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What are YOUR six "Classic Bass Amps"?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by cfsporn, Apr 7, 2015.


  1. cfsporn

    cfsporn

    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    So, Reverb posted their list and it has created a bit of controversy here. So far, nobody agrees 100% with the list as posted.

    So what are your Six Classic Bass Amps?


    I was going to go by their rules as much as possible, but I realized that to impose their limitation of no cabs is stupid so I am not going to do it. If a cab and a head are frequently used together (SVT, Acoustic 360/361 370/371, etc...) they count as one.

    Have fun...
     
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2015
  2. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Mike Lull GK Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass
    Oh rats
    You mean I cannot mention earfulls.
     
  3. cfsporn

    cfsporn

    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    Yeah... I realized that rule was stupid and has no place here.

    Have at it Kool-Aide Klub ;)
     
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  4. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Mike Lull GK Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass
    SVT
    Acoustic 360
    Bassman
    800rb
    SUNN
    Trace Elliot AH-1000
     
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  5. cfsporn

    cfsporn

    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    Which SUNN?
     
  6. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Mike Lull GK Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass
    The concert
     
  7. pfschim

    pfschim Just a Skeleton with a Jazz bass

    Apr 26, 2006
    SF Bay Area
    I'd go with these for classics:

    B15
    Fender Bassman (50/60/70)
    Sunn 200s
    Kustom 200/2x15 porthole tuck&roll
    SVT/810 flatback
    Acoustic 360/361

    if I could have seven, I would include the GK 800RB

    but, in fairness, I am an old guy and so, to me, anything defined as a classic, goes back a ways.
     
  8. HeavyAxe

    HeavyAxe

    Jul 16, 2013
    Alberta, Canada
    SUNN Model-T
    Ampeg SVT
    Acoustic 360
    Marshall Superbass
    Ampeg V4B
    Whatever the hell Laney amp Geezer played through in the early Sabbath days :bassist:
     
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  9. cfsporn

    cfsporn

    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    SVT
    B-15
    800RB
    36(7)0/36(7)1
    Sunn 2000s
    HiWatt DR****
     
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  10. Abrahampost

    Abrahampost

    Feb 22, 2013
    Vermont
    Hmmm

    B15 - classic tube tone with small volume for the studio

    SVT - the era of big iron and as many tubes as you can stomach replacing

    Acoustic 360 - when solid state took over

    400/800RB - when solid state figured out how to make driving the output stage sound awesome

    Eden WT800 - big amps with weight to match the headroom and clarity

    Alembic F2B>power amp - the "rack rig" days. Classic fender tone stack with lots of power.

    Honorable mention: micro of your choice. For myself it would be TH500 - finally tone without the weight

    In defense, I think of it as a list of classic examples of how bass technology has developed. One could easily replace the svt with a super bassman or the Eden with an swr but for me these are the amps I think of.
     
  11. 1bassplayinfool

    1bassplayinfool -Nowhere Man- Supporting Member

    Ampeg B-15 SVT
    Acoustic 360/370
    GK 400/800rb

    all classics... my pick six

    honorable mention to Sunn and Hiwatt
     
  12. skwee

    skwee

    Apr 2, 2010
    Minneapolis
    I only have two:
    SWR Redhead 2x10
    Peavey Combo 300
     
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  13. alaskaleftybass

    alaskaleftybass Will Hanbury, Jr. Supporting Member

    Mar 21, 2012
    Sitka, Alaska
    Amen bruddah... both of these were game changers in their day. For the time the Combo was a beast, and still is! :thumbsup:
     
  14. MrSidecar

    MrSidecar Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2008
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    I'm more or less fine with the original list- but the Markbass? I'd take that one out, and, from a tech standpoint, add the Walter Woods MI100-8. Why?

    -try to think of another head in, say, 1979, that weighed roughly 3 kilos, while being tank-solid and putting out about 150-200 watts into 4 Ohms. With great tone, of course.

    On a more technical note, they were the first ever amps to utilize switch mode power supplies, which was a big factor in reducing the weight as opposed to traditional linear power supplies. That was simply decades ahead of the competition.

    Some say, they were the first solid state amps to actually sound good... I don't know about that but they sure make the list in my book.

    best
    sidecar
     
  15. BazzTard

    BazzTard Banned

    MY classic 6 are all the amps I've owned, tongue firmly in cheek

    1978 Coronet 30w Bass Amp - count em, 30 watts!

    1982 Eminar 100W PA Head - I can almost be heard now

    1984 Fender Bassman 100 - finally a real amp

    1987 Peavey TNT150 - heavy, and I don't mean the music

    2009 Hartke HA2500

    2014 MarkBass LM250 Blackline with 2 x xl210 Hartke cabs

    there are two types of bassists, those that hate MarkBass, and the old farts with bad backs like me hehe :)
     
  16. SheaNC

    SheaNC

    Jun 15, 2006
    Marysville CA
    And how about all those good old "starter" amps, like Univox, Silvertone, Airline...
     
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  17. the_stoot64

    the_stoot64

    Mar 8, 2015
    Australia
    B15
    SVT
    Bassman
    Marshall Superbass or Major
    Acoustic 360
    Hiwatt/Sound City
     
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  18. FFTT

    FFTT

    Mar 15, 2009
    When you use the term classic, I think most of us are thinking original legacy benchmark
    amps from the 60's and 70's

    I understand that some younger folks may think of the 80's or even early 90's as their classic era, but when referring to classic amplifiers, I'm going back to the originals that inspired all future builds.
     
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  19. Kmonk

    Kmonk

    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg , Conquest Sound
    SVT
    Sunn Coliseum
    Acoustic 360
    GK 800RB
    Marshall Superbass
    Ampeg B15N
     
  20. jazzsoul

    jazzsoul

    Sep 24, 2012
    Germany
    B15
    SVT
    Bassman
    Hiwatt
    Trace Elliot
    Peavey Mark Bass
     
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