Posted by NathanaŽl on January 20, 2001 at 14:34:58:
In Reply to: question about bass combo amps posted by Mike Kanon on January 19, 2001 at 20:45:44:
: I play fingerstyle bass in a metal band and we've reached the point where were ready to start playing some gigs. I have a few questions about combo amps.
I am currently in the same quest as you are, even I play in a rock trio, not metal and I could share my (little) experience qith you.
: Are they loud enough for gigs? What type of wattage and number/type of speaker arrangement should I be looking into?
I asked the same question about wattage and I had kind of all imaginable answers : from 100W to 700W. I tried nice sounding 100W Combos (like the new Fender Bassman) and if your drummer and guitarist(s) are kind of loud, it's no use, IMHO. FOr jazz/blues it can be, but not for any type of heavy rock. Except with a PA, of course.
: Also, what are some good combos for metal bass (played with fingers)? I've always liked the tone of Steve Harris of Iron Maiden.
Don't know what Steve "Megafast Fingers" Harris is using but I can tell you which ones I liked and disliked in my search for combos (aobove 150W) :
Warwick CCL (250W) : great sound and punch !
SWR WM 15 (160W) : good sound and features, perhaps too "nice" for you, though.
Trace Elliot 7210H (300W) : punchy attack, good sound but a little dry. Like it for slapping.
Laney 160W :DIdn't like it. Lack of punch.
Peavy TNT115 (150W) : cheap but no "personnality" in sound at all. Pretty inefficient with the B on my 5 strings.
Fender Bassman : very good sound (100W) but you might want to try the 200W. No ext. speaker output (sad).
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