swr workingman's

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by pwl_311, Sep 20, 2001.

  1. pwl_311

    pwl_311 Guest

    Feb 23, 2001
    Does anyone have any experience with the workingman's heads or cabs (good or bad)? Obviously the pro series swr equipment is better, but I don't have enough money for anything in that series. If you have any other recommendations as far as a nice fairly priced head and combo setup please let me know. Thank you
  2. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    Aug 31, 2001
    Halifax, Canada
    Owner - St. Germaine Guitars
    I have played the Workingmans 12, and for the price I would say that it is one of the best deals I have seen on 1x12 combo as far as volume and tone go. I would say that the tone of the Workingman's isn't worse than the pro (I have a Super Redhead) but is different. It is a bit more sterile (no tube preamp), but I find that it is really good. the ways I can see that they have reduced the cost is mainly the lack of tube preamp, and the piezo tweeter rather than the foster horn (though I'm sure there is a difference in the quality of the electronic components as well). I haven't tried the heads themselves or the cabs, butif this is any indication I would say that they should be good, and furthermore well worth the money. I would definitely say that you should try them out. What I would try is the 4004 head with the 410t cab.If I need a smaller practice type amp in the future it will definitely be a Workingman's 12.

  3. Freakapotamus9

    Freakapotamus9 Guest

    Jun 20, 2001
    i agree with DingZ2. the tone isnt "worse" or "less quality" its different. i have the WM15 combo, and think very highly of it. its great for the amount of money. i got mine for $500 including the tax. great tone, features, and quality. havent tried any of the heads or cabs, but i liked all the combos.
  4. I've owned a Workingman's 15" + tweeter combo and it is a great amp. Its loud, tough, has a great sound, and can handle any kind of bass. Here is my bottom line--keep saving up for the pro series OR you can easily get just as good amps from CARVIN for a much lower price; not that carvin bad which it definately isn't but because they sell factory direct--thats why u never see carvin amps in stores. Get one. They're really good. Go here Carvin Bass Amps for more info on some great amps!!
  5. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe Supporting Member

    Jun 4, 2001
    Holland, MI
    i got SWR WM 1x15T cab. i love it
  6. pmkelly

    pmkelly Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    I ended up with a WM 4004 head in a trade, which I am thankful for, because I am such a dufus for Ampeg that I would have never looked at SWR... It is a great head. I run it into an Ampeg 4x10 cab (see above about dufus) and it sounds beutiful... I used to use a Line 6 with it, but recently I have been just using the amp with a BBE in the effects loop... It's a great amp, and if the price on the head is still what it used to be, I would say that you can't beat it.....

  7. pkr2

    pkr2 Guest

    Apr 28, 2000
    coastal N.C.
    I own a 4004 with 2x10 and have no complaints at all.

    I plan to add a 1x15 later but I'm in no hurry cause it sounds great to me with just the 2x10.

    Very versatile EQ. Probably not what you'd want if you want to shake buildings but loud enough to make you reach for earplugs if you really crank it.

    Portability is good. Gutsy but not too heavy to manage.

    Remains to be seen how I'm gonna like carpet instead of Tolex but it looks nice in the living room. :)

  8. If the "workingman" stuff is a lower priced line of gear, shouldn't it be called the "unemployedman"

    just wondering :D
  9. MrFortuneCookie

    MrFortuneCookie Guest

    Aug 23, 2000
    New York, NY
    Well no, cause the whole point is that it's for your average workingman or woman who can't afford pro gear like a professional, hence the professional series rigs.
  10. gruffpuppy

    gruffpuppy Guest

    Aug 15, 2000
    In your basement.
    Working Man 15 and love it. The thing has gone over my shoulder and down 2 flights of stairs. Still sounds great.
  11. i recently tried the workingman's 410 cab, side by side with a goliath3 and thought they sounded very similar, the goliath could handle more power, but the workingman's still had that swr tone. The main diffrence i heard was the highs were a bit crisper and more transparent, due to the fostex horn, but over all, if ya want that swr sound an don't ahve alot of $ go for it
  12. I know I was just jokin' :)
  13. I'm VERY satisfied with my stack :

    SWR Workingman's 4004 + EDEN cx410

    the SWR has remarkable high output, even at 260 watts ( 8ohm = 260w, 4 ohm = 400w )
    I wonder how much juice i can pump out of my baby when i add a second cx410 :D :D :D

    the SWR also has 1U spare space for tuner/digitiser/whatever, which is also a nice feature.

    but the best part of it is the so-called " aural enhancer ", it cuts frequencies that overlap other, low frequencies, making the bass sound lower.
    in fact, if i plug in a passive bass, and turn the aural enhancer way up, the passive bass starts to sound active ! that rox ! :)
  14. MrFortuneCookie

    MrFortuneCookie Guest

    Aug 23, 2000
    New York, NY
    I know this is kind of off subject, but since allodoX mentioned both SWR and Eden i thought i would say this. I recently heard, though this may be rediculously old news, that SWR bought Eden amps and so now, Eden is a part of SWR. I mean, i also know the thing of how David Eden was an SWR employee who left and did his thing and created Eden, and then i was told, like i said, that Eden was sold to SWR. Interesting huh? (retorical question)
  15. That explains why it's such a good stack :D
  16. yeah i heard that too, well something close to it
  17. I have a WM 10 combo and a WM 2004 w/ 4x10T. they rule all!:D :D :D :cool:
  18. JazzV


    Feb 27, 2001
    I've got a 4004 powering the WM 4x10T and WM 1x15T. I usually just roll the whole unit to where I want to go, put the 15 on the floor, pop the casters on the 10, and lift it onto the 15. Two cables and a plug into an outlet, and I'm ready to go. This setup pushes 400 watts into 4 ohms, so it's pretty loud if I crank it. The only problem is that I generally use it in church, and the building is pitiful acoustically. Lots of cinder block and a very odd shape, so I end up losing some of the sound clarity. I took it to a different church one night which actually had a stage. Man did it sound gutsy.
    Just proves that a lot of your sound is in your surroundings. I play a Mexi Jazz Deluxe V, and this system handles the B very well.
  19. I just picked up the WM 4004 head and 4x10T cab, and I love it. Of course, I was upgrading from a Peavey TKO 65 combo, so just about *anything* would sound good...

    But anyway, I love the SWR. The sound is great, and with the 5 band EQ and the aural enhancer, you can get a lot of usable sounds out of it.

    I think I'm going to have to get the 1x15T cab to go along with it though.. need a little more volume, since both guitarists in my band just got those Mesa Dual Rectifier heads.. dang those things are loud....
  20. FatFunker

    FatFunker Guest

    Sep 6, 2001
    Rochester, New York
    They are great heads and cabs, the only thing I Would recomend is spend an extra $100 and get the 4004 head you will find that the 2002 will not be loud enough and this way with the 4004 you won't have to upgrade, Also if you got the cash get the 4x10 cab and then ad the 15 if not get the 15 and when you can add the 4x10. Good Luck and Funk On!!!;)