are bassplayers not interested in vintage gear?

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Re: are bassplayers not interested in vintage gear?

Postby poorboy on Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:07 pm

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Re: are bassplayers not interested in vintage gear?

Postby Painterman on Sun Jan 18, 2009 7:40 am

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'64 Ampeg B-15

and my newest addition to the family - a '73 black Fender Precision. 8)
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Re: are bassplayers not interested in vintage gear?

Postby sunnhead on Mon Jan 26, 2009 10:38 am

I'm a bass player and I use all vintage gear. When I gig small clubs I use a Kustom 250 with a Kustom 2x15 cab with Altec speakers. I do use sunn concert bass stuff and Plush, but for the big gigs I use my Acoustic 360. That should be enough said there. I don't think loudness should be an issue due to bass can carry.. besides you mic the gear or use direct anyway why do you need all that gear to be 400 watts plus? I dunno I'm just a vintage guy.
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Re: are bassplayers not interested in vintage gear?

Postby Roy33 on Tue Feb 03, 2009 4:54 am

nice '73 Painterman
I brought this home tonight, it's a '78.
not mint by any stretch, a good player though, I traded a couple studio pieces for it.
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Re: are bassplayers not interested in vintage gear?

Postby DR103-SWITCH on Fri Feb 06, 2009 12:06 am

Just came out of retirement and using my old 1970 Hiwatt DR103 with my (fretless) '79 Gibson RD Artist and an early '70s Peter Cook Thunderbird (made a lot of stuff for Entwistle did Mr Cook), also got a '60s SG - never did work out her age...

Now if only I can resurect my 60's Marshall 412 slope... only running with 3 and stony broke...

Can't afford new but wouldn't want to...
Oh ohh, where does the time go...?
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Re: are bassplayers not interested in vintage gear?

Postby Psycho Bass Guy on Fri Aug 20, 2010 12:18 pm

If you believe the marketing BS spewed forth by some other online forums with paid corporate shill posters 'directing traffic,' I can see how you could ask that question, but one need only to take a look at gigging bass players and see the legions of pretty old basses and amps slogging faithfully along to see otherwise. Spin words like "weight"and "relibialibity" are usually spokesperson code for {i] We don't want you to try that old stuff and see how badly it slays our overpriced, shoddy-built junk.{/i]
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Re: are bassplayers not interested in vintage gear?

Postby DirtyMac on Wed Dec 15, 2010 2:56 pm

I'm a sucker for vintage gear. My main rig is a 1975 Hiwatt DR-103 with a 2x15 cab custom built like the SE2150 Hiwatt cabs. I play a 1970/71 Fender Jazz Bass, a 1968 Gibson EB-2 and a 1977 Rickenbacker 4001. I can't possibly imagine anything that would sound better to me. I also have a 1973 Orange or120 as backup.
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Re: are bassplayers not interested in vintage gear?

Postby Clammy on Sat Dec 18, 2010 4:15 am

Here are my bass amps:

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Top to bottom: 1973 Super Bass, 1974 Super Bass, 1973 Super Bass, 1977 1986. All used for bass (and guitar too!)

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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 Bassmangotdbluz on Tue Dec 21, 2010 11:06 pm

Gypsymoth has the right idea.

I am primarilly a Bassist but I play Guitar & blow Harmonica too.

I have a beautiful old 1967 Fender Blackface Bassman Amplifier and a 1969 VT15 Bassman Cabinet loaded with (2) JBL D140F Speakers. I use it to record and it almost never leaves my house. Lately on a few jazz gigs when playing a fretless I used the head with a Bagend S15D cabinet and it sounded very nice. I played a 1977 Bassman 135 through a 1971 VT15 loaded with EMV15L speakers for years; it was my main rig playing as much as 5-6 nights a week from 79-90 until I discovered SWR (now owned by Fender). This stuff was designed by the same guy who designed David Eden Amps; sonic clarity and uncolored beauty like nothing else.

My first SWR amp was a Workingmans 12 Combo, Celestion K12T-100 100watts @ 8 ohms, 120watts @ 4ohms. It was the early cabinet design and lower wattage version of this combo. I loved it from the moment I plugged in. I later bought a used SWR Studio 220 amp which has a 12ax7 in the preamp as does the Bass 350 Redface I bought shortly thereafter. You have the best of both worlds; clean undistorted wattage and a little dirt on the preamp side if you want it but more raw ass than you'll ever need.

I have several of their cabinets as well; (2) Workingmans 15 cabs reloaded with JBL 2226 speakers, and lately I've been using a late 80's SWR Workingman's 2x10T Cabinet, stand alone.

When I play Guitar or blow Harp through a mic to an amp it's always a tube amp; usually my Blues Junior or my 1960 Fender Princeton Reverb. If they're not loud enough, I put a mic on them and run them through the P/A who needs crushing stage volume?
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Re: are bassplayers not interested in vintage gear?

Postby Psycho Bass Guy on Sun Dec 26, 2010 1:33 am

So if you've got stage volume covered by the PA, why are you using a low wattage s/s amp that is a much bigger pain to carry than your vintage rig for a low volume/monitor stage situation?
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Re: are bassplayers not interested in vintage gear?

Postby Forge on Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:10 pm

i'm not a huge fan of vintage basses as they tend to be overpriced and ill maintained, but all of my amps are old as dirt.

sold a 70's v4 last year, still have a 70's svt with original 810 cab, two 810av's it sits on now, 70's b-25b, it sits on a 70's ampeg 2x15 i got empty and gutted 2 svt classics into, and i just picked up a 70's b-100 combo a month or two ago.

i just love that old ampeg tone, from clean and punchy, to fat and gnarly, they give it all to ya. id like to pick up an old superbass one of these days though cause that's another 70's tone i crave
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Re: are bassplayers not interested in vintage gear?

Postby Jeffery on Tue Oct 04, 2011 10:29 pm

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Postby archangel on Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:47 pm

brycebites wrote:I'm not a huge fan of bass distortion, although it does have it's place. But when you're talking valve overdrive you're talking my language. If a bass sound is clean it usually does nothing for me.


I have used my black face Bandmaster as a bass amp. It is not too loud, but one can always mic it up through the sound system and it is loud enough for the stage to hear myself. I like it's tone and smoothness better when compared to modern solid state gear. As for distortion, well, I like building my own tube amps and built a guitar amp that is essentially a low power Tweed Twin with what amounts to a hot rodded Champ on the same chassis. This setup is like a Fender Tweed Twin with a "Herzog" all on one chassis. I built it for guitar, but one day decided to hear what it would sound like with a bass pumping through it. For guitar, it has the American Woman and Grady sound nailed. But for bass, it kicks butt with that classic Grand Funk bass sound. The cool thing is that it can go from totally clean jazz like smooth to the over drive sound of Grand Funk. The amp is all tube. No solid state devices, not even a solid state power supply rectifier, ( amp uses two 5AR4 / GZ34's for rectifiers) Output tubes are two EL34 or two 6L6GC and the phase splitter is a 6SN7, which really pushes those 6L6's. The distortion is a combination of overdriving the 6V6 in the distortion circuit and, depending on how you use channel 1's volume, level and input volume controls, some overdrive of the 12AX7 preamp tubes. By blending the 12AX7 and 6V6 distortions one can come up with a wide variety of tonal qualities. Push the whole amp so the 6L6's distort and you add even another dimension to the sound. For bass, the sounds are really impressive. Lots of rich harmonic overtones when ay part of the amp is pushed. Normally I like a clean bass sound, but there are types of music where the over driven bass sound is king.
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Re: are bassplayers not interested in vintage gear?

Postby archangel on Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:51 pm

[quote="sunnhead"]I'm a bass player and I use all vintage gear. When I gig small clubs I use a Kustom 250 with a Kustom 2x15 cab with Altec speakers.

Cool! I have two Kustom 200 heads and a 2 x 12" K100 bottom. Still looking for a K200 2 x 15 bottom. Kustom amps are sooooooo cool! The only solid state gear I use.
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Re: are bassplayers not interested in vintage gear?

Postby sunnhead on Mon Dec 05, 2011 1:34 am

Yes the 200 series were great amps, I own a few tasty kustom rigs. I have a sweet Kustom 400B-1 with (2) 3x15 cabinets each laded with JBL D140F-6! I also have a sweet 1x18 CV loaded Kustom cab with a 200 head. Lots of cool goodies :-) Come down to the Kustom Convention in Chanute KS, may of 2012, you will find lots of cool gear for sale there!
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