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Old 10-25-2012, 09:05 PM   #1
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Looking for a rad bass amp

Currently, my bassist is using an ampeg 50 watt bass amp. Sounds pretty rad, but it's my home use bass amp I have around for shits, he wants to get his own. He's looking for a really good tone (obviously) I don't know his budget, but any suggestions I'd rather be reasonable, not some crazy expensive thing. Really like the bass tone that Chris Squier from Yes gets. Also, the Russian band Aspid. Geddy Lee has a great tone as well. We just want something that is powerful since in our band, it's one guitarist and one bassist so his tone is even more important than usual. Thanks in advance
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:19 PM   #2
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Good but not breaking the bank amps? Look at Acoustic, Ashdown, Kustom.
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:30 PM   #3
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ampeg has lower end models like the ba115hp model or fender's rumble series both are reasonable in both price and tone
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Old 10-25-2012, 10:36 PM   #4
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ampeg has lower end models like the ba115hp model or fender's rumble series both are reasonable in both price and tone

I don't agree with this. Ampeg's lower end stuff is highly overpriced and IMO it doesn't cut it even if it wasn't overpriced.... I like rumble series amps, but i think you can do better than that, still, they're worth looking at.
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Old 10-25-2012, 10:45 PM   #5
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Lower end ampegs are really to be avoided, I concur. I owned one their better ones, a BA3158, and when I got into a band with 3 guitarists, it had issues.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:51 PM   #6
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i picked up a use Eden Navigator preamp for pretty cheap. you can get a used power amp for pretty cheap as well. bam: badass tones.
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Old 10-26-2012, 04:54 AM   #7
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i picked up a use Eden Navigator preamp for pretty cheap. you can get a used power amp for pretty cheap as well. bam: badass tones.


Yep, you can get a pretty cheap bass amp from eden used. I'm not sure you could describe them as "rad" but they do the job They are pretty heavy though.
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:21 PM   #8
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Haha my use of the word rad is slightly outdated I apologize. But are their any specific models to look out for? From any brand.
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Old 10-26-2012, 03:02 PM   #9
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Take a look at Carvin's BX500. It is a fine and versatile amp, built like a tank and not at all expensive:

http://www.carvinguitars.com/products/BX500
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Old 10-26-2012, 06:14 PM   #10
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SWR has decent budget bass amps.

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Old 10-26-2012, 11:14 PM   #11
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i've had a fender rumble 100 which i gigged with and got a great tone out of it, along with an ampeg ba115hp with similar results. i currently have an ampeg b-2 head and a svt 4-10 cab and i love the tone. acoustic has some good lower model bass amps but i personally do not like them
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Old 10-30-2012, 11:36 AM   #12
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Take a look at Carvin's BX500. It is a fine and versatile amp, built like a tank and not at all expensive:

http://www.carvinguitars.com/products/BX500


I just got one in a combo 2x10 for $375.

I really just got it for the head as it was cheaper than the new head this way.

While I'm sure it'll last forever the Carvin is big and light which makes it feel weak.

The plastic graphic EQ is also a weak point, but I keep it switched out of the system mostly so it's not touched. I'd suggest getting a rack mount soon as you could to protect your investment.

I am moving my way towards a Orange bass terror and this was a stop, if I love it I'll keep it, but it's very busy, and not easy to switch tones on the fly for me yet, I need the frequencies on all the variable EQ explained.

the GK MB200 I own is a good example of small and tough. Small enough and dense enough it feels more solid even if it isn't.
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:31 AM   #13
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If you can check out the Peavey new Max 2 112 or 115 combo.

I just got the max 2 112 for $249.99
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:07 PM   #14
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If you can check out the Peavey new Max 2 112 or 115 combo.

I just got the max 2 112 for $249.99


The 112 is ok if you've got a quiet drummer, but really you'd need at least a 15" combo for anything louder.
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:56 AM   #15
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True good call misread he is in a band.

The Peavey Max 2 115 300w combo will do very well.
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:43 AM   #16
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Used GK RB400 2x10 combo is great. My bassiest has one with a 1x15 ext. cab. he always gets complements on his tone.
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:36 PM   #17
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acoustic b100 combo will keep you covered in a band sitch for relativley cheap. also check out the peavey max series and any used stuff from peavey,that stuff can be had absurdly cheap.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:30 AM   #18
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Every now and then you can find a used Genz Benz Neox 400 for around 400.
That will blow your mind.
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