1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  
    TalkBass.com has been uniting the low end since 1998.  Join us! :)

Thunderfunk + Basswitch for Double bass

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by JPMcGuire, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. JPMcGuire

    JPMcGuire Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2008
    Lake Orion, Michigan
    Just picked up a basswitch preamp/DI and want to use it through my thunderfunk 800 for both electric and double bass. How does this set up compare to a purely acoustic combo like an acoustic image clarus4 as example for double bass?
  2. Mark Gollihur

    Mark Gollihur Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 19, 2000
    Mullica Hill, NJ
    Owner/President, Gollihur Music LLC
    The 10 megOhm option really opens up most piezo-based pickups for URB. The preamp sounds really tight and amazing.

    And the Basswitch has a TON of gain at its output, you might consider patching it into the effects return of the ThunderFunk rather than the main input, to bypass the TF's preamp section altogether and get the least "colored" tone (unless you like the color that the TF may impart.) That should, essentially, be like running the Basswitch directly into a clean power amp.
  3. JPMcGuire

    JPMcGuire Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2008
    Lake Orion, Michigan
    Thanks mark. Sounds like this is going to be a great Option trying the basswitch right into the return.

    Do you guys think this would be as good or better of an option than a dedicated acoustic head like an AI clarus?
  4. james condino

    james condino Spruce dork Supporting Member

    Sep 30, 2007
    asheville, nc
    Funny.... I've got the high powered Acoustic Image Focus head and I've been lusting after my friend's Thunderfunk.......Both are great amps and will work very well for double bass. If you already have the TF and it is paid for, I'd just stay with that one.

  5. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    I own an AMP 420, the amp the Thunderfunks are based on. It works fine with DB as long as you have the right cabinet. The speaker is far more important than the amp when it comes to getting a good tone.
  6. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    Having used Walter Woods amps for a long time, it took years for pickups and speaker cabinets to "catch up" to the quality and pre amp voicing of my amplifiers. There are some amplifiers that aren't voiced well for Double Bass, but in my limited trial of the Thunderfunk, it sounded fine. I prefer a two channel amplifier, but that limits your choices somewhat.