Flexible and feature rich bass amplifier with a large choice of sounds
Good choice for aspiring bass players thanks to strong power amp and versatile pre-amp section and wide range (but not comprehensive) set of input/outputs.
I use the GK MB 500 to drive an 8 Ohm GK CX 115 cabinet. The pair works flawlessly and provides plenty of power and a wide range of sound settings. Ideal pair for an aspiring bass player in an electric band setting.
The MB 500 is a solid state amplifier in both pre-amp and power amp sections. The 4 channel EQ section is well designed and works well for sound shaping and adaptation to room acoustics. Furthermore, the contour dial is a real plus: once the EQ has been adapted to the room/stage acoustics, the contour dial is the best means of varying sound shapes between different musical styles. This is a real advantage in life settings: the bass player can concentrate on a single knob instead of fiddling around with all 4 EQ knobs.
A foot switch is included in the amp package. In a practical setting, you?ll use it to activate/deactivate the boost ?growl? effect and volume (master-b) pre-set during the sound check. The boost section is versatile: you can use it either to play clean at higher volumes (bass soloing) or to add both growl and volume ? useful for bassists of cover bands playing modern clean pop tunes and tube-amp growling 70?ies hard-rock in the same set.
Pros: ? flexibility of sound shaping thanks to effective 4-band EQ and additional contour ? foot switch for boost and ?growl? effect ? two speaker outs (no need to daisy chain cabinets) ? light weight
Cons: ? AUX/line-in missing ? speaker(s) must be disconnected to use headphone ? printed manual missing a page with recommended setting for different musical styles ? PDF download can be found on GK web pages (https://static1.squarespace.com/static/52d881e0e4b093afad1a2ae2/t/54a30912e4b04dcb56cd50eb/1419970834206/MB500-manual.pdf)
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