#1
Hi,
I'm spending all my money on a bass (only 200-300) and i plan on recording with line in. But it would be nice to have and amp. So basically i want something that does not buzz which it a problem i've had with all cheap amps, and sounds decent ie. really if theres not distortion.

I'm probably asking to much but its worth a try. And anything above $200 Australian ($150 - $180 US) is'nt realy usefull to me because i'm a guitarist and im spending alot of money on a tube combo soon.

I looked at the FAQ but it didnt have prices.
Anyway as always any help would be very much apriciate.

Have a look at these and recomend them as this is the cheapest place for me to buy stuff. https://www.billyhydemusic.com.au/shop/index.cfm?action=browse&id=40
Last edited by white chocolate at Jan 27, 2008,
#3
not that a want to start an argument but i disagree. You sound starts at the instrument therefore you want quality from the beggining.
#4
Still...your amp's preamp boosts and lowers certain frequencys that give a certain amp a certain charachter.

Ashdown is a nice amp company from what ive heard, though those amps will never be usefull for a gig or even practice if thats your intention with it.
#5
When I was in the market for a cheap practice amp, nothing really cheap suited me. After trying out everything that was in the shop, I found out that spending 350 euro's on a SWR LA-12 was the most sensible thing to do. It was far outside my budget, but all amps cheaper than that simply didn't cut it.
I'd suggest you look for something second hand. Or do what I did when I was in your situation; borrow your neighbour's Galien & Krueger.
#6
Amp affects you tone far more than the bass.

A $50 and a $1500 bass will sound pretty much the same through an awful amp. However, even a $50 bass will sound pretty damn good through $1000 worth of amplification.

A guitarist comparison. Either putting a vintage Gibson Les Paul through a 10W Marshall MG, or putting some no name guitar through a full tube Marshall. The latter sounds better than the former. Invest more in the amp.
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#7
yanno, the instrument/amp argue, i have to disagree with all and agree with all. It all depends on your style and what kind of sound your looking for.

And as for a small amp, personal i own a 20 watt hartke, i forget how much i got it for, but it was pretty dang cheap, and i love the sound, not as good as my ampeq, but it works for me at my school.
#8
If you only want it to record, you should just by a Line6 Toneport.
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#9
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A $50 and a $1500 bass will sound pretty much the same through an awful amp. However, even a $50 bass will sound pretty damn good through $1000 worth of amplification.

I agree with the idea behind this - get a good amp with a good bass, but I tell you right now, my Warwick and Jazz sound ****ing unbelievable through my Rumble 15. Sure, it disappears when a guitar starts playing, but it sounds wonderful.

My $100 8-string sounds like a piece of crap through my huge stack. Yeah, with my Fulltone I can get a useful tone out of it, but not as-is.

The point is, though, you want a good amp to match a good bass. If you have a crappy bass, a good amp will make it sound like a loud, clear crappy bass. Yes, you'd want a crappy bass before a crappy amp, but I think that has more to do with the fact that you can use it in a band setting more than the actual tone fidelity.

Either way, you're shooting at the ground, threadstarter. You won't get much of an amp at that price - period. It's all the same, really, assuming you avoid Behringer. A $300AU bass with a $180AU amp won't sound good any way you slice it. Let's not forget how insultingly high gear prices are in Australia.
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you should aways invest more in your amp then in your instrument


Did you read what he is saying though? He's using the bass primarily to record which needs no amp.
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Did you read what he is saying though? He's using the bass primarily to record which needs no amp.

Then why not just get a SansAmp?
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Then why not just get a SansAmp?


Ask that to threadstarter
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Then why not just get a SansAmp?

Cause they kill your mids .

Great sounding things soloed, or even in a band situation, just not if you want to be heard!

Actually, get the Sansamp ParaDriver if you want to keep your mids!
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#14
got a second hand carlsbro pro bass 150 for about $70 the paranmetic EQ on it is brill

Already had two 2x12's i could use with it so it was a steal IMO :P
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#15
Is there a 2nd hand shop anywhere near where you live? That will probably be the best way to go in your situation. $200 can get you a crappy little 10w amp new. If you can't go second hand, I would pick the fender rumble from Billy Hyde. That is already over your budget though...
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