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MF MD HG Exclusives 09-19-14

Gallien-Krueger Backline 112 Bass Combo  

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    A great entry into killer G-K tone!

    The Gallien-Krueger Backline 112 Combo features a 100W amplifier section, 12" speaker, active 3-band EQ, footswitchable overdrive, contour, headphone jack, and line out. Tilt-back design. 1-year warranty on speakers. 2-year warranty on electronics.


    The Backline 112 puts great GK tone within reach. Call or click to order yours today!

     
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    3.9

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    You'd be surprised

    I've been playin the bass for 10 years now, playing all styles, like funk, jazz, rock, n' blues. My friends got me this amp for my birthday about 4-5 years...Read complete review

    I've been playin the bass for 10 years now, playing all styles, like funk, jazz, rock, n' blues. My friends got me this amp for my birthday about 4-5 years ago. Since then, this little sucker has been packin quite a punch constantly and effectively. Especially with the contour button, the high end frequencies let out a super clean tone to the bass, giving it some snap, especially for you slap-n'-pluckers. Not only that, it's got great tone for an acoustic guitar hook-up. Even with my electric hollowbody guitar going into the amp, the clean and its overdrive sound incredible, especially for this sucker's price. I'm more of a six-string acoustic/electric guitarist. When I plugged in my effects pedals in (wahs, GT-8, overdrives, other FXs), it had a great and distinct tone. The low-end really helps get that thick bluesy sound. For the metal/rock guitarists, this provides the best punch on the low-end frequencies that you need to help your guitar cut through the rest of the band (ie bass and drumkit).My amp combo has been abused like crazy. Though the handle broke off within the first year, carrying it around was great. For a 100-watt amp and 12' speaker combo, this little sucker can get bumped around, driven everywhere, and still pack a great clean punch for as long as it needs to.You'd be surprised to stick in ANY guitar into this thing and still get great quality sound from it. Try it at your nearest retailer that has it!

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    Sounds great... when it works!

    I played a lot in the 80s and my favorite rig was a GK400RB with an 18/2x10 cab. In the nineties, I wasn't playing as much so I sold the 400RB(mistake!)...Read complete review

    I played a lot in the 80s and my favorite rig was a GK400RB with an 18/2x10 cab. In the nineties, I wasn't playing as much so I sold the 400RB(mistake!) and cab. Recently I started playing again and went shopping for a small combo. I didn't even hesitate. It had to be a GK. Since I was mostly playing blues or backing singer/songwriters in small venues, the Backline 112 seemed perfect. The first thing I noticed when I got home was that the thing buzzed like crazy, even with nothing plugged in. My bandmates even commented about it. I took it back to the store and they exchanged it for another one. It still buzzed, but not as loud. I thought this was strange because my old 400RB didn't buzz at all when you turned it on. Anyway, I decided to live with it given the price. Well, at practice, during a break between songs the speaker started flopping and then the amp cut out. I took it home and turned it on, it worked fine. Then it happened again at practice. The red light would come on, the amp would cut out and I'd have to turn it off and on again. Of course, once it started happening, the intervals between failures got shorter and shorter. I took it back to the store and they sent it out to a certified GK repair center. They told me they found a cold solder joint. But after a few practices, guess what. It still does it. I sent it back again. They replaced the voltage regulator. Is this the end? Well, it's the last GK I'll buy. Phil Jones Bass and Acoustic Image are looking alot better now. Just because something is inexpensive doesn't mean it can be unreliable. Tell me it will be underpowered or won't have a lot of features, but don't tell me it's not going to work!

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    5.0

    Works for me...bought 2 of 'em

    By Max Damage

    from west coast

    I play guitar and keys. My bass player had one that he used. I wanted to reduce the amount of stuff I was dragging to the gigs so I tried his. It worked so I bought one also. We have been using them for a couple years. I only use the clean side with the gains as clean as I can get them. I let my pedals dirty it up. These amps have worked ok so far. They do add a little distortion to the mix. I have noticed that his bass breaks up sometimes, but that could be due to which guitar he is playing that night. Both these amps work great for smaller clubs, and he can easily dround out the drummer. We even use them outside with no problem.

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    5.0

    GREAT practice amp!

    I've had my GK for a couple of years now and continue to be amazed by it. I wanted to write a good review for this because there are so many people here who are disappointed when trying to use it with a drummer. Right! If you want to be heard over the drums, you'll blow this. However, if you just want a tiny package that actually has some THUMP, you can't go wrong. I've had several practice amps and they all sound tinny and mid-rangy. This little guys sounds like a BASS amp. If you like to practice at home along with a recording and still have a nice bassy sound, this is your amp!

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    4.0

    No frills bass amp

    By Wood Hoops 4 Life

    from Bay Area CA

    Happy to say I've had this little guy for about 4mos now as a rehearsal only amp. It has plenty of volume probably even for a small gig (if you have good electronics in your bass). The overdrive channel is pretty meaty - you should be able to thrash out if you want to. I was able to dial in some good slap/pop sounds as well as low bass for my Traben 5str Array Limited's B string. A few caveats - there's no effects loop. GK's not alone in this design flaw (IMO) but there's just some things the next batch of amp makers need to start doing - FX loops. Also, if you play in a room with a CFL light or a UPS style battery backup breaker thing, you might get some hum or buzz. Not sure if it's a shielding or grounding thing, but if I get the amp within 5ft of the UPS or plug on the same outlet as my CFL light, I get noise. Move the amp (not the bass) and it's OK. Go figure...

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    2.0

    Sounds great... when it works!

    By BassHacker

    from San Jose, CA

    I played a lot in the 80s and my favorite rig was a GK400RB with an 18/2x10 cab. In the nineties, I wasn't playing as much so I sold the 400RB(mistake!) and cab. Recently I started playing again and went shopping for a small combo. I didn't even hesitate. It had to be a GK. Since I was mostly playing blues or backing singer/songwriters in small venues, the Backline 112 seemed perfect. The first thing I noticed when I got home was that the thing buzzed like crazy, even with nothing plugged in. My bandmates even commented about it. I took it back to the store and they exchanged it for another one. It still buzzed, but not as loud. I thought this was strange because my old 400RB didn't buzz at all when you turned it on. Anyway, I decided to live with it given the price. Well, at practice, during a break between songs the speaker started flopping and then the amp cut out. I took it home and turned it on, it worked fine. Then it happened again at practice. The red light would come on, the amp would cut out and I'd have to turn it off and on again. Of course, once it started happening, the intervals between failures got shorter and shorter. I took it back to the store and they sent it out to a certified GK repair center. They told me they found a cold solder joint. But after a few practices, guess what. It still does it. I sent it back again. They replaced the voltage regulator. Is this the end? Well, it's the last GK I'll buy. Phil Jones Bass and Acoustic Image are looking alot better now. Just because something is inexpensive doesn't mean it can be unreliable. Tell me it will be underpowered or won't have a lot of features, but don't tell me it's not going to work!

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    4.0

    Good, but...

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Good quality build and great sound. Not heaps of features but enough for me. Bit heavy to carry for its size. Mine had a buzzing sound in the speaker which got worse as you turned it up and was also carried through the line out into the PA and digital recorder. The shop said it was normal but it was no good for my recording needs. I got a refund and bought a Laney RB6. No problems.

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    4.0

    Its good, but not great

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    So I had this amp for a couple of years, I think three now, and I recently completely blew it out. This amp is great for practice, but cannot handle playing over drums, guitar, and vocals. At least it didn't for me. As far as the tone and features on this amp, it is fantastic. The distortion sounds a better than any pedal I have played with, and the tone is excellent, like all GK products. This model just isn't as strong as I wanted. If you are looking for a good practice amp, thisis perfect. If you are playing in a band, you may need a little more power.

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    5.0

    Solid amp

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I have been playing with this amp the last four years and am very pleased. The contour is a nicely added feature. The distortion is descent. The tone is amazing for the cost. I like the tilt-back option of playing. I know now that G.K means quality, and durability.

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    5.0

    Sweetest practice amp!

    This little combo has got some killer tone with the contour switch that other amps in its price range don't have. Plenty of volume for practice and small to medium gigs. Wouldn't use it for gigs bigger than a small gymnasium. Bigger than that, better step up to a half stack. The distortion is fun to have, good for metal or just messing around. Plugged my '77 Les Paul into this thing and was pleasantly surprised by how well it works as a guitar amp, the distortion is very nice and grungy with a guitar. Only gripe would be that it doesn't have an effects loop, but more importantly a balanced line out, but for the price and quality, it's not a bad compromise.

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    5.0

    Great Amp

    I've had this amp for over a year. It really cuts through. Has a great tone too. Really dark and chocolaty. The distortion is ok, but doesn't have a lot of punch. It's tough and sounds great though.

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    3.0

    You have a choice

    By 1 of 3... in Corpus

    from Corpus Christi, TX

    I've been a bass player for over 30 years and I must admit, sometimes you need to have something that will get you through those outdoor gigs and not have to worry about ruining your good rig. I have owned/played through GK amps for most of my career. Most namely the 200RB (the predecessor of the 150MB) and was spoiled beyond belief. That amp was my child. It got me through a lot of gigs, not only studio, but live. Well, my child died (it was traumatic and heart breaking). Anyway, I ended up buying this amp as a replacement (gigs were slower at the time) but it just couldn't replace that wonderful tone and quality of the 200MB. But, to this amps credit, it has performed admirably so I can't diss it too much. I still miss the tone of my MB but, for the money, this amp is holding it's own.

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