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Which amp for double bass

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by Mart, May 17, 2004.

  1. Mart


    May 17, 2004
    I am a newbie to the double bass but have been playing electric bass for longer than i can remember. I am in the process of checking out amps but need a little help perhaps from people with experience. I have heard fair comments about the Hartke 5500 and the Ampeg SVT-PRO-4, and recently discovered Aguilar heads and cabs. I play chicago blues and west coast swing so i am looking for that natural earthy accoustic amplification. Any feedback is greatly appreciated. At last, a bass forum. Thank You!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  2. ctxbass

    ctxbass Supporting Member

    Nov 6, 2003
    Central Texas
  3. DaveB


    Mar 29, 2000
    Toronto Ontario
    Not to get hung up on semantics but, to me, "natural" and "earthy" are contradictory when describing upright bass tone. If "natural" is your thing then uncolored tonal clarity that simply amplifies the tone of your bass would call for a Clarus/Euphonic/Walter Woods kind of solution. If "earthy" is your thing, then a lot of unnatural coloration (especially in the midrange) could be provided by Ampeg/Hartke/ and other bass guitar amps. I'm not sure you can do both.
  4. Adrian Cho

    Adrian Cho Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2001
    Ottawa, Canada
    I'd have to agree on that. "Natural" is normally used with "accurate" or "transparent" and guys that want that are looking for a rig that reproduces the acoustic sound of their instrument as closely as possible, regardless of what that sound is. The term "hi-fi" is often used too. Get the sound you want from you and the bass itself and with an amplification rig like that, you can reproduce that sound as well as any other sound if you change your strings, setup, bass, etc.
  5. Walter Woods (small and powerful - transparent) OR
    Tube Power amp and a Schertler pickup (very "natural" sound)

    In either case I play through a Euphonic Audio 10" speaker (or 2 for loud occasions)

    I haven't played professionally in a couple years so there is likely better stuff out today. But these gave me the sound I was searching for when I was playing a lot.