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

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

Post by chase » Thu Jul 11, 2013 1:21 pm

brianjdc wrote:I've got a peavey musician mk 3 head I scored on the cheap awhile ago for when I did get a bass vi. figured it work for rob smiths tonez. But should I get a 4x10 or a 2x15 for it? What is everyones experience?
He used a 4x12, but I would think a 2x12 would work fine as well. Of your two choices I would favor the 2x15, personally, but I don't think you need that much low-end for Smithery.

Personally I think solid-state with plenty of clean headroom is the way to go for sixers.

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

Post by brianjdc » Thu Jul 11, 2013 2:45 pm

chase wrote:
brianjdc wrote:I've got a peavey musician mk 3 head I scored on the cheap awhile ago for when I did get a bass vi. figured it work for rob smiths tonez. But should I get a 4x10 or a 2x15 for it? What is everyones experience?
He used a 4x12, but I would think a 2x12 would work fine as well. Of your two choices I would favor the 2x15, personally, but I don't think you need that much low-end for Smithery.

Personally I think solid-state with plenty of clean headroom is the way to go for sixers.
That works even better. lol 4x12's i've got. I thought i had read he was using 2x15's. a mark 3 into a 4x12, would I have to worry about bass frequiences tearing the speakers? Thanks for the input

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

Post by chase » Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:50 pm

brianjdc wrote:That works even better. lol 4x12's i've got. I thought i had read he was using 2x15's. a mark 3 into a 4x12, would I have to worry about bass frequiences tearing the speakers? Thanks for the input
He might be using 2x15's now, for all I know - he's changed his setup a couple times since he abandoned the original rig. The speakers in his 4x12 were Peavey Black Widows, which I've read are basically copies of JBL E120's. If you don't turn up too much or play too low you're probably fine, but if you blow something up I take no responsibility!

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

Post by dan_abnormal » Tue Jan 27, 2015 4:44 am

I'm having good results by using an Ampeg Micro-VR solid state head with its 2x10" cab (planning to get a second cab to make it even bigger! :D)

The Bass VI is nice also through my silverface Twin Reverb.

I sometimes run it in stereo through both the aforesaid amps: best of both worlds and MASSIVE sound! :?
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Re: Best Amp For A Fender Bass VI....?

Post by Soggasaurus » Sat Jan 31, 2015 8:23 am

Admittedly I haven't tried many of the options people have mentioned here, but I love the way my VI sounds through my JC-50. It's still good through my conventionally nicer sounding tube amp (a Blues Jr.), but something about the hi-fi frequency response of the JC-50 suits it better. Add chorus and an obscene amount of reverb and it's spacey heaven.

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

Post by FightingPlankton » Sat Jan 31, 2015 12:55 pm

so, i was all set on getting a keyboard amp...but then i thought, "can i get an 8ohm bass cab and run it from the extension outs on my JC-120?".
so, i know that i can, i just want to make sure the JC can handle the bass frequencies. Anyone have experience?
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Post by eggwheat » Sat Jan 31, 2015 1:58 pm

You can plug a bass VI into anything, it makes no odds.. if you want it to sound like a bass get a bass amp(not a JC-120), if you want it to sound like a guitar get a guitar amp..and so on..just choose the amp for whatever sound you want or like..

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Post by FightingPlankton » Sat Jan 31, 2015 3:29 pm

i wanted a keyboard amp because of the flat response. was really looking to get a lab series k5. wide frequency range.
but the jc-120 doesn't colour my tone too much which is why i thought i'd just use that.
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Post by eggwheat » Sat Jan 31, 2015 3:36 pm

FightingPlankton wrote:i wanted a keyboard amp because of the flat response. was really looking to get a lab series k5. wide frequency range.
but the jc-120 doesn't colour my tone too much which is why i thought i'd just use that.
That will be fine just don't expect lots of bass response from a JC-120.

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Post by alphaking » Sat Jan 31, 2015 6:22 pm

No bass amp for me, but at least I have 4x15 Jbl pa. Love it
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Re: Best Amp For A Fender Bass VI....?

Post by Synthapetic » Mon Mar 09, 2015 2:23 pm

I intend to run my Bass VI through a Behringer k3000fx 4-channel Keyboard amp after running it through a Vox Tonelab ST modelling preamp. I am really happy with the Bassman model (US Blues with standard cab on the unit). I've used the Behringer before playing keys and mic'ing my guitar amp in my old band, and I was happy with the flat frequency range and low noise (and lets not lie, the price). I think it will work out nicely for my Squier VI. I can also run my J-Bass through the same unit using my Aguilar Tone hammer as a preamp.

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

Post by jorri » Mon Mar 09, 2015 3:02 pm

through my ac30 have a little too much treble still, compared to a jazzmaster, needs more mids on the EQ but works well as anything into an ac30. Would not be a single bass but as a 'second bass' it sounds like a bass not just baritone in the mix still.
I've slammed the low G through maxed out fuzz, maxed volume on amp without any problems, many times for long periods. Throaty mids, or that electric piano sound. Not sure i'd go for it as first choice though, but amp choice is probably no different to the usual ones for jag as a baritone or a bass amp as a bass.

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

Post by owen.c » Tue Mar 17, 2015 5:26 pm

tuned a-a I use a princeton clone with 2x10s and 1x15. high pass on the vi.
if I want bass, I use a rack parametric eq into a crest power amp into a GK 4x10 bass cab.

sometimes both for fun. effects on the guitar side.
eggwheat wrote:You can plug a bass VI into anything, it makes no odds.. if you want it to sound like a bass get a bass amp(not a JC-120), if you want it to sound like a guitar get a guitar amp..and so on..just choose the amp for whatever sound you want or like..
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Re: Best Amp For A Fender Bass VI....?

Post by tdbajus » Sun Jun 28, 2015 5:28 am

+1 on the Princeton.

They make great amps for tracking bass too. Not sure what it is, but at low volumes, they sound killer for low stuff.

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

Post by eigentone » Sun Jun 28, 2015 8:59 pm

fender-o-phile wrote:There are quite a few fender bassman 4x10's and ampeg 4x10's on my local craigslist and I can't stop wondering about my tiny terror driving one....
If that's a vintage Fender 4x10, I'd recommend the Ampeg or 15s if you want to be heard, not blow speakers, and disengage the strangle switch. Mine came stock with 4 25W 32 ohm AlNiCo speakers. That's not great a great speaker IMO for modern, clear/deep bass which sits well with a drummer. I've managed to blow a few.

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