Top 5 bass combo amps under $1K

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by lowendblues, Jul 6, 2008.

  1. lowendblues

    lowendblues Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    I know this has probably been done to death, but I'd like to hear some experts chime in. I'm talking best overall here. tone, weight, features ect... your "desert island" combo amp.
  2. FingeringAm

    FingeringAm Inactive

    Jun 28, 2008
    So Cal
    i had a similar question and the eden nemesis consistantly came up..theres one for like $949 but i cant remember exactly
  3. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    GK MB150E combo, assuming there are no tube guitar amps or loud drummers on the desert island.
  4. Markbass Mini CMD 121P. In the right hands, the little combo is capable of an incredible array of sounds. Being lightweight enough to carry around in one hand isn't so bad either. :smug:
  5. SuzyCreamcheese


    Jan 22, 2008
    I paid for my Markbass 12 inch combo about €900.
    And its amazing! Seriously the best buy I ever made.
    It has a really clean sound extremely loud (!!!) for its size and really really really light weightwise.
    Oh and the yellow grows on you.
  6. Visirale


    Mar 23, 2003
    I'd vote for the markbass also.

    I've also used nemesis amps a lot at school. They sound great, but if it's my money, I'd get the markbass.
  7. Radek


    Jun 12, 2008
    I'm looking after Roland D-bass 210 or 115. In the price point but with some pretty good COSM based preamps and EQ. I'm leaning more to 15" based one. There are some smart thinking in those combos both for preamp and speaker sections.

    Markbass mini CMD 112P plus 15" cabinet seem to be sweet enough too (but for a higher price thought).
  8. Coelho


    May 10, 2006
    Astoria, NY
    Markbass mini CMD 112P
  9. yeah, all this markbass talk had me dying to try one, but there arent any in maine! i have an ampeg ba115hp, nice sound, but heavy. well i ran into a markbass ar gc today! special order gone wrong, its the 112p combo, and wow, you guys were right. sounds amazing, very versitile, and lightweight is an understatement. after movin that ampig around im dying to get that markbass! 899s i a little much for me though! regardless, that markbass combo is sick!
  10. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Even still, for what you get out of it, I think it's a pretty good price.
  11. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    I know it probably doesn't compare to the Markbass stuff, but if you're on a budget, I've been very impressed with the Fender Bassman 150 (150 watts, 12"+horn).
  12. I got my Fliptop for $850.
    Depends on if the venues on the desert island have PA support.
  13. BassyBill

    BassyBill Still here Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    Markbass for me also - I like the 210 over the 112, but that's just personal preference.
  14. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Allentown, PA!
    Regardless of the QC issues, the Ampeg B200-R.

    Consistently sweet, tube-pre vintage tone from the big 15" speaker, and an ultra-musical EQ section. Wattage enough for mid-sized gigs and a beautiful package to boot.

    The intermittent buzz from the rear of the amp chassis that can drive picky freaks (like ME) crazy is easily drowned out in any actual playing situation.

    Mine cost less than $600 new; that's a good deal under your limit, and a good deal all around.
  15. Eden Nemesis NC210.

  16. Pickebass

    Pickebass Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    San Antonio, TX
    If you can find one used the SWR super redhead... Good power, not too big and good clean sound with all the pro features in one space.

    Also love the GK Mb150e. Use it all the time because of size.
  17. If I could find a used one my Mesa Walkabout Scout 1x12 300 watts under 50 pounds BOOOM!!
  18. Basswhore


    Feb 18, 2007
    New Orleans
    Markbass CMD121p. I had, and loved, the GK for about 10 years until Katrina took it out. I replaced it with the Markbass. It's the same amp, just 15 or 20 years more advanced. Before anyone gets upset, I know they don't sound the same. They do however preform the same function- a small as possible 112. The difference is the markbass puts out three times as much power it's own, and with an extension cab you get 500w. I hope to see what the next 20 years gives us!
  19. jlepre


    Nov 12, 2007
    Cedar Knolls, NJ
    Genz Benz Shuttle 3.0-8T 300 Watt Lightweight Bass 1x8 Combo

    Plenty of low end and punch from such a small (under 15 pounds) package.
  20. GregC

    GregC Questlove, Black Thought, Hamilton Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    +1, including the "boom!" part.:D If you like old-school, "tubey" tone, the Scout's as good as it gets, IMO. They generally go for $800-900 used.

    I'm not sure if this one in the classifieds is still available, but the seller is a standup guy: