The Best Seller bass head

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by barroso, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    In an hystorical point of view, which bass amp head is for you the absolute best seller?
    I am not speaking about flavour of the month, or best seller nowadays, I am interested in the best seller in the long run, from the very start.
  2. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    There was a time that every bassist I knew personally had either a Gallien-Krueger 800RB or an Ampeg SVT. I think it's one of those two, with favor to the G-K.
  3. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Of course it's been and still is the SVT. No other amp out there has been in constant production longer or is seen on more stages. GK's amps I would rate second, though. They're probably used by players in a wider variety of styles, but the SVT pretty well dominates rock and pop.
  4. DawnOfNone


    Jan 19, 2009
    Ghent, Belgium
    The SVT without a doubt.
  5. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    I am interested in the model morethan range.
    If SVT, which one? It's plenty of SVT....
  6. alexclaber

    alexclaber Commercial User

    Jun 19, 2001
    Brighton, UK
    Director - Barefaced Ltd
    According to Larry Hartke in the interview in Bass Gear Magazine, the Hartke 3500 is the best selling bass amp ever.

  7. jvdb


    Jul 26, 2006
    When I had to make a guess I'd say the Hartke 3500 as well. I live in Holland and everybody has had one of those at some point in their careers. SVT's, and I mean the REAL SVT's and maybe the SVT CL's are rare overhere. And for the rest of Europe... even rarer.
  8. Ampeg. I love gk heads, but when ever we do a multi show... It's me and maybe one other bassist with GK. EVERYONE else has an Ampeg head. And it seems they're mostly tube...
  9. I agree.. I was goin to add that one could probably flip through the pages of Rolling Stone & see a LOT of Ampeg (and it wouldn't be in a gear magazine). But, that would be just for famous people & not the lil giggers like myself.

    SVT heads are often used as backlines... I have no facts to back my own beliefs - but, I'd say hands down the SVT due to it always being in production.
  10. sedan_dad

    sedan_dad Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2006
    svt hands down
  11. Kenny Allyn

    Kenny Allyn

    Mar 25, 2006
    I gotta think the number of GK 800RBs alone would be staggering.

    :eek: ... And Peavey Mark IIIs ... they never die
  12. Bard2dbone


    Aug 4, 2002
    Arlington TX
    I definitely saw a BUNCH of 800RB's back in the '80's. Hell, I HAD one back in the '80's. I had an SVT for a while. I sold it because the tone changed after a re-tube and I didn't like the new sound. Over the next six years I saw my old SVT head show up in several different bands, only two of which used the same bass pl ayer.

    On the other hand, the multiple 800RB's I was seeing back then were all different amps. They were also a lot cheaper than an SVT, so poor musicians were able to afford them more easily.

    The SVT probably wins based on how long it's been in production. SVT's are for bassists what Marshall's are for guitarists. They're practically reequired at some point.

    But I bet the GK 800RB is high on the list.
  13. greenboy


    Dec 18, 2000
    remote mountain cabin Montana
    greenboy designs: fEARful, bassic, dually, crazy88 etc
    Commodore C64.

    Oops. Wrong forum.
  14. Although the SVT had at least a 10 year head start, they were price prohibited to the average player, where as the G K was much cheaper. My money is on the G K 800RB but dont discount Peavy for shear numbers either.
  15. Bard2dbone


    Aug 4, 2002
    Arlington TX
    That was kind of my point as well. I bought my SVT 'desperately used' and therefore cheap, for an SVT. I never could have afforded a new one. I still couldn't. And that same SVT kept making the rounds long after I let her go.

    But I bought my 800RB new.

    Yeah, there's a lot of Peavey gear out there too, mostly for the same reason. It was cheap and it was loud. It didn't always have a GOOD sound, but it generally made a LOT of sound. When you're in your first band and you want to be heard over two guitarists, you're pretty happy just to be loud. Only later do you reallize how 'bleh; your bass sounded through them. If I sound bitter, there was a TNT130 causing it.

    But in fairness, most eavey products I've seen in the last several years are definitely superior to what was around while I was in high school.
  16. b_carville


    Jun 26, 2008
    Here in America,at one time(70's-early80's) it was probably the SVT.
    Most road gigs I've done where backline was supplied or rented it was almost always the GK800RB.I'll bet there's more of them out there than anything.
    Lately a lot of sound companies are sneaking those Behringer heads into the backline,especially in Europe.
    A bassist friend of mine,who plays in places like Turkey & Dubai says he encounters nothing but Behringer heads in those countries.He says he wouldn't be surprised if they were the most common head worldwide.
  17. pbass2go


    Dec 19, 2004
    Apple Valley, MN
    I'll give you the SVT and 800RB, but wouldn't you consider the Bassman as on of the all time best sellers?

    It has been around a long time and used by a lot of players at one time or another.

  18. Bard2dbone


    Aug 4, 2002
    Arlington TX
    I see more Bassman's (Bassmen?) being used by guitarists than bassists.

    I had one for a while in high school, before the Peavey mentioned above that came before the SVT mentioned above. It was fine for low to medium volume stuff, such as with the schools jazz band. But in an electric band context, it was woefully underpowered. Although the tube distortion was pretty fun.