#1
Hey guys, I normally hang out in GG&A and this is my first time in here, so be gentle. I also apologise for the long post. I'll furnish you with a little back story first so bear with me.

A little over a decade ago I was a gigging bassist doing 2-3 gigs a week and had played pretty much every venue in my city and surrounding area. About 3 years ago I got sick of bass and decided to quit and focus on my guitar. Recently I've been picking up my bass and enjoying it again, I am also in need of a little extra cash flow and there are currently big demands for dep bassists as there's not enough to go round and a lot of them are busy. I can't do anything full time for the moment because I work Saturday nights and I can't swap my shift every week, so dep work is all I'm gonna manage, which works out well. But when I quit, I sold off my gigging gear, so now I need to rebuild...

First off, I need a new amp. I read through the affordable gigging rig thread but thought I'd ask for some more advice one anything I may have missed that would suit my tonal requirements.

I'm in the UK and my budget is about £350, might stretch to £400. This is for either a head or a combo as I have a cab (Eden 210) I can borrow until I can afford one of my own if I get a head, which I'll likely be back for help with later

I'm not a fan of tube bass amps, I've always found them a bit dark for me, so I'm primarily looking solid state. I'll be doing pub gigs mostly, and all the band's I'll be playing with have sound systems where they're needed for micing up.

I'm most likely to be playing blues and classic rock, as well as some classic metal here and there, but I generally play with a more slap n pop style tone, clear with plenty of attack, big chunky bass frequencies, and low mids for punchiness, with the high mids scooped out.

So far I have been looking at:

TC Electronics BH500 (£350 new) this is the major contender at the moment, I've used some TC stuff before and loved it, the BH500 is feature rich minus a graphic eq, but it does have a 4 band tone stack and lets face it... the tone print is pretty cool

TC Electronics BG250 (£310 new) not as feature rich as the BH500, and the compressor is only available on the toneprint, so I would only have a compressor OR an effect, but it is a combo and only 16kg

Ashdown Electric Blue 220 (£325 new for the 12", £349 for the 15") I've had an electric blue cross my bench (I'm an amp tech) and I loved the tone on it so it obviously came to mind looking for one

Peavey 210tx Combo (about £250 used) From what I've heard of them, which isn't much, they sound good. They've got all the features I'd want, pre and post effects loops, graphic eq.

I've also been offered a Laney BC250 for £150 used, but I'm not sure it's what I'm looking for, heading out Monday to try it out.

I also need new pickups in my bass that suit that tone too. (P-Bass pickups, 4 string bass, basswood body, maple neck, rosewood fretboard)

Cheers
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#2
Hi Gordon, You don't really need to spend that much if you have a cab. I picked up a Hartke 3500 head http://www.thomann.de/gb/hartke_3500a_bass_top.htm used for £100 a couple of weeks ago from the ads on basschat. http://basschat.co.uk/. great versatility with tone shaping and an effective compressor built in. I always like Peavey stuff too. Well made and reliable used, and cheap for what you get.

Only you can decide if you prefer the convenience of a combo or if you like the tone though, don't buy without trying out any amp. Advice is great but there's nothing like trying.

If you are looking for bands there are a couple of bands looking for bassists down your way, have a look in the ads in Lemonrock.

Cheers
#3
If you're looking for pickups in the UK, I'd go for Wizard Pickups if I were you. High quality UK-made stuff at a good price. Check out their site and see if any of them sound like they'd do what you want.

As for amplification, go second-hand. I'd head on over to Basschat and look at the classifieds there. You get some great stuff for great prices (no eBay fees or anything). Your money will go much further there than buying something new.

EDIT: Also worth mentioning is that there's an offer on for the Genz Benz combos at Bassdirect.co.uk - http://www.bassdirect.co.uk/bass_guitar_specialists/Genz_Benz_Contour_Combos_210,_115.html Genz Benz gear is fantastic.
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Last edited by Ziphoblat at Apr 16, 2013,
#4
Yeh, I like the genz Benz stuff, my mate has an artist deal with them. But still a bit above my budget.

My issue with the hartke stuff is that overall they're great for the money, but I'm not a huge fan of the tone. Where as I love the BH500 but its not really available anywhere used.

Cheers for the tip on the pickups, will check them out!
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#5
Quote by GABarrie
Yeh, I like the genz Benz stuff, my mate has an artist deal with them. But still a bit above my budget.

My issue with the hartke stuff is that overall they're great for the money, but I'm not a huge fan of the tone. Where as I love the BH500 but its not really available anywhere used.

Cheers for the tip on the pickups, will check them out!


The Genz Benz combos at Bassdirect are within your budget at the moment, they're normally in the £550-600 range but at the moment on special offer, £350 for the 1x15 or £400 for the 2x10.
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#6
I missed the red prices... So maybe the 210 if they're still on offer by the time I put together all the money.
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#7
Well, I think I've decided what to do.

Got this Laney coming in to my mate on Monday that I can try, he's also the guy with the genz Benz artist deal. I'll try out his genz stuff (as well as the laney, but not holding out great hope on that).

I'm also going to track down a shop within 150 miles that sells the TC stuff, if they don't have the BH500 in I'll at least try out one of the BG250/500 combos.

From there I'll decide between the BH500 and later getting the matching TC 210 cab, or the genz 210 combo. Will keep you posted.
Epiphone Les Paul Plus Top
Jet City JCA5212RC (SLO Modded)
Ibanez WD7 Wah
Mad Professor Sweet Honey Overdrive
TC Electronic Flashback Triple Delay
TC Electronic Trinity Reverb