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Genz Benz Shuttle 6.0 600 Watt Lightweight Bass Amp  

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Blends analog warmth and punch with 600W solid-state power.

The Shuttle 6.0 bass amplifier blends analog and digital platforms to produce plenty of warmth, punch, and a generous 600 watts of power for its size. The signal path utilizes a 12AX7 tube preamp with Genz•Benz active EQ and responsive signal shape circuitry. An optional footswitch is available for use with the Signal Mute and three Signal Shaping circuits. The power amp section is a high-power CLASS D module, which also incorporates a switch mode power supply. It has an effects loop, extended range input gain for active/passive sensitivity, a Limiter circuit, Speakon speaker outputs, full XLR direct out interface, aux, input, LED status indicators and more.

The Shuttle series from Genz•Benz also incorporates a highly innovative removable amp chassis design that allows you to pull out the lightweight amp head from its saddle and transport it inside a gig bag. It's a high-powered bass solution that doesn't sacrifice tone or power, yet gives you the freedom of easy transportability.

FEATURES
  • Analog 12AX7 tube preamp
  • Digital SMPS (switch mode power supply)
  • High-current Class D amplifier
  • Active Analog 12AX7 tube preamp
  • Digital SMPS (Switch Mode power supply)
  • High-current Class D amplifier
  • Active EQ w/parametric mids
  • 3-band signal shape circuit (footswitchable)
  • Signal mute switch (footswitchable)
  • Tuner out
  • Extended range input gain for active/passive sensitivity
  • Limiter circuit
  • LED status indicators
  • Speakon speaker outputs
  • Internal fan cooling
  • Full XLR direct out interface
  • Aux. input
  • Headphone jack
  • Effects loop
  • Optional footswitch available w/parametric mids

Kick it up a notch with this highly portable amp head.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Dimensions: 10"W x 2.5"H x 10.5"D
  • Weight: 3.75 lb Design
  • Power: 375W/8 ohms; 600W/4 ohms
  • Preamp type: Tube
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4.6

(based on 17 reviews)

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Serious bass for seious players

This is my first Genz Benz Head. I bought it in April of 2008. I also purchased a Genz Benz LS 112 to play it through...unbelievable. I've played numerous gigs with...Read complete review

This is my first Genz Benz Head. I bought it in April of 2008. I also purchased a Genz Benz LS 112 to play it through...unbelievable. I've played numerous gigs with that rig, usually between 200 to 500 people, and never had a problem. I recently built a 1x15 sub to go underneath the LS 112 and increase the load to 4 ohm. My last gig (two days before this posting) was an open air event (in 34 degree weather) in front of seven thousand people. The stage was 20 feet by 60 feet and, of course there was pro FOH support. I always insist that the sound person take the signal from the DI post gain because of the fantastic, and very dynamic, sound of this amp. You really cannot appreciate this amp on stage until you open it up. Driving the pre hard (it has a 12AX7 tube pre), opening up the post gain and setting the output to 3/4 is ridiculus. Everything you do, every subtle thumb mute, every slap, every tap, evey pull up on the finger/fret board gives back exactly what you put into it. Simply put...this is the most powerfull, articulate head you can buy for less than seven hundred dollars. Oh, did I mention it only weighs 3.75 lbs.? If it matters (I don't think it does since just about any bass will benefit from this monster) I play a Lakland 55-02. I also play my upright through this rig using a Bass Max and a KRK preamp...the sound is thick, fat and creamy with clean finger nuance.

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Great sound, questionable reliability

I bought the GB STL6 brand new, for use in quieter electric bass gigs. It was great! The real surprise was when I used it for upright (bass -> Fishman Full...Read complete review

I bought the GB STL6 brand new, for use in quieter electric bass gigs. It was great! The real surprise was when I used it for upright (bass -> Fishman Full Circle PU -> LR Baggs Gigpro preamp -> GBSTL6 -> Bergantino HT112)! It sounds markedly better than amps that specialize in acoustic insturments (Acoustic Image, Schertler Unico).

Now to the downside: After having it for 2.5 months, the tube preamp got really noisy. Had the tube replaced under warranty, but no help. It turned out that there was loose Molex connector. Yes, it got fixed, but you know that this is the kind of thing that can happen at a gig. So, carry a spare!

Also, GB's warranty and service is done by Fender, so gone are the days that you could talk to Mr. Genzler.

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5.0

Big Sound, Small Package

By nJCHG7gIu

from Boston

I had heard good things about this amp so I wanted to check it out. I won't mention any names but I own a ton of cool amps, light weight and heavy weight. To tell the truth I didn't really expect that much but when I plugged my bass in using a 4x10T eden cab Wow! I couldn't believe my ears. I loved it at first slap, I took it on a gig that night, 400 plus people, I had a backup amp just in case but It ran nice and cool and it didn't give me any problems, I even got a lot of compliments on my sound :-) It's very easy to dial in some very usable tones. If your tired of carring around heavy amps this is a great choice and the price isn't bad either. I collect high end basses It seems to bring them to life. I emailed Genz Benz with a question an Jeff the founder got right back to me. He seems to be a very cool guy.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Carl H.

By C. Hen

from Dallas Tx

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I own this amp, and this is the best amp I've ever owned. Clearity is excellent, more power than you will ever need and the tube is the bomb. It pushes the Genz Benz UB 4-10 Cab very well.

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Total Let Down!!

By John

from Palm Bay, Florida

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First one failed and GB replaced it. Now the second on is having problems and I'm Extremely MAD.I purchased this product strictly on it's positive reviews. What a mistake. Now when GB fixes or replaces this one I'll never be able to fully trust it. I should have spent the extra $$ for the Mesa. Lesson learned.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Used it and was impressed

By KW in Tucson

from Tucson AZ

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I was well on my way to getting a Markbass rig when I sat in with a band that had the Genz Benz 600.. WOW..This little monster was great. Ran only with the GB 12" and a satellite 10" cab and it cranked. Lows, highs, they were all there. Plus its made in AZ, USA. (calmed my warranty fears) My choice has now changed. Congrats Mr. Genzler on an excellent product!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hearing is believing

By JakoCLE

from Cleveland, OH

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This is my first lightweight Class D bass amp. Years ago I lugged around a 250 W Class A behemoth (that hurt my back even in my early 20's), and this one is 600W and weighs next to nothing. The tone is unbelievable as is the power. It's shaking my house at low volumes, so I can't wait to open it up next Friday at an outdoor gig. This will have more than enough headroom for my stage volume, and I have TWO guitarists in the band and a loud drummer. I haven't moved any of the EQ knobs from their flat position and can't see doing so because the sound is perfect- I merely used the tone knob on my bass to muddy or brighten up my sound. The tube preamp/gain has likable sounds all the way through the knob. Adds a nice clean growl (if "clean" makes any sense here). The amp is QUIET. Playing it through my new Avatar B410 Neo (amp was discounted b/c of that purchase). Pumps.

 
3.0

Great sound, questionable reliability

By TTX

from Eugene, Oregon

Pros

  • Great sound
  • Light Weight

Cons

  • Not reliable

Best Uses

  • Upright Bass

I bought the GB STL6 brand new, for use in quieter electric bass gigs. It was great! The real surprise was when I used it for upright (bass -> Fishman Full Circle PU -> LR Baggs Gigpro preamp -> GBSTL6 -> Bergantino HT112)! It sounds markedly better than amps that specialize in acoustic insturments (Acoustic Image, Schertler Unico).

Now to the downside: After having it for 2.5 months, the tube preamp got really noisy. Had the tube replaced under warranty, but no help. It turned out that there was loose Molex connector. Yes, it got fixed, but you know that this is the kind of thing that can happen at a gig. So, carry a spare!

Also, GB's warranty and service is done by Fender, so gone are the days that you could talk to Mr. Genzler.

 
5.0

Very Nice, Great Success!s

By Theguywhoboughtthis

from Somewhere

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The bass player in my band recently switched to this, and had played through a sansamp and power amp prior to it. This thing kills the sansamp as far as tone is concerned, and is extremely small and light for a bass amp. Has a nice and warm round sound if that's what you're looking for.

 
4.0

Great Rig

By Scott Paulson

from Vermont

So far I'm very happy with it. The fact that it's less than 4 lbs is huge and people can't believe all that sound is coming out of such a small amp!
I like having the mute and tuner out, DI out switches also very helpful. I don't usually need the shaping buttons but have used them when switching to upright to pronounce the upper mids more.
So far so good. I've had it for a couple of months and it seems solid.
Buying anything over this range is a stretch for me so I'm hoping it will be reliable. It's seems very good in the bang for the buck department. I like the sound. I'm running it with a David Eden 2x10 XST. Being that it's only pushing 350W with the one cab I have to crank it pretty high when the stage volume gets up there. I'd like to get a 1x15 8 ohm cab to run with the 2x10 so I can get the full 600W out of the cab, but most of the time I don't need that much volume as I'm running through the mains anyway. Trying to save my ears.

 
5.0

wicked little thing

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

The Genz Benz Shuttle 6.0 600 Watt Lightweight Bass Amp. It's about the size and weight of a small dvd player, but it does the job. I just used one at a gig this past weekend...good size crowd (300-400 people)...hooked up to 2 cabs (4x10) and also through the house. Bass was booming the whole night...(4 different bands)...and very clean. Planning on getting one for myself soon.

 
5.0

More than what I was expecting

By Cleveland Ohio Bassist

from Cleveland, Ohio

I took a chance and ordered the Shuttle 6.0 on reviews, without going to the local music shop and trying one. All I can say is I am in awe. I play in a rock band that covers a wide range from AC/DC to Zeppelin. I had to use a mixture of different effects with my old amp to get a few usable sounds. As soon as I got this I pluged my Warwick stage 1 streamer it into the Shuttle and a Warwick 211 pro cabinet and it just blew my ashdown 4x10 combo away. I dialed in all my sounds going directly into it without my pedal board effects. Then I took it to practice and plugged it into my Warwick 211 pro and Warwick 115 cabinets to hear what this baby does pushung the full 600w. (both cabs are 8ohms) and half the band stopped a few times during the practice in unbelief on how unbeliveable this thing sounded. The clean sounds engulfed the room while having a clear not muddy low down deep tone. When I pushed the tube into a suttle clip the amp broke sweet and creamy. I am not much of a slap player but could have easily dialed in a sweet tone with the signal shape and active eq. All I can say now is my next gig cannot come soon enough.

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