what's wrong with my gallien krueger 1001

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by ojthesimpson, Jul 23, 2003.

  1. ojthesimpson


    Jul 21, 2003
    Draper, UT
    I just got my gallien krueger 1001rb. I'm having serious issues getting it to krank. I have to give it 85% vollume before I can even begin to hear myself. I'm running a nemesis 8x10 cab with a MIA fender jazz.
    I'm not sure what I can do to remedy this problem. i have my boost set at about 85% as well. If this was your amp what would be the first few things you'd try?
  2. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    1. Is your instrument putting out enough gain? Try it with different basses to be sure. If you bass has a battery, change it.

    2. Check all cords for bad. Is your speaker cord wired correctly to the connector?

    3. Try it with a different speaker, just to be certain.

    4. Possible that you might have a lemon. It happens with every company eventually.
  3. ojthesimpson


    Jul 21, 2003
    Draper, UT
    thanks. I'll try those all out. I havn't replaced the battery in my bass for a while. I'm also going to clean the amp out with some compressed air.
    If anyone has owned a 1001 or any gallien krueger that has a similar problem please let me know


    Mar 12, 2003
    USA, PNW
    Have you checked your battery?
  5. Mattski


    Jan 6, 2003
    Cleveland, OH
    I had a similar problem with my 700rb 112 combo. It had intermittant periods of little to no volume. I resoldered three solder joints in the head and it has worked great since (about a year now).
  6. If you continue to have problems with it, let me know and I can have that taken care of for you. If you just bought it, it's under warranty.

    First though, is the -10db pad in? You only need to put that in if the clip light is coming on.
  7. Th9nker


    Mar 18, 2002
    There seems to be a lot of people having trouble with the soldering on these amps... and if it isn't that it seems like something else goes wrong as soon as they get it home and it needs to be fixed... Is there something wrong with GK's quality control????

    I'm just wondering because I was thinking about buying one....
  8. Mike A

    Mike A

    Oct 3, 2002
    My 1001 is about 3-4 years old. Nothing to report but reliable service every time, FWIW.
  9. Sign me up as another GK user with 2 heads with solder problems, Both now work great after being fixed.

    As others have mentioned. Check the pad button, Volume knob at least at half (starting point). boost and master at half (again starting point).

    that should be loud enough to have people ask you to turn down.
  10. RicPlaya


    Apr 22, 2003
    The Mitten
    crank the master and boost up, that has more to do with volume level than the volume knob, make sure you are using speaker cables not instrument cables. If these are ruled out it may be internal.
  11. ojthesimpson


    Jul 21, 2003
    Draper, UT
    well I took it in and my guy couldn't find anything "simple" wrong with it. Those of you that have had to deal with these design flaws. Can you tell me what exactly you had fix and what I should tell my guy too look for?
    my problem is simply no power whatsoever. I've gone through every process I can to solve this problem. I have to turn up to about 95% to get barley enough volume for practice.
    I hate to say it but I regret buying this Gallien Krueger 1001. My 400rb was really rad it just wasn't powerful enough. I figured this amp was perfect but it seems to be riddled with design flaws.


    Mar 12, 2003
    USA, PNW
    -If this is a brand new head I suggest you return it for refund, or call GK's technical hotline for assistants. This is not okay performance for new equipment.
  13. hibeam


    Oct 16, 2002
    I just got my amp(a GK 400RB-III) back from the shop and on the way out I got to talking to the tech. He went for 10 minutes or so describing to me how GK has the worst quality control/service/design if you consider all of the products they have ever built. He described to me entire series of cabinets and amps where virtually ALL of the units manufactured failed. This is not from personal experience, and its far from gospel, and is probably tainted a bit because he was miffed after GK stopped honoring his official dealer status after a buyout a few years back. Anyway, I don't doubt GK's poor quality control; I have had a couple of problems in the past and have heard pf other people's too.
  14. ojthesimpson


    Jul 21, 2003
    Draper, UT
    yeah i think I'm going to just return it. Anyone have any suggestions for around $700. New or Used. I loved the gallien krueger sound. I have a Nemesis 8x10 cab (800 watts 4 oms) and MIA Fender Jazz. I Need something that's going to give me enough power to blast my cab at 400-500 capacity shows. I play indie rock and like a real nice natural almost dirty growel sound.
  15. Mattski


    Jan 6, 2003
    Cleveland, OH
    My problem was solder joints on the pre-amp board to the knobs. Look closely. It was hard to find the two joints that needed to be re-flowed.
  16. There were some design flaws in the first generation of 1001RB and 2001RB heads, but all of that has been fixed. The second generation of 1001RB, 2001RB and 1001RB-II heads no longer have any of those problems. Unfortunately, there are a few of the first generation amps still out there. Our heads have a two year warranty. if you're having trouble with one, let me know and I will make arrangements to have it fixed.
  17. ojthesimpson


    Jul 21, 2003
    Draper, UT
    I'm letting it see one more technician before it goes back from where it came from.
  18. Larzito


    Aug 1, 2000
    Dallas, Texas
    I have a 400RB I bought used that had some bad solder joints that I had fixed. I thought it was just age. It works fine now.

    As for trying to achieve loud volume, I would turn the master volume ALL the way up. Turn boost all the way down (or use it sparingly, it gets fuzzy quickly). Use the preamp volume as your overall volume control. If you have to turn the preamp volume to the point of clipping, one of two things is probably wrong:

    1. The amp is defective
    2. the speaker cab is defective

    500+ GK watts into an 8-10 cab should be painfully loud! Have you tried a different cab? Can you take it back to the store and try yours side by side with one just like it?

    As for another option, nothing else has that much power/portability and costs so little. Only amps close would be SWR 750 or Ashdown EVO 500, but both are over a grand new. See if the dealer or GK will swap yours out with another one.