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Genz Benz Shuttle 3.0-8T 300 Watt Lightweight Bass 1x8 Combo  

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  • Genz Benz

    The Shuttle series was developed by Genz•Benz for professional players who require an easily transported, great sounding, and flexible bass system that is also full-featured.

    The heart of the Shuttle series is the lightweight amplifier design. This 2.75 lb. amplifier is available as a "head only" or in combo versions, such as this one, delivering 175 watts at 8 ohms and 300 watts at 4 ohms. In the combo models, the amp chassis can be easily removed from it's combo "saddle" in seconds and carried to a larger gig in the pocket of your bass case or the available carry bag.

    The head is extremely useful as a standalone unit, with a headphone output that is excellent for quiet, personal practice sessions. You can adjust the volume level and tone you hear with the preamp, and, using the Post EQ setting on the DI, you can turn the Shuttle into an outstanding preamp for recording.

    However, with the Shuttle 3.0-8T, you get an ultra compact combo that delivers impressive output and tone. The ported enclosure combines an 8" neodymium loudspeaker and soft-dome neodymium tweeter in a "micro" 13.5 lb. package. The power rating is 175 watts; 300 watts with an optional extension cabinet.

    Features

    Shuttle 3.0 head

    • High current, Class D power amplifier
    • Extended range input gain for active/passive sensitivity
    • Active EQ w/parametric mids
    • 3-band signal shape circuit
    • Tuner out
    • Headphone jack
    • Aux. input
    • Limiter circuit
    • LED status indicators
    • Speakon and 1/4" speaker outputs
    • Full XLR direct out interface

    Bass cab

    • Custom sourced cast-frame 8" neodymium loudspeaker Custom sourced soft-dome neodymium tweeter with attenuation control.
    • The cab is a Birch-ply, with heavy duty vinyl covering
    • 175W as combo/300W with ext. cab
    • Removable amp chassis
    • Rear-ported for full responses
    • Protected corners

    Boost your sound with this convenient, compact combo. Order one today!

     

    Shuttle 3.0-8T 300 Watt Lightweight Bass 1x8 Combo Specifications:

    • Power: 175W/8 ohms; 300W/4 ohms
    • Cabinet response: 58 - 20kHz
    • Speaker configuration: 1x 8" & tweeter
    • Preamp type: FET
    • Dimensions: 11-7/8"W x 13.5"H x 10.75"D
    • Weight: 13.5 lbs. as combo
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    5.0

    wow

    Comments about Genz Benz Shuttle 3.0-8T 300 Watt Lightweight Bass 1x8 Combo:

    I love it so much I called Genz Benz within 30 minutes of getting it to tell them so, buy it....you will not be dissapointed!
    I've been playing bass for about 33 yrs and have played through a great many amps over that time. I own a Ampeg B-15n, an Eden Nemesis 2x10, an SWR Bass 350 in a rack with outboard gear on top a a SWR 2x10 & 2x12 and since having back surgery I can no longer lift any one of them! So the weight and also the reviews are what prompted my purchase of this little gem! I had played through a GK 200 12" combo and really liked it but I saw this one and read all the reviews inclunding anything I could find on Bass Talk forum. This amp will hold it's own in any venue or situtation I will put it in and not only be loud enough but also sound great doing it. I play primarily 5 string and it still sounds great even with the low B string. I will however add the 10" ext cabinet at some point.
    It is one of the most rugged amps I have seen, all aluminum knobs and each pot is detented. Amazing I can pick it up with one finger.

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    5.0

    Incredible

    By Beamer Genz and Benzy

    from New England

    Comments about Genz Benz Shuttle 3.0-8T 300 Watt Lightweight Bass 1x8 Combo:

    i own this amp with the 8 inch cab and it really is amazing.The true quality and tone that you get out of this amp is truly amazing i am very proud to own a genz benz.I would highly recommend it to anyone.

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    5.0

    We have come a long way..

    By stebber

    from Mission, KS

    Comments about Genz Benz Shuttle 3.0-8T 300 Watt Lightweight Bass 1x8 Combo:

    I have just given into the urge to play bass again after 25 years. I agonized for weeks over the choice of equipment. I needed something small, and believe me there were a lot of candidates, but I wanteded to maximize the punch of the American Fender Jazz bass that I was lucky enough to find at a reasonable price. I read the reviews, which were the primary driver in my decision making, took a deep breath and bought the shuttle 3.0-8T. Bear in mind my bench mark was the sound and power of my old amp,a 63 Fender Bassman with 12" JBL's. This little package stands head to head with what I remember of the trusty Bassman at a fraction of the weight! I was astounded at the fidelity and power of this little package in fact my wife thought that it was a toy when I unpackaged it. I was simply impressed at the versatility of the head itself. I could practice (trying to find chops that were long since lost)with my TASCAM bass trainer either with or without headphones. I can plug in additional speakers, I can line out if necessary. I'm happy with my choice. One comment about the Genz-Benz company: I wanted a carrying case for the 8T that no one seemed to carry so I contacted the factory by e-mail and and Gary Benz called me personally to take care of my neeeds. Thats world class follow up.

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    5.0

    Awesome Package

    By John Sirko

    from Columbus, OH

    Comments about Genz Benz Shuttle 3.0-8T 300 Watt Lightweight Bass 1x8 Combo:

    I bought this as a portable rig for church gigs and band practice but after using at a full band gig (country, classic rock) I sold my Demeter/Stewart rig and use this exclusively. At larger band gigs I couple it with my SWR Goliath with this pointing at me and my drummer and the SWR forward. This box does it all with amazing fat tube tone, great tone shaping flexibility and features. At practice I plug my iPod into the aux to play sones as we learn them. At home, I do the same but with headphones in so I'm the only one hearing me stumble through a Jaco tune. It holds it's own against the lowest meanest notes I throw at it and comes back for more. After years of searching, this is the holy grail of "working class" amps. Lightweight enough to carry into a gig with a bass on our back in one trip. The only reason quality takes a hit is the internal speaker cord seems odd coming out of the top of the cabinet making a low radiou bend that I think will damage the cable over the long haul.The blue lights are also really cool.

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    5.0

    Blown away

    By Funk Daddy-cWxW8

    from down south

    Comments about Genz Benz Shuttle 3.0-8T 300 Watt Lightweight Bass 1x8 Combo:

    I?ve been playing professionally for over 30 years now. I am an Ampeg man from way back, but I have to say something about this tiny thing! I happened up on a music store in the Florida panhandle the other day, played thru one of these little things, and was blown away! However, there was a 10-inch extension cabinet sitting under the 8-inch cab, but HOLY CRAP! This little thing was utterly awesome. I see no reason that anyone would not want one of these things for club work. Hell, this thing could even handle bigger gigs if needed ?it does have a bal line out?. The sound is crystal clear, and has an the punch you would expect from something a lot bigger. Considering weight, sound quality, and the cool factor?. I would have to say Genz Benz is way out in front with this amp.

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