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Henry Birdsey

 

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Post  Posted 27 Feb 2020 11:01 am    
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Hey y'all,

Apologies if there's a relevant thread already going, but I'm curious if anyone has any advice/opinions about playing pedal steel through a smaller size bass combo amplifier. In particular, I'm curious about the Gallien Krueger MB150s (1x12). They're famously tough and loud amps for their size, but I'm interested to know how it might deal with the PSG tone.

Thanks.

- Henry
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Ian Rae


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Post  Posted 27 Feb 2020 11:19 am    
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There have been other threads, but in a nutshell, bass amps work. They handle the low-frequency difference tones cleanly.
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Ken Pippus


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Post  Posted 27 Feb 2020 11:27 am    
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And are generally designed looking for headroom and flat response curves. Usually make really good pedal steel amps.
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Jerry Overstreet


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Post  Posted 27 Feb 2020 11:58 am    
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No experience with the GK model, but generally bass amps have the power you want. However, they are eq'ed to suit a bass guitar frequency, have a closed back and no reverb.

You might like it, you might not.

I used a Peavey TKO combo bass amp for a while several years ago. It was OK.
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K Maul


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Post  Posted 27 Feb 2020 12:44 pm    
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I tried a GK combo bass amp once and it didn’t work well for me.
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Bob Carlucci

 

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Post  Posted 27 Feb 2020 12:48 pm    
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Depends on the bass amp of course.. Fender Bassman amps are among the best tube amps for steel.. with the right speakers, and enclosures.. bass amps are fine.. the cabinets and speakers???.. maybe.. maybe not..
I used single 15 guitar speakers of various brands in a few different cabs over the years.. Typically, I did NOT use bass cabs.. Too boomy... bob
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Erv Niehaus


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Post  Posted 27 Feb 2020 12:49 pm    
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I played through a Fender bass amp for several years.
I added Fender's reverb unit to it and I really liked the sound I was getting. It got to be a little too much to haul around so I traded it for a Twin Reverb.
Not that's getting to be too much to haul around. Whoa!
Erv
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Barry Coker


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Bagley Alabama, USA
Post  Posted 27 Feb 2020 12:52 pm    
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My back up amp is a Trace Eliot ELF very small and compact 200 Watts and very clean. Add Wet reverb, Good Delay and a speaker cab. and your set. My whole rig weighs just over 20 lbs.
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Erv Niehaus


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Post  Posted 27 Feb 2020 12:59 pm    
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I used to exercise with bar bells, now I just use my Fender Twin Reverb! Whoa!
Erv
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Barry Coker


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Post  Posted 27 Feb 2020 1:09 pm    
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Irv do you do like I do? Roll it around and remember fondly when you could lift it.

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Erv Niehaus


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Post  Posted 27 Feb 2020 1:19 pm    
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Good idea! Very Happy
Erv
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Ron Hogan

 

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Post  Posted 27 Feb 2020 2:08 pm     Re: PSG through bass amp?
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Henry Birdsey wrote:
Hey y'all,

Apologies if there's a relevant thread already going, but I'm curious if anyone has any advice/opinions about playing pedal steel through a smaller size bass combo amplifier. In particular, I'm curious about the Gallien Krueger MB150s (1x12). They're famously tough and loud amps for their size, but I'm interested to know how it might deal with the PSG tone.

Thanks.

- Henry


Henry,
I've had very luck with this Peavey bass head amp.

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Joe Rouse


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San Antonio, Texas
Post  Posted 27 Feb 2020 2:44 pm     Amps
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Erv, you do make me laugh....often....Thanks....jr
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Joe Rouse


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Post  Posted 27 Feb 2020 2:45 pm     Amps
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I also will correct my own spelling Irv....jr
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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post  Posted 27 Feb 2020 2:53 pm    
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Joe,
Thank you! Very Happy
Erv
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George Kimery

 

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Limestone, TN, USA
Post  Posted 27 Feb 2020 4:37 pm     PSG through bass amp.
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I'm with Barry. I carry a Trace Elliott Elf in my gig bag for a backup amp. It measures about 5 x 7 x 1-1/2 inches and weighs 1.6 lb. it sounds real good with my JBL speaker cabinet. I use a Black Box and a Wet Reverb.
If you use a combo amp, just carry a speaker cord with alligator clips at one end. You can quickly hook up to your combo speaker if your amp dies but the speaker is OK.


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Greg Lambert

 

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Illinois, USA
Post  Posted 27 Feb 2020 6:23 pm    
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I have an old Ampeg bass amp that I tried steel through. Never could dial in the sound I wanted. I guess peavey has spoiled me.
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Henry Birdsey

 

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Vermont, USA
Post  Posted 27 Feb 2020 8:15 pm    
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Thanks everyone for the input. Really appreciate it.

Henry
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Billy Carr

 

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Seminary, Mississippi USA
Post  Posted 11 Mar 2020 6:50 am     psg
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I use GK power amps in three of my amp cabinets. I just add any effects I want. Very simple. I use PF400 15" speakers in two Tommy Huff cabinets. A little heavier than the 8 lb. Neo speakers that came w/amps. Mb200 and Mb500 in the TH cabs. NV-112 I just rebuilt has a Mb200 also. Just plug in the effects board and go. Also have a Session 400 I'm getting ready to lighten up with a 8 lb. Neo speaker and a GK power amp.
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Mike Bacciarini


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San Luis Obispo, California
Post  Posted 11 Mar 2020 7:59 am    
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I'm using a Fender Rumble 200 w/single 15". Sounds great, nice and light.
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Harold Dye

 

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Cullman, Alabama, USA
Post  Posted 11 Mar 2020 8:03 am    
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I have 2 MM bass heads that I use. One is a 150 watt the other is a 65 watt. Both amps have a normal input and a bass input and a high and low switch for each input. I use them in a cab with a BW 1502 and a BW 1501 speaker. Since they are bass heads they don't have reverb so I have to use a reverb/delay. These are really good sounding amps.
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Christopher Blood

 

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Missouri, USA
Post  Posted 5 May 2020 6:43 pm    
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Mike Bacciarini wrote:
I'm using a Fender Rumble 200 w/single 15". Sounds great, nice and light.


Mike I have the same amp for my bass. Just got my lap steel today and am playing through it. Have to admit it sounds good. I would like to have some reverb though. are you using any effects?
I have thought about getting a small guitar combo like the Fender Champion 20 which has effects. I could use that for practice and run the pre amp through my Rumble 2oo when needed
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Doug Taylor


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Shelbyville, Kentucky, USA
Post  Posted 5 May 2020 7:10 pm    
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I have the Gallien Krueger MB150, I tried it with my pedal steel and thought it sounded fine. I wound up using my Fender Rumble 500, I thought it was a better fit. The MB150 is one fine amp and my main bass amp.
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Christopher Blood

 

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Missouri, USA
Post  Posted 5 May 2020 7:24 pm    
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Doug Taylor wrote:
I have the Gallien Krueger MB150, I tried it with my pedal steel and thought it sounded fine. I wound up using my Fender Rumble 500, I thought it was a better fit. The MB150 is one fine amp and my main bass amp.


Are you using reverb with it? If so what kind.
I'm thinking about just using my rumble 200 and putting a reverb unit between the steel and amp.
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Doug Taylor


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Shelbyville, Kentucky, USA
Post  Posted 5 May 2020 7:40 pm    
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I use an Avid Eleven Rack in front of the amp for effects. Works pretty well. Also had a Holy Grail reverb pedal which worked good too, but do not have it anymore.
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