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Chip's Bass Gear

My Bass, Amps, and Cabs.


Washburn XB102Q 4 string

  • P-J pickups
  • 20 fret rosewood fretboard
  • Basswood body with quilted top
  • Maple neck
  • Passive electronics with tone, volume, and three way pickup selector switch
  • Die Cast bridge and machine heads

This is an inexpensive, entry-level bass, but don't let the price fool you. This bass can hold its own compared to more expensive basses both in quality and tone. I have been very pleased with this bass, and I would buy one again.

Amps and Cabinets

Presonus Tube-Pre / Altec Tube Amp / Goliath Jr. Rig

I have a couple different setups. The Altec/Goliath/Presonus setup is somewhat of a Frankenstein Rig, but it sounds great!

Cabinet: SWR Goliath Jr. III
This is a 2x10 Cabinet that handles 350 Watts. I have the 8 ohm version. A great sounding, well-built cabinet.

Amp: Altec-Lansing Model 1569 AT
This is a circa 1970 vintage tube power amplifier. It produces 80 watts from a quad set of EL34 output tubes. My amp was rescued by a friend when Wake Chapel was renovated and new transistor amps were installed. This amp was not really designed to be a portable amp, but rather installed in a permanent rack location. The amp actually mounts sideways with the tubes horizontal to the floor. the face of the amp is 5 rack units high, and can be folded down on hinges to service the parts beneath the chassis without removing the unit from the rack. My version has a special tube bias meter and selector switch that allows the user to monitor the bias on the preamp tubes and all four of the EL34 tubes. This amp is the only example I've seen with this bias checking feature. The output transformer is tapped to deliver the full 80 watts into a variety of loads. Its a peculiar amp for a bass rig, but it works and sounds great with the SWR Goliath Jr. It fits right in with my interests in vintage audio amplifiers and antique radios.

  • 80 Watts rms
  • Balanced and unbalanced input transformer
  • Multi-tap output transformer for 4, 8, 16, and 64 ohm output loads.
  • Tube Compliment (4)EL34, (2)6CG7, (2)5U4

Pre-Amp: PreSonus Tube-Pre
I primarily use this preamp on my bass setup to drive the Altec-Lansing Amp. However, I have also used it for voice recordings along with a DBX 266XL compressor and a MXL990 studio condensor microphone with excellent results.

  • 12AX7A tube and dual servo gain stages
  • XLR mic and hi-Z inputs
  • XLR (balanced) and 1/4 TRS (unbalanced) outputs
  • > 90db Signal to Noise ratio, 94db noise floor (very quiet)
  • Phantom 48V power

Eden Nemesis N12S 12" Combo

A recent acquisition to make it easier to get around to practice gigs. I listened to a lot of combos. This is the best combination of tone and features for the price, in my opinion. The tone is flat out awesome. My only complaint is that there's more hiss from the horn than I would like (not unlike many bass amps driven into cabs with horns). My theory is that the TL072 hiZ JFET op-amps used are the primary culprit. ( I have a non-invasive workaround that cuts the hiss in half... a low pass filter in the effects loop. Stay tuned for details )

  • 120W FET power, 170W @ 4 ohms with extension speaker
  • 12" bass driver and bullet tweeter
  • Dual input channels: RCA and 1/4" aux inputs with gain and tone balance; gain, 3-band EQ, and Enhance on main input
  • Master volume
  • Headphone output
  • Extension speaker output
  • Speaker mute switch
  • Pre-EQ effects loop
  • XLR recording out with volume control and signal level switch
  • Power: 120/170W RMS @ 8/4 ohms
  • Tweeter: T1004 bullet tweeter
  • Speakers: ES 1240
  • Crossover: 4kHz @12dB
  • Power Handling: 150W RMS:
  • Frequency Response: 42Hz - 18 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 98dB SPL@1W1M
  • Impedance: 8 ohms
  • Dimensions: 20-1/2"W x 21-1/2"H x 13-1/4"D
  • Weight: 47 lbs.


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