08-24-2013 01:45 PM
Well, this guitar player would like to play bass again. Haven't in years, so my knowledge is mostly obsolete in terms of gear.
1. I want to buy an amp that doesn't weigh a ton.
2. I want it mostly to record at home, so a "record out" connection would be great.
3. Looking to spend in the $100-250 range.
4. I'd like to gig with it on occasion, but small rooms and I could technically mic it through the PA if need be.
5. Music-wise, I tend to play blues, rock, classic rock and a ton of acoustic gigs.
08-24-2013 09:29 PM - edited 08-24-2013 09:31 PM
I have an SWR Workingmans 12. If you can find one priced right it would do the job.
I've seen used ones for a little under $200. It has an xlr out but Ive never used it.
08-25-2013 07:28 AM
08-25-2013 02:27 PM
Our church owns a Line 6 LowDown 110 that was $300 new. Very small (12" cube), 1X10, 75 Watts, XLR out. Works well through a PA but I really wouldn't recommend it straight. Line 6 doesn't get a lot of love but you could do worse.
08-25-2013 02:44 PM
I've tried to shy away from Line 6 on the guitar side, but I'll look into it next time I'm at the store
08-26-2013 10:24 AM - edited 08-26-2013 10:25 AM
The Gallien-Krueger MB112 would probably work if you could find a used one: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Gallien-Krueger-MB112-
08-26-2013 03:29 PM
Re the SWR Workingman 12, it aint light either. But it is fairly compact.
And + to the GK if you can find one, they are pretty much bulletproof and tried and true.
08-26-2013 05:59 PM
Saw a used GK today. Was tempted, but it did look beat up.
What about the Fender B-DEC. Any love?
08-26-2013 11:17 PM
Just a few personal thoughts regarding the Fender B-DEC: First, 30 Watts is pretty minimal for a bass amp. Second, it just seems to have a bad case of gizmoitis, IMHO. Reminds me of a car I rented earlier this year; I thought I was driving the starship Enterprise. Anyway, not my cup of espresso but you might love it. Here's a write up from Gutar World: http://www.guitarworld.com/fender-b-dec-30-bass-di
08-27-2013 07:27 PM
Thanks for the link. My interest in it resides in the fact that it's been discontinued and is being blown out price wise by the local mom and pop store. I'd be happy to have it go through the PA for live situations... the hunt goes on
08-28-2013 06:06 AM
Where is the graphic I made on the Triangle of new amp purchasing?
Pick any two from the list below, can't have three:
1) Light Weight, small foot print, easy portability
2) CHEAP, low cost
3) Great Tone, good sound
09-03-2013 07:24 AM
Ended up getting an Ampeg BA-110. It's got a line out, and I'll use it probably 905 of the time at home, recording. And I can carry the dang thing even with this crappy, busted up, 4-time operated shoulder of mine. Can't wait to receive it.
09-03-2013 10:43 PM
Happy (Pending) New Amp Day.
09-04-2013 05:19 AM
09-04-2013 09:45 AM
I think you made a good choice. From my experience its a good sounding practice amp, and will prob work fine for low vol gigs. If the line out sounds good, thats another plus.
A friend of mine has one as his around the house practice amp. It sounded great in his living room, even with his 5 string. Just me on unamplifed acoustic and his 5 string bass. Very bassy, round and pleasant tone w his Music Man 5er.
09-04-2013 11:29 AM
thanks for that info! I am really looking forward to playing, and with my 12yo son showing some interest in learning, this should be a fun dad/son time.
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