#1
I posted this in the Guitar Gear forums...but I didn't know whether to put it here or these so I am putting it in both, lol.

So I've been playing Bass since about December/January and I am loving it.

I play alot of metal, rock and indie.

However I have been using a Fender Frontman 15B Bass Amp since I started playing. I think it's about time I bought my own and gave my friend his Amplifier back haha.

So I would appreciate some help if you could recommend me a bass amp for kind of a beginner/practice.

I have been looking at Line 6 Lowdowns. Either the 110 or 150 but those are just slightly over my available price range (they are between 170 to 260 pounds on GAK I think. I'd like to spend no more than 150/160). Something similar to those or those very amps slightly cheaper would do me wonderfully.

Thanks for reading.
#3
If you're ordering online, don't forget, Test the amp you have in mind at some local shop or something, and shipping will be expensive, because amps tend to weigh a ton.
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#4
I'm not too sure.

My brother recommends Line 6 as he plays a Spider MkII on his Iceman I think.

But he does tend to talk crap sometimes.

I would just like an amp that would give me a good metal sound and is nice and loud. 30W lowest.

Any recommendations?
#6
Quote by Explicit User
If you're ordering online, don't forget, Test the amp you have in mind at some local shop or something, and shipping will be expensive, because amps tend to weigh a ton.


Unfortunately the only guitar shop here in Derby was a Soundcontrol and they closed down recently

So I think I'm screwed in that department.
#7
fender 100 watt rumbles are pretty nice
kinda pricey though.

always and i mean ALWAYS check your local craigslist
i found a behringer ultrabass 450 watt for 100 bucks
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#8
Quote by barrettonUG
fender 100 watt rumbles are pretty nice
kinda pricey though.

always and i mean ALWAYS check your local craigslist
i found a behringer ultrabass 450 watt for 100 bucks
BEST DEAL EVER


I honestly think people should be paid to own a Behringer Ultrabass. They're just... horrible.
#9
Quote by KoRnyKenny
I'm not too sure.

My brother recommends Line 6 as he plays a Spider MkII on his Iceman I think.

But he does tend to talk crap sometimes.

I would just like an amp that would give me a good metal sound and is nice and loud. 30W lowest.

Any recommendations?


He is talking crap. Line 6 bass amps are, well, as bad as Line 6 guitar amps, which are bloody awful.

If you're in the UK, try a Laney RB. Save up another £30 or so and try this 160w combo:

http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/rb-4/69000

If not, you could get the RB3, but there's a drastic drop in power and it's only got a 12" speaker.

http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/rb-3/69084

I recommend the RB-4 though. I have an RB-8 and it's a beast, and I've tried most of the other RB series and they're all solid.
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#10
What about the Ashdown Five Fifteen? They're supposed to be killer for the price, and delivery is only £7 in the UK


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#11
Thanks Guys.

That RB 8 looks pretty good. That'll be next payday I guess. Which is 2 weeks away.

and if that's the case I'd be having 300 pounds to spend. Anything to recommend in that price range?

Keeping in mind that I have only been playing 6/7 months. I don't wanna blow loadsa money on something that pumps amazing sound when I'm not good enough to make good sounds in the first place haha.
#12
Quote by KoRnyKenny
Thanks Guys.

That RB 8 looks pretty good. That'll be next payday I guess. Which is 2 weeks away.

and if that's the case I'd be having 300 pounds to spend. Anything to recommend in that price range?

Keeping in mind that I have only been playing 6/7 months. I don't wanna blow loadsa money on something that pumps amazing sound when I'm not good enough to make good sounds in the first place haha.


Woah nelly, I wasn't suggesting you went out and bought the RB-8, I was recommending one of the range that's in your budget (or near enough). Though if you want to drop your whole paycheque on an RB-8, you'd be getting a fantastic amp. If you don't need an amp for gigging, then the RB-3 or RB-4 will more than cover it.

Oh, and as for your last paragraph... having a good amp will help you when you're learning. You'll be able to hear all the imperfections in your tone (fret noise, buzzes, bum notes etc) much clearer and thus will be able to work on 'em. Eventually you'll rock the amp the way it's meant to be rocked.
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#13
Quote by Caustic
Woah nelly, I wasn't suggesting you went out and bought the RB-8, I was recommending one of the range that's in your budget (or near enough). Though if you want to drop your whole paycheque on an RB-8, you'd be getting a fantastic amp. If you don't need an amp for gigging, then the RB-3 or RB-4 will more than cover it.


Well I am not quite good enough for gigging haha. So the RB 4 it is. I'll have to order it form GAK. It's 194 pounds though. Any ideas where I can get it any cheaper?

Appreciate the help.
#14
Quote by KoRnyKenny
Well I am not quite good enough for gigging haha. So the RB 4 it is. I'll have to order it form GAK. It's 194 pounds though. Any ideas where I can get it any cheaper?

Appreciate the help.


GAK is about the cheapest place in the UK for musical gear. If you really don't want to stretch the £30 or £40 more, the RB-3 is still a solid practice amp, I just think that the little extra cash for the RB-4's MASSIVE improvement in features is worth saving your pocket money for.
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#15
Well I could see if I could try and earn some money around the house to make up for the 30/40 pounds.

So does this have any particularly cool effects? Distortion? Anything to make it sounds grindy or give it a metal kick?
#17
Quote by Welsh Guitar
Mate, if I were you I'd go whole hog and get a giggable amp. In my eyes theres no point there's no point spending £200 on an amp when you can have the RB8, that can handle any gig you throw at it for £70 more!

http://www.omegamusic.co.uk/shop/music-shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=949&ref=1


But I don't actually intend on gigging anytime soon. I just play at home as it's something to do and I love the instrument.

I may start in a band in a few months when I get better. But I'm in no rush at all to be in a band/start gigging.

I think the RB 4 will do me.

Thanks for the recommendation though!
#18
Oh okay, fair enough mate! But yeah the RB4 will serve you just fine!
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#19
Yeah I am currently playing a GSR205.

Once I get this Amp I'll play til at least early next year then consider getting an Ibanez K5.

So I will see about getting some money from my Dad then I'll buy am RB 4.

Anyone know on delivery details from GAK? Like how long it takes and how expensive postage is?
#20
hold up! is buying second hand not an option? you'll can get far more for your money. try www.basschat.co.uk theres plently of good deals to be found there in the for sale section.
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#21
Quote by KoRnyKenny
Yeah I am currently playing a GSR205.

Once I get this Amp I'll play til at least early next year then consider getting an Ibanez K5.

So I will see about getting some money from my Dad then I'll buy am RB 4.

Anyone know on delivery details from GAK? Like how long it takes and how expensive postage is?


my fender guitar came way quick, like a couple of days.

postage was £10 for standard delivery.

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