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Gallien-Krueger Backline 600 Bass Head  

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The Gallien-Krueger Backline 600 Bass Head can handle the wear and tear of touring. Features 300W of thunder, 4-band active EQ, adjustable contour, e...Read More

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Massive tone and flexibility that's easy on your wallet.

The Gallien-Krueger Backline 600 Bass Head can handle the wear and tear of touring. Features 300W of thunder, 4-band active EQ, adjustable contour, effects loop, Boost valve effect, XLR out with ground and pre/post switch, and tuner out. 2-year warranty.

FEATURES
  • 300W @ 4 ohms
  • 4-band active EQ
  • Adjustable contour
  • Effects loop
  • Boost valve effect
  • XLR out with ground and pre/post switch
  • Tuner out
  • 2 - 1/4" speaker outputs

Killer G-K tone at a price that won't break your budget! Call or click to order today!

SPECIFICATIONS

Backline 600 Bass Head

  • 13 lbs.
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4.2

(based on 105 reviews)

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solid price performer

Here's my $0.02: This amp is a TREMENDOUS buy. If money is NO factor, then sure...buy some other high-dollar rig & season to your taste. But if you're...Read complete review

Here's my $0.02: This amp is a TREMENDOUS buy. If money is NO factor, then sure...buy some other high-dollar rig & season to your taste. But if you're on a budget, I challenge you to beat this one.

My history & setup with the amp: I've had this amp for over 3 years, and use it in my 80's hard rock band. The sound it produces is great. I run it through a 4-ohm GK 810-RBX cabinet, and it can REALLY pump out the sound...all the way from foundation-shaking lows to ear-tingling highs. I've played this rig at large outdoor shows, and it's quite nice...my limiting factor there is simply that I could use more speakers to spread my sound out more (maybe double my rig...one on my side; one on the other side of the drums).

Overdrive: The overdrive channel is quite remarkably good for an all solid-state amp--when you don't try to use too much overdrive. When I use the overdrive as a natural compressor, I run it relatively low, so that when I'm playing gently, there's no overdrive, but when I really bear down, the overdrive growls down & acts as natural compression. My only complaint about the overdrive is that it tends to add a bit too much high-end buzz to the sound, but then again, since I'm not doing a clean/overdriven blend, you kinda have to use what you got.
But the clean channel to get the sweet GK sound...good stuff.
Parting shots about the overdrive & sound: I used this amp for a couple of years with by bass plugged directly in to it with NO stomp boxes and the EQ set straight across at 12 o'clock and the overdrive turned on "lightly" as a make-shift compression & and had a number of people comment on how good my bass sounded.

Downsides: The lack of a built-in compressor is a bit of a bummer, so I run either a compressor stomp box (I have an Ashdown compressor that compresses lows separately from highs) or use the amp's built-in overdrive as a natural compression. I //prefer// a blended sound (clean tone providing the punch and sparkle, with overdrive giving the lo-mid growl/purr, a la Billy Sheehan), but I don't have that at this point...doing that right takes rigging I haven't attempted to do.

"wish list": Ideally, overdrive and clean would have separate EQ settings, but at the price, I simply can't complain. If I want more flexibility, I'll need to pay for it.

Operating temperature: Regarding some people's concern about this amp overheating...the ONLY time I've had this amp act even slightly funny was when I ran the "boost" knob too high. I'm not sure why, but the amp started cutting out at higher volumes (it would "shut down" for several seconds then come back on). Since then, I've keep the boost below 12 o'clock. So other than the boost knob issue, I have had NO problems with overheating. I have used the amp in hot indoor conditions for hours on end, and I have used it outdoors in swealtering heat, driving it HARD the whole time. Folks, the cooling fan may concern some folks, but it does its job and keeps the amp operating the whole time. Don't get me wrong: this amp gets hot to the touch when you drive it hard for long periods of time, but that doesn't seem to affect its longevity AND it certainly doesn't seem to affect its performance.

One tip: buy the rack ears for it (same rack ears the RB-700 uses, I think). The rack ears turn this from hobby amp into a serious once- to three-times-a-month gigging amp.

Short summary: All-in-all, I love this amp, and it has NEVER let me down. GK hit a home run with this one.
This is a solid amp.

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well the first two i got failed...

I thought I would be the guy that didn't get the defective one. Within a few hours of playing it would cut between the clean and overdrive channel at will. Loose connection or...Read complete review

I thought I would be the guy that didn't get the defective one. Within a few hours of playing it would cut between the clean and overdrive channel at will. Loose connection or something. I returned it. The second one would randomly turn completely off and I was not even pushing the amp, This problem developed before I ever even turned it up more than a quarter of the way.I returned that one for a third. This one has a different font text on the front so maybe it is a newer model without those problems.As for the features, it actually sounds fairly good as long as you dont turn it up more than 3/4ths of the way, it gets pretty nasty sounding then, and its not because of my cab which is the gk goldline 4x10 with 400watts rms handling (ie nowhere near to pushing the cab). I have experimented with the overdrive channel and it is pretty much crap, but then again overdrive isnt for bass in the first place. I have used a boss bass od-1 distortion pedal before and I guess it sounds about the same (they both sound pretty ugly). It sounds alright but alas, I cant give it a good rating because what does that matter when it keeps dying? I havent had mine very long at all, I cant imagine what lies ahead.I have since heard that it sometimes overheats so I am not looking forward to gigging with it, but I guess i'll see how it holds up. Maybe I will put a little fan on top of it. Bottom line is, spend extra for a better 300watt amp head and thank yourself later.

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5.0

solid price performer

By Matt Hays

from Central Arkansas

Here's my $0.02: This amp is a TREMENDOUS buy. If money is NO factor, then sure...buy some other high-dollar rig & season to your taste. But if you're on a budget, I challenge you to beat this one.

My history & setup with the amp: I've had this amp for over 3 years, and use it in my 80's hard rock band. The sound it produces is great. I run it through a 4-ohm GK 810-RBX cabinet, and it can REALLY pump out the sound...all the way from foundation-shaking lows to ear-tingling highs. I've played this rig at large outdoor shows, and it's quite nice...my limiting factor there is simply that I could use more speakers to spread my sound out more (maybe double my rig...one on my side; one on the other side of the drums).

Overdrive: The overdrive channel is quite remarkably good for an all solid-state amp--when you don't try to use too much overdrive. When I use the overdrive as a natural compressor, I run it relatively low, so that when I'm playing gently, there's no overdrive, but when I really bear down, the overdrive growls down & acts as natural compression. My only complaint about the overdrive is that it tends to add a bit too much high-end buzz to the sound, but then again, since I'm not doing a clean/overdriven blend, you kinda have to use what you got.
But the clean channel to get the sweet GK sound...good stuff.
Parting shots about the overdrive & sound: I used this amp for a couple of years with by bass plugged directly in to it with NO stomp boxes and the EQ set straight across at 12 o'clock and the overdrive turned on "lightly" as a make-shift compression & and had a number of people comment on how good my bass sounded.

Downsides: The lack of a built-in compressor is a bit of a bummer, so I run either a compressor stomp box (I have an Ashdown compressor that compresses lows separately from highs) or use the amp's built-in overdrive as a natural compression. I //prefer// a blended sound (clean tone providing the punch and sparkle, with overdrive giving the lo-mid growl/purr, a la Billy Sheehan), but I don't have that at this point...doing that right takes rigging I haven't attempted to do.

"wish list": Ideally, overdrive and clean would have separate EQ settings, but at the price, I simply can't complain. If I want more flexibility, I'll need to pay for it.

Operating temperature: Regarding some people's concern about this amp overheating...the ONLY time I've had this amp act even slightly funny was when I ran the "boost" knob too high. I'm not sure why, but the amp started cutting out at higher volumes (it would "shut down" for several seconds then come back on). Since then, I've keep the boost below 12 o'clock. So other than the boost knob issue, I have had NO problems with overheating. I have used the amp in hot indoor conditions for hours on end, and I have used it outdoors in swealtering heat, driving it HARD the whole time. Folks, the cooling fan may concern some folks, but it does its job and keeps the amp operating the whole time. Don't get me wrong: this amp gets hot to the touch when you drive it hard for long periods of time, but that doesn't seem to affect its longevity AND it certainly doesn't seem to affect its performance.

One tip: buy the rack ears for it (same rack ears the RB-700 uses, I think). The rack ears turn this from hobby amp into a serious once- to three-times-a-month gigging amp.

Short summary: All-in-all, I love this amp, and it has NEVER let me down. GK hit a home run with this one.
This is a solid amp.

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5.0

Excellent Value

By FatIrishCrooner

from Lexington, OK

I am a multi-instrumentalist, and use the Backline 600 as my main amp. On Keys and bass, it performs rather stellarly on a 15" cabinet. I also use it as a jazz guitar amp, from a floor operated effects unit. It has an overall better tone than other amps I've tried, and it's clarity is unmatched. I have one problem. The boost button tends to be rather glitchy and static-filled when turning it. I recommend not placing the amp on the top of the cabinet if you play any affected bass at all. The vibrations will cause the boost button to buzz.

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5.0

great, very bright

Great durable head. Been using it since August 2009. Never had a problem with it. Has a great low but punchy sound. The EQ is very wide and can get any tone your looking for. I would recommend a rack case to put this in. The only complaints I have, is how the FX and tuner out is on the front of the head, would be a lot better on the back of it, you always need an open space in the rack to run all your cables through. But great HEAD, BUY IT!
EQ is amazing
Tuner and FX out works like a charm
Balance Line out, and the option to send the mix before or after the EQ is awesome
great, very durable
cheapest head on the market, and sounds the best

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5.0

Pretty solid for the price

By Remmi James

from Minneapolis, Minnesota

I bought this head about 2 months ago for practice, smaller gigs, and the different tone it has than my Ashdown head to record a couple of our songs. It's not somthing to go and play big shows with, but for the purposes i use it for it works just great, especially for the price.

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4.0

It has its flaws

By thunder thumb

from Kansascity, Mo

Our church just recently bought this head for me to play on. The sound that comes out of this thing is pretty good at very low volumes. It is not an ampeg but of course it wouldn't be at this price. This head is rated at 300 watts at 4 ohms, but if you plug it into a 8 ohm cab its more like 180 watts. Also this head heats up quickly, too quickly and the fan is on always. This concearns me of it overheating and i dont push this thing that hard. Also compared to other heads it is just average and the boost nob i dont even know why it is there, It dosent help the sound at all. it should also have more tonal options its just basic. I would only recomend this head only if your on a tight budget or if you are not going to play too loud, if you turn it up past midway the sound gets pretty horrible and the more hotter this head gets, beware you have been warned.

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4.0

Hhmm...

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I've had mine for a bout 3 yrs now and it's still working fine. I'm not sure if this head is that great. I want to like it but from my experiences and reading other reviews. the more I think about it this is probably an ok head if only for practice or a small gig. even after hours or band practice, sometimes I hear the fan working really hard and sometimes not at all. which makes me wander if it turns on only when it's needed. But hey I think backline series is a lower end of gallien krueger. not the best made feom them but. good for the price.

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2.0

not for active musicians!! I've owned 2

By Matt-7dlf3

from Undisclosed

Well when I got my first one of these I loved it. Hooked it up to my Backline 1x15 and 4x10 cabs. and it had every thing I needed, great sound, price & quality. After about a year of 9 hrs per week of practice and mild gigs the knobs started to crackle and the fan went out. No prob, extended waranty covered it, and replaced it. I declined the waranty on the second head because I figured if it quit on me again it wasen't bad luck, it was bad equipment. Again, I love the tone and features on this amp but it is not for very active musicians. The next two years had us playing pretty active, at an average of 2 two three gigs per month. Also with 9 hours of parctice each week. The power supply has blown twice since then and I am not buying another backline product again. Keep in mind I carried the head in a padded travel case in a inclosed trailor to and from gigs. It has been well maintained, cleaned and never left out kept in a climate controled practice area.

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5.0

Aha.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This amp is amazing. If you use it like an all tube amp. The trick is to turn up the master located next to the boost and leave your Level A down. I crank the boost knob as well but it doesnt matter as much. But the master knob is directly linked to the power section and when you turn that up it really starts to sound amazing. The Level A & B knobs are linked to the preamp. I use to keep my level and master at 12 o'clock and I hated the tone I got and couldnt figure out why. Then I blasted the power section and it's true growl came out. It's also running at 4 ohms (2 4X10 cabs) and it sounds amazing. Beware though, if your master is all the way up, youll probly overheat the head if your level A is above 1 or 2 o'clock. But that's still pretty damn loud. I run it through a GK BLX410 and an ampeg 410he and it sounds great with the Ampeg's horn turned OFF. I hate that tweeter. There's a reason the old Ampeg 8X10's don't even have one.

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3.0

GOOD IF...

By Luke-_X3X5

from scranton pa

it dosent turn off.I just got this head last month, i was blowin away by the price and 300 watts.But i was at a big band pratice and i figured id use it over my late 70s peavey. And right in the middle of talk dirt to me it shut off so i dident think it was a big deal so i turned it back on(it shouldent of shut off in the first place)but then it dident turn on so i thought maybe my power cable got pulled out of the wall...it was still in and the head wouldent turn on.i dont know what happened but it let me down. so im back to my late 70s peavey that never let me down.

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5.0

good little gk head

By rbbaskins

from south carolina

this is the first head that i ever bought. gk has always been a brand that people stand behind so i decided to check it out. this head does not get the tone like the more expensive gk head but hey look at the price, can't beat that. i am able to keep up with two guitarists and a very loud drummer. great buy.

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