The world of bass amps and cabinets is a vast and varied one. Gallien-Krueger has managed to stand out with their intense attention to detail and ability to set the standard for modern bass amp design. Their signature tone went on to become a much sought after sound throughout music history.
In 1965 in his garage, Robert Gallien began experimenting and became one of the forerunners in creating transistor amps. This half of the GK duo made history when Carlos Santana took to the stage at the first Woodstock playing his GMT 226A guitar amp. Engineer Rich Krueger joined Bob in the early 70s and together they began work on creating bass amplifiers that would take the company in a totally new direction.
From Flea to James MacDonough, GK bass amps are seen by the side of many famous bassists. The fact that the company’s founders were engineers and not businessmen speaks to their dedication to the construction of these amps. Gallien talks of being in constant collaboration with seasoned bassists every step of the development. Bassists complained of their bass lines being lost in behind the kick drum. Overcoming this challenge is what eventually set GK apart from other bass amp manufacturers.
Most amps can deliver power to a certain extent before they cut out and distort in a nasty way. However, when GK bass amps hit the voltage rails, they emit a signature distortional sound known as this GK growl. This distinct sound became a main attraction for musicians, turning what was once considered the thing to avoid into an actual attraction
The range of amps and cabinets offered by Gallien-Krueger is impressive. They offer items in a variety of voltage ranges so you can decide what kind of power you need. Gallien and Krueger’s tenacity and dedication to recreating the norm is a testament to the kind of tone you will get to enjoy when you have one of these amps in your collection.
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