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Gallien-Krueger 800RB Bass Amp Head  

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    A legendary bass guitar amp that has proven its worth over several decades.

    Designed 20 years ago, the 800RB has long been a standard of the industry—the choice of countless players, touring bands, and backline companies. The amplifier head delivers 400W of biamp power in a rackmountable metal case, with 4 bands of active EQ, 3 voicing filters, and a weight of only 23 lb. Great deep, punchy sound. Roadworthy and studio friendly.

    Gallien-Krueger products have 2-year electronic warranties.

    Features

    • Low-300W @ 4 ohm, 200W @ 8 ohm
    • High-100W @ 8 ohm
    • Convection cooling
    • 1/4" jack, 10dB pad, and volume
    • Low cut, contour, and high boost switches
    • Series four-band active.
    • Boost with jack, and LED crossover with switch
    • High and low master
    • Send/return
    • 2-year guarantee.
    • 23 lb.

    Get it. You can't go wrong with the Gallien-Krueger 800RB, as long as you have some speakers.

     
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    Gallien-Krueger800RB Bass Amp Head
     
    4.7

    (based on 42 reviews)

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    800RB Bass Amp Head

    Best amp sound I ever used.
    the biamp is great. you can seperate the hi's and low's to really adjust for the room
    this amp has been around for 30 years and...Read complete review

    Best amp sound I ever used.
    the biamp is great. you can seperate the hi's and low's to really adjust for the room
    this amp has been around for 30 years and still going strong
    I bought a 400rb 20 years ago and it still works perfect. I just bought the 800rb for the biamp feature. I'm expecting to get 20+ out of this one

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    Not as good now...

    I bought my first 800RB in '83, the first year they came out. That one was a tank, solid, dependable, never ever any trouble. I sold it 12 years later because...Read complete review

    I bought my first 800RB in '83, the first year they came out. That one was a tank, solid, dependable, never ever any trouble. I sold it 12 years later because I thought I was thru playing. Started playing again a little over two years ago so I bought another one. Two months out of the warranty it burns up. Local repair guy says they are totally different than the original ones. Now instead of American hand made it's all made in China (at least the circuit boards) and nowhere near what they once were.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    800RB Bass Amp Head

    Comments about Gallien-Krueger 800RB Bass Amp Head:

    Best amp sound I ever used.
    the biamp is great. you can seperate the hi's and low's to really adjust for the room
    this amp has been around for 30 years and still going strong
    I bought a 400rb 20 years ago and it still works perfect. I just bought the 800rb for the biamp feature. I'm expecting to get 20+ out of this one

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Surprisingly good

    By Thrillhouse

    from Chicago

    Comments about Gallien-Krueger 800RB Bass Amp Head:

    I play an Ampeg SVT-VR through a Bergantino NV412 mainly but recently had a chance to play this amp at a rehearsal space through a GK 1x15 and a 4x10 cab (not sure the exact models) and I was very impressed. Coming from my 300 all-tube watt amp I was skeptical what kind of tone this little solid state thing could produce but I was able to dial in a wide array of tones with ease. There is no lack of that full/loud (but still clear) bottom end that I crave while also having very articulate highs. Although I did have only a few hours with this amp, I can say it was one of the nicer solid state amps in this wattage rang I have played.

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    5.0

    amazed

    By mchr2010

    from canada

    Comments about Gallien-Krueger 800RB Bass Amp Head:

    I'm actually in the process of purchasing a new bass amp since my problematic Ampeg SVT-3 Pro just died on me. I went to the store to pick up a rental while I search for a replacement amp and found this old, beat up, scratched up 800RB. I've heard good things so I figured what the hell lets give it a shot.So far all I can is WOW. Impressive! This amp really makes me want to play! I honestly cannot believe how good it sounds. It absolutely kills the SVT-3 Pro in volume and tone! I can dial in anything from an old school, deep, scooped bass thump to a sizzling sparkling modern tone. I'll be honest that I was a bit skeptical picking up this beat up solid state head because I just didn't think it would have the tone...so far this amp has proved me wrong! DEFINITELY worth the hype!!! You really have to play it to believe it. Can't wait to gig with it!! I might just keep it :)

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    5.0

    Great Amp

    By pspagnolia

    from Worcester, MA

    Comments about Gallien-Krueger 800RB Bass Amp Head:

    I've owned this amp since 1987. It's been in the shop once for blown transistors on the 300 watt side and that was 15 years ago. This amp is incredibly reliable, versatile, and a constant companion. It has served as my primary amp since the day I purchased it new. I road case mine with rack rails and have used a huge array of cabinets with it. Currently using an SVT 410 HLF with a hartke transporter alumicone 2 x10 for the top end running biamped. I LOVE THIS AMP!

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    5.0

    The ANIMAL!!!!

    By Randyc.on.bass

    from Austin,TX

    Comments about Gallien-Krueger 800RB Bass Amp Head:

    I have played for more than 20 years and this amp is my constant companion. One of my 800RB's is about 22 and the other one isn't much younger. The only issue I've had with them is cold-solder connection problems, which is fairly common with the GK amps. If you consider everything else, that is a minor issue. In the time I've had my 2 RB's, I have had them in the shop a total of 3 times (around $100-$150 each time). "I'll buy that for a dollar!!!" (for the Robocop fans). When all is said and done, I'll take my GK800, SWR Goliath, and Zon bass onto any stage, any time!!!!!

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    5.0

    Classic Act

    By Standalone

    from Connecticut

    Comments about Gallien-Krueger 800RB Bass Amp Head:

    I gig mine regularly without a backup. The wattage rating on these might seem to equal that of cheaper amps, but don't be fooled. 300 here seems to equal 500 in other amps that I've owned and gigged. (eden, mesa, swr) Every reviewer on here will tell you that this is the real deal.You're probably going to read this and still buy some other amp with more "modern" features and seemingly flashier specifications. You'll be missing out. I did mark the "value" as 4. It's not a cheap amp for the specifications. It depends on what you consider value. It's not a "value" amp. Niether is an SVT. But they are worth what they cost.This head kills both the Eden Metro and the Mesa Boogie Basis M2000 that I had previously. This amp has soul. This amp has reliability. And it's got the sound. 4 EQ knobs do everything that you need on stage. I've seen these in festival size stage rigs (Levon Helm band's DB player at the gathering of the vibes) and all over the local scene. Name another solid state amp still in production this long! Enough said.

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    5.0

    This is a monster bass amp

    By BassInTheValley

    from Charleston, WV

    Comments about Gallien-Krueger 800RB Bass Amp Head:

    This is the first review I've ever written. But I must say that this is a monster of an amp. 33 years of playing nationwide and in studio have convinced me. I have 26 basses and only one amp that I rely on for the "big shows" and "critical gigs". Believe me, I've tried most of them. I currently own Ampeg, Eden, Yamaha, SWR and MusicMan. But this is "my sound". 1-15" & 1"4-10" for the lows, 1-2-10 for th highs. Hartke XL's. My Warwick, Pedula, MusicMan, Kubickis, Fenders P's and J's and Gibson Thunderbirds sound GREAT through it. Don't hesitate. This is the real deal.

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    5.0

    Long Time User

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Gallien-Krueger 800RB Bass Amp Head:

    I have played the same RB800 for almost 20 years.I have used all types of cabinets mostly in biamp mode. I have played it soft and played it hard. It has never let me down. Ihave heard from many concerning the newer models failing probably because of switching to CHINA for the production. Made in the USA last like mine

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    5.0

    GK 800RB: An Uber-Amp

    By Z-Man-3N7f4

    from Orlando FL

    Comments about Gallien-Krueger 800RB Bass Amp Head:

    I bought this amp used from a friend about 7 years ago. It's a real workhorse, has excellent tone through a wide range of cabinets, and an adjustable electronic crossover, which is real valuable when using several different cabinet combinations. I'd buy another one in a heartbeat if I had to replace this unit.

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    5.0

    the best solid state

    By Brothers at Sea

    from Orange County

    Comments about Gallien-Krueger 800RB Bass Amp Head:

    I bought this head and run it trough an Ampeg 8x10 about two years ago, and I couldn't be happier. You get so much variety of tone out of this, and not to mention the power it delivers. I was recently in a car accident and it got tossed around and still works perfect just like the day I bought it. You can't get a better solid state head for this price. I highly recommend the G&K 800 RB.

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