#1
Now, I'm in a psychadelic metal band ... And my bassist needs a new amp (he's got one of those fender rumbles right now ) so I'm helping him look round for one... something preety loud that can cut through 2 guitars and a drummer, and has a lot of low end and good thick mids.... I think he's looking for a john entwistle/lemmy-ish tone...

He's currently looking at the Ampeg BA-115s, are those any good (he can't spend too much money so he's trying to keep it as low as possible)

Any recommendations?
#2
not those. they are terrible amps. they are underpowered, to easy to get too much mud, too hard to get any punch.
and you want at least 200 watts, and you'll probably be feeling more comfy with more like 300.

see Ashdown and Acoustic. both nice companies.
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#3
i would go with Carvin personally, they have a great sound and lots of power for low cost.
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#4
no acoustic or ashdown dealers around... and he won't get carvin becuase you have to order one and can't try em out...
#5
shiit i wish my friends were down to start a psychedelic metal band.
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#6
Gallien-Kreuger used? that would really be your best bet, a 1001 rb runs for anywhere from 250-500 used and u can go with an Avatar 410
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Interesting. It turns out that there are people on the forum who play an upright bass. I'll make a note of that.

*makes note*

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#8
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no use gang... he's set on this amp... i guess i'll have to get him an eq pedal


Tell him he's an idiot.


Just out of curiosity, what bass is he gonna use with it?
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#10
tell him every time he plugs into that amp, he kills a fairy.
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#11
He's running both a Geddy Lee Jazz bass, and on occasion a custom made V bass with really nice pups... He claims he likes the tone he gets out of it and refuses to listen to me, and says all of the other people who don't like it are "Not HIM" so they wouldn't understand his tone. It's a damn shame we don't have people who deal REAL amps round here.
#12
If he likes it, he might as well get it. Just the Ampeg isn't powerful enough (in my experience), ad the tone is a bit muddy in my opinion, but horses for courses I suppose.
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#13
220 watts sounds loud enough to me... but what do I know I'm a guitar player! and Bass requires more wattage to amplify the low frequencies if i'm not mistaken
#14
exactly. tell him he needs more volume, and even he will think it sucks when he blows it out.
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#17
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if only i could just make him save for an SVT
...then you'd have persuaded him to buy something expensive, inconveniently heavy and inflexible?
#18
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He THINKS it gets enough volume...

Yeah it probably gets enough vloume for trying it out in a shop, but as soon as you're playing with 2 guitarists and a drummer it won't be. Especially if you're gonna be playing live.
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#19
I was thinking of convincing him into getting an Ashdown MAG 300... 307 watts RMS and those things appear to have a good rap... If only there were some ashdown dealers around here!
#20
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...then you'd have persuaded him to buy something expensive, inconveniently heavy and inflexible?

But, but I loves my SVT

the inflexibility depends entirely on which SVT head it is and what cab you run it through. Also you can find a lot of Ampeg gear for relatively reasonable prices on the used market (I would suggest Craigslist in particular). I will however make no arguement as to their inconvenient design or their weight. Most Ampeg **** is heavy as **** and very large (making it especially hard to maneuver). Luckily this has yet to be a problem for me, as I too am large as ****. If you think that you will not be able to haul it to gigs then I would suggest against buying it.
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#21
an svt wouldn't be bad for psychedelic, I think. however, it is rather expensive. at least convince him to get a higher wattage version of the line 6.
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#22
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shiit i wish my friends were down to start a psychedelic metal band.

What the hell is a psychedelic metal band anyway, it sounds pretty cool. Damn metal and it's many subgenres.

To the TC, warwick amps might suit your bassist, they tend to have huge speakers for lots of bass oomph.
Dunno how practical it would be for breaking through the drums/guitars, but a sweet 25 combo sounds like a good choice in your price range.
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