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Bass Amp

I don't currently own an amplifier for my bass. I have been using either a guitar amp or no amp and a pick. It, as could be expected, sounds like a guitar with the guitar amp. So what should I look for in a bass amp? I haven't bought one before so I don't know what to look for or what is a good brand. Recommendations will be appreciated.
Guinny
Posts: 114
It really depends on the sound you are looking for. For my money the AMPEG B Series is where it is at. I own the BA 112 and love it. I also have a Vox Pathfinder amp that I use for a more vintage sound.

There are a ton of good bass amps out there. Take your bass to a music store and try out a bunch of different amps and see what floats yer boat.




Marko1960
Posts: 2174
I haven't bought a bass amp in years, so I'm out of touch, but the general consensus on this site leans heavily towards the Fender Rumble 75, check it out
IamMark
Posts: 863
This has been brought up before, but I don't mind repeating myself or paraphrasing those who have said this in the past. But it comes down to what your requirements are. Meaning, are you looking for an amp and speaker for practicing in your house/garage, or are you looking for a quality set-up for playing with a band at small or large venues?

I think most players can get by with a good combo amp/speaker set-up that has at least 100W of power and either a 2x10 or 1x12 speaker. These combo amps can be pretty versatile for use for practice, or small venue performances. Even in a large venue, you're probably going to go through a strong PA system, and the combo amp can be used as your stage monitor with a line out going to the PA board or mic the speaker and run it to the board.

I am looking into something similar for me. I currently have a Yorkville 400W solid state head running into an Eden 4x10 with horn tweeter. Sounds good, but the weight and size is overkill for the venues I have been playing (or anticipate any future playing). In fact, the guys I play with have good PA systems, and I can get by plugging right into their board, but I find it's hard for me to hear my bass isolated when I'm playing behind the PA speakers. So I'm looking for a combo unit or a good stage monitor that I can use my bass amp head with.

There's a lot to consider when wanting to buy an amp.
Leiria
Posts: 330
Do you live in Europe?
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Do you live in Europe?
No
Marko1960
Posts: 2174
Do you live in South America?
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Do you live in South America?
No and how is this relevant?
MotorMog
Posts: 257
Do you live in Asia?
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Do you live in Asia?
Nope white trash capital of the world (USA)
MotorMog
Posts: 257
I use a Rumble 75 for home, nice bit of kit and built in overdrive gives a nice tone

For gigging and rehearsals Ampeg Portaflex 350 head,2x10 cab and a Big Muff pedal

As mentioned by Iammark your going to need a minimum of 100 watts to compete with a guitar and drums in a rehearsal/ small gig environment

If i was buying again i would pickup a secondhand 1x15 or 2x10 cab and a 200 watt head then your good for both scenarios

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