Poll: Which amp
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Rockton
0 0%
Ampeg
8 40%
Gallien Krueger
6 30%
Other(please list)
6 30%
Voters: 20.
#1
The bassist in my band is looking for an amp to gig with. His budget is about $300-$400Cnd. We are mainly a metal band. I have three picked out so far:

Rocktron

http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Rocktron-Rampage-BASS-200-1x15-Bass-Combo-Amp?sku=500559

Ampeg

http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ampeg-BA115-Bass-Amp-Series-Combo?sku=481777

Gallien Krueger

http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/GallienKrueger-Backline-115-Combo?sku=482536

If there are any other good bass amps in this price range please post.
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#2
I've had no experience with any of the amps you posted but I havn't heard any great feelings towards that ampeg.

This is an awesome amp: http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ashdown-MAG-C115300-Combo-Bass-Amp?sku=485032

I've got the 4x10 combo its a great amp and thats $440 us dollars which fits in the price range I believe.
#3
out of all the amps you have listed the Ampeg is the best one. now if he had i higher price range i would say go GK because they are my preferred brand
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#4
Right youll need 200 watts minimum, 300 to be comfortable. Look for ashdown and hartke they are both affordable and better then the ones you listed.
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#6
Quote by fatgoogle
Right youll need 200 watts minimum, 300 to be comfortable. Look for ashdown and hartke they are both affordable and better then the ones you listed.


i have to disagree there on the Necessity of watage you suggested, i used a Feder Bassman 150 for years and it served me well at gigs and practice. however, currently i do use a 750 watt amp
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#7
Hmmm, ive never been comfortable giiging without 300 watts behind me, at band practise my 100 watts barely cut through.
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#8
I have tried that Ampeg out a lot, i was thinking about getting one. It really upset me with how quiet it was, but the tones i could get out of it werent bad but not that "good" either. If i had to choose out of that lot, it would be the ampeg because you can do various things to get it to sound louder than it is, like set it on a table or something.

If i were you id check for used stuff on craigslist around your area as well as looking through pawn shops and music stores.

I was in your situation and i came out buying an Ashdown Mag300 combo. It says its 300 watts but it is running on 8 ohms so its really pushing 180 ish watts so inorder to get it to be as loud as it says you need to get an extension cab to go with it. The tones i get out of it are decent, but my scale is really messed up because i usually get to play on a friends mesa boogie hybrid amp and I compare it to that. If you have the 1200 bucks is definately the way to go.

I bought a combo for 300 used and a little while ago i got the extra cab for 150 so that is something you should consider. Also if your bass player has an amp look and see if you can maybe use it as a cab then you would just have to buy the amp.
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#9
of those, Gallien Krueger.

Acoustic B200 may be way better, way louder, way stronger, better EQ, just awesomeness.
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#10
https://www.carvinguitars.com/products/single.php?product=BR15
same price range.

https://www.carvinguitars.com/products/single.php?product=BR515N
for 600 you can get more wattage and long term usage because of that.

if you can find a used carvin(not redline series. I heard there were some issues there) they are extremely reliable and worth a good look at.

Also, with all the knobs and sliders on carvins you can really tweek your tone and get a lot of versatility out of it.
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#11
Quote by Revelation
https://www.carvinguitars.com/products/single.php?product=BR15
same price range.

https://www.carvinguitars.com/products/single.php?product=BR515N
for 600 you can get more wattage and long term usage because of that.

if you can find a used carvin(not redline series. I heard there were some issues there) they are extremely reliable and worth a good look at.

Also, with all the knobs and sliders on carvins you can really tweek your tone and get a lot of versatility out of it.


How is the BX500 only 5 pounds?
#12
lol. The head is only 5 pounds or something like that. it has to do with the switching power supply or something like that. Eden and some other brands also make really lightweight heads. I almost got an Eden WT800 but they sold it right before i got there with cash! So I went to another store and got a peavey vb-2. Much happier with this purchase.

EDIT: odd that they didn't put the weight of the entire combo on there. Looks like they just copy, pasted the bx500 head's specifications there.
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Peavey vb-2
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Last edited by Revelation at Jan 15, 2009,
#13
Quote by Revelation
lol. The head is only 5 pounds or something like that. it has to do with the switching power supply or something like that. Eden and some other brands also make really lightweight heads. I almost got an Eden WT800 but they sold it right before i got there with cash! So I went to another store and got a peavey vb-2. Much happier with this purchase.

EDIT: odd that they didn't put the weight of the entire combo on there. Looks like they just copy, pasted the bx500 head's specifications there.


Oh, that makes sense. I thought the entire combo was 5 pounds. That would've been ridiculously awesome.