- Bass Guitar Amps
Any body got any recommendations for a separate bass amp and cab system for a band where the lead and rhythm guitarists are using 100 watts each? Playing mostly rock towards the metal end of the spectrum and using a 4 string Ibanez SDGR that cost about £350 when new.Posted 7 years agovdubber67Member
Depends if you’re playing live in some ways. No point lugging a massive set-up around if you’re all going through the PA.
If you’re in the market for something you can hear yourself through in a practice room, any modern 100w head with suitable cab should do you really.
The Ashdown stuff is really good for the money, and sounds nice too.Posted 7 years ago
Two guitarists using 100 watts each? 😯
My first reaction is “Retire now, and keep your hearing intact”… 8)
Alternatively, try to find an old Trace Elliot 300W head/combo, ‘cos TE watts are bigger than anybody else’s (allegedly…) or alternatively an Ashdown rig (combo or head/cab) which is basically the new TE (though possibly hasn’t got quite as much oooomph).
If all else fails, check / ask here… BasschatPosted 7 years agorobkhooMember
Back in the day I used to use a Mesa Boogie Bass 400+, an awesome amp. Probably best suited to bigger stages though… If you’re going to DI the bass don’t rely on the foldback wedges to let you actually hear what you’re playing. Always nice to have some power in reserve if you need it as well – 100w isn’t much IMO, 300w at least is more realistic, especially if you have a noisy drummer as well.Posted 7 years agojamestMember
I started playing about 4 years ago in a rock band with mates. IPosted 7 years ago
initially had a Line 6 lowdown 150. It was a lovely amp, well made with a good sound but with a 12″ cone it lacked power to reallly cut through the drums, as a consequence I was always running it at a spinal tap 11! If your guitarists are running 100 watt amps you need more, this is because of the nature of bass frequency,
you want something to give good low end rumble particularly if playing pubs etc .
I upgraded my bass 2 years ago and got a Fender bassman 250 amp , I have never looked back- fantastic sound , bags of volume !john_drummerMember
Unlikely to use a PA for anythong other than vocals in practice room situation; gigs are a different matter.Posted 7 years ago
Depending on the size of venue, PA could be simply vocals, vocals guitars & kick drum, or the full monty. The bigger the venue, the more goes through the PA
Sandwich – Member
Thanks for the suggestions, I shall be recommending some earplugs for Sandwich Junior. I don’t think they are using PA for anything but vocals currently. Off to Basschat now.
Sorry to say there hasn’t been much response to the cross-post I did on Basschat last night… 🙁Posted 7 years ago
Sandwich Junior was taken with a Barefaced compact cab and Hartke LH500 combo which is about the limit for budget. One lead guitar is using a 4×10 or 12 cab the other has a single driver cab. As is usual with teenagers he didn’t know much detail!Posted 7 years ago
So UV light is like red bikes then?chiefgrooveguruMember
If Jr has a car then a couple of big heavy old cabs and an old low power head will be the cheapest route to loudness if you can find them secondhand locally. If not then the LH500/Compact would work well and allow him to add a second cab in the future if he’s playing bigger gigs, whilst making public transport / car sharing much easier. With a vocal only PA the limiting factor will be the loudness of the kickdrum and keeping that audible is the way to keep the guitars from getting too loud, and it would take a very very big undamped kick and a drummer with a very heavy right foot to be louder than that bass rig!Posted 7 years ago
Sandwich Junior was taken with a Barefaced compact cab and Hartke LH500 combo which is about the limit for budget. One lead guitar is using a 4×10 or 12 cab the other has a single driver cab. As is usual with teenagers he didn’t know much detail!
Good call on the Barefaced, they’ve built up a dedicated following on BC.
I presume you’ve already seen them, but in case you hadn’t here are the Amp and Cab review section, and the ever-popular but potentially wallet-damaging Amps and Cabs For Sale/Trade. That said, I got both my Ashdown combos through here, one at a very good price. 🙂
So UV light is like red bikes then?
Indeed… 8)Posted 7 years ago
Well we’ve had some luck. Chap I work with has a Trace Elliot 15″ cab that he’s going to donate to the cause. So now it’s what amp to go with the cab time. We’ll possible go with the terror bass as he can push the boat out now!!Posted 7 years ago
Junior has acquired some musicians earplugs from the local hearing centre for £12 which he is well pleased with (but not the wax that sticks to them).
Thanks for all the help.
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