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Gallien-Krueger 1001RB-II 700/50W Biamp Bass Head  

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Overview

  • 700/50 Watt bi-amp
  • Extremely high-current power supply
  • High-current power amp circuitry
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    $1,069.00
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Flexible and immensely powerful.

Take charge of the bottom line with the Gallien-Krueger 1001RB-II 700/50W Biamp Bass Head. This state-of-the-art monster is designed to deliver maximum performance with minimum fuss. An extremely high-current power supply and matching power amp circuitry extract every ounce of this head's awesome output. Its high-current design eliminates the need for current-limiting circuitry that muddies your tone. The biamped design delivers 700W to the woofer and 50W to the horn using an electronic crossover for seamless 2-way sound. 4 bass-specific bands of active EQ give you ultraprecise tone-shaping power. 3 voicing filters help you further shape your sound. 2-year warranty on electronics.

Features

  • 700/50 Watt bi-amp
  • Extremely high-current power supply
  • High-current power amp circuitry
  • Electronic crossover for seamless 2-way sound
  • 4 bass-specific bands of active EQ w/ Voicing filter and Contour
  • Effects loop and tuner out w/ Mute
  • XLR outputw/ ground lift and pre/post
  • Presence control

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Gallien-Krueger1001RB-II 700/50W Biamp Bass Head
 
4.9

(based on 40 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Good power output (4)
  • Portable (4)
  • Warm / comfy (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (3)
    • Professional recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    ENOUGH SAID

    I've been playing for a lot of years and because I'm older and smarter now I looked for a system that was straight forward with plenty of power and most of all these days...Read complete review

    I've been playing for a lot of years and because I'm older and smarter now I looked for a system that was straight forward with plenty of power and most of all these days portable. I found all of that with Gallien-Krueger. I use this head with a GK 410 4ohm NEO cabinet bi amped to get every bit of that power. This setup handles the low B of my Fender's and Lakland's with ease. (The 410 NEO is a powerful lightweight cabinet which I can actually lift and put in the trunk of my car all by myself without singing soprano.)I have never had a situation where I have ever felt as though I didn't have enough head room or that I couldn't hear myself on stage with this head. The sound guys all agree it has a great sound that is easy to work with and easily comes through in the mix. I always get compliments on my sound on every job especially from other players. I started out years ago with the GK 800RB and it served me well and most of all dependably for many years. As I got older and was able to afford boutique amps I did and I strayed away from GK spending big bucks looking for a better sound and never found it. Nobody gives more bang for the buck than GK does and none of those expensive amps were as well defined live with the sound such as this amp produces and most were not nearly as straight forward to use. This head is just straight forward clear defined bass tone with easy to use controls and no messing around. Just jack in and play. Enough said!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    NICE Head-get the cable

    The GK1001 is a really good head with plenty of power and headroom. I was surprised it had that much of both with the GEO@8OHm cab. I usually play all tube Ampegs,...Read complete review

    The GK1001 is a really good head with plenty of power and headroom. I was surprised it had that much of both with the GEO@8OHm cab. I usually play all tube Ampegs, but I really like this for clean audiohile headroom, especially for articulation and slap. Do yourself a favor and buy the 4-way cable directly from GK so you can bi-amp the head.You will be surprised how the amp comes to life.

    I would have given it 4 stars instead of 3, but after all it is GK! Terrible quality problems with the 700 and 800RB. Few problems reported w/ the 1001 but I am distrusting enough to buy the Musician's Friend 3 year warranty. Like I said, it's not the 90's and this is GK

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    5.0

    Very nice!

    By Rockshady

    from Hammond, Indiana

    About Me Experienced

    Ask me a question

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Gallien-Krueger 1001RB-II 700/50W Biamp Bass Head:

      I use this in combinations with GK 4x10 Neo and 1x15 Neo. I love it! so many different sound possibilities!Main reason for purchase was the biamping feature. I'm blown away and so is anyone else near the amp!

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      5.0

      great amp

      By bassmotive

      from Huntsville, AL

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Gallien-Krueger 1001RB-II 700/50W Biamp Bass Head:

          I just got the amp, so I can't speak to reliability, but it's one of the best sounding amps I've played. It fills up all the notes. And I haven't even tried the biamping yet.

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          (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          NICE Head-get the cable

          By amphead

          from new england

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Portable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Gallien-Krueger 1001RB-II 700/50W Biamp Bass Head:

            The GK1001 is a really good head with plenty of power and headroom. I was surprised it had that much of both with the GEO@8OHm cab. I usually play all tube Ampegs, but I really like this for clean audiohile headroom, especially for articulation and slap. Do yourself a favor and buy the 4-way cable directly from GK so you can bi-amp the head.You will be surprised how the amp comes to life.

            I would have given it 4 stars instead of 3, but after all it is GK! Terrible quality problems with the 700 and 800RB. Few problems reported w/ the 1001 but I am distrusting enough to buy the Musician's Friend 3 year warranty. Like I said, it's not the 90's and this is GK

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Negative review is not about this amp

            By Florida basement dude

            from Florida panhandle

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Powerful
            • Reliable
            • Wide Range Of Tones

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Gallien-Krueger 1001RB-II 700/50W Biamp Bass Head:

                I use this in a studio where I do overdubs. It's not moved so can't talk about that. I get a wide range of tones and sounds with it just as it is. The lows are crisp enough I run the EQ flat. I run the DI as post-EQ and have never had to switch to a direct box. Easy to use. BTW the negative review here is about speakers - not this unit. It should be posted in another location. Thanks.

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                5.0

                Blows Ampeg away!

                By Tom

                from Boston, MA

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Gallien-Krueger 1001RB-II 700/50W Biamp Bass Head:

                  The Gallien Krueger 1001RB is nothing short of spectacular. The functionality of this amp is a plus compared to other heads on the market, but the sound, volume, and tone of this head is making a new name for Solid-State. I even started to call it "Beast-Mode". If you are a Bass player and think that tube is the way to go, think again, this head blows away most tube heads and you will NEVER have to worry about Volume with this head. You want another fun fact? The Bass Rig the backing musicians on "The Voice" use is this exact Bass head. Its that good, its professional, its versatile, and it don't dissapoint, buy it!

                  Comment on this review

                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  ENOUGH SAID

                  By Thump-8wSq1

                  from Wisconsin

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Ask me a question

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • A players amp
                  • Big Bang for the Buck
                  • Built like a tank
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Good Warmth
                  • Portable
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                  • Not a one

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances
                  • Playing live
                  • Professional Recording
                  • Shaking walls
                  • Starting earthquakes

                  Comments about Gallien-Krueger 1001RB-II 700/50W Biamp Bass Head:

                  I've been playing for a lot of years and because I'm older and smarter now I looked for a system that was straight forward with plenty of power and most of all these days portable. I found all of that with Gallien-Krueger. I use this head with a GK 410 4ohm NEO cabinet bi amped to get every bit of that power. This setup handles the low B of my Fender's and Lakland's with ease. (The 410 NEO is a powerful lightweight cabinet which I can actually lift and put in the trunk of my car all by myself without singing soprano.)I have never had a situation where I have ever felt as though I didn't have enough head room or that I couldn't hear myself on stage with this head. The sound guys all agree it has a great sound that is easy to work with and easily comes through in the mix. I always get compliments on my sound on every job especially from other players. I started out years ago with the GK 800RB and it served me well and most of all dependably for many years. As I got older and was able to afford boutique amps I did and I strayed away from GK spending big bucks looking for a better sound and never found it. Nobody gives more bang for the buck than GK does and none of those expensive amps were as well defined live with the sound such as this amp produces and most were not nearly as straight forward to use. This head is just straight forward clear defined bass tone with easy to use controls and no messing around. Just jack in and play. Enough said!

                  Comment on this review

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Found what I was looking for.

                  By Hatchet Man

                  from somewhere

                  Comments about Gallien-Krueger 1001RB-II 700/50W Biamp Bass Head:

                  I was very pleased with this purchase. I was looking for a powerful, bi-amp capable head with great tone and neccessary features. I found it in this unit. Very pleased with the sound I am able to get from this amp, along with the tone controls, bi-amp switching and controls (used with a GK cabinet, of course). It gives me the control I need over the sound without extra, useless features to add cost. I find this to be a much greater value-for-money deal than the Ampeg SVT-3, which I have used extensively. Good amp but overpriced. Not so in this case. You get what you pay for and then some. I personally prefer the sound, too. I do wish it came with a headphone jack, though, but that is no deal-breaker. This is a stage amp anyway, and there are ways to get around that thanks to the direct out feature. Overall, very pleased with this equipment.

                  Comment on this review

                  (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Overall, a great amp...

                  By Ted Davis

                  from Cleveland, OH

                  Comments about Gallien-Krueger 1001RB-II 700/50W Biamp Bass Head:

                  I bought the 1001RB as a combo with the 115 RBH speaker (GK has since discontinued this combo) and it was a great honeymoon with the amp until the wheels disintegrated about a year ago...bought new wheels from the kind folks at GK, but they fell apart as well...anyway, the head itself is amazing, everything you ever wanted in a head, this thing will provide. Deep resonating lows and clean crisp highs. It takes some tweaking, but the 1001RB pulled some serious midrange growl out of my Stingray 5, which is now easy task!!! I removed the head from the combo, bought a GK 410 amp, contacted GK and bought the outer shell for the 1001RB and now use it as a head/separate amp combo and all is well in my bass playing world. Buy this head and pair it with a great 410 or 212 amp and you will be in heaven...

                  Comment on this review

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Brilliant

                  By Sir Loin

                  from San Fransisco

                  Comments about Gallien-Krueger 1001RB-II 700/50W Biamp Bass Head:

                  I pair this amazing head with a rare Music Man Audiophile 4x10 cab I found online...what a rig!!(why oh why did Ernie Ball discontinue the production on the bass cabs?? nothing on the planet compares to them...) I get an onslaught of bass players rushing me like an incoming tide after any show, asking me to lift the veil on my rig...(I cover it with assorted fabric for our stageshow). GK has cut their own trail on the engineering end of things, and they're at the top of their game with this head. I used to rent the RB800 when touring with a dancehall reggae crew, and it would flatten the venue with the thickest, fattest and smoothest bass bombs. In recent years, I moved into diverse area's of music, and played dozens of different rigs, ignoring GK because I'd pigeon holed them as a heavy cream diet, sounding best when all the highs and mids were rolled back, a la Robbie Shakespeare Dub. When I came across an add for the 1001RB, I took it for a spin at my local music store.... What a ballistic weapon of mass basstruction! Totally true transparent power!! VERSATILE!!!

                  Comment on this review

                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Unleash The Beast!

                  By Anonymous

                  from Undisclosed

                  Comments about Gallien-Krueger 1001RB-II 700/50W Biamp Bass Head:

                  Unleash the beast! I just bought this head a few days ago and hooked it up to my Neo 212-II cabinet, in which I bought as well. The beast has been unleashed! Here's my story. I'm the owner/bassist of my 10-piece band, that I formed in 1996. As for bass amps, I have a SWR 160 head, Ampeg B2 head w/4-10" cabinet, a David Eden CSX 300 combo, a Peavey cabinet w/15" and 2-6" tweeters, a Carvin 18" cabinet, and even an old vintage Sunn head w/tubes. Absolutely none of these, mixed or matched, came even close to the sound I'm getting from this GK rig. I put this head in a rack with a Squeeze compressor and a BBE maximizer, and oh my goodness! The high and low end is awesome, but don't cut yourself short by using this head with a cabinet that doesn't have the (horns/high end) if you want this head to serve it's full purpose. I connected a Sans Amp Tech 21 effects box for experimentation (more EQ), but it defeated the purpose. It hurt more than it helps. Lost some power. And speaking of power from this head? I play with my church choir in a fairly large santuary. I turn the volumn no more than 8:00 position, and that's too loud! I'm thinking about buying another GK rig for my band to keep from transpoting this one back and forth between gigs and playing in church every Sunday. I will probably buy a 700RB head with the same cabinet to use for church, and use the one I have for gigs. I would recommend this head to ANY bass player who's looking for that "ultimate" sound. From reggae to slappin', this head will give you what you want. A distinct sound that will send other bass players running to you asking about the rig you're using. I don't know of any other brand that can top this one. Let this be your next purchase!

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