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SWR Workingman's 2004 Bass Head
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This new addition to the Workingman series delivers 200W into 4 ohms, 160W into 8 ohms. Features include hi and low sensitivity inputs, gain control ...Click To Read More About This Product
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This new addition to the Workingman series delivers 200W into 4 ohms, 160W into 8 ohms. Features include hi and low sensitivity inputs, gain control with clipping LED, stereo headphone jack, automatic comp/limiter, limiter defeat switch, limiter active LED, aural enhancer control, active EQ with semi-parametric midrange, variable limiter, speaker on/off switch, effects blend control, tuner send, balanced XLR output, sidechain effects loop. Also includes an open rackspace for mounting an effects unit.
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I have been using both SWR and Eden stuff for years, on tour and in the studio. I haven't blown ANYTHING up in about 20 years. If you want good tone out of the Workingman, run a lot of preamp gain and as little master gain as you can get away with. Don't dime the tone controls. Use the sweepable midrange to cut through. USE A QUALITY BASS. I use a Workingman's 15 combo in a band with 3 guitarists, and I have no problems being heard. Tone is GREAT for rock if you know what you are looking for. If this rig doesn't have enough punch for you, you are playing way too loud for most venues. Show the sound man the XLR output. That's what it's for.
You just can't beat the SWR 2004 if you're looking for clear, solid bass tone and a gamut of sounds that are easily dialed-in - all for a reasonable price and with SWR quality. It took only five minutes of meddling to produce a very musical, distinct, fat and monstrous tone from this head - right out of the box. SWR does a great job of keeping things simple, tailoring a pre-amp section that sounds pretty damn good before you even move beyond "flat" - this on each of three basses I put through (1 active 6 and passive fretted and fretless 4's; I run the head through a 4-10" SWR cab and an 18" Cerwin Vega cab). The aural enhancer adds great dimension, although it quickly jumped into "mid" range beyond 2 o'clock -- as SWR suggested it would (truth: no matter how good you get your amp sounding by itself, once you add "band" you find you need to add "mid"). Output on the 2004 is quite usable for loud rehearsal and stage monitoring (and I play with five others); however, anyone who insists 200 watts should cut it out front anywhere but in a smaller venue without the assistance a PA is simply delusional, immature, or hasn't been doing this long enough. Tell your guitar player to cut it back an inch and save your ears - besides, it's easy to make things louder (read: XLR out to PA - note that your effects are not in this send, incidentally), but much more difficult to produce good tone. If this amp isn't loud enough for you, friend, you've got bigger problems than insufficient wattage: have your hearing checked (I have NEVER blown an amp in over 30 years of playing - and playing loud, too). An amplifier needs headroom, so quit expecting a miracle when you play on "7"! I'm using this to replace my 75 lb. rack and couldn't be happier (nor could my back). SWR lives up to it's name.
The Day I got this head I thought wow thats a nice looking piece of gear. I hooked the amp up to the 2 2-10 working mans cabs I bought to go along with it. At a low volume to kind of feel the amp out and play with the eq settings it sounded great. Within 2 min. of play and a small boost in volume it popped a fuse. This thing has to seperate fuses on the back panel. 1 for power & 1 for speaker protection. Replaced the fuse for speakers & no sound. After process of changing stuff around the conclusion was the head was BROKEN. What SWR dosent tell you is there is 2 fuses on the printed circ. board that's part of the amp section. In order to replace if under warrany you must send back to them for repair just for a fuse. Out at a gig this could be a bad thing folks. There is no way to replace unless you have soldering Iron and a very steady hand and time to tear the amp apart to get to it. A bad speaker cable is what caused both fuses to blow. The amp sounded great though and was very musical with may bass. Since being fixed the jury is not in on being dependable.
I've had this amp for about 2 months. I play in a church band, with guitar, drums and keyboard. The audience has no problem hearing me. Our drummer is loud enough that he has trouble, but we just run a line from the DI output into a small mixer for him. Overall, I've had no problems with this amp. It's easy to use, and plenty loud for the gigs I play.
This amp works great in practice and stage applications. Great tone when volume is manageable. If you play out and have discovered the beauty of a good monitor mix and a quite stage, this amp works great. Probably not so good for death metal or 5/6 strings.
I recently purchased this amp and have found that the tone adjustments are decent but lack slightly in the mid range. It also seems to get very hot after playing for just a little while, however it has never caused any problems so i really can't complain for that good of a price. Don't go and buy the behringer crap when you can get a much better known piece of equipment for the same price.
this thing will definitely disappoint at a show. mine almost melted @ 4ohms w/the volume at about 2 oclock. when just messing around, amp does fine, though ????bottom end tone is less than desirable. can't wait to trade off for something else!
Lack of money is the only reason I still use this thing. I have to admit that it's a workhorse, and is reliable if you are starting out and playing at lower volumes. It lacks good tonal controls which more or less disappear when you need to play at a show over 1/4 volume. Try uping the volume or gain much and it blows a fuse in a second
Don't expect any usable rock tones from this thing. Messy bottom and shrill highs. It won't have punch when you really need it. Don't take it to a show. It will disappoint you and your audience.