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Worst Gear You ever played through.

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by spode master, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. spode master

    spode master

    Jan 21, 2007
    Just because I'm bored, and none of the threads seem to interesting. Every body seems obsessed with "Whats the best ____"

    Epiphone Ensign 2 for Bass... (Open Back). I was only 15 then what did I know.

    JBL D140's in an old Showman Cab (What crappy cabinet construction the guys at fender back then should be ashamed). Blew the 140's Re-Conned them as 130's and used for electric guitar.

    Fender PA 100 tube head, 5 string bass farted out, in lower register, and amp blew a fuse.

    I know a couple of those are the wrong tool for the job, I used most of those in the years before I knew what was going on.

    Whats high on your Sucks list?
  2. PBass101


    Jul 3, 2008
    I've played through the worst of the worst.

    The headphone out of a ten-watt Fender practice amp into a mixer powering two ancient 1964 Vocal Masters.

    It was this upper-midrange burp, nothing else.

    The guitar player thought it sounded great.
  3. adube810


    Mar 6, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    cheapo ibanez lefty starter bass that i flipped over righty and learned origionally how to play upside down, with a awful 15w 90's fender practice guitar amp.

    is that bad enough?
  4. Jazzman


    Nov 26, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    It is a tie...SWR Workingman 4004 head through a Workingman 4x10, or an Ampeg BA210SP. Just awful - had to use both rigs at a rehearsal space. Every time I go there, I pray for the room with the B-2RE in it. ;)
  5. quale213


    Sep 17, 2008
    A mid 80's Gorilla guitar 10 watt
  6. Amp - Ashdown "Electric Blue" 180 combo.
    Bass - Squier P-bass (don't know what kind of squier it would be. Would have been the cheapest around in about 1999/2000)
  7. An old solid state Acoustic 30w 110 combo...from reviews of the big tube Acoustic stuff here I guessed it would sound nice...apparently they didn't manage to squeeze that golden tone into their SS combos. :(
  8. CjSlayer


    May 11, 2007
    Northern Indiana
    an old Panasonic turntable/radio/cass player. Had a 1/4" mic input that i plugged my bass into, and had to use headphones cause the little speakers couldnt handle the added bass. All i had for few years till i could afford a used combo amp.
  9. Crate BFX50. 50 watt 1x12 little pile of crap. It was OK until I started getting into effects. A week of trying to blast the thing with the Ibanez bass distortion on and it quickly lost a lot of volume. Luckily I was able to sell the thing for 70 bucks. ha


    Oh and for awhile, when I blew the above mentioned pile of crap, I bought a cord, it was 1/4 on one end and it split into left and right RCA jacks on the other side... So being ampless, I plugged that into the auxiliary input of my JVC stereo... Talk about tone. :spit:
  10. Bass_man91


    Jul 30, 2008
    The worst thing I played through was a 10W First Act amp( I was a cheap man at the time). Worst sound I ever heard come out of an amp.
  11. greenboy


    Dec 18, 2000
    remote mountain cabin Montana
    greenboy designs: fEARful, bassic, dually, crazy88 etc
    Practically any supplied backline at open mic/jams that's been around long enough to be abused. Brand name doesn't particularly matter once these doofuses burn a driver or two, bend the voice coils, screw up the input jacks, break knobs and sliders, and do things even a Peavey isn't immune to. In fact, some of the oldest Peavey combos have fared better than other equipment I've had to use. Like the farting Fender Bassman 100(?) I sometimes have gotten stuck with that can make a million dollar enclosure sound like a gathering around a toxic burrito stand.
  12. This is the worst amp I played through, with the worst digital camera I've ever used!

    It is a peavey series 270 4 channel pa head. 400 watts at 4 ohms. It was purchased by my fathers band in 1977. I got it for free from his old bass player and the first time i turned it on I got electricuted through my bass strings. After resoldering the ground and replacing the plug I realized I wasted my time. This amp is no good for bass. Every cab I have played through sounds like a busy Taco Bell restroom. As in fart city. after purchasing a new amp head wetried to run it for vocals, but it also squeels unbelievably. Can't even turn it to 2 on the master or the gain, just to damn loud. But I will say one thing, tough as hell, and still works
  13. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Banned Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    I think you need to refine this thread to be "What's the worse gear you ever gigged with", since everyone has plugged into a POS at someone's house/store at one time or at another...

    So, with that in mind - it would have to be my first amp - a Kustom Casino keyboard amp. The thing *should* have been decent - 4x10 with a parametric EQ - but I think the drivers were *really* cheap, the cab was shallow/light and the amp was underpowered. Mud fart city.

    A close 2nd was the old Peavey stack a blues club used as the back line bass amp - (one of the original cabs with the cheesy silver & black face and silver knobs for the eq). Awful, just awful...
  14. Something peaveys aren't immune to?

    I was under the impression that only two things would survive a nuclear holocaust, cockroaches and peaveys :bag:

    Sure this isn't an issue with the positioning of the PA speakers causing feedback? Probably not, just throwing in an idea.
  15. No way man, tried everything. Squeeling is just what it's good at;)
  16. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2007
    Toronto Ontario Canada
    Going with the new direction as suggested by BOH, worst gig was with my very own rig. Bringing in my gear from a -43C temperature, connected up and without thinking dropped a low B into my pair of Acme B2s (2x10) with out letting them warm up enough first. Cracked the surround on one speaker in each cabinet. That was a very long night I can tell you! Andy Lewis, Acme owner, sent me a replacement pair of tens at his cost. He's good like that.

  17. Oric


    Feb 19, 2008
    Georgetown, Kentucky
    Ahahahaha, our band uses the exact same PA head, with a UBL cab... it doesn't sound too bad, but I had to use it it for awhile before I got my rig set up. We use it for vocals now, and yea, if you turn the treble up at all it squeals pretty bad... almost made our keyboardist deaf.
  18. b_carville


    Jun 26, 2008
    My 1st rig was my worst!

    A "kingston" bass into a "Concordia" amp.

    Concordia amps are rare for good reasons!
  19. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000
    Played an outdoor gig with a nice SWR SM-400 and Big Ben. I brought my Raven Labs MDB-1 to use my effects. The Big Ben was blown. The speaker excursion was huge and it just farted. I pointed this out to the monitor engineer. He walks over and says, "what's this?" and pulls the Raven Labs out. The speaker in the Big Ben was still blown and farting which affected our stage sound at least. It's a shame I have to be the one to know what's trashed. Bad experience.
    The Big Ben is quite a nice piece, like all good gear, before it's blown up.
  20. FFTT


    Mar 15, 2009
    One night my SVT quit on me mid-show and all
    I had to play through was my SS Univox UB 250 practice amp.

    Had some fun with it a few months ago on the
    TGP worst amp thread.

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