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So why WOULDN'T I want a GK MB212-II combo?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by rojo412, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. rojo412

    rojo412 MARK IT ZERO! Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    I can't think of much of a reason why this wouldn't be the amp for me...

    I have always loved GK amps, so the tonality and volume is what I like.
    My current rig is an MB500 on an Aguilar 2x12 cab (4 ohm), and while it's not ultra-lightweight or one convenient package, it's certainly manageable.
    And I'm keeping that, too, so it's not being replaced.

    The MB212-II combo is the same 500w, same essential head-unit, 41 lbs and smaller than my other rig. It's going to end up cheaper than a head+cab used that I could buy and more portable (even though it will likely be a practice spot rig mostly).

    If you have any slings and arrows to turn me off of it, I'd love to hear what they are.
    Or, if you know this is going to be what I'm after, please help cement my love for it!
  2. I can't think of any reason why not.
  3. Umm.........if you ever needed more speakers you would have to add the powered MBP cab. Then you would not only double your speakers but your power (1000 watts with four 12's). Oh wait, not such a bad thing?
    That's all I have.
  4. Me neither. Buy it. :hyper:
  5. dwjazz54


    Jan 21, 2003
    Jersey City, NJ
    Love mine, great amp!
  6. rojo412

    rojo412 MARK IT ZERO! Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    Oh, good! Sounds like we are on the same page.

    500w and 2x2 has been perfectly fine for all of the gigs I've done, so I'm not afraid of being underpowered. Should I end up with a "stadium" gig (not bloody likely!), I could just bring both amps with me.
    Or yeah, the powered cab could make it a killer stack.
  7. Tractorr


    Aug 23, 2011
    The only thing I could think of and all dependent on what you are paying used. You could just get the GK cab to leave at the practice space and just move the head.

    Though by buying the combo you have a back up should the MB500 go down.

    Oh one other thing. You could potentially get a GK Neo 2x12 for about the same price used and that is a better class of cab. Just something to think about.
  8. amana


    Oct 16, 2013
    I have a very good reason for you to reconsider the buy: Because it is not fair for us with just one rig and we will all envy you? :crying:

    Come on!! Go buy it!!... but only if you promise to post a review comparing the two ;)
  9. And post pic's too - we love eye candy/amp porn. :)
  10. rojo412

    rojo412 MARK IT ZERO! Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    DEAL! May take a little bit, though. A property tax bill, car insurance bill, and phone bill are all due this week...:eek:
  11. Way cool. GAS always wins. :D
  12. SIFJiggy


    Jan 22, 2011

    You get this thing yet?

    I too, am asking - why WOULDN'T I want this? Portability and power for a reasonable price?

    My problem is- I can't find ONE video review and there are not many folks here giving extensive reviews. It makes me skeptical.

    I have an Ampeg pf350 which I like but to get a couple of nice 12s is proving just as costly as the MB212-II --- so I'm kind of lost.
  13. rojo412

    rojo412 MARK IT ZERO! Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    I didn't get one yet. Things got in the way. Plus we moved our practice spot. But I still do want to find one!
  14. SIFJiggy


    Jan 22, 2011

    So you're into the vintage/scooped tone? I'm looking for more boomy and modern than my current Ampegs.
  15. Sparkdog

    Sparkdog Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2006
    Burbank, CA
    I won't try to convince you one way or the other, but rather, will attempt to give you an unbiased factual viewpoint.


    OK, a little kidding there :) but this is seriously the best combo I have used. I have two. I bought one of the first generation models when it came out and the tone, power, and portability blew me away. Not to go all name-droppy on ya, but just so you understand the comment, I was playing with a blues band at the time that featured guys who had toured and recorded with the likes of Ray Charles, Buddy Guy, and Bob Dylan...very experienced players.

    The first night I brought the MB212 the drummer and one of the guitarists came over and checked it out and told me DO NOT bring any other rig for their gigs because that one made the whole band sound better.

    I played that amp hard for over a year and then began to hear a slight buzz from one of the speakers. Nothing bad, but I could hear it. Took it to a GK authorized repair center. The tech concluded it was the top speaker and that possibly the voice coil was causing it. It was out of warranty, but he contacted GK and they overnighted him a brand new speaker at no cost to me. That solved it and I haven't had an issue since. GK customer service is top notch.

    I had a string of festival dates coming up, some of which would require my own rig, so I bought a second MB212 and daisy-chained them together. Hearing two of these things turned up to a healthy stage level is a near-religious experience. That set-up easily covers any outdoor requirement I've had. Some of these dates had a provided backline which was an SVT and 810 cab, we all know that rig and how awesome and thunderous it sounds, but IMO it had nothing on the twin MB212 rig and it's ability to move serious air. Here's a clip from one of those shows, there's PA support of course but I think you can hear the GK's working:

    I use one combo for most clubs, both of them for big rooms and outdoors. The DI is not remarkable, but clean and very usable.

    I have some fairly extensive reviews of this amp here on TB if you want to hunt them down, but I don't think you can go wrong with this amp, nor is there anything better in the price range that I'm aware of.

    Happy hunting!
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  16. vince a

    vince a

    Jun 13, 2006
    Modesto, CA
    . . . what he said . . .
  17. SIFJiggy


    Jan 22, 2011
    Thanks Spark!!

    I'll check out the vid when I get near decent speakers.

    The only thing I've concluded is that there MAY be reliability issues - have seen a number of reports of burning and/or speakers blown. - this is not a concern for me, I'm not gigging full time and everyone has reported that GK support is top notch.

    Do you have experience with the new "II" series? I know they changed the DI positioning and have moved production to the USA. And that's about it!

    Thanks again Spark- I really like to obsess and research a lot before spending even more than 100 bucks!
  18. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.

    Because there isn't any tubes in it???
  19. SIFJiggy


    Jan 22, 2011

    Points for hdracer - but I've only had one pre-tube in my life and it wasn't world-changing. And if I want to go all tube I'm spending double the MB212ii for JUST THE HEAD.

    Good argument but on a budget it's not enough to steer me away.
  20. LOL! Killin' Me!

    HaHaHa! :D Freddie Mercury must have been right after all "Fat Bottom Girls Make The Rock'n World Go Round" :p
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