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Old 01-14-2013, 07:52 PM   #1
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Question I need an amp upgrade (Bass)

Hi, I've been playing bass for nearly 4 years now and I've been using the same Fender Rumble 30 amp since 2010 (my first amp died on me, can't remember the name of it but it was a Fender amp too).

I don't really know much about making a 'rig' (did I use that right? ) I have a single effects pedal, Boss ME-20B, and I'm looking into getting a Boss SYB-5 to use in conjunction with my Source Audio Hot Hand 3

ANYWAY, back to the amp

My budget ranges from $300-$500. I'm basically going into this with the knowledge from my friends that their peavey amps break a lot, orange is great for guitars, Fender's subpar and all I know about Marshall is that 90% of live bands I see use big ass Marshall cabinets and amplifiers.

I play mostly for practice with the rare occasion of me playing live in front on my school or something of that nature (not a big school either).

I tend to play Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse, Iron Maiden (only because I like a bass challenge), Kaiser Chiefs and pretty much anything with a strong bass line
Not a big fan of heavy 'shouty' metal, I quite like funk, jazz is already so long as it's lively and i'm pretty into alternative rock

I play on a Fender Active Deluxe Precision Bass (made in Mexico Deluxe P bass)

I will be buying new rather than used.
Closest city is Toronto (Canada)

I was looking into a Marshall MB-30 but I'm not sure if it's better than what I've got or not :S

Also, should I look into get a cabinet with a head if that works in my price range, i'd be willing to go the extra hundred if it's worth the quality.

tl;dr

I need new amp
I live near Toronto (Canada)
I want to buy new
My Budget is $300-$500 ($600 but only if I really want to :p )
I currently have a Fender Rumble 30 amplifier
My bass guitar is a Fender Active Deluxe Precision Bass

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Old 01-14-2013, 08:11 PM   #2
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:13 PM   #3
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Carvin's bass gear is pretty good. I grabbed a BX500 used for $200 and it's pretty killer for the price.
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:40 PM   #4
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yes, carvin is very good^

another brand worth checking out are acoustic, great for the cash

stay away from low-end ampegs, specifically the combos. I've heard some horror stories about them crapping out and the horn ceasing to function within weeks. they sound good while they last, but they don't last long, their stacks and bigger stuff like the SVT's sound and work great though.

Peaveys are good too
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:40 PM   #5
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Carvin's bass gear is pretty good. I grabbed a BX500 used for $200 and it's pretty killer for the price.


I second that Carvin is the route to go - check out the micro bass series.
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:40 PM   #6
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Carvin's bass gear is pretty good. I grabbed a BX500 used for $200 and it's pretty killer for the price.



Checking out the Carvin website, is the 'list price' the price I'll be paying or is the far better looking 'Direct' price? $549 for an amp that size is amazing! (looking at the BX250-210 250W

http://www.carvinguitars.com/bassamps/brhalfstacks.php
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:50 PM   #7
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I played Peavey bass amps since I started playing and have never had a problem. I've also had good luck with Gallien Kruger.If you are looking for a combo Check out The GK MB115 or Ampeg Ba115.
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:56 PM   #8
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direct is what you'll pay, list=MSRP not the street price
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Old 01-14-2013, 10:01 PM   #9
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I played Peavey bass amps since I started playing and have never had a problem. I've also had good luck with Gallien Kruger.If you are looking for a combo Check out The GK MB115 or Ampeg Ba115.

I second the GK MB stuff (MB115, MB210, MB112 or MB212), but i disagree with the ampeg ba series. They are all a lot more expensive than their competition, and offer nothing better interms of quality, durability, loudness, or sound. In fact, you'll have a hard time if you try to use an ampeg ba115 for a rehearsal (i've done it...)

So, i'd recommend you to avoid ampeg's low end, combo stuff.

Look for hartke HA3500 or LH500 if they fit your budget, cause they are great value. Still, i don't know if they would fit your budget. Still, you MUST check this thread:

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/foru...d.php?t=1561987
There's plenty of recommendations there from the most experienced users of the bass forum.
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Old 01-14-2013, 10:24 PM   #10
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The carvin amps seem the best bet for me
They ship to Canada so it all checks out, thanks for you input everybody, really appreciate it
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:03 AM   #11
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When you can find a Genz Benz NEOX400 Combo on the used market, you will have found an increadible amp for about 500 dollars with 300w to start. Add an extention cab of 4 ohms and you have 425 which wil take on two stacks easy.

You do not have to setttle when there is a used NeoX 400 around.
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