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What Would you rather have? SWR..GK?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by collicsws6z28, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. collicsws6z28


    Jan 29, 2007
    the two amps I am looking at used are the GK 400rb-1 15 and a SWR WorkingPro '12. Both are $300. I want this to be pretty loud, but still have quality tone

    GK-280 watts
    SWR- 200 Watts

    tell me what ya think
  2. hoosierdad


    Sep 1, 2003
  3. cadduc


    Mar 4, 2006

    before you buy
    call both companies
    talk to customer service
    chances are when you call gk you will talk with mr g himself
  4. bigfiddle


    Aug 25, 2006
    Dallas, Texas
  5. collicsws6z28


    Jan 29, 2007
    hows that price for that specific amp? I think it retials for 799 and is in great condition
  6. dela217


    Mar 2, 2006
    New Orleans, La
  7. Commreman

    Commreman Faith, Family, Fitness, and Frets Supporting Member

    Feb 12, 2005
    New Jersey
    GK. The casinos I play in use SWR as thier house rigs, and they are crap. A virtual wall of mud! Once, the SWR crapped out during ther set - what did they replace it with? An old school '80's GK 400 RB with a Hartke 4 X 10. The sound was improved very noticeably.
  8. Bassist4Life


    Dec 17, 2004
    Buffalo, NY
    I have an SWR and would buy another one. In fact I'm looking to buy a WorkingPro 12. Where are you getting it for $300?! I've seen it online for $500.

    I wouldn't mind having a GK. Each GK I have plugged into sounded great. Between the two I would pick SWR, but I'd be happy with either one. However, I do like all of the features on the SWR.

  9. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    No contest here: G-K. The SWR has very good tone, and is a nice amp. If you prized clear tone and portability over punch, it might be the right call. But the G-K sounds great too, and will have MUCH more volume.
  10. Matt Morgan

    Matt Morgan Fellow Conspirator Supporting Member

    GK. It would be and easy choice for me.
  11. MD-BassPlayer

    MD-BassPlayer Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    I'll say SWR because everyone else is saying GK. (But secretly I'd go with the GK.)
  12. chaosMK


    May 26, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM
    Too much hip thrust
    In this case, I'd go with the GK. The 15 will "bring it" more (can you even hear a 1x12 over drums?) for most situations and I think you have a few more tonal options.
  13. mattpnolan

    mattpnolan Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2005
    New Jersey
    Probably a GK for me. The bass player from Minus the Bear used a GK last night. I was surprised. It wouldn't be my pick for that music. He also used a P-Bass and 2 4x10 cabs, as far as I could tell (judging by shape - there was no see-through grill, just cloth). My whole set up for that band would be different. It sounded okay, but it just wasn't as good as I think it could have been.
  14. ZonGuy


    Sep 2, 2007
    I own a GK 700RB, and a lot of pre-Fender SWR gear including a Super Redhead 2x10 combo, Bassic Black 1x15 and WorkingMan 1x10.

    The GK is cheap, light,dependable, powerful and good sounding. I pump it through an Aguilar GS-210. Damm good amp so far.

    The vintage SWR has a distinctive clear tone. Years ago, SWR was probably the right choice for crisp low end. Now there are lots of alternatives. The new SWR stuff is crap.

    If I was playing a small club, I would take the Workingman 10" as a matter of convenience. It has a great tone for jazz and has served me well for 6 years, living its life in a car trunk between gigs.

    Larger clubs, I would take the GK. Its leasier to haul than the bigger SWR combos

    If I was recording I would take the SWRs and the GK head.
  15. Mojo-Man


    Feb 11, 2003

    I'm not a fan of the SWR tone.
  16. mattpnolan

    mattpnolan Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2005
    New Jersey
    What kind of music do you play, by the way...?
  17. Lorenzini


    Dec 31, 2004
    Los Angeles
  18. Bassist4Life


    Dec 17, 2004
    Buffalo, NY
    :confused: Why :confused:
  19. rpsands


    Jul 6, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    SWR's pro series is great. The workingpro/workingman stuff all sounds like monkey farts.

    Gk 400RB 4tw.

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