#1
Greetings bass forum, I have a bit of an issue in bass amps (and finding bass amps) in general. It seems wherever I look, bass amps, especially higher end ones, have about as many knobs as a mixer board, and more features than I'd ever need.
I'm talking about amps of this sort:
This is rather unfortunate since I don't like spending money on things that are mostly useless to me. I have no grudges to people who use these types of amps, but I'd rather not myself.
The things I need in a bass amp are the following:
Input (2 for active/passive wouldn't hurt)
Volume
EQ (Standard bass-mid-treble or a graphic slider type)
And that's it. Are there amps like this on the market today?
REGGIE
#5
Quote by Jesus_Dean
Go shopping!

http://www.thomann.de/se/search_dir.html?gk=gibahe&bn=&sw=&oa=pra

That's a high-end SWR! You can guide the space shuttle with that thing. Look for something a little simpler (and generally cheaper).

Indeed it is, hyperbole from my side to illustrate a point.
Also, thanks y'all for the suggestions.
REGGIE
Last edited by LeakyFlask at Feb 25, 2012,
#7
There's plenty to check out really. It depends what sort of tone you're after, and what price range you're looking in. Most of the micro-amps on the market have fairly stripped down controls (although avoid the TC Electronics heads, they're all bells and whistles... jack of all trades, master of none). I use a Genz Benz Shuttle 6.0, which (imo) is a fantastic little amp. Chucks out 600 watts, but weighs a measly ~3lbs and fits into a bag you can shove over your shoulder and forget about. Has your basic gain/volume in the tube preamp section, bass/mid/treble knobs, a knob to adjust the mid frequency, and three small fairly useful buttons for low boost/mid cut/high boost.
#8
A few examples:
- GK MB500
- Markbass Little Mark III, Tube 800, or F1
- Genz Benz Streamliner or Shuttle series (not the ShuttleMAX though, its the king of complicated controls)
- Hartke LH's
- Ampeg SVT CL or SVT VR
- Aguilar Tone Hammer 500
- Eden WT550

It all depends on how much you want to spend, and there's more out there then just that.
Composite Aficionado


Spector and Markbass
#9
SWR Workingman 4004
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