Posted by Mickster on November 15, 2001 at 08:10:23:
In Reply to: speakers for fretless bass posted by bass4pro on November 14, 2001 at 21:16:53:
: I've got a '79 Fender fretless basss, maple neck. I play jazz standards and swing tunes. Any recommendations on speakers/amp combo that would bring out the "woody" sound of a stand-up bass or somewhat close to it. I play small clubs.
Hey bass4pro, what's up? You've asked this question at the right time. About a month ago, I bought an Ampeg B100R Rocket bass amp. It sounds nice and warm, perfect for fretless. I have a fretless MIM Fender Jazz. I bought it only because my 15 month old Fender Bassman 60 went kaput; I don't know what happened to it, it just croaked. Anyway, the Ampeg sounds a lot warmer than the Fender. It's supposed to sound a lot like the 60s Ampeg B-15 amps. I've never heard one of them, but, this amp does sound great. It's got a gain control which the Fender didn't have, and it's got low and high midrange controls. It also goes pretty loud for a 100 watt amp with one 15" speaker. Another warm sounding amp is Ashdown. They make a bunch of amps, but, their Electric Blue series combos are great. They're 130 watts with either a 12" or 15" speaker. I've played both, and liked the 12" better. The weird thing is that I bought the Ampeg ONLY on the recommendations of others, and the fact that Ampeg has a very good reputation. The only drawback about the Ampeg is that it doesn't have a jack for a second cabinet, but, if you play small clubs, this thing will have plenty of volume. To check them out, go to www.musiciansfriend.com and to read
reviews on them, go to www.harmonycentral.com
I very highly recommend this amp, just as others have recommended it to me.
Good luck whatever you buy.
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