So what's the stereotypical "Dad" amp?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by equill, Aug 5, 2020.

  1. equill


    Nov 25, 2010
    Prompted by the dad-bass thread, and because we're all bored senseless, so it gives us another thing to waste time quibbling over.

    I'm tempted to say "an amp," personally. So have at it!
  2. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Columbia, MD Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Fender Rumble 100/200. 800 Stage if you want to show off.
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2020
  3. Yep. Fender Rumble. Maybe an SWR or 2.

    Or some hodge-podge of garage sale hardware.
  4. Anything Peavey.
  5. jeffb28451


    Aug 6, 2006
    Leland NC
    10 year old Acoustic 50 watter w a 12” from GC, used.
  6. Gluvhand

    Gluvhand Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2014
    Rockland County, NY
    Hartke head and rat fur covered cab(s).
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  7. Timmah

    Timmah Supporting Member

    May 19, 2011
    Regular dad: Fender Rumble or a 15-year-old Ampeg with a 410

    Talkbass-chic dad: Mesa or Bergantino
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  8. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I don't understand any of these threads. Honestly, nothing about my preferences in bass gear changed when I became a dad (which wasn't until I was almost 40 and had been playing for 25 hears).

    I know dozens of musicians who became parents long after they became musicians. Same thing. Nothing about their gear changes I'm a notable way. The one exception would be transitioning to lighter or ampless gear.... which the entire industry seems to be doing, so we can't exactly pin that on dads.
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  9. I figured the amp/cabs mentioned so far would be played by the youth as their dads have the nice Mesa, Bergantino, Genzler and such, and if that darn kid would ever play something descent I may let him use my rig.
  10. equill


    Nov 25, 2010
    I'm not totally sure I understand it either, but actual reproductive status doesn't really seem to come into it. So think of it as short-hand for "the kind of bass/amp/whatever you'd expect to see being used by the bass player for a stereotypical dad-band."
    So, the stuff you'd see in the hands of 40-plus types who've managed not to notice that the gear world has moved on in the last 20-plus years.

    Hmm... do we need a thread on the taxonomy of dad-bands?
  11. dougjwray


    Jul 20, 2005
    Maybe a GK 800RB with a Hartke 410XL (aluminum cones) cabinet.
    Dad bought them in 1990 when the combination was absolutely ubiquitous, and he hasn't shopped since then. He keeps them in the garage next to the leaf blower, the hedge trimmer, and some old child car seats.

    (Mind you, that was a great combination!)
  12. chaosMK


    May 26, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM
    Too much hip thrust
    I saw this exact setup at my second show in probably like 1995-1996. It was a death metal band.
  13. --Vissinger --

    --Vissinger --

    Jan 31, 2010
    ampeg b15 under some boxes in the back shed
  14. gorneyg

    gorneyg Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2012
    New Jersey
    I think a lot of these opinions are shaped on what amps are constantly posted about on Talkbass.
    For most I think it has to do with what your needs are or what your budget allows.
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  15. Drucifer

    Drucifer Not currently practicing Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2009
    Houston Heights, Texas
    Endorsements: your name could be here, Mr. Sadowsky!
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  16. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Pittsburgh PA!
    Hartke Kickback 12
  17. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
  18. chaosMK


    May 26, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM
    Too much hip thrust
    I imagine SWR, Rat Fur, lead sleds or ~100lb combos of any type, maybe an old PA head. New dad rig... Markbass or anything lighter than the last rig.
  19. Seashore


    Jun 2, 2019
    My amp is older than me, but not by enough to be my dad, so this question has been haunting me since I was old enough to do the math. My mom's not telling.
  20. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    I like that idea, and I'll nominate myself in both those categories.

    Regular Dad amps: Fender Rumble 100 and 1967 Fender blackface Bassman (hey, if you've owned one since 1967, you're definitely in dad territory.)

    Talkbass-Chic Dad: Genz-Benz Shuttle 6.2
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