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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / How much bass amp is enough?

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The Plankster of Love
Jan 28th, 2017 12:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

Avoid the Behringer at all costs - prone to failure and poorly built.

The Ampeg may well work for what you describe, assuming you aren't after earth-shaking bottom end like reggae.

Good luck with the hunt!

L. Nedmundo


Feb 1st, 2017 07:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

I think you'll be fine with the Ampeg. I used one of those for a rock musical, and it sounded great. I saw its owner use it for club gigs, and it always had enough juice for his rock band. This wasn't a loud, screaming rock band, but a rock band nonetheless.

I understand many venues don't have backline amps, but here in the Philly area (and everyplace I've played in NYC) they have serviceable PA support. I've seen players simply go direct, and I played an open mic where the sound guys forced bassists to go through a SansAmp Deluxe and into the PA. It sounded fantastic.

Honestly, I could probably get by with my Roland Cube 100 and its DI for almost every gig, but my G-K gear sounds so great, and is so lightweight, that downsizing makes no sense.



Who is E. Sandoval?
Feb 1st, 2017 05:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

How much bass amp is enough? Too much is not enough!

Get the most powerful amp you can afford to buy, within reason of course.


Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Feb 2nd, 2017 07:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've asked myself this question many times over the years and over the years I have developed a system which has never failed me. Maybe you'll want to give this a try.

When I play, I like to have enough volume to "drive" the band, loud enough to provide the heartbeat of the music but not loud enough to drown everything else out and be a distraction. If my amp can do this and have a little extra headroom just in case, I have enough bass amp.




Bass is the place . . .
Feb 4th, 2017 04:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm with George on the above.

In real gigging situations, I've usually found 100 watts to be borderline adequate into, say, a 215 or 410 cab, and 200 watts to be more than enough.

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Vacaville CA

Runs with scissors !!
Feb 4th, 2017 07:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

I used old B/F Showmans and Sunn Model T's for many years. To lighten the load I've gone to a Ampeg SVT 7 Pro over a SVT410HLF cab w/casters. They sure make loading and unloading much easier in my old age. Power is not a problem.

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Feb 6th, 2017 06:10 AM   Edit   Profile  

I really like my Genz Benz Streamliner 600 watt RMS class D amp with 6 stage tube (3-12AX7s)preamp and solid state output. It is small and light. I rarely have to go past 1/2 - 2/3 volume (usually with 10 db gain button enabled. This insures good clean low driving tone.) The 3 12ax7 preamp tubes are operated at about 300 volts unlike many who use just enough voltage to turn the tube on.

(This message was last edited by Bubbalou at 02:09 AM, Feb 12th, 2017)



Feb 6th, 2017 01:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

Just wanted to update this:

I played the Ampeg with a guitarist and drummer this past Friday and...

I think it did pretty well. Had it on 3, and it seemed to cut through - we certainly heard it. I recorded it on my iphone voice recorder and the bass sounded very mid-rangy, but that could be an EQ issue I suppose (I had HI,MID,LOW set to 12 o'clock) The lows, however, seemed like they were kind of lost in the sauce.

How do you post audio files on here?

(This message was last edited by drksd4848 at 04:38 PM, Feb 6th, 2017)


New York City

Feb 7th, 2017 03:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

I think to post audio files you would have to put them somewhere else on line first and then just post a link.

Recordings like that can only tell you so much about the bass sound. Type of mic? Mic placement? Limiter/compressor settings on the recorder? Room acoustics? Type of speakers/headphones used for playback? Way too many variables to be very reliable. Use a long cable and step out in front of the band while you play, that will give you some sense of the balance. Beyond that you just need to develop an ear for it.

Tony Wright
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Stillwater, OK

I never met a calorie I didn't like.
Feb 15th, 2017 07:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

Be sure you keep lows in your instrument EQ as well as boosting the lows on the Ampeg and you should feel the difference.

Keep in mind that how your audio file will sound on my computer depends not only on the cheezy speakers I have, but also how I have my sound EQ's on this end. I am not sure that is worth the trouble, but perhaps. That is for you to decide.

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