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SWR Natural Blonde Vs. California Blonde II

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by meddings, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. meddings


    Aug 8, 2012
    Hi and thanks to all in advance for your help. I checked through previous posts and didn't find exactly what i need to ask so; Does anyone have experience using either of these with an URB? Aside from the fact that they are both big, bulky, and expensive. I own a Cal blonde II and use it with acoustic guitars and Mandolins and have heard and read that you can play an URB through it with no ill effects. I have played my 53 Kay C1 through the Cal Blonde II and it does have a good sound to me; but not tuned specificly for an URB, and I don't want to damage it. I'm thinking of purchasing a SWR Natural Blonde Acoustic Bass Amp but don't see a lot of feed back on them. I have played through a Natural Blonde and like the fact that you can really dial in the sound you want. Any thoughts?
  2. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    I used to know a local guy who played his DB through an original series California Blonde. I thought it sounded great, plenty of good clean sound in any jazz room in Seattle and I see no reason to worry about damaging it. Sat in with it once or twice and liked it quite a bit. Carried it once and didn't, but that's true for a lot of amps.

    If you already have one, I'd use it. If you're shopping and aren't looking at an unbelievable local, used deal, then I think there are better options for weight, power and probably voicing.
  3. meddings


    Aug 8, 2012
    Hey Troy, thanks for your thoughts on this. I would like to use the Cal Blonde II since I already have it. I was mostly concerned about damaging it with the bass. Wagging one amp around is enough! Thanks again.

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