What is your rig and what genres of music do you play? (does it work for you?)

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Gasmaskboi19371, Jan 3, 2015.

  1. Gasmaskboi19371


    Feb 11, 2014
    I'm still looking at getting a stack at the moment. I'm not currently gigging, but I'm getting a band together. I'm starting up a progressive/alternative/funk metal band. The kind of styles I use for the band consist of: Slap, chord, tapping, and finger. My style is similar to that of Les Claypool's (that kind of slap-chord style).

    I've currently got a Peavey TKO 115 Tour bass combo with an Ibanez SRX505 bass: The Peavey is not that great - it's okay - but not great, the Ibanez on the other hand has a great sharp punchy sound with great pickups. I was looking at getting a Gallien Krueger 700RB II with the 410 matching cab. I was wondering what kind of rig would go best with my style of playing and music genre of choice.

    I was wondering what kind of music genre the community plays, what rig they have, and if it works for them or not.

    Post below :)
  2. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    That GK amp is rad. I am using one for my new band, but I am still having plenty of trouble dialing in my sound for the mix between guitar, violin, vibes, and massive drums.
  3. Gasmaskboi19371


    Feb 11, 2014
    My band is going to be a 3 piece band (very bass heavy): Myself on Bass and vocals, guitar, and drums. Some of the bands we'll sound like: Faith No More, Tool, Primus... Do you think the Gallien Krueger will suit that kind of sound?

    Also, what kind of problems/negatives does the head and cab have?
  4. I use a G-K Fusion 550 and either NEO412 or NEO212 II G-K cabs. We play all genres, I don't slap or pop much but do tap on occasion, chords are not safe from me as well as any spot on the 5-strings neck.
  5. deeptubes


    Feb 21, 2011
    My primary rig is a GK 1001 RB-II and SWR Workingman's Tower 810. It's incredibly versatile, and I use it for everything from metal to reggae.
    I think an RB would fit perfectly with what you want to do.
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  6. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    My main rig is a Trace Elliot AH500X head into a Trace 1048 4x10, a Trace 1528 2x15, and a Trace 4052h "Bright Box" 4x5. I play Yamaha RBXJM2 6 string basses. I mostly fingerpluck, with heavy doses of chording and tapping (not a slap player). I play progressive rock, everything from symphonic to metal, and it's AWESOME.
  7. LiquidMidnight


    Dec 25, 2000
    Bass rigs aren't as genre-specific as guitar amps (e.g., I wouldn't take a Krank to a blues gig and I wouldn't take a Fender Twin to a metal gig). A GK, Eden, SVT, or Aguilar is going to sound great at a classic rock, metal, country, blues, or latin gig. It really becomes a matter of taste and practicality at that point.
  8. Datsgor

    Datsgor Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2000
    I use an Aguilar TH500 into a Genz Benz NeoX 212. Some times I will switch to A Streamliner 600. It's plenty loud for the venues we play. I am also always going to the FOH so I don't have to push it very hard. I play in a fusion/rock outfit called Cosmic Mercy. Mostly originals but some of the covers we do are from Jeff Beck, The Meters, Allman bros.
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  9. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    For loud gigs I power my cabinets with a Crest CA9, with it I use a Demeter HBP-1 preamp, and I just got an Aguilar Tonehammer Pedal, that I'm learning how to use.

    My Cabinet setups are:
    2 Mesa Powerhouse 212's. These cabinets are great for Rock, -for that matter, they work great for any of the styles I play: Classic Rock, 60's and 70's Motown & Stax Soul, Old Country tunes.

    Bergantino HT210 & HT115 cabs. As long as the gui****s & Drummers keep their volume down, these can cover the styles I play, but mostly these cabs are better suited for Smoother styles. Loud Rock is not their forte IMO.

    Aguilar TH500 micro head and 2 Aguilar GS112's cabs. My small to medium sized Club setup. Once again, if my Bandmates keep the volume down these cabs over all the styles I play really, really well. Before I got my TH500, I powered them with my Demeter/Crest setup. I'm a huge fan of the TH500. For what I do, mainly fingerstyle, it's got a perfect sound.

    Oh yeah, my main bass is a 6-string, I also play a 5-string, and I rarely use my 4-string's these days, other than my P-Bass or Rickenbacker.
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  10. mcrawfordmusic


    Dec 11, 2010
    The GK rig you are looking at will be fine for what you want to do. Flea has used GK stuff for decades and he is a monster slap player (IMO).

    However, IMO, any amp from a quality company (Ampeg, Aguilar, GK, Markbass, SWR, Eden and many more) with at least 500w and paired with an efficient 4x10 cabinet will be able to cover any gig and any genre you will ever play.
    Shop around and look at different amps, use your ears and buy the best (in terms of power, features, tone etc) you can afford.

    I personally use an Aguilar AG500 with a Bergantino HD410 and play everything from blues and rock covers, to high volume fusion rock with my originals band.
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  11. Ninjabot


    May 22, 2012
    Johnson City TN
    I play in a groove metal band that tunes down to G and F. I play finger style, slap, tap, and chords. Currently my rig is a GK MB Fusion 800 into an Ampeg 610hlf. I love this set up. Super punchy and cuts through everything. I would suggest trying out as many heads and cabs as you can and see which one fits your needs and taste most. Good luck on your search!!
  12. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I play pretty much anything asked of me from old to new stuff. My regular band does 50's-60's-70's rock, pop and soul, but I've done many different kinds of music and still do. The rig is always one of various Ampegs I have, depending on the size of the stage, the ease of the schlep, and the volume needs. Does it work for me? Hell yeah!
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  13. flam


    Sep 20, 2010
    Tempe, Arizona
    My current rig is a Peavey windsor (marshall copy) modified for bass through a v4b folded horn cab, played with a ric. It's a gritty sound with lots of mids, which works great for the old school thrash and nwobhm I play.

    The gk is probably a pretty safe bet, depending on the exact tone you want. It's versatile enough to get pretty close, though.
  14. Jefff


    Aug 14, 2013
    GK 700 rb or an Ampeg Pf800 into 2 single Neo 12's. It covers everything. Blues, Jazz, Funk and Rock. I am confident I could play any sort of Metal on it...if I wanted too. There are no tones that are not available to me.
  15. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I do all fill-ins all the time these days. So,I end up playing pretty much everything from hard rock to pit orchestra.

    My main rig these days is a Mesa Walkabout Scout 15" with matching extension cab. Seen here in the original ad from whence I bought it.


    It is sort of a chameleon. It leans warm, but I can brighten it up with EQ and my fingers or a pick. Extremely versatile.
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  16. Curtis Rielley

    Curtis Rielley

    Oct 25, 2014
    I play a Ampeg B2Re Head over a Markbass 4X10 right now. I play Rock, Metal and Instrumental stuff. Yes :)
  17. BassFishingInAmerica


    Jul 24, 2014
    I like seeing all the talk about GK amps. I've got a GK 400RB (would like an 800). I bi-amp it to a 4x10 Hartke cab and 1x12. Best bass sound ever.
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  18. Damn right! GK rules!

    My rig is in my sig. I first wanted a 800RB but I found a local 400RB first and just thought about getting it as a back up for cheap. $175!

    It's my main amp now and never bothered getting an 800RB. I still want one but I'm not in a rush to get one anymore. These old litte GK amps pack a punch for only being 200 watts.

    I play metal with a loud drummer and 2 guitarists and I don't think I have ever put it past noon. The loudest 200 watts you ever heard. It helps to have an efficient 4ohm cab though, and the BRX doesn't disappoint.
  19. friendlybass


    Jul 19, 2012
    Right now kind of in a rut. My band before played black keys ish funky punky pop stuff. I used my SWR red face 350 into my Goliath 3 and my Son of bertha. Was rocking my MIM active jazz 5, my Jag, and my hofner union jack through an Ehx English muffin, bass big muff, enigma q balls, small clone, and memory boy. It worked really well and I basically had every sound I needed and then some. Unfortunately our new fem singer screwed our fiddle and guitar player and then I quit. Miss playing.
    Right now I've got 2 worship gigs, one is just a sansamp and IEMs so nothing much there. I change it up and bring my swr grand prix sometimes though. Generic worship, nothin crazy.
    The other one I'm using an swr 350x into an ampeg 1528 and my swr goliath Jr. 3 with the Jr behind the drummer as sort of a bass monitor. I'm using my carvin lb50 pretty exclusively since we do a little more funky gospel/soul type stuff there and its got more that type of tone. I leave that set up pretty much all week between services. If you're stack shopping eBay and Craigslist is usually crawling with affordable swr stuff, great clear sound and really some of the best amps and cabs ever made.
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  20. Gougedeye

    Gougedeye Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2008
    Central Washington
    This is my very favorite rig!