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"Underground" bass amps.

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Helaskold, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. Helaskold

    Helaskold 100% Mediocre

    Jul 22, 2012
    Austin, TX
    I have recently come to find that there are quite a few amp manufacturers such as Electric Amps and Wizard Amps (Electric Wizard anyone?) that you really wouldn't find if you just shopped at GC and the like.

    What are some other amp manufacturers that aren't well known/advertised? Brands that you have to look for to find. I'm going to be investing a significant amount of money into a head setup and I'm not the type of person to just head to GC and grab an Ampeg. I like having gear that not a lot of people have... unique tone AND I think it just looks cool.
  2. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan
    I like good amps that sound good. I don't like bad amps that sound bad. I could care less what the name plate says, or where it came from.
  3. Mr. Foxen

    Mr. Foxen Commercial User

    Jul 24, 2009
    Bristol, UK
    Amp tinkerer at Ampstack
    Class A Electronics are/were the people who made electric amps. Dozens of small outfits like that. Dunwich are the one in the US I recommend since I've seen his work and it is top notch, there are a lot of bodgers going for thethe 'boutique' market.
  4. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member

    I've owned dozens of high end amps and I now only gig/rehearse with a Jule Monique preamp into a cheap poweramp.

    Best sounding amp I have ever played, period.

    VERY obscure outside of Talkbass, but lots of info on Monique here.

    Chances of seeing another bassist playing one in your area (or any area!) would be super rare. I know lots of local bass players, and none of them have a clue what a Monique is.

    Also, they look super cool.
  5. I will echo this. :)
  6. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Probably not anymore, but Walter Woods was definitely underground a long time ago.
  7. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    I meant his amps, not HIM! :bag:
  8. Hi.

    I have very little experience about the sons work outside the guitar amp our guitarist sometimes uses, but more about his dads work from the 70's.
    Unfortunately the vintage one I have has been neglected for years (by me :() and is in a dire need of re-capping.
    One of these days... ;).


  9. fitz420

    fitz420 Knows Lows

    Oct 6, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I tried to be different for years. I tried so hard to make some pretty obscure stuff sound like an svt. I bought an svt and realized why everyone uses them.

    Having said that, I gig with my streamliner 900. Not unusual here on tb, but in the real world most of the engineers I work weekly with have never seen one before and LOVE it. They kill and I suspect you might be the only one around with one.
  10. edwinhurwitz

    edwinhurwitz Supporting Member

    May 13, 2003
    Boulder, CO
    Endorsing Artist: DR Strings, SMS, D-TAR
    I don't see Sarno Music Solutions getting much attention here. His Classic Tube Pre with a good power amp is a great sounding rig in the tradition of the Alembic pres. He's a great guy to work with because he understands good tone (he's not only a gigging musician but an excellent mastering engineer) and can come up with great mods to his designs to achieve your tonal goals.

  11. N.F.A.


    Jun 25, 2009
    In a blue funk
    Not sure if this qualifies. However, even though most have heard of Matamps, it's rare to actually see one live. How about Earth Sound Research amps? My old one was pretty much a Fender clone and had that cool tuck and roll covering.
  12. edwinhurwitz

    edwinhurwitz Supporting Member

    May 13, 2003
    Boulder, CO
    Endorsing Artist: DR Strings, SMS, D-TAR
    My guitar player in high school had an Earth Sound amp. It was huge, heavy and sounded pretty nice.
  13. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
  14. sonic 7

    sonic 7

    Aug 10, 2011
    Queens, N.Y.C.
    Good one !!
  15. SherwoodGreen

    SherwoodGreen Banned

    Dec 25, 2012
  16. Mr. Foxen

    Mr. Foxen Commercial User

    Jul 24, 2009
    Bristol, UK
    Amp tinkerer at Ampstack
    From the gutshot on the website, wiring looks to be about Marshall standard, pretty far behind Reeves I've seen.
  17. SherwoodGreen

    SherwoodGreen Banned

    Dec 25, 2012
    Care to elaborate on what the differences in wiring between this "Marshall standard" wiring and that of a Reeves
    may be?


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  18. Balog


    Mar 19, 2009
    Bothell, WA
    At $3k for a head I can see why they're underground. :)