Topic: Bass head advice

Does anyone have any advice on a good bass amp head for making loud, heavy, gnarly, distorted sounds?
No idea where to start in terms of whittling down the selection.
And could I play a guitar through it? Guy from Kyuss did that I gather.
If you're selling one, let me know too.

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I dont play bass myself but from what iv seen and heard Ampeg bass heads seem to do the trick pretty well, especially with a fuzz pedal like a big muff or anything similar.

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Yea, i've had best results using Ampeg or Hi Watt with my ProCo RAT that is

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I believe the ginger one in Kyuss used a combination of Marshalls & Ampegs pretty much probably with a cut switch

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In my experience bass can sound good played through a guitar head but not vice versa.  Most old 100w valve marshalls will sound pretty good with bass.

What you should go for obviously depends on your budget; if you have £500+ get an Ampeg or Sunn or something, if not get a really loud solid state bass head and experiment with different distortion pedals.

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I always thought it was guitar through bass heads and not the other way around (hence the fender bassman becoming a guitar amp now) Bass heads used for guitar work really well for down tuned sludgey stuff, loads of low end, well obviously haha

And if its for playing bass try a sans amp bass driver pedal they make any bass head sound unreal, valve or solid state.

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Well as I said this is in my experience.  YMMV.

eg

80's Trace Elliot bass head (250watts ss); Good for bass, shit for guitar.

Sunn 300t (300watts valve); Amazing for bass, shit for guitar.

Marshall JMP (100watts valve); Good for guitar, good for bass.

Having said all that, I used to have a JCM 800 bass head that sounded great with guitar but I've read that there's very little difference schematically between old Marshall bass/guitar heads.

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Ampegs do the chunky heavy bass sound well in my experience! (Apart from one of the newer rackmount ones, BE-2 or something- not seemed to get any dirt from that!)

I'd also give a shout to the MXR Bass DI- it's got an EQ and Distortion/Blend on there that's pretty good for adding a bit of filth to a bass sound without losing the 'weight' behind it.

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I have a BR-2E, the only way I get any weight behind it is by using a decent pre-amp. I have an Electro Harmonix English Muff'n, then it sounds great.

I once played through an Orange Tiny Terror (guitar one) and it sounded gnarly as hell.

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whats your budget sweetheart?

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Who me? er... few hundred? or is that way too little? total novice here

read some conflicting advice in this thread:
http://www.foreverdoomed.com/forums/vie … mp;t=24088

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well to be fair you can get loud and nasty very cheap

loud and good sounding is more expenisve

but if your not playing some kinda prog or funk etc where you might be a bit anal about having a good "tone" then yeah plently of loud amps around for not that much

although a couple of hundred for a new head and cab is a bit unlikely

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OnlyUntil wrote:

prog or funk

It is safe to say that I will not be.

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Kunal wrote:
OnlyUntil wrote:

prog or funk

It is safe to say that I will not be.


Well there is certainly an argument for saying all you need is a semi powerful head with a poweful cab that you can drive really hard then stick a really evil distortion or fuzz pedal in front and bobs your uncle

very unsubtle but then im guessing your gonna play some kinda doom/sludge/noise stuff so you really dont need to be subtle

between the pedal and the controls on the amp you should be able to find a decent sound its all experimentation after all

sometimes its more what the player does with the equipment than the equipment itself (although obviously some stuff is better than other stuff)


If money was no object I would suggest

70's Orange Bass Head
70's SUNN Bass Head
Matamp Bass Head (they just started making a dedicated bass head)
Verellen - Meatsmoke Head (that would be good for bass and guitar and probably my number 1 choice)

Otherwise plently of brands doing cheap bass amps/head that will be loud if paired with a poweful cab then after that its up to you to make it sound good

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In the market for a bass head again. Anyone selling? Not into that valve stuff, I want something reliable that will make a fucking racket.

OnlyUntil - the one i got from you was great but i think has served its purpose given how much I paid for it.

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HH, unless you need massive headroom, bargain!

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Trawl ebay and Gumtree to get bargains.  I got an Ampeg SVT200 (old solid state) for £144 not too long ago on ebay. Built like a brick shithouse and makes some great nasty noises with pedals up front.
I used to play through an ancient Carlsbro valve head (TC100- designed for all purposes; guitar/bass/ keys?) which made a great grind when wound up but wasn't too good at cutting through the mix alongside a couple of guitars.
I'd stay well clear of Marshall bass amps unless you have deep enough pockets for an old Superbass or the newer VBA 400.

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