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  • Combo amp suggestions.

    I just bought a bass a couple of days ago for home recording. I'm new to the bass realm. My situation is that I've gotten hooked on it and I'm at a point of either getting a Tech 21 VT Bass DI pedal or a small combo. I don't know anything about what brand of amps I should consider and which ones I should absolutely avoid. If I go with an amp I do know I don't need it to exceed 100 watts. I don't plan on gigging. Maybe a jam with some friends but that's about the extent of it. What amps should I take a look at? Budget is roughly $300. Looking for the best bang for the buck. Thanks for the help.

  • #2
    Re: Combo amp suggestions.

    if you jam with friends that have 100 watt amps or 40 watt amps for that matter,
    less than 100 watt bass amp will disappear
    a loud drummer can drown a small bass amp

    get at least a 200 watt and just turn it down

    as an option


    get a powered PA speaker and a DI pedal for EQ

    then if you get tired of bass you can use it for acoustic or something



    Bass players have a large responsiblity in bands

    usually they are the only ones who know theory
    they bring all the mics and PA equipment (frigging singers)
    they have a back up guitar cuz they are secretly guitar players
    the guitar player usually "borrows" it when he breaks a string
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    • #3
      Re: Combo amp suggestions.

      See if you can find a used Peavey TNT amp.

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      • #4
        Re: Combo amp suggestions.

        When I had a fender rumble 40 I felt like it could hang with guitarists with low wattage combo amps. People could certainly hear me from across the street playing bass in my house... I eventually got the rumble 200 for a cleaner bigger low end at that volume but the rumble 40 it's freaking loud

        If your friends play low wattage amps you might get away with it. Sounds very good and is extremely light

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        • #5
          Re: Combo amp suggestions.

          Originally posted by Demanic View Post
          See if you can find a used Peavey TNT amp.

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          I will check those out.

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          • #6
            Re: Combo amp suggestions.

            I'll take at look at that one as well. Thanks.

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            • #7
              Re: Combo amp suggestions.

              I will say that anything Tech 21 is a solid choice. Their bass DI boxes are dynamite.
              Dave, Ambassador/Writer/Artist for Seymour Duncan

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              • #8
                Re: Combo amp suggestions.

                Originally posted by Mincer View Post
                I will say that anything Tech 21 is a solid choice. Their bass DI boxes are dynamite.
                In addition, I saw a 200 watt powered monitor on Musicians Friend today on the stupid deal of the day for $149 US. A Tech 21 in front of that...

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                • #9
                  Re: Combo amp suggestions.

                  Originally posted by Demanic View Post
                  In addition, I saw a 200 watt powered monitor on Musicians Friend today on the stupid deal of the day for $149 US. A Tech 21 in front of that...

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                  EHD
                  Just here surfing Guitar Pron
                  RG2EX1 w/ SD hot-rodded pickups / RG4EXFM1 w/ Carvin S22j/b + FVN middle
                  SR500 / Martin 000CE-1/Epiphone Hummingbird
                  Epiphone Florentine with OEM Probuckers
                  Ehdwuld branded Blue semi hollow custom with JB/Jazz
                  Reptile Green Gibson Custom Studio / Aqua Dean Shire semi hollow with piezo
                  Carvin Belair / Laney GC80A Acoustic Amp (a gift from Guitar Player Mag)
                  GNX3000 (yea I'm a modeler)

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                  • #10
                    Re: Combo amp suggestions.

                    I always thought that a Tech 21 RBI, mated with an ART SLA-1 or 2 would be a killer bass amp.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Combo amp suggestions.

                      Didn't TC Electronics make a 250 bass amp with a 15?
                      This were stupid cheap new and even better used
                      EHD
                      Just here surfing Guitar Pron
                      RG2EX1 w/ SD hot-rodded pickups / RG4EXFM1 w/ Carvin S22j/b + FVN middle
                      SR500 / Martin 000CE-1/Epiphone Hummingbird
                      Epiphone Florentine with OEM Probuckers
                      Ehdwuld branded Blue semi hollow custom with JB/Jazz
                      Reptile Green Gibson Custom Studio / Aqua Dean Shire semi hollow with piezo
                      Carvin Belair / Laney GC80A Acoustic Amp (a gift from Guitar Player Mag)
                      GNX3000 (yea I'm a modeler)

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                      • #12
                        Re: Combo amp suggestions.

                        @ehdwuld- So I'm giving the 200 watt amp option some serious thought. As of now, I like the Tech 21 VT Bass 200. There are no local music stores that carry the amp so I'll be taking a chance on it without having the option to play or hear it.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Combo amp suggestions.

                          Check out the return policy

                          What you got in local stores?

                          Something should work
                          EHD
                          Just here surfing Guitar Pron
                          RG2EX1 w/ SD hot-rodded pickups / RG4EXFM1 w/ Carvin S22j/b + FVN middle
                          SR500 / Martin 000CE-1/Epiphone Hummingbird
                          Epiphone Florentine with OEM Probuckers
                          Ehdwuld branded Blue semi hollow custom with JB/Jazz
                          Reptile Green Gibson Custom Studio / Aqua Dean Shire semi hollow with piezo
                          Carvin Belair / Laney GC80A Acoustic Amp (a gift from Guitar Player Mag)
                          GNX3000 (yea I'm a modeler)

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                          • #14
                            Re: Combo amp suggestions.

                            Originally posted by ArtieToo View Post
                            I always thought that a Tech 21 RBI, mated with an ART SLA-1 or 2 would be a killer bass amp.

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                            The RBI would be great with a PowerStage 700. Any Tech21 preamp is great stuff.
                            Dave, Ambassador/Writer/Artist for Seymour Duncan

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                            • #15
                              Re: Combo amp suggestions.

                              Originally posted by Mincer View Post
                              The RBI would be great with a PowerStage 700. Any Tech21 preamp is great stuff.
                              Yeah, it would. But right after I posted, I realized he was asking about combo's.

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