Bass amp head advice needed please

Discussion in 'Bass Area; The Bottom Line' started by Voodoo Soul Blues, May 20, 2018.

  1. royd

    royd Member

    Jan 29, 2004
    Santa Barbara, CA
    I’d be one that says 200 watts is not enough ;). The OP did say that the 100 watt V4 didn’t have enough clean headroom... a 200 watt class D would likely have a little more clean headroom but not much. Remember, doubling the watts with all else being equal (which it never is) only gives you 3 dB more volume. I stand by 10X’s the power of the lead guitar player. Luckily, watts are pretty cheap these days in the class D world. Going from 300 to 800 watts is not that large a jump if the rest of the features are the same or similar.

    True that to both... although the OP would find more difference in the tone from different speaker cabs than from different heads. Even though most companies do have a baked in tone to some degree for their heads, with some EQ, you can usually get passed that part. Some do also hit harder and have a bit more authority than others. (The most current class D power modules hit harder than earlier ones). Still, taste is the bottom line when choosing any gear.

    As for using the PA for FOH, you do want to consider the DI in the head. Most current heads have a DI but some are better than others and some are missing some important features (like a pre/post switch). The best are as good as just about any stand alone DI short of the exotic ones.

    The upside is that there are tons of killer amps out there at a variety of price points. The downside is that there are so many choices, choosing can be difficult.
  2. Vibrolucky

    Vibrolucky Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2006
    Birmingham, AL
    Tell him to try the Fender Rumble 500 head. He'll be very suprised and the tone and the price!
  3. Devnor

    Devnor Member

    Jul 17, 2006
    I'd be looking at a used GK 1001RB. For rock, I think Class D amps are wimpy. They get loud but it's not fat, like that GK.
  4. Jugghaid

    Jugghaid Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    Denver Colorado
    For that budget, I would be looking at a used GK (700, 800, or 1001rb) head or possibly something like an Ampeg SVT-3pro or B4. Maybe a used Markbass. I find them very vanilla, but a lot of players swear by them.

    You aren't going to get the tone of the V4 or any other nice tube head but you will get a great serviceable tone in a very reliable package.
  5. 6AM

    6AM Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    Buffalo, NY
    Thanks to Class D amps, lot of Class AB amps can be had for a steal. I recently bought a Mesa MPulse 600 for $460 with the foot switch. Sounds fantastic.
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  6. adi

    adi Member

    Sep 3, 2014
    theres a whole bunch of 400-500 watt "mini" heads id go for one of those
    gk mb500 seems very popular
    i use a crown xls1500 power amp with various preamps fyi

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