are bassplayers not interested in vintage gear?

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Postby Clammy on Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:11 am

I can't answer for anyone else, but I play my basses through vintage Marshall gear. My main head is a 1973 Super Bass, and my cabs are early 80s 4x12 and 2x15 Marshalls. I love the big, ballsy, dirty sound I get, heheheh... :lol:

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198x 1520 cab (Eminence Basslite S2012)
198x 1551 cab (JBL 2225J)
1980 1984B cab (Celestion G12-80/444 cones)
1981 1982B cab (Celestion G12-80/444 cones)
1981 1982B cab (Celestion G12-80/444 cones)
1985 1552 cab (Celestion S15-250 Sidewinders)
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Postby MajorWatt on Fri Oct 31, 2008 9:27 pm

Rickenbackerman wrote:These have been my main gig-rigs for the last 10 years:

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Also have a DR201 clone with a Hiwatt SE320 4x12, an Orange 200 clone, '66 Ampeg B-15N and seven Rick and Fender basses from '66 to '88.


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Postby Crazykiwi on Sat Dec 13, 2008 4:54 pm

Have to confess vintage gear doesn't really do anything for me unless it can compete with the modern stuff. Does mean to say I don't think there's a place for it but generally I find the modern stuff simply better designed and easier to play.

I could have gone for a pair of vintage Fender's at one point but I went with Celinders instead. Better designed and constructed than their vintage equivalents. Chris Celinder is also a god amongst men in having cracked the secret riddle that is behind the sound of a vintage Fender. So all of my Celinders sound like Fenders but the routing is better, the response is even across the whole neck, they sure do weigh less and I can make 'em active or passive at will.

I do have a pre-EB '78 stringray, specifically because I wanted to do the Bernard Edwards thing and the modern Stingrays I've tried didn't sound the same. Even that stingray is made out of two original instruments, the body comes from a '77 but the dating is still within what the factory would have produced.

I also have the Burmans of course, thats because there's nothing out there which sounds like 'em and I've tried all sorts of modern valve bass amp including Ampeg, Mesa, Fender, Marshall, Eden, Trace Elliot and Aguilar.
Burman Pro501 (ex-Lindisfarne), Burman Pro 4000HD (1976?), Burman Pro4000HD (1984?) with 10 hours playing time, Burman GX3 preamp.
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Postby Sean Camp on Tue Dec 16, 2008 3:54 pm

After starting my life as a guitarist I switched to being the Bassist in a blues outfit for the work (but learned a h##l of a lot about the blues as a result). In that format in particular I used a combination of tube and solid state always leaning to the distorted side of "warm". One of my favorite rigs was a 6g6-b blond bassman into a PV 2-15. It was very healthy in the volume area, for larger gigs I would put a Power Soak on the ext. spk. and 'line out' to a 300W power amp into an ACOUSTIC 301 1-18 folded horn. Even though the stage sound was a little fuzzy the HUGE bottom end would move the Earth and sound men loved it.
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Postby Crazykiwi on Tue Dec 16, 2008 4:33 pm

BTW I was referring to vintage equipment generally in my previous post, not just amps.
Burman Pro501 (ex-Lindisfarne), Burman Pro 4000HD (1976?), Burman Pro4000HD (1984?) with 10 hours playing time, Burman GX3 preamp.
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Postby gbarchus on Mon Dec 22, 2008 1:51 pm

I know I'm jumping in late but thought some might be interested.

I started out in the '60s using a blackface Fender Showman with 2X15 JBL cabinet. I moved up to an SVT with two 8X10 cabinets. After a brief stint with an Acoustic 360 with two folded horn 1X18" cabinets, I moved to separate SS preamp/power amp combinations to get more power for stage with an Ampeg B15N at home.

Skip forward to the last 10 years, I felt I was missing something in my tone and bought a new Sunn 300T. I really enjoyed that tube amp but thought it had too many knobs. After selling it, I bought an Eden VT300 which is now my backup amp to my recently purchased Sadowsky SA200.

I've had quite a few other tube amps: Sound City 150, Marshall EL34 100/100, Meas Boogie D180. And I have a 1200 watt SS power amp that I use with an Alembic F2-B preamp if I really need some power.

I'm 57 years old now and will carry tube amps as long as I can.

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Postby gypsy moth on Mon Dec 22, 2008 4:35 pm

hmm, one of our most respected members, currently on hiatus, and with a "has used/owned" list at least that long, also jumped on the Sadowsky 200.
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Re: are bassplayers not interested in vintage gear?

Postby godofthunder on Thu Jan 15, 2009 5:52 pm

Hell all I use is vintage gear, all the new stuff sounds like crap to me. Here is my rig as it stands right now, I have a Hiwatt DR201 coming over from the UK in a few weeks. Image
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Re: are bassplayers not interested in vintage gear?

Postby godofthunder on Thu Jan 15, 2009 5:54 pm

I used to run a SVT with my Marshalls Image
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Re: are bassplayers not interested in vintage gear?

Postby Clammy on Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:01 pm

godofthunder wrote:heck all I use is vintage gear, all the new stuff sounds like crap to me. Here is my rig as it stands right now, I have a Hiwatt DR201 coming over from the UK in a few weeks. Image


Wow, that Marshall rig looks almost identical to mine! Are those JCM800 Bass Series 15xx cabs? I use a 1520 4x12 on top of a 1551 2x15, powered by my '73 or '74 Super Bass (right now it's the 74 due to the OT being toasted on the '73).

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1973 Super Bass(Canadian)
1973 Super Bass(Canadian)
1974 Super Bass (USA)
1977 1986 50W Bass (Canadian)
1984 model 5010 30W SS combo (first amp I ever owned!)
198x 1982B cab (Celestion G12-80/444cones)
198x 1520 cab (Eminence Basslite S2012)
198x 1551 cab (JBL 2225J)
1980 1984B cab (Celestion G12-80/444 cones)
1981 1982B cab (Celestion G12-80/444 cones)
1981 1982B cab (Celestion G12-80/444 cones)
1985 1552 cab (Celestion S15-250 Sidewinders)
1990 1960B cab (Celestion G12T-75)
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Re: are bassplayers not interested in vintage gear?

Postby poorboy on Fri Jan 16, 2009 1:21 am

I love the vintage stuff.
I have a 67 Ampeg B-15n with matching extention cab.
A 67 Ampeg BT-15C (solid state with the cool light up "Electroilluminence" controll panel)
A early 1970 Ampeg SVT (6146 tubes) with the dollied cabinet.
A 1947 Gibson BR-9 guitar amp
A 1959 Gibson GA-5 guitar amp
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Re: are bassplayers not interested in vintage gear?

Postby godofthunder on Fri Jan 16, 2009 1:55 am

Clammy wrote:
godofthunder wrote:heck all I use is vintage gear, all the new stuff sounds like crap to me. Here is my rig as it stands right now, I have a Hiwatt DR201 coming over from the UK in a few weeks. Image


Wow, that Marshall rig looks almost identical to mine! Are those JCM800 Bass Series 15xx cabs? I use a 1520 4x12 on top of a 1551 2x15, powered by my '73 or '74 Super Bass (right now it's the 74 due to the OT being toasted on the '73).

Cheers!
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Yes they are the JCM800 2x15 and 4X12 The Marshall head is a '72 Major that I have been using since '83
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Re: are bassplayers not interested in vintage gear?

Postby Clammy on Fri Jan 16, 2009 2:47 am

godofthunder wrote:
Clammy wrote:
godofthunder wrote:heck all I use is vintage gear, all the new stuff sounds like crap to me. Here is my rig as it stands right now, I have a Hiwatt DR201 coming over from the UK in a few weeks. Image


Wow, that Marshall rig looks almost identical to mine! Are those JCM800 Bass Series 15xx cabs? I use a 1520 4x12 on top of a 1551 2x15, powered by my '73 or '74 Super Bass (right now it's the 74 due to the OT being toasted on the '73).

Cheers!
:twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
Yes they are the JCM800 2x15 and 4X12 The Marshall head is a '72 Major that I have been using since '83


Awesome! With the notable exception of Lemmy (who inspired my own rig), I've never seen a full-on Marshall bass rig other than my own! Glad to know Lem and I aren't alone, hehehehe... Your rig must sound HUGE with the Major pushing it! :D Is it a bass model or lead?

Cheers!
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1973 Super Bass(Canadian)
1973 Super Bass(Canadian)
1974 Super Bass (USA)
1977 1986 50W Bass (Canadian)
1984 model 5010 30W SS combo (first amp I ever owned!)
198x 1982B cab (Celestion G12-80/444cones)
198x 1520 cab (Eminence Basslite S2012)
198x 1551 cab (JBL 2225J)
1980 1984B cab (Celestion G12-80/444 cones)
1981 1982B cab (Celestion G12-80/444 cones)
1981 1982B cab (Celestion G12-80/444 cones)
1985 1552 cab (Celestion S15-250 Sidewinders)
1990 1960B cab (Celestion G12T-75)
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Re: are bassplayers not interested in vintage gear?

Postby poorboy on Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:05 pm

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