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Small but usable combo for acoustic bass?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by ficelles, Jan 13, 2021.

  1. ficelles


    Feb 28, 2010
    Devon, England
    Looking for a combo for acoustic bass guitar (ABG/AEB), I am after something ultra compact but still powerful enough for an indoor band scenario assuming no drums. Would be ideal if it could double for electric/acoustic cello!

    I already have a little 2x8 rig so definitely after a grab-and-go combo.

    All suggestions welcome :)
  2. theduke1

    theduke1 Supporting Member

    Dec 22, 2010
    Manitowoc WI
    The Fender Rumble series
    I have the 500 2x10 combo and love it
  3. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
  4. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    PJB Briefcase.
  5. Mushroo

    Mushroo Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Massachusetts, USA
    Acoustic Image amps are fantastic for ABG.
  6. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    Look at Phil Jones Bass. That's exactly what they do.
    ficelles, macmanlou, frustum and 4 others like this.
  7. Steve88

    Steve88 Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2014
    Macedon, NY
    I recently got an Eden TN 2251. It sounds much clearer than my old combo, and even handles a low B decently. It's pretty compact and easy to pack since it's basically a cube. I'm pretty happy with it so far. I haven't had a chance yet to use it out of the house though.
  8. pjbassist


    Mar 13, 2014
    Fort Wayne, IN
    If you decide to go Old School, the SWR Strawberry Blonde was MADE for acoustic applications! I have one I'd part with, if you're interested.

    Strawberry Blonde.jpg
    SlowpokeJoe likes this.
  9. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    Phil Jones Double 4. 11 x 8 x 6.8 inches, 70 watts, under 9 lbs.
  10. spufman


    Feb 7, 2005
    Central CT
    A Genzler or older Genz Benz combo is always a good choice for great, versatile tone in an easy carry.
  11. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    What's your budget?
  12. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Wow, I'm too late.

    +++ on a Phil Jones case or a Double Four. Super portable. Won't dent your skull like a big amp but more than you'll need to keep up with a combo without loud drums. I'd describe it as a coffee house amp.
    Hurricane Jimmie likes this.
  13. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000

    Some are tiny and fit in a bag that hangs on your shoulder.
    smidgley and Passinwind like this.
  14. EatS1stBassist


    Apr 15, 2016
    So cal
    Rumble 100 or preferably the 200c!
    Ggaa likes this.
  15. devnulljp


    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    Came here to say this
    Did a jazz gig with a Kala bass uke and one of these

  16. ficelles


    Feb 28, 2010
    Devon, England
    I've had an AER Alpha 40 - definitely not suitable for bass except in a very low volume scenario imo.
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2021
  17. ficelles


    Feb 28, 2010
    Devon, England
    No specific limit, but not unlimited. Such a vague response, I should be a politician :)
  18. RColie

    RColie Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 21, 2007
    Eugene, OR
    I would recommend the Genzler MG350 BA10-2 combo. There are reviews from upright players saying how natural sounding their instrument is through this combo. It's also great for acoustic and electric bass.
    RyanKinBK, Giraffe and ficelles like this.
  19. ficelles


    Feb 28, 2010
    Devon, England
    Some interesting suggestions, some of them larger than the 2x8 option I already have!

    In the short term I have scored a Phil Jones Session 77 combo at a good price, will see how that works out when it turns up but definitely keen to check out the Acoustic Image amps.

    One of my concerns about using a "normal" bass amp is they are designed for magnetic pickups and piezos don't always sound that good through them. I have a particular loathing for acoustic guitars through valve guitar amps, but maybe acoustic bass isn't quite so bad.
  20. Wfrance3

    Wfrance3 Supporting Member

    May 29, 2014
    Tulsa, OK
    I have a GKMB110 and use it at church pretty extensively. It was really surprising how much that little amp can do. I don't have a AEB any longer, but have played my U-Bass with it, and it's been stellar. I manly play my p bass, or my 5 string. Our Church Stage consists of 4 singers, band leader acoustic in the pa, electric lead in his own small fender amp, (not sure which one) another acoustic in the pa, mandolin in the pa, drums, no plastic drums cage.
    MB 110 Specs — Gallien-Krueger
    I had been using a Peavy Lynx 110 that I bought when I was 25 or so. It would keep up with all that at volume around 4 or 5. The Peavy finally died, and I replaced it with the GK. Very musical amp, no frills/no hassles. I had originally thought I would need one of those matching powered cabinets:
    MBP Cabinets — Gallien-Krueger
    Turns out I didn't need it. Was suspicious I wouldn't because the PV was a non-class D 35 watts, and the GK is 100 watts class D.
    J R Knots and BassToGoGo like this.
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