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 Post subject: Re: Best Bass Amp for a 4003
 Post Posted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 7:19 am 
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Any good tube amp will bring you there, as long as you find its sweet spot.

But for me, classic tone on any amp comes with my RIC in middle switch position, bass pickup volume rolled off to 7 or 8, treble pickup volume all the way up, treble tone rolled off to 8. Then shaping your sound is all about your hands.

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 Post subject: Re: Best Bass Amp for a 4003
 Post Posted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 2:28 pm 
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Excuse me. I meant Pod X3, not Pod XT.

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 Post subject: Re: Best Bass Amp for a 4003
 Post Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 4:45 am 
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I have a Fender 100T head with the 410 cab. totally awesome with the ric. AND REALLY REALLY REALLY LOUD


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 Post subject: Re: Best Bass Amp for a 4003
 Post Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 10:47 am 
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Location: Dutchess County, New York
I use one, the other or combo.
AMPEG PF500 + SVTHLF410
SWR Redhead (circa 2000)
Carvin 1x15

I have tried RIC-O-SOUND. I have also run all 7 speakers from either of the amps and they both have killer sound, but the SWR really brings out the mids & treble. I am over equipped but ready for anything.

Dream setup: a smaller version of what Lemmy uses. I'd like a 100 Watt Marshall & some kind of combo of Marshall large speaker. I am vague because I may never get that. Just dreaming.

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 Post subject: Re: Best Bass Amp for a 4003
 Post Posted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 1:44 pm 
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A Fender Super Bassman head, with an Ampeg SVT-410HLF cab. D'Addario ETB92 Nylon Tapewound strings work well on my 4003.

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 Post subject: Re: Best Bass Amp for a 4003
 Post Posted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 9:47 am 
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I stopped using the Fender Super Bassman head, with an Ampeg SVT-410HLF cab. It was getting to heavy, and bulky. I'm using a Hartke HD150 Combo with my 4003 now. The Hartke brings out the great sounds of the 4003.

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 Post subject: Re: Best Bass Amp for a 4003
 Post Posted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 3:45 pm 
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I'm back to using the Fender Super Bassman / Ampeg SVT-410HLF setup. The Combo was easier to move about, but the earth moving, crushing, thunderous sounds weren't there.

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 Post subject: Re: Best Bass Amp for a 4003
 Post Posted: Sun Aug 23, 2015 6:38 am 
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I'm quite happy with the GK MB500. Of course, it sounds great with all my basses, not just my Ricks


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 Post subject: Re: Best Bass Amp for a 4003
 Post Posted: Fri Aug 28, 2015 8:51 am 
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mike77rios wrote:
What, in your opinion, is the best bass amp for your 4003, to get that classic Rickenbacker tone? which strings?

For my money, you can't beat going stereo through two amps, one for clean lows and the other for the treble side. Especially if you're look for that early Squire sound.


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