TalkBass, What Is The Best Amp You've Ever Played Through?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Silas Caldwell, Jun 9, 2021.

  1. TalkBass, What Is The Best Amp You've Ever Played Through?
  2. David76112


    Feb 19, 2012
    Sunn 300T
  3. Jim C

    Jim C I believe in the trilogy; Fender, Stingray, + G&L Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    On a big stage?
    The side fills assuming pro gear and a good man at the monitor mix position!
    Al Kraft, Iristone, Lava and 7 others like this.
  4. mike57


    Feb 12, 2009
    Our Fair City, MA
    SVT w 8x10.

    About 10' out in front of that is what heaven must feel like.
  5. JeezyMcNuggles


    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
  6. Genz Benz Streamliner ( still using it )
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  7. SVT/810 in a provided backline once.
  8. basspipe

    basspipe Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Very tough to decide which of the amps listed below were my favorite:

    • Late 60’s Ampeg B15
    • 1990’s Walter Woods - Bag End 115
    • SWR Baby Blue 2x8 combo
    • Demeter VTBP - Demeter VTHF 300 - Demeter 3x10

    But, all things considered I might conclude that the WW and Bag End combination was my favorite for electric bass.
  9. BoogieZK


    Sep 28, 2008
    Toulouse, France
    Aguilar DB751 with Aguilar DB410, Pinnacle of cleanness.
    Mesa Bass 400+ with Mesa powerhouse 4x12.
    Swr Redhead combo
    Mesa Bassbuster 200 with a 4x10" SWR goliath
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  10. Blues Bass 2

    Blues Bass 2 Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2001
    Davenport Iowa
    This one , that's not me , that's my buddy Bruce .
    Ampeg SVPCL pre, Crown XLS 1500 , fEarful 15/6 and 15 sub .

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  11. tindrum

    tindrum Supporting Member

    May 2, 2007
    Suffolk, VA
    I’m going with my first amp, a Traynor combo, that I got Christmas in 1984. Of course it’s not the “best” sounding amp I’ve played through but arguably the most important. Discovering myself as a musician and bassist as an eager teenager was a magical time that is absolutely impossible to capture again.
  12. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    SVT + Fridge, I miss that.
    I have had various iterations of rack amps that all sounded really great. Even though it is old by today's standards the Yamaha PB1 with a couple thousand Watts of awesome driving a couple stacks was really awesome too. But there's now way I'd carry that again.
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  13. baxter_x


    Nov 27, 2013
    Mesa Titan V12 and Ampeg SvT7
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  14. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    I'm gonna go w/ the same response I had in this thread and this thread:

    I've played through a number of bona fide badass rigs over the years, including a couple of state-of-the-art fullrange PA systems that were scaled down (only slightly!) for onstage bass amplification, Trace-Elliott's top-of-the-line monster rig from the late 1980s, a gorgeous Epifani/Lab Gruppen/Aguilar stack that one of the local rehearsal studios keeps as its house bass rig, plus all the cool stuff I own or have owned over the years...

    ...but the one that immediately springs to mind when I think Best Amp I Ever Played Through was a bog stock Ampeg SVT from ~1975 that belonged to bassist Matthew Gruenberg and lived in a rehearsal studio tucked away in the back of a woodshop in an industrial warehouse in Hoboken NJ. That freakin' thing sounded amazeballs. It made every bass I plugged into it sound better than it had any right to.
  15. FatherTrucker


    Jun 9, 2017
    SVT Pro 7 through my Ampeg 6x10. Bought it to flip it but got a few practice sessions in just to enjoy the tone. Then I would pick it up to remind myself why I wasn't keeping it.
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  16. Katoosie


    Jun 12, 2020
    My amp i currently own.
    Yeah... Not much experience but its goooood
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  17. TheReceder


    Jul 12, 2010
    Played Dino's ballroom in Minnesota back in the late 70s. I was in the warm up act and the bass player (ironically nicknamed Roadie) in the main act (Flight), let me play through his Acoustic rig. Might not have been a 320 head, but all I remember is that those 4 15s seemed to push a lot of air.... and I didn't even have to load in or out.

  18. Gigas444


    Jul 30, 2018
    Pernate - Italy
    I loved my Marshall VBA400 (gone, but not forgotten...) and Trace Elliot heads of the 90's, now I have a tiny Markbass, but I do not use amps live anymore: all digital and very happy about that, even if i miss the big stacks due to my emotional attitude
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  19. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    The next one I build, hopefully. ;)
  20. Then: Fender Bassman 50 head with the twin 15 cab. That amp never let me down. Never had to turn it beyond 1/2 volume, even outdoors.:D Now: Gallien Krueger MB115.:D
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