring and quiet stages you could do a lot worse than a plain power amp and three way cab and use your pedals to do all the tone.
  4. johnpbass


    Feb 18, 2008
    Glen Mills, PA
    Agree with Downunderwonder. Maybe just pick up a power amp and run the Bass Pod and Bass Driver into it.
  5. Armueller2001


    Sep 19, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    Thanks for the input. Any specific cabs you'd recommend? I think Justin uses Mesa...
  6. Three way cabs are like PA cabs with big bottom end. Flatter response the better. Fearful, which can be DIY or bought, Barefaced, Avatar.
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  7. Armueller2001


    Sep 19, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    Gotcha. I'll look into power amp + 3 way cab to keep it as clean as possible.

    Any recommendation on the bass? I really like Warwicks.
  8. Warwick then.
    Having had noise from single coil passive pickups I tend away from them towards humbuckers.
  9. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Build your own or have them built. Also check out
    Depends on the music, neck width preference and possibly weight. I suggest trying out some before you buy.

    My Ibanez active/passive PJ with 3 band eq., 24 frets and 1.5" neck works for me.
  10. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Inactive

    As you are in the US take a look at Carvin’s range of basses. I have three of their six string models and a five I built from their parts. All wonderful instruments. My avatar shows my LB76WP.

    Edit: I also own a Warwick Streamer which is also a great bass. I’ve installed a set of GHS wires on it tuned B E A D.
  11. somebrains


    Feb 7, 2017
    I have Vette $$'s, and some single coil hiss is worth it when you get to play mixmaster with your pickup selection.

    The $$ pickups are the only MECs I tolerate, sometimes I forget what they are and like them.

    Must be some Seymour Duncan DNA in them when W had something going with SD back when.