Reeves Custom 50 as a bass amp???

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  1. Starsailor

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    Lately I've jamming with a band and playing bass on 50% of the songs, switching with one of the other guitarists. A bit of an odd arrangement I know. I'm not a bass player by trade and don't even own a bass or any bass related gear. We're borrowing a cheap Dean bass from a friend. I'm still scratching my head as to how I wound up in this position.

    Anyhoo, we've got a slot for an upcoming benefit show and have only been using a rather crappy practice bass amp. Of all my amps my Custom 50 + 2x12 cab is the only one that even remotely fits the bill. I know the Hiwatt Custom 200 or Reeves 225 are big hits with some bass players but does the 50 have enough ass behind it for a bass rig? Just as a temporary fix.

    Also, for future reference, what would be a good bass combo on the cheap? Sorry in advance if this should be in the bass forum.
     
  2. FFTT

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    In recording you'd be fine, but you'll mostly be struggling to hear yourself
    unless you have very good monitoring.

    A Bass cab will help to prevent you from blowing your guitar speakers.


    I jammed on bass all the time with just a Blues Deluxe on about 3
    and any more volume would turn the speaker to mush.

    You may be able to voice the amp to cut through, but you won't have much
    low end.

    There was a time when 50 watts would be plenty for bass with very good inter band
    volume control, but good luck with that.

    I have no idea about price, build or reliability, but the small Ashdown 4X10 head/cab
    rig sounded pretty good at club volume.


    It would be great to get a reproduction B-15 stand alone cab from fliptops
    to go with your custom 50
     
  3. Starsailor

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    Oh well. Figured it was a long shot. Especially with the small cab. May have to either rent/borrow an amp or go straight to board, ugh. Bad timing financially for my bass playing prospects. I'll check out some clips of that Ashdown, thanks.
     
  4. FFTT

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    You'd have to ask Bill for safety hook up tips,
    but you could slave the Reeves 50 pre section
    to a cheaper solid state power amp.
     
  5. Dashface

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    My band has had to use my Custom 100 as a backup head for the bass player once or twice. It sounds absolutely awesome - but it isn't quite as loud or anything; obviously a 50 would have less headroom etc. This was running through an Ampeg 4x10, mind.

    I would recommend just renting a bass amp from your local Guitar Center, or renting (or borrowing) a bass cab from someone and using your head.
     
  6. DRS

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    50 watts was enough for a bass amp in 1960 but not today - unless it's a very low volume gig with a quiet drummer. Plus a bass can kill a 2x12 guitar cab quickly. There are so many great solid state bass amps that are light and affordable used. I wouldn't go combo - the weight is just too much. I'd go minimum 200w with 400w ideal. I think the new Galien Krueger stuff is good. Get a decent head and cab. Go to a bass forum and ask the questions.
     
  7. FFTT

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    You might as well try it at rehearsal, but you really should use a bass cab
    or a single 15 full range.

    IF...... you can control band volumes you might actually be fine with the tones
    running your Custom 50, you can always add depth in the PA.
     
  8. dmagalhaes

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    Get your self a Sans Amp and go direct..
     
  9. Starsailor

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    Wow, forgot about the Sans amp option. Thanks. I'd prefer a proper amp but may have to go that route for a while.
     
  10. Starsailor

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    Thanks for your input, FFTT(and others). My fellow Reeves enthusiast. Def. can't afford to blow up my 2x12. I hate I even have to consider using my 50 this way. Options are bleak when you're on short notice and broke though.
     

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