Gallien Krueger 400RB-III
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Gallien Krueger 400RB-III : JeffTadashi's user review
"Stands the test of time!"
The Gallien Krueger 400RB-III is one of the first bass amps I've ever owned, and it certainly stood the time of time for nearly a decade. It is a 240W solid-state amplifier that is relatively compact, but relatively powerful, and provides nice, clean, simple bass sounds. It can be rack-mounted or simply rested on top of a speaker cabinet, the amp comes with the included hardware to make the changes, including taking the handle on the side on and off. Speaking of handle, this amp can be easily carried with one hand, which makes it very portable, but certainly not underpowered. My buddy now uses this amp with a full 8x10 cabinet, and it powers that speaker just fine.
Even beyond bass amplification, this head can be used for many applications, including a PA or keyboard amplifier. It provides basic EQ functionality, and it can produce great sounds at very clean levels. If you want some grit, you can add it as well, with three separate gains/volumes available on the unit, you can adjust them as you please.
Gallien Kruger is one of the more famous non-tube bass amplifier company, and the quality of the sound definitely shows that. Because it is very clean and transparent, the character of your bass guitar and your playing style shine through. There is a basic EQ section, along with a presence knob for controlling ultra highs, and a contour knob to quickly scoop the mids if desires. There is even a voicing switch for 5-string bass guitars, which presumably adds more definition for ultra-low end.
Overall, the 400RB-III by Gallien Krueger is one of the best investments I ever made in a piece of musical equipment, It lasted me forever, and it still sounds great, up until the day I sold it off to a friend. If you can find one, be sure to check it out!