What's that amp gear sound! Any clues?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Antonio Calixto, Jun 15, 2020.

  1. Antonio Calixto

    Antonio Calixto

    Jun 15, 2020
    Hi there friends, just love the sound coming out of that F Jazz bass thru those bass speakers! Anyone has a clue of what type of amplifier and signal processor she.s using?? Txs
  2. Whistlermd


    Dec 29, 2019
    Hard to tell from the video but I think they used to use Acoustic amps at one point.
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  3. Antonio Calixto

    Antonio Calixto

    Jun 15, 2020
  4. SJan3


    Dec 8, 2010
    I'm gonna say Accugroove cabs.
    I can't place the head but honestly, I hate her tone. Just my opinion of course.
  5. Antonio Calixto

    Antonio Calixto

    Jun 15, 2020
    Thanks SJan3
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  6. SJan3


    Dec 8, 2010
    FWIW, Accugroove cabinets have an excellent reputation. I'm sure it's her amp settings or effects that I don't care for, not the cabs.
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  7. Al Kraft

    Al Kraft Supporting Member

    May 2, 2016
    Northern Virginia
    Looks like an Accugrove El Whappo cab up top and a Grande on the bottom to me. No clue on the amp although just going off the fuzzy image, Line 6 was the first thought that came to mind...I'm sure that's wrong though.
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  8. Antonio Calixto

    Antonio Calixto

    Jun 15, 2020
    Thanks. Yep looks like a mistery, have been Googling images but no match up to now!Maybe some kind of amp from the 80s ??
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  9. pfschim

    pfschim Just a Skeleton with a Jazz bass

    Apr 26, 2006
    SF Bay Area
    Looks like Accugroove cabs and a Genz Benz head to me. Of course, there is also a significant PA system too, which is being fed by a DI of some kind (maybe from the Genz head) so there are a lot of thing making up that signal chain that the OP likes the sound of so much. YT says the vid was from 2017, so really not too long ago.

    GBE 1200 for reference
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  10. McFarlin


    Oct 27, 2011
    Austin, TX
    The amp is a Genz-Benz GBE, probably 1200. Also, I think that guitarist was in an episode of The Office.
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  11. There's no mics on the cab - it's DI
  12. juancaminos

    juancaminos Supporting Member

    I like her style she makes it look fun and easy. I'm ok with her sound but would like to hear a little more sparkle/high end growl. But then again she is the famous one, I am no one in comparison.
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  13. Antonio Calixto

    Antonio Calixto

    Jun 15, 2020
    Looks like u found it!! Nice move! Tks
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  14. pfschim

    pfschim Just a Skeleton with a Jazz bass

    Apr 26, 2006
    SF Bay Area
    happy to help
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  15. Rip Van Dan

    Rip Van Dan DNA Endorsing Artist Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2009
    Duvall, WA
    At the beginning of the song it sounds like she or someone is running a compressor with a fairly high Ratio setting on and a low threshold. You still have some decent attack but the notes through the middle stay the same volume pretty much until she changes notes. Don't really like that sound by itself, but it works fine in the mix, especially when she starts playing some lower notes. I don't see a compressor on the amp if it's the Genz-Benz 1200 that @pfschim posted, but it sure sounds like one is applying a pretty hefty amount of compression on it to me.
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  16. BrotherRay


    Nov 28, 2016
    Detroit, MI
    I'm not sure, but it looks like she has an East preamp in her bass. Had a bass with one of those in it, couldn't get rid of it fast enough. But I suspect I'm an outlier on that.
    Isn't this from one of those PBS specials? Like "music of the 70s" or something like that? If it is, her tone is probably further massaged by the show's producers to sound good on TV.
    But never mind her tone! It's hard enough to play and sing, she plays and sings AND talks to the crowd while playing! That's some talent and hard work! How it it she (ok, they) was a one hit wonder!?
  17. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa Boogie, Development Engineer-Genzler (pedals), Product Support-Genz Benz
    I believe that is a GBE-1200, a lot ended up in touring situations. They weren't seen as much as a practice amps or in rehearsal rooms or with kids starting out.
  18. red_rhino

    red_rhino Currently on Double Secret Probation Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2001
    Over Macho Grandé
    I was gonna say a Tri-115 on the bottom. That is a massive combo. I've had both of those cabs. I think the El Whappo by itself was capable of affecting weather patterns in the surrounding area. ;):roflmao:
  19. dan1952

    dan1952 Commercial User

    Jun 27, 2012
    Anderson IN
    Artist Endorsement with Supro Huntington Basses / Owner, Dan's Music, Inc..
    The best thing about this clip is Mavis Staples...or her twin...
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  20. Al Kraft

    Al Kraft Supporting Member

    May 2, 2016
    Northern Virginia
    I wasn't 100% sure on that bottom cab as the resolution on my screen was almost not good enough to get the El Whappo guess right! In retrospect I wondered if the amp was a GB (it had that look), but I wasn't even familair with the GB model it turned out to be, so I never woudl have gotten that one right. :)
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