#1
I know my way around guitar amps, about which names and models are good and which ones are ****. Like, a Peavey Classic 30 is good, but a Marshall MG is crap.

But I have very little knowledge of bass amps. I want to get an amp (I already have a bass), but I don't want to get a POS one.

Pretty much ever good brand out there makes bad amps - Marshall (MG), Fender (Frontman), etc.

So what are some bass amps to generally stay away from? GK, Ampeg, Fender... models? Other brands?

(^ I don't mean those brands I mentioned above are bad, I know they make high-end stuff, but I'm guessing they also make crap stuff right?)

Thanks in advance for any help on this
#2
Quote by flamingmarble27
I know my way around guitar amps, about which names and models are good and which ones are ****. Like, a Peavey Classic 30 is good, but a Marshall MG is crap.

But I have very little knowledge of bass amps. I want to get an amp (I already have a bass), but I don't want to get a POS one.

Pretty much ever good brand out there makes bad amps - Marshall (MG), Fender (Frontman), etc.

So what are some bass amps to generally stay away from? GK, Ampeg, Fender... models? Other brands?

(^ I don't mean those brands I mentioned above are bad, I know they make high-end stuff, but I'm guessing they also make crap stuff right?)

Thanks in advance for any help on this


Hi !

Try GK (you can't go wrong with the GK stuff) or Peavey's... of course, I suggest you first try them. Stay away from Hartke's (crapiest sound I ever had)!!!

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#3
dont go and buy one but i tried a Line 6 amp at GC the other day and it was cool for something at a decent size

has pre effect switch in it too for distortion and synth etc.
#4
Stay way from Behringer.
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Stay way from Behringer.


Get ready for a lot of messages like these. Behringer are your new public enemy #1 when it comes to amps.
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#6
gk backline
fender rumble
any behringer
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#7
1) Cheap Ambeg BA series. All they can reproduce is boom.
2) Cheap Hartke Kickback amps. All they do is fart and distort
3) Cheap GK Backline amps. Sound tinny
4) Cheap SWR LA series amps. No increase in volume one you go past 12 o'clock, only distortion
5) can't say much about Behringers, heard they suck too. I had enough time to tinker with their Ultrabass (lol) head
6) Cheap Ashdowns. On par with Behringers
7) Roland, Line6 and other built-in-effects amps suck a tremendous amount of balls.
#8
I disagree that cheap bass amps can have a noticable effect on bass tone, i think fiddling around with the eq on just about any amp will get you a good solid sound eventually.

however, I did play through a fender bassman years ago, and was blown away by it.

but what's going on at the knobs is much more important than what's written on the front, in my experience. A graphic equaliser is something to lookout for when you're getting an amp, but not neccecary.
#9
Jim, what do you mean by saying that cheap amps do not have a noticeable effect on tone? If you play a crappy bass thru an Eden or Aguillar stack, and super-duper alembic thru a Hartke Kickback, both set on "flat", trust me, the crowd is gonna be blown by the clarity of a better amp.

shoddy bass + Good amp + good soundtech > super bass and ok amp.
#10
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Jim, what do you mean by saying that cheap amps do not have a noticeable effect on tone? If you play a crappy bass thru an Eden or Aguillar stack, and super-duper alembic thru a Hartke Kickback, both set on "flat", trust me, the crowd is gonna be blown by the clarity of a better amp.

shoddy bass + Good amp + good soundtech > super bass and ok amp.


OK, maybe i should leave it to people with more experience of high grade amps than me (like yourself, I couldn't probably name one bass amp appart from that fender bassman!) to do the talking here. I'm no tone freak - i usually turn up at the venue, plug in and that's me, maybe after a little token twidling of knobs.
#11
Quote by skater dan0
gk backline
fender rumble
any behringer


I'm glad to see someone else mentioned the Rumble. God that amp has the flatless meh of a tone I have ever heard.

The only other amp I would add to this is the low end Kustoms. Like GK, their higher end stuff are good if not great, low end they are horrendous. I owned a Kustom practice amp for years. As I've said before, it was the saddest piece of combo I ever owned.
#12
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Hi !

Stay away from Hartke's (crapiest sound I ever had)!!!



what hartke did you try? i tried 2 hartkes and both have awesome tones, the kickback(hartke) is the best amp i have ever tried but i gues they also make bad amps
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I'm glad to see someone else mentioned the Rumble. God that amp has the flatless meh of a tone I have ever heard.

The only other amp I would add to this is the low end Kustoms. Like GK, their higher end stuff are good if not great, low end they are horrendous. I owned a Kustom practice amp for years. As I've said before, it was the saddest piece of combo I ever owned.


i know exactly what you mean mine either booms or sounds flat there are no highs coming though at all
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i know exactly what you mean mine either booms or sounds flat there are no highs coming though at all


Not true. I've been playing one for a couple years now (no money to get anything better), and I can get some good highs out of it.
#16
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what hartke did you try? i tried 2 hartkes and both have awesome tones, the kickback(hartke) is the best amp i have ever tried but i gues they also make bad amps


I agree, every Hartke I played sounded between more-than-okay and totally awesome.

Amps to stay away from are Behringer and Marshall (and some more that are allready mentioned)
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#17
i'm pretty happy with my Rumble, I do admit not the best tone ever but it doesn't have the worst IMO
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#18
Wanna add this to the list. I was really disappointed with it. My entire experience with Ampegs, both solid-state and tube-driven was a disappointment. With one exception




that's the only pic I've got. Forgot the model, it puts out something like 800 watts. A full stack. When you stood 2 meters away from it, you heard nothing. If you try to push it hard, it distorts BADLY. Maybe it's because of the cab.



And about Kustoms. I never would have guessed they sounded so good! I dunno what I have to thank - either that Ampeg head, or the splendid Kustom cab, but I've never heard so much punch coming from the ampeg! It was almost as tight as GK. And I use their 300 watt combo sometimes - great stuff!
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#19
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Not true. I've been playing one for a couple years now (no money to get anything better), and I can get some good highs out of it.


strange that, i can't get any good high end out of my rumble without adding stupid amounts of hiss
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#20
I tried a tube ampeg cant remember the model, it was fukin awesome, and a rumble 100 is good if you want a BOOMY sound, like you just want the bass to be heard. But if you wanna do anything more dinamic I wouldnt reccomend it.
#21
I have one of the "Parke" bass combo's which was Marshall's bass amp company. That thing has a decent enough tone to it, not amazing but not bad
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#22
wait what hartke did u try i got the HA3500 115 cab for now and its F*CKING amazing considering that its only running thru a single 15" speaker and a tweeter

@ guy who hates hartke

i will say though the hartke kickback was shocking in comparison the the head and cab setup
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