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Hey guys... after a few months of playing with different bass amps being borrowed from friends, my bandmates and I have all decided to chip in together and buy ourselves a decent bass amp to share between us. Basically, the three of us that have money are just going to pull together and get the best one we can afford. I'm getting paid $160 on Friday, our drummer has $200 he's willing to put up, and our keyboardist/bassist has $80 that he can spend. That's about $440 dollars (by the way, this is US we're talking about). As far as bass sounds go, we'd like something that can give us a Rickenbacker (don't know about the spelling for that one) kind of retro/funky/trebly sound. None of us really know all that much about bass amps, so any suggestions at all would be great. Thanks a lot.
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Last edited by SupImJimmy at Sep 19, 2007,
#2
Funny how the bassist bring in the least money. Do you all play a little bass or what?
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Quote by Barkeeper
Funny how the bassist bring in the least money. Do you all play a little bass or what?


haha yeah. It's cool though, we're all really good friends and we've been sharing stuff forever. It's probably gonna stay at the drummer's place anyway.

Yeah, it's mostly me on guitar and him on bass but occasionally he'll play keyboard and I'll play bass, or he'll play guitar and I'll play keyboard. Really, it's just a mess. haha
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crate, behringer and fender would do you some good


Obviously, you have never owned berhinger amp or had to deal with repairs on one. To the TS, avoid Behringer like the plague.

Also TS, it would be really helpful if you could let us know what kind of playing situation you are using the amp for. Are you looking for a small gig or jam amp? Do you want an amp you can use in performance situation? How many watts is the amp the guitarist using? How much of a thrasher is your drummer? If its going to be shared, how portable does it need to be?
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Quote by anarkee
Obviously, you have never owned berhinger amp or had to deal with repairs on one. To the TS, avoid Behringer like the plague.

Also TS, it would be really helpful if you could let us know what kind of playing situation you are using the amp for. Are you looking for a small gig or jam amp? Do you want an amp you can use in performance situation? How many watts is the amp the guitarist using? How much of a thrasher is your drummer? If its going to be shared, how portable does it need to be?


I'll try the best I can with these. haha

We're doing small gigs, like bars and stuff. We definitely want to be able to perform with it. I use a Hot Rod Deluxe, 40 watts tube, but I keep the volume around 3-4. Our drummer doesn't play too hard, but he's not playing easy listening either. Frankly, our ability to carry it around isn't a huge deal, as long as two people can move it in and out of basements. My drummer is jacked though, so he can lift almost anything no problem. haha
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Ok my friend, here's a few possible idea's within budget:

Ashdown MAG C115-300:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ashdown-MAG-C115300-Combo-Bass-Amp?sku=485032

Kustom KBA 115C 1x15:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Kustom-KBA-115C-1x15-Bass-Combo?sku=481427

Gallien-Krueger Backline 250 / Goldline 115GLX 1 X 15:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/GallienKrueger-Backline-250-Goldline-1-X-15-Stack?sku=486514

Gallien-Krueger Backline 115:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/GallienKrueger-Backline-115-Combo?sku=482536

Kustom KBA 210C 2x10:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Kustom-KBA-210C-2x10-Bass-Combo?sku=481428

Ashdown Blem Electric Blue 15-180:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ashdown-Electric-Blue-15180-Bass-Combo-Amp?sku=485037X

There's a couple idea's, all of which I would reccomend due to the positive thing's I have heard of their companie's. I would strongle reccommend an ashdown or an ampeg.
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#8
The Ashdown MAG, out of those, In my opinion.
Ibanez SR505
Ashdown ABM 300 EVO II
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#9
I have a trace-elliot, you prob can't buy a new one but I got mine used for 425 and it's worth well over 1000. See if you can find one, it's perfect for what you would need.
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Hmm... I'm gonna do me some more research and ask around town what some other bassists I know have to say. Thanks so much for all the info though. That Ashdown does look nice by the way, nice simple controls too. Being a guitarist used to the typical "treble, bass, mids" set up, I'm kind of intimidated by the bass amps with twenty different tone control knobs.

thanks again!
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