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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Phil Jones bass amps

jeffthebass

the far country

Mar 26th, 2019 04:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

Anyone have any experience with Phil Jones Amps Bass Cub or the Double 4? I need a lightweight amp to use as a monitor to assist with an in-ear setup in a church held in a school auditorium. Rehearsals will be in someone’s house, so something super portable is needed.

BargeOn

CNY

Mar 27th, 2019 07:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have the Double 4 and sent the Cub back. I thought the Cub sounded thin and lifeless. It had a 2nd input option that was pretty useless.

The 4 has less power but but pretty amazing for its size,it can sound like a larger amp in a small space. It should be fine in your situation. It's also fretless friendly, dunno why, but a fretless sounds great through it. And it does a good job on the low B.

Be aware that it does have a "brick" external power supply. I have not done it, but you can power it with a laptop battery, word is that it works well too.

(This message was last edited by BargeOn at 09:19 AM, Mar 27th, 2019)

digiboy
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Mar 27th, 2019 07:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

Just to add my $.02.
If you have a chance to hear a Markbass 801, you might be surprised. Obviously not gonna project very far, but has a pretty hefty low end.

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Solid state = solid sound+light weight
Mar 27th, 2019 11:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

The TC Electronic BG250-208 is a good choice, also Fender Rumble 100!

Taildragger
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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Mar 27th, 2019 04:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

FWIW: I had a terrible experience with TC customer service regarding my BG250-115. I liked the amp (which I bought new) fine otherwise, but the Toneprint feature never worked properly and they weren't willing to do me right in order to rectify that. Pretty lame, given that that feature was a big selling point used to promote the amp.

Just a word of warning, in case you opt for a TC product and anything goes wrong with it.

LeonB
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Solid state = solid sound+light weight
Apr 4th, 2019 11:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

Taildragger, never had a problem with the Toneprint, but hardly use it anymore. The footswitch makes life easier, without it you are limited to just one patch. the mute button is also quite usefull.

Reminds me, got to check for firmware update, I have 2 of these beasts.

Taildragger
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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Apr 4th, 2019 12:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, I run my basses through pedalboard-mounted compressor, pre-amp and (very rarely) a Carbon Copy Delay but have little interest in any other effects, so I don't care that the Toneprint doesn't work.

I was never that big on pedals/effects when I was playing guitar and find that to be even more true when I play bass.

Elmo Clapner

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While my guitar gently sleeps ...
Apr 7th, 2019 10:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

I see the "Phil Jones" title, but IF you are considering other brands NOTHING is more portable than the Vox VX50BA 50 watt bass amp with capable 8" speaker at ONLY 9.9 lb.s! It has built-in compressor and overdrive, but neither effect, nor EQ, is in the ¼" Direct Out. The NuTube may, or may not, give it some "tubeyness", everyone has their own opinion. The low gain settings are creamy smooth, and high gain is even suitable for lead guitar.

It was a great help while recovering from back surgery. Ultralight portability, with surprisingly loud warm bass tones.


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Apr 8th, 2019 08:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

I’ve been looking at the Phil Jones Double 4, A couple of the reviews indicate that this amp can hang with acoustics, one even mentioned using it with a percussionist on the Cajon and a piano player.

A lot of the stuff I’ve been doing lately has been acoustic, I keep my eyes open for an upright but it’s a major expense and I’m not confident my hand strength is capable of playing the instrument for hours. Years ago I picked up a Roland Micro Cube Bass RX but unlike everybody I’ve ever meet, I think it sucks, though I can get usable sound with an acoustic guitar.

The reviews and youtube videos are fairly impressive.

How does it do in an acoustic mix?

LeonB
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Solid state = solid sound+light weight
Apr 8th, 2019 10:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

jeffthebass, You might want to look into the Ibanez Promethean 3110. 300 watt 1X10, very light weight.

Each one of us has his/her own desires in performance/value, but I just can't wrap my head around the price of PJB amps.

YMMV

hushnel
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Apr 10th, 2019 04:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, it can hang with an acoustic guitar and more. I pulled the trigger and it was delivered today. I figured if I didn’t like it I’d send it back.

It’s the first day with it and I really like the way my basses sound on it, I’ve tried the Ibanez AFB200, and both of my homemade short scale fretless, they sound really good on this amp. I’ve been running my iPod through it all day while I worked on the field around the workshop. The sound of the ipod through this little beast alone makes it worth it.

Tomorrow I’ll pull out a few more, the old P-Bass, the Warmoth 5 string, the Guild and the home made Cuban, which is one of my best and first home made instrument, thanks to help from the FDP.

When I think back to my first bass amplifier a bran new 1969 Fender Bassman @ 50 Watts compared to the modern stuff I’m using today it’s just amazing that technology has changed so much. Even the old mid 80s SWR is still smoking compared to that old Bassman.

Not a cheap amp, I got it for the going price of just under $500. A fair pice for what I got and it’s white “o)

(This message was last edited by hushnel at 02:30 PM, Apr 11th, 2019)

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