Opinions of Gallien Krueger Amps
Any GK owners out there? I have a MB115 bass amp and love it. It's got 200 amps
watts, great tone, and weighs less than 40 pounds
Edit: Fixed the 200 amps thing
I hope no one got the impression it could double as a welder.
Originally Posted By flyguync:
Any GK owners out there? I have a MB115 bass amp and love it. It's got 200 amps, great tone, and weighs less than 40 pounds
200 AMPS??? Man....that thing sure does draw quite a bit of power. LOL.....think you mean 200 WATTS......
Seriously, GK makes some sweet bass rigs. I played for years with a guy that used a small GK head that powered a 4x10 cab and a 1x15 cab. Quite the stack that had some sweet tones. One of the few bass rigs that made me question why I owned an old Ampeg SVT tube head....
Yeah, I own a couple of G-K bass heads - a 700rb-II and a Backline 600... I also had another 700rb-II, but traded one off when I bought my 1st Mesa bass amp... I really like G-K heads, but don't care much for their cabs - oddly enough, I usually like SWR cabs, but don't like their heads... I had that pair of 700rb-IIs for a couple of years, and gigged them atleast once a week for that whole time, besides rehearsals - they always sounded great, and never gave me any troubles...
I don't own a G-K amp right now but after picking one up and walking around with it
it is the only bass amp my back will let me buy.
I have a GK Goldline 500 bass head. Still not sure what to make of this line. Some say it was strictly made for GC. That's where I got mine. I got it at a good price , but did have some issues. I sent it back to GK, they repaired it at no cost & the thing sounds great. I've heard it's similar to a Backline. If you do have problems, GK customer service steps up.
I've used GK amps for bass before, and I like them. I prefer a little bit of a grungier, slightly overdriven sound, so GKs are not my preference, but if you're looking for a modern, clean and articulate sound, they'll do the job.
I'm using a modified '67 Fender Bassman head through an old Traynot 2x15 cab, and running my bass through a Bass Driver DI to go to the board. The combination of the DI and mic'ed cabinet gives me as much volume as I could possibly need, as well as a great mix of clarity and grunge.
I've been running GK heads since 1986, and GMT heads before that, back to about 1974. (Yeah, I'm an old fart.
) I own some other heads for times when I want a "tubey" kind of sound for a particular track, but for the great majority of my playing I run the GKs–– usually a 400-watt head and a pair of JBL K145 speakers (I think they're called E145 now–– I know they've changed the names a couple of times since I got my first pair in 1976) in an old Sunn 200S cabinet. The JBLs have a 10-kilogram magnet (22-1/2 pounds +/-) and a cone excursion of about 8 inches, and the stack sounds absolutely monstrous.
The speakers reproduce every snap and pop effortlessly. I loves 'em.