Amps & Effects

RH450 & Eden Cab Born: I'd have to look it up

Owned: Bought 2019 & 2021

For bass playing I have a TC Electronics RH450 and a 1x12 4ohm Eden cab.

I used to have a BH500 however as age advances, the call of a smaller rig became too much and I sold the TC Rig after being offered a 4ohm Eden 1x12 which would be more than powerful enough for any gig I'd likely play now.

As Lockdown gripped tighter I ummed and ahhhed over what head to pair it with. Too powerful and I'll end up buying another cab? What if I want another Cab? The head will have to run at 2ohms! Decisions decisions.

Towards the end of Lockdown 3.0 I was getting itchy feet - even though I have other amps and the Helix if a gig comes up. I loved the sound of the BH500 and the fact that it had the memories - great at the Open Mic when people are fiddling with your rig! I then found that TC did an 'update' in the form of the Rebel Head Series and the hunt began. Missing a couple on eBay I found one in the classifieds. Per the research I had done the Master Volume knob fell off the 1st time I took it out of the case but I found a 'near enough' replacement and I'm now waiting with baited breath for the opportunity to use it in anger!

Session Sessionette 4x10 Born: 1980's

Owned: since new

I used to use an old Session 100 watt 4x10 bass amp. Before that I had a big Carlsbro rig but got tired of lugging it around.

I have had this since the early 80's and was a 'pioneer' of smaller speakers. When I started everybody used 15" speakers (some even 18"!) but I found that I didn't get the definition I wanted. Also, if you try to play chords through a large speaker the sound gets muffled. Nowadays a lot of bassists use 10" or even 8" speakers - albeit a great cabinet full of them! I have a 2x10 Carlsbro extension cabinet from my old rig) that I can use (so I have 6x10) if I play any larger venues.

Indeed, with the new TC as well I could have a wall of sound if needed!

Line 6 DT25 Born: 2015 ish

Owned: Since new

I had a 'big birthday recently so I splashed out on a new Line 6 DT-25. Having used a keyboard amp with a POD for a long time when playing guitar I wanted some warmer 'valve' tones and boy does this baby deliver.

'Only' 25 watts but it is sooo loud you can't get anywhere near it over half volume!

Specifically designed to work with a POD HD500x - which will remotely reconfigure preamp settings - I splashed out on one of them too. I did trade in my old XT live though. The 1st bit of kit I've sold in 25 years!

Line 6 Helix Born: 2020 ish

Owned: since 2020

I used to use a Digitech RP6 that was 'my effects' for something like 14 years. In September 2006, after being very impressed with my Variax I got 'PODed up' and was hooked. In August '13 I got an HD500X and, as a Lockdown gift to myself I upgraded to a Helix.

I've only really used it for recording so far but I find it much easier to work with than the 500x.

The sounds are really good and I can't wait to use it 'in anger'.

 

 

Digitech RP6

Pod XT-Live

Other Amps Born: have to look it up!

Owned: various

Although I don't use the Roland for guitar much any more I sometimes play an electronic drum kit and use this for amplification.

I have modified this amp however as, for some reason, Roland saw fit to have the lead 'attached' to the amp which was a pain as it was always trailing along when you moved it.

I took a saw to the housing and fitted a kettle lead socket so now its like a 'real' amp!.

Its sad to say that I rarely take the Taylor out anymore as the acoustic sounds from the Variax, whilst not great, are passable to most ears. If you are looking for versatility, buy one of these!

I also have a little Trace Elliot Acoustic 45 watt amp which I use for, well, acoustic! It gives a good sound up to moderate levels and I would recommend them to anyone looking for a good acoustic sound.

Lastly I have a Line 6 Amplify 30 for practicing. It's great because of all the sounds you can get and it works as a bluetooth speaker too. Good to take on holidays!

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