Best Amp For A Fender Bass VI....?

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Re: Best Amp For A Fender Bass VI....?

Post by Pacafeliz » Sat Feb 12, 2011 7:12 pm

well i'm gonna go against the flow and go with MY option for my VI...

a 70s solid-state Acoustic 370 head into an old 4x10.
WHOOM!

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Re: Best Amp For A Fender Bass VI....?

Post by mongoose » Tue Feb 15, 2011 3:20 am

I just stumbled onto what may well be the best VI amp I've ever encountered: Yamaha Hundred 212 (G100 212 Version I).

The tone is perfect, it's plenty loud, the reverb is huge and lush (large pan), and possibly the best in-amp tremolo EVER. There are also later versions (II has a parametric EQ section, the III has other stuff; but rumored to be unreliable); but the version I is the only one with the tremolo.

Best of all, these things sell for peanuts (I traded a used Vexter Box-Of-Rock overdrive pedal and a Banshee talk box for mine, PLUS got a new set of Ernie Ball casters and a new-with-wooden-box EHX Small Clone thrown in!).

Try it. You WON'T be disappointed.

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Re: Best Amp For A Fender Bass VI....?

Post by GuitarPorn » Tue Feb 15, 2011 4:28 am

I swear by my Fender BXR bass amp, I jump between playing guitar and 'lead' bass and my Rivoli sounds amazing through it .
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Re: Best Amp For A Fender Bass VI....?

Post by GAZINGUK » Wed Feb 16, 2011 8:15 am

Just got outbid on a few amps I was bidding on! >:(

Some interesting new editions on here though.

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Re: Best Amp For A Fender Bass VI....?

Post by NoiseAnnoys » Wed Feb 16, 2011 8:33 am

mongoose wrote:I just stumbled onto what may well be the best VI amp I've ever encountered: Yamaha Hundred 212 (G100 212 Version I).

The tone is perfect, it's plenty loud, the reverb is huge and lush (large pan), and possibly the best in-amp tremolo EVER. There are also later versions (II has a parametric EQ section, the III has other stuff; but rumored to be unreliable); but the version I is the only one with the tremolo.

Best of all, these things sell for peanuts (I traded a used Vexter Box-Of-Rock overdrive pedal and a Banshee talk box for mine, PLUS got a new set of Ernie Ball casters and a new-with-wooden-box EHX Small Clone thrown in!).

Try it. You WON'T be disappointed.

So sayeth MONGOOSE
Aren't those the solid state Yamahas that everyone raves on about? I think Bob Mould used them a bit in Husker Du if I'm not mistaken. Definitely supposed to be great bargain amps.

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Re: Best Amp For A Fender Bass VI....?

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Re: Best Amp For A Fender Bass VI....?

Post by mongoose » Wed Feb 16, 2011 1:07 pm

That's the 2nd version in the video, I believe. It has a parametric eq, which can be useful; but lacks the killer tremolo (which you may or may not care about).

Mould used one, Mike Stern still swears by his. The distortion is actually usable (unlike, say that on a JC-120), if not spectacular; and the reverb (on version I's, at least) is really good.

The pedal steel player in my Classic Country band has already adopted mine for rehearsals, and those guys aren't easy to please!
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Re: Best Amp For A Fender Bass VI....?

Post by GAZINGUK » Thu Feb 17, 2011 4:51 am

mongoose wrote:
That's the 2nd version in the video, I believe. It has a parametric eq, which can be useful; but lacks the killer tremolo (which you may or may not care about).

Mould used one, Mike Stern still swears by his. The distortion is actually usable (unlike, say that on a JC-120), if not spectacular; and the reverb (on version I's, at least) is really good.

The pedal steel player in my Classic Country band has already adopted mine for rehearsals, and those guys aren't easy to please!

Sounds good, I'll see if I can find a clip somewhere.

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Re: Best Amp For A Fender Bass VI....?

Post by fender-o-phile » Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:57 pm

I think this thread deserves a resurrection. It will be much discussed in the near future...
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Post by kalipigeon » Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:19 pm

Gah! A zombie thread! Kill it! kill it with fire!

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Re: Best Amp For A Fender Bass VI....?

Post by elektrovac » Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:35 pm

therizzla wrote:Blackface Showman and a cab with either one or two 15" speakers (JBL or Weber Californians) depending on your needs.
+1 for the Showman.

I run my VI into a 1968 Dual Showman (blackface circuit) with a custom made cabinet featuring 1x15" and 2x10" Weber Californias. Perfect sound.

The VI also likes my 1962 Fender Pro (40W 15" combo) a lot.

And my klon clone is great with the VI.

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Re: Best Amp For A Fender Bass VI....?

Post by GAZINGUK » Sat Jul 06, 2013 3:20 am

Fender 75 gets my vote, if you're using the Bass VI as more of a guitar than bass.

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Re: Best Amp For A Fender Bass VI....?

Post by jimboyogi » Sat Jul 06, 2013 3:29 am

GAZINGUK wrote:Fender 75 gets my vote, if you're using the Bass VI as more of a guitar than bass.
Have you tried one out, or picked one up? :ph34r:

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Re: Best Amp For A Fender Bass VI....?

Post by GAZINGUK » Sat Jul 06, 2013 5:52 am

jimboyogi wrote:
GAZINGUK wrote:Fender 75 gets my vote, if you're using the Bass VI as more of a guitar than bass.
Have you tried one out, or picked one up?
Yeah, I got one after starting this thread. It's a 1x15 tube combo that I use with my 67 Bass VI. I tend to use the Bass VI as more of a guitar and the 15" speaker helps with some of the extra low frequencies that the Bass VI can produce. I haven't made any demos of mine, but you can some of the tones this amp produces here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fsst6wJXCqQ" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EALY946-TKY" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaM5IAMk4dY" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I use it for a clean tone and add pedals for any fuzz, distortion, modulation etc... I want.

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Re: Best Amp For A Fender Bass VI....?

Post by fender-o-phile » Sat Jul 06, 2013 8:45 am

The Fender 75 sounds heavy (to carry). I am more curious about running a guitar head into a bass cab, best of both worlds, right?
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