would this be a good begginer amp, or a waste of money

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by sk84life1975, Jul 26, 2003.

  1. sk84life1975


    Jul 1, 2003
    shelby, oh
    Hey, I just started playing bass a couple of months ago, and the amp i have is almost dead. It's a crate b-10 thats about 20 years old, no knobs, you can't adjust the volume, and when you move to much the amp gargles. Anyways, Isaw a johnson 15b on a web sight brand new for $59.50 shipping included. Ihaven't heard anything about these and was wondering if it would be a decent beginners amp. I wish I had more money to spend, to get something good. Any advice would be helpful. Later
  2. Agree with SMASH. For instance, the Microbass came out heads above the other beginner amps on the market in a 2001 "Bass Player Gear" magazine.

    Still, it is always worthwhile to check your local music stores and see what they have used that might fit your budget. Summer is a slow time for this type of gear at the music stores while younger people are saving up the money they make over the summer. The stores are often eager to deal.
  3. shop around at used music stores for something decent. i got a 210 watt Peavey combo 115 for only $250, then bought another cab, which makes it a 300 watt amp. can't beat that deal, can ya? all i can say is look around at local music stores for used stuff. it's your best bet. Guitar Center ususally has some good used amps, just make sure you go when they're having a sale. also, check online at musicgoround.com to find a location near you. they buy, sell, and trade used equipment and the stock changes almost every week.
  4. Scott D

    Scott D

    Apr 21, 2003
    Minneapolis, MN
    ooh i can beat that deal.................

    hows about a ampeg svt 3 pro for 350 that just got retubed?
    hows about a hartke 410 XL for 200?
    hows about an amazing sounding 160 watt fender 1x12 guitar combo for $50 in new condition?

    beat that hotshot
  5. Hey, how come some people turn these posts into bit***n boards!!?? It's no big deal, and i wasnt trying to be a hot shot. I thought I got a good deal on a good amp, but SOMEONE got a little fired up over it. Sorry if it sounded like I was bragging but I wasn't. No hard feelings anyone! It's all about the music but if you want to start whining and hollerin and causin a ruckus then maybe talkbass.com isn't for you.

    P.S. nice deal on those amps, romeoarmada!
  6. Edwcdc

    Edwcdc I call shotgun!

    Jul 21, 2003
    Columbia MD USA
    If you have the means, you should try to get as many watts as you can afford. When you are jamming with a drummer and a guitar player a low wattage amp is going to get swallowed up. Especially if your drummer is a hard hitter.
  7. sk84life1975


    Jul 1, 2003
    shelby, oh
    Thanks for all the advice. I think I am just going to tuff it out with this amp till tax time. Then, I will be able to get a much better amp. I'll talk to you guys later. Peace
  8. PhilMan99


    Jul 18, 2003
    US, Maryland
    I'd suggest only that you don't buy without hearing it first. Most low-end combos sound NASTY (tm) if you crank-up the volume and low-EQ (bass). Imagine a well-tuned "fart", and you're pretty close...