Which Power Amp for Ambelic F1-X Preamp

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by pshep68, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. pshep68


    Sep 21, 2006
    I have a chance to pick up a used Ambelic F1-X Preamp for a reasonable price. Any suggestions as to what brand of power amp would be suitable to use?
  2. 4Mal

    4Mal Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    Better off posting this in the Amps section. This is pickups and on board pre amps...

    Far as power amps for an F1X.. Old tube power of some kind, Peavy Stereo 50 or 120. or take your pick of available solid state. While argument will no doubt ensue... My take on it is that if you can actually hear the difference between 2 power amps, one of them is substandard. If it were me, it would be QSC of some kind or a Crown. I've had great luck with both over the years.
  3. bassclef112

    bassclef112 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2003
    Astoria, NY
    I use mine with a QSC PLX2402 and have great success. At this point you can get one of their lighter versions for a good price.

    The F-1X already has that tubey tone built into it - it's based on the Fender Bassman circuit. You don't need a tube amp - this thing already does that.

    You will need to bone up on what's available that works well for bass. Google it up and you'll find a lot of choices. This has been discussed at length in older threads here at TB.

    Also keep this in mind - per Alembic, the flat setting for this preamp is Bass@2, Mid@10 and Treble@2 with Bright and Deep switches off. Is is basically a mid cut control, so to hear any mids it should be maxed. In addition, the controls do interact - each affects the others. Start at the flat setting and tweak to your liking. It does get a lot of sounds but extreme tones aren't what it's known for. The Deep and Bright switches help here though.

    I love it for the solid muscular tone it can provide. Great preamp.