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COMBO AMP... HELP ME DECIDE


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Need a combo amp. I'm looking at the new Fender bassman 250 watts comes in 2-10s or 1-15. $600.dollars...which is right around my budget. Will be used in med size venues. It sounded great when I played my fretless through it. Nice warm sound is my goal. Others I should consider?
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What sort of fretless? ABG or a solid-body? Some fretless give a lot of bass and so 10" speakers might be better, other basses are less bass-heavy and they can sound better thru a 15"

 

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If you can find one on Ebay or elsewhere, the absolute best combo amp that I have ever played through was a Peavey Database. 400W amp and 1 15" speaker. It weighed a ton but it sounded great and was loud as all hell. Like all good things to come out of Peavey, they discontinued it.

 

Other favorite combo amps of mine are the SWR Workingman's 15 and the Ampeg B15R. Both throw out a ton of sound and are relatively small.

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I play through a Fener bassman 250 with the 1x15 regularly. I'd say it's ok, but not exactly that great in terms of headroom and being able to eq a sound without really apparent dips in the frequency range.

I would suggest the swr wm15 over it.

Unfortuneatly, I've only had bad experiences with gk combos in terms of tone, so I could not personally recommend these. The wm15 should fit your price point nicely.

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I think the Eden Nemesis in it's 1x12 config will fit the bill quite nicely.

 

And tons lighter, with advanced DI and eq functions.

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If the Fender sounded best to your ears, go with it! My opinion and the opinions of others don't matter if it works for you. And the Fenders are very good.

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I play an SWR Workingmans 15 in 2 hard rock bands, and that thing is a beast for the price. Only 160 watts but it keeps up with a half stack guitar amp and a loud drummer fine. The WM 210 is also a good choice, it has a little more umph then the 15 and should turn up used at a good price. Whatever you end up with, good luck!
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Originally posted by owen's hound:

I have the Nemesis NC250 1x15 and think that it sounds great! It is also lighter with advanced DI and eq as davebrownbass mentioned about the 1x12 version.

Go with your ears and let them guide you to the right amp for you. (Hopefully your ears and your wallet can work together!!)

Aargh!!!! I meant to say the 115; they don't make a 112 version.

 

You need to give it a listen before you plomp down the cash on something else.

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