Submitted July 27, 2019 by Kevin K in Brooksville, FL
"Much more than meets the eye"
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This amp is a sleeper! I have gigged on bass for over 30 years and played through almost everything. I just want clean headroom and the tools to express my instrument’s tone. I own GK and Genz heads, plus a Peavey MiniMax (that is way better than it should be for the price!), plus multiple GK and Hartke cabs. To be candid, I wanted a combo amp because I bought a new vehicle and am trying to downsize. I picked the Rumble Stage 800 for the flexibility of having a 400 watt stage monitor on it’s own, PLUS the ability to drive a 4 ohm extension load. HELLO...This is a modeling amp and the presets are great sounds for the living room or studio. The cabinet modeling is cool, but I’ve found it unusable in live settings and switched it “off” in all of my saved settings. The amp sounds better on it’s own as a very efficient 2x10” than it does when it tries to act like an 8x10”. (The Goliath 4x10” model does stand out though.)The amp models are a mixed bag. Not surprising that the Fender and SWR amps are all spot-on, with a little tweaking. The GK 800RB model is excellent, with the good sauce all over that Boost control, just like the real deal. I’m not inclined to use the Ampeg or the “British” flavored presets. I have found the generic clean preamp and tube preamps are the best for opening the amp up in a gig setting. Those feel the most “real” to me, like the amp’s natural voice without all of the digitalis going on. I gig with either MiJ Precision or MiA Jazz, both sound fantastic through this amp. There are a bunch of effects, and options for placement in your signal chain. Most of it is cool, fun stuff, however not much that I will ever use on a gig. I particularly love the Sine Chorus, Envelope and Modern Bass OD. There is a Shimmer Reverb effect that is only available within the preamp-only amp models - VERY cool!The foot switch is included, built like a truck, switches between presets, individual effects on/off, and controls the built-in looper. There is also a pile of other features and benefits like WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, app control, etc. This amp is exceptionally deep and versatile, a huge palette of models, emulations and effects that can output to a studio DAW via USB in a living room. Or run it clean and drive a couple of 8ohm 4x10” cabinets when your band rocks the amphitheater. I took a 1x12” extension cab along for a couple of gigs but quickly realized I don’t need it. It has carried a few larger rooms without PA support, and the DI outputs have sounded great when I have used them. It seems to be well made, it is deceptively lightweight (
Professional bassist 30+ years
Country, Rock, Blues
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