Something large and similar to GK?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by edr, Jun 3, 2019.

  1. edr


    Mar 28, 2019
    Recommendation thread, I guess?

    I have a GK MB112 (earlier series, with the metal grate on it) (200W I think) (1x12"), and it's big enough for rehearsal (and probably most of our gigs, tbh) but I was thinking about something a bit bigger for gigs that I could leave at our rehearsal space. If I get something bigger, I'd love for it to sound somewhat similar. I'm unlikely to get a bigger GK combo/amp/cab unless I find a good used deal like I did for my current combo, but I haven't seen any around.

    I've heard that out of "light", "cheap", and "sounds good", I can only pick 2. GK is out of the budget if I'm buying new. But I like buying used anyway. My budget is probably 500usd.
    So what brands / models should I be on the lookout for? Doesn't have to be a combo.
    Lightweight is preferable (my wrists and back aren't the best) but not required, as long as it's not extra heavy.

    I'm pretty inexperienced at amp shopping, and my GK is my only amp (er, combo) that works well right now, so having another amp will be great.

    Maybe bullet points are better:
    • Light, if possible
    • Sounds kind of like my GK
    • 300W or bigger, I guess
    • Stack or combo
    • Solid state
    • less than 500usd, preferably
    • new or used
    • not super focused on one genre
    I know I need to just start trying lots of stuff in person, but any advice you fine people might have would help narrow my search :)
  2. edr


    Mar 28, 2019
    I rechecked CL and actually found a MB410 for a bit more than 500. It's certainly tempting... that being said part of me feels like I should branch out a bit. It looks like a good deal though....... *GAS intensifies*
  3. farace


    Jul 9, 2016
    Connecticut USA
    FWIW, someone here on TB had a GK MB212-II recently. 500 watts, 41 lbs. I have the same amp and I love it.
  4. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    It's hard to find a better value than GK. Fender Rumbles are good as well for that, but definitely not the sound you want.

    I would look in the classified for an MB500 or even 200, and a 212 or pair of 112 cabs.
  5. BogeyBass

    BogeyBass Inactive

    Sep 14, 2010
    A really really old still working GK 400 or 800RB.

    Then a Used neo GK 2x12

    Of course talk bass will tell you need a warranty and 260 to 330 watts " isn't enough"

    But after you realize that the pure snappy grind and " legacy" products are only legacy cause of the tears of joy that 1986 amp technology shed.

    Mated with the light ground breaking neo technology of 2006

    Will achieve the ultimate sound a P bass has captured in all those songs.