Carrying my bass amp around over the last few days, and listening to the amplifier woes of others, has got me to thinking about the different set ups choices we have as a bassist. It seems to fall into three main buckets:
- Combo Bass Amp – A speaker / amp / pre-amp all in one.
- Modular – A bass cab with a seperate head. Or even more modular – A cabinet with a pre-amp and power amp.
- Amp-less – Something I’ve just started playing with!
Beginners often start out with set up 1 – A nice all in one unit. Some pros stick with a combo set up, so it is not to be sniffed at. I had an SWR Redhead which I used for many years – A very distinctive sound, but quite a beast to cart around. Later I splashed out on a more modular set up, which is what I still use at the moment :- an Accugroove cabinet (seen in “Choosing a bass cab part“, with a Clarus amp. I’ve started to experiment with an amp-less set up for some environments, but more on that in another post.
Each set up has its own advantages and disadvantages. I’ll be blogging some thoughts over the next few days, but right now I’m interested to hear your experiences. What is your current set up? What different set ups have you tried? What would you suggest to a beginner bassist?