Tone of Fender B-DEC 30?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by ZoSoIV, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. ZoSoIV

    ZoSoIV Guest

    Mar 28, 2007
    I might buy one based on its band-in-a-box reputation, but since it is a practice amp and not meant for gigging its only 30 watts.
    I already own a Fender Rumble 15, and when I turn the volume even up *half way* the bass becomes unintelligible and muddy, and really can't express my P-Bass DiMarzio's very well.
    However, I can't seem to find a single one of these B-DEC models near my town, so I'm considering ordering it online which I think is risky as I might get a tone I'm not fond of.
    Have you played with a B-DEC? Should I expect better lows than in the Rumble 15? For $400, I'd sure hope so!
  2. Mesa


    Mar 20, 2008
    Holly Springs NC

    I wouldn't buy this amp with the expectation of eliciting great tones from it. It does a great job at modeling various amps, but IMO, it's not meant for volume or accurate reproduction of what you send it. For example, I get many tones from a Jazz bass into my bigger rig than the B-Dec has ever given me in any way. (I do love the Bassman model on the B-dec, however, for its warmth and bottom.)
    What this amp does do well is give you quite a few amp and effect models and some great tracks to jam over. Its MIDI capabilities are decent as well. I often use mine with headphones, as the sound is appreciably better through the phones than through the speaker. I sometimes also run it through a 410, which sounds decent, but there's only so much you're going to get with 30w. You could use the line out function into a beefier amp, but I've yet to bother.
    I used to own a G-dec, and my experience with the bass version is pretty similar. It makes a great practice tool, but its tones through the stock speaker are less than inspiring.

    Take Care,

  3. ZoSoIV

    ZoSoIV Guest

    Mar 28, 2007
    Are there any better sounding practice amps with such effects and drum kits that you know of?