Your all-time favorite, desert island amp?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by L. L. Elwood, Mar 1, 2024.

  1. L. L. Elwood

    L. L. Elwood Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2004
    What is your desert island amplifier??Your all-time favorite? There can only be one…

    OK I’m posting this because I want to shout from the hilltops about my all-time favorite amp…The mighty Carvin B1500. I don’t care that it’s big I don’t care that it’s bulky. I don’t care that it weighs 35 pounds. I don’t care that it’s discontinued. It’s been nothing but reliable and there for me gig after gig year after year. It is a monster piece of audio gear. Plus, it sounds just so damn good with very little knob tweaking. Behold…
  2. Marko 1

    Marko 1 Supporting Member

    I've done a LOT of reading on that amp, having seen them come up for sale on GC Used and I like everything about it but the weight,

    plus I realize that I'm very happy with what I have and really don't need any more.
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  3. abarson


    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    On a desert island, no-one can hear you play bass. Plus there's no power for it.
    - Captain Obvious
  4. L. L. Elwood

    L. L. Elwood Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2004
    But what is your absolute all-time favorite amplifier? :)
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  5. L. L. Elwood

    L. L. Elwood Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2004
    Hehe! OK for the literal folks out there there is a massive solar bank on the south side of this desert island and a stage, and the most beautiful people you’ve ever seen from all over the world that have traveled just to see your dream band play (with you in it)playing with your “desert Island“ Bass amp :) I know it’s a tough one, but I thought some folks might put forth a few gems.
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  6. Marko 1

    Marko 1 Supporting Member

    I'm at a computer that doesn't have my pics on it, so I'll include my answer later when I can post pics.

    I'm am expecting to see pics, folks...

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  7. shoot-r


    May 26, 2007
    I know you said one, but It'd be a toss up tie for my ears between Mesa's M-6 Carbines (the earliest model that still had Fathom printed on it's insides,) and my present gigging amp, GK MB Fusion 800.

    Both are hybrids, both are simple to dial in, both have a big, clean, clear sound with slam and a feeling of a fast transient.

    (And for Marko, pics! :))

    Top picture: GK MB Fusion 800.

    Bottom picture: Mesa M-6 Carbine.

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  8. jimmydean


    Mar 14, 2009
    Solar powered SVT amp and two SVT cabs .
  9. MattZilla


    Jun 26, 2013
    Inexplicably there’s a really, really well designed & built hurricane-proof 30 table jazz club on the island.

    Drummer has one of those weird Catalina Club Mod drumkits with the small diameter but long/deep kick drums, a chonky fat sounding snare, they have some dirty old Zildjian Amir cymbals, and they play with brushes.

    Five guitar players and four of them are playing through Fender 1w Mini ‘65 Twins and one has a Blues Jr.

    Full horn section.

    Full string section.

    I think I’d be fine with an SVT CL, 810, my trusty old Peavey Bandit 112, and my pedals, but I sure would like to try a Mesa Woah Dogg & 2x215 in that situation.


    I did have a Kerouac Firewatch Tower -like experience for a few months and had my old fliptop, a couple dirt pedals and a cheap fiver with me and there were no people (beautiful or otherwise) but it was still pretty fun.
  10. BioDriver

    BioDriver A Cinderella story

    Aug 29, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Either an Orange AD200B or Mesa 400+
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  11. ELG60


    Apr 26, 2017
    Probably one of my current normal set-ups. This being one:


    Or perhaps this:

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  12. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    A mid-1970s Ampeg SVT in hypothetically mint condition...with a Walter Woods blue light Electracoustic feeding a pair of Bag End S15s as a close runner-up.
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  13. bearhart74

    bearhart74 Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2009
    Give me a Trace Elliot V8...
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  14. Genzler Magellan 800 running on coconuts.
  15. LowendG


    Jul 30, 2013
    Mine is actually fairly humble: an original GK 400RB. I could probably find one, but I simply don't need it--I barely use the amps I have. One day maybe I'll pounce on one.
  16. fretno

    fretno Supporting Member

    May 10, 2009
    I just hope I have a bass on this island and can MacGyver some coconuts and string to make an amp. Oooh wait maybe we can make a massive speaker out of the parachute.
  17. sheesh


    Dec 30, 2023
    wait, am I alone? is there 'lectric?
    Broughton P-15 into whatever.

    Wait, am I alone? A pair of BD 990s into a Digitech Jam Man so I can play along?
  18. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    A v4-b

    Because I don't really need an SVT if I'm stranded on an island and playing by myself.
  19. superheavyfunk


    Mar 11, 2013
    That’ll be the same amp that I’ve been using since like 2008 or so: my old GK 500MB combo. I’ve played it at hundreds of shows over all these years… it’s never once had to go to the shop for repairs, and never not been enough even on stage for a crowd of nearly 20,000 (it was just a side wash personal monitor for me as that group didn’t use iems). I’ll be keeping it until either it fails (unlikely) or I can’t play anymore.
  20. Dincrest

    Dincrest Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2004
    New Jersey
    Gallien-Krueger 1001RB