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Gallien-Krueger MB112 200W 1x12 Ultra Light Bass Combo Amp  

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    A compact combo with plenty of powerful GK tone.

    The Gallien-Krueger MB112 combo bass amp is a small but powerful addition to the legendary Microbass Series. This well-priced combo delivers big sound in a light, compact package. The bass amplifier has the power to be heard in any situation. It features a 200W digital amp, 1/8" auxiliary input, headphone jack for silent jamming and practice, a 12" speaker, active 4-band EQ with contour control, and XLR output for patching into a soundboard, all weighing in at a light 28 pounds. You will love how the Gallien-Krueger MB112 bass speaker cab sounds. Your back will love how little it weighs.

    Features

    • 200-watt digital bass amp
    • 1/8" auxiliary input
    • Headphone jack
    • 12" speaker
    • Active 4-band EQ with contour control
    • XLR output
    • Weight: 28 lb.

    Impressive sound, lightweight, and uncompromising construction - that's Gallien-Krueger. Order now.

     
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    Gallien-KruegerMB112 200W 1x12 Ultra Light Bass Combo Amp
     
    4.6

    (based on 28 reviews)

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      (22)

    • 4 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Excellent sound (3)
    • Good power output (3)
    • Portable (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Ultra Light But Also Ultra Good!

      I have score it overall as a ten. It's a heck of an amp for the money. I can't find anything I don't really like about it other than that plastic grille. A...Read complete review

      I have score it overall as a ten. It's a heck of an amp for the money. I can't find anything I don't really like about it other than that plastic grille. A lot of users talk about how amazingly loud it is for it's size but I'll give it kudos on the other end. I practice at very low volume and unlike some amps you don't need to crank in volume to get great tone. It sounds just as clear and tight at a whisper as it does cranked to 80%. To me that's a good design. The other thing I like is that with the tone contols set flat and without activating the contour it sounds great with my Jazz Bass. Given the range of tonality I get from the bass paired with this amp there very little unexplored tonal territory I can't cover or a style I couldn't play in using just this setup plugged straight in. In my opinion GK has themselves real a winner in these MB series bass amps. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend one to another bassist looking for the same things I was.
      Just one gripe and that's only that I would prefer the direct out to be pre EQ and Gain. Other than that the simplicity of the tone controls make dialing in your sound a breeze. It's very light yet well built and it's sound belies it's weight. That's not lightweight at all. If I was going to add to the features without adding much cost I would design a pair of recessed legs so that it could be set in a kickback position as a stage monitor when playing through sound reinforcement. Make those two changes and nothing would compare to this amp in this price range.
      As well built as I've come to expect from a GK product. Well protected in shipping and easy to remove plug in and play. It was as advertised and what I expected right out of the box. The only thing I can knock it down for is the plastic grille cover. I doubt metal would have added more than a couple of pounds if that and the speaker protection would be better. A sharp blow that might pierce and/or shatter the plastic would probably be absorbed by a metal grille or at most simply bent.
      This is where I'd have to score it highest. It's hard to believe a GK product this nice sells for this price. It may not be a 500w plus amp but that same classic GK tone is there, just with less volume. There's really no way anyone looking for a small, lightweight amp could go wrong here. It's about as perfect a practice and rehersal amp as you could ever ask for yet it still has enough power to tackle gigs in small venues or where you'd be playing with sound reinforcement where it could be the perfect stage monitor. If you need more you can pickup one of it's bigger brothers as separates or the MB 212 version. What these amps offer in this price range is pretty incredible.

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      Very disappointed

      I am very deceived by the poor reliability of this product.
      The features set of the Gallien Krueger MB112 is good, and even excellent considering the price.
      I would have preferred...Read complete review

      I am very deceived by the poor reliability of this product.
      The features set of the Gallien Krueger MB112 is good, and even excellent considering the price.
      I would have preferred a pre gain pre eq DI, as indicated in the user manual, but in fact the DI is post gain post eq. I asked the manufacturer, he said that indeed at the beginning the DI was pre gain pre eq, but he decided to change to post gain post eq. He did not explain why.
      The first unit I got made no sound at all. In fact the DI and the headphone were OK, but the loudspeaker was absolutely silent. And the power switch had a strong tendency to remain on the "on" state, meaning you have to press it several times to change from "on" to "off".
      The second unit I got made some sound, but extremely tiny, as if the loudspeaker was connected to a headphone amp! And there was a big part inside that was loose (I wonder if the loudspeaker has lost its magnet?).
      I did not try a third one.
      I cannot give a value. On the paper the value is enormous. In real life the two units I got had no value at all.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      MB112 is a superamp !

      By Doc.Phil

      from Belgium, Kortrijk

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • For All Instruments
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Gallien-Krueger MB112 200W 1x12 Ultra Light Bass Combo Amp:

        Wonderfull amp for any opportunity .
        I use it for upright , for bassguitar , baritone and electric guitar , and you always have a good sound .
        If it would have a onboard tuner , it would be amazing and smart at the same time .

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I own it, and I love it

        By Zen2600

        from NorCal, USA

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful
        • So easy to lug around

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Any venue with PA support

          Comments about Gallien-Krueger MB112 200W 1x12 Ultra Light Bass Combo Amp:

          I tried a lot of 12" combos, and this was the best for size-to-volume. Very light, but with plenty of low-end... not just 'more than you'd expect' but honestly PLENTY of low-end.Other combos sounded thin and compromising, but this 12" combo amp will still let you hit a low D. I have even used this amp for outdoor gigs and it's able to keep up with a live drum kit, easily. I wouldn't expect it to keep up with guitarists playing half-stacks, though, but that's why you have the XLR-output to send to the PA. For being a [$] amp, you can blow it up (or have it stolen) and not shed too many tears. Great choice, in my opinion!

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Powerful little beast!

          By PapaRica77

          from Miami

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Lacks some boom
          • None

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Gallien-Krueger MB112 200W 1x12 Ultra Light Bass Combo Amp:

          Excellent for small to mid size venues or enclosed stages. I used last weekend for an open air gig, and I missed my markbass. However, this one did a superb job for its size and for its cost. Definitely, it is worth the money.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great for small to medium gigs.

          By The_UTP

          from California

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          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Gallien-Krueger MB112 200W 1x12 Ultra Light Bass Combo Amp:

              I used to own an MB210 combo, the bigger cousin to this amp. It was a godsend because of its lightness, but I found that I rarely used all its power. If I needed to turn it up, I'd be running into a front of house PA anyhow.So I decided to down-size to this amp, and I am glad that I did. It still gets the job done for small and mid sized gigs and rehearsals, and it's even lighter.There are only three complaints:1. No tweeter. I go for an old school classic rock sound, so this is not a problem for me. But if you're a slapper or want a more modern sound you might miss it.2. No limiter. The MB210 had this, and it was nice, but on the other hand you'd have to work really hard to blow this amp. If you're going to pop and slap, bring a compressor/limiter pedal.3. No ground lift. This is the ONLY fatal flaw to making this the perfect amp. If you encounter hum, there's nothing you can do about it. Because of this I pack a spare DI box with a ground lift in my gig bag in case the hum is so bad I need to run direct.But those are quibbles. You can't have everything for [$], now can you? But you can have 99.9 percent of what you need with this amp, and that's awesome!

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              smart purchase

              By wonky fiedler

              from south dakota

              Comments about Gallien-Krueger MB112 200W 1x12 Ultra Light Bass Combo Amp:

              great little unit for small venue application.
              simple, uncomplicated, no fluff, everything you need and no more! active and passive inputs. light weight.
              the GK reputation is long-standing. compact and solid. well built.
              great bang for the buck.

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              (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great buy

              Comments about Gallien-Krueger MB112 200W 1x12 Ultra Light Bass Combo Amp:

              Haven't had it for long yet, but so far, this has been awesome considering the price.

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              (3 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Not so good

              By Corrin Rosasco

              from West Coast

              Comments about Gallien-Krueger MB112 200W 1x12 Ultra Light Bass Combo Amp:

              When this amp arrived, I immediately plugged it in. The speaker was blown. I was shocked, for I've purchased used equipment from MF before with no problems. The rating said it was in near mint condition.The customer service was great. They had my return postage and paperwork done in a few minutes. I have become leary of buying used equipment now and have since purchased a new bass amp.

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              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Little Amp

              By desert rat

              from Tucson/Santa Fe

              Comments about Gallien-Krueger MB112 200W 1x12 Ultra Light Bass Combo Amp:

              I'm thrilled. I thought this kind of bass only came in a 15" loudspeaker. The web photo on this site shows a rear panel with no fan. The one I just got has a small fan like the MB115 but so far it either has not needed to come on or is so quiet you cannot hear it.

              One of the reviews complained about a plastic grill. The unit I received has a metal grill - very nice. Haven't tested the direct out for noise level yet. The owners manual shows it as pre-eq and pre-gain, which is as it should be.

              The MB115 15" combo has 3 more features for only a bit more money - field-effect transistor front end for more tube-like sound, a tweeter horn with disconnect switch and a switchable limiter. I really wanted the smaller size and weight and a 12" has better mid-top end than a 15" so I don't miss the horn. So far I can't hear the limiter so don't feel the need to have it be switchable. I can't imagine any more amp for the money. It's a great deal.

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              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Love It!

              By Gary Shaw

              from East TN

              Comments about Gallien-Krueger MB112 200W 1x12 Ultra Light Bass Combo Amp:

              I am very satisfied with this amp's looks, quality, features, and sound. I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a simple, high quality, lighweight bass amp. I would love to have a bigger one in the future if the need arises...
              I bought this amp based on it being American made, and because the other reviews were favorable. I have never heard one of these till I bought this one. I love the line in feature, the looks, and the light weight. My Yamaha sounds pretty good plugged into this gem. The MB112 has a signature "dry growl" sound to it, which I really like. I haven't got to play it live anywhere (besides our house), but with 200 watts, it should put out enough sound. It can be plugged into a sound system with the XLR input which I haven't tried yet.
              The quality seems great. The knobs just "feel " good when you turn them, it's USA made and seems to be a nice unit.
              It's a little pricier than some, and doesn't have different amp models built in, but I feel like it's a quality amp that it will last me a while, and you know, you get what you pay for....

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              (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              MB112 200W 1x12 Ultra Light Bass Combo Amp

              By Jesus Caraballo

              from Philadelphia

              Comments about Gallien-Krueger MB112 200W 1x12 Ultra Light Bass Combo Amp:

              Could not believe tha big sound that came thru. Good product for the price. Light wieght, and very convinent for travel.

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