Gallien-Krueger Backline 112 Bass Combo  

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The Gallien-Krueger Backline 112 Combo features a 100W amplifier section, 12" speaker, active 3-band EQ, footswitchable overdrive, contour, headphone jack, and line out. Tilt-back design. 1-year warra... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Gallien-Krueger Backline 112 Combo features a 100W amplifier section, 12" speaker, active 3-band EQ, footswitchable overdrive, contour, headphone jack, and line out. Tilt-back design. 1-year warranty on speakers. 2-year warranty on electronics.

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Gallien-KruegerBackline 112 Bass Combo
 
4.0

(based on 32 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sweet sounds?

Wow. Things amp is amazing! I love it! Great buy if you're looking for a gig- or show-ready amp! Love the options it has too! I play metal, grunge, jazz,...Read complete review

Wow. Things amp is amazing! I love it! Great buy if you're looking for a gig- or show-ready amp! Love the options it has too! I play metal, grunge, jazz, blues, and classical-- and this amp can do it all! For screeching highs and sucker-punch lows, overdrive it. For thumping bass, switch to clean channel. But for the cleanest sounds, no lie, this actually works, and I love the tone-- plug your bass into the jack called "Mix", that is a sound any jazz bassist would die for. And this amp is at a steal for the price! Totally worth it, buy it today, I loved it, I hope you do too!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Sounds great... when it works!

I played a lot in the 80s and my favorite rig was a GK400RB with an 18/2x10 cab. In the nineties, I wasn't playing as much so I sold the 400RB(mistake!)...Read complete review

I played a lot in the 80s and my favorite rig was a GK400RB with an 18/2x10 cab. In the nineties, I wasn't playing as much so I sold the 400RB(mistake!) and cab. Recently I started playing again and went shopping for a small combo. I didn't even hesitate. It had to be a GK. Since I was mostly playing blues or backing singer/songwriters in small venues, the Backline 112 seemed perfect. The first thing I noticed when I got home was that the thing buzzed like crazy, even with nothing plugged in. My bandmates even commented about it. I took it back to the store and they exchanged it for another one. It still buzzed, but not as loud. I thought this was strange because my old 400RB didn't buzz at all when you turned it on. Anyway, I decided to live with it given the price. Well, at practice, during a break between songs the speaker started flopping and then the amp cut out. I took it home and turned it on, it worked fine. Then it happened again at practice. The red light would come on, the amp would cut out and I'd have to turn it off and on again. Of course, once it started happening, the intervals between failures got shorter and shorter. I took it back to the store and they sent it out to a certified GK repair center. They told me they found a cold solder joint. But after a few practices, guess what. It still does it. I sent it back again. They replaced the voltage regulator. Is this the end? Well, it's the last GK I'll buy. Phil Jones Bass and Acoustic Image are looking alot better now. Just because something is inexpensive doesn't mean it can be unreliable. Tell me it will be underpowered or won't have a lot of features, but don't tell me it's not going to work!

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5.0

Works for me...bought 2 of 'em

By Max Damage

from California

Comments about Gallien-Krueger Backline 112 Bass Combo:

I play guitar and keys. My bass player had one that he used. I wanted to reduce the amount of stuff I was dragging to the gigs so I tried his. It worked so I bought one also. We have been using them for a couple years. I only use the clean side with the gains as clean as I can get them. I let my pedals dirty it up. These amps have worked ok so far. They do add a little distortion to the mix. I have noticed that his bass breaks up sometimes, but that could be due to which guitar he is playing that night. Both these amps work great for smaller clubs, and he can easily dround out the drummer. We even use them outside with no problem.

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2.0

Much to be desired!

By SPC Bassist

from Little Creek, VA

Comments about Gallien-Krueger Backline 112 Bass Combo:

Dreadful thing. I liked it for the first few months, and almost 2 years later, I can't stand it. It's tone is alright, though it distorts WAY too easily at most any level (not even good distortion!). The contour feature leaves your sound dead in the water which, for bass players that like being heard, is a problem. The whole unit gets very unreliable after the first 6-8 months, and since the day I bought mine, I've had terrible problems with it over-heating at the worst times. Big no-no on a gig! Really in the end, I use it as a cabinet. I've taken an old preamp, taken the jack from the speaker in the back of this GK, and plugged it into the speaker-out on the better preamp. No over-heating, no flat tone: No problem! It's up to you in the end, it's not my first choice by any means, though it serves as a good cabinet.

 
5.0

GREAT practice amp!

By LowFrequencyRockit

from Dallas

Comments about Gallien-Krueger Backline 112 Bass Combo:

I've had my GK for a couple of years now and continue to be amazed by it. I wanted to write a good review for this because there are so many people here who are disappointed when trying to use it with a drummer. Right! If you want to be heard over the drums, you'll blow this. However, if you just want a tiny package that actually has some THUMP, you can't go wrong. I've had several practice amps and they all sound tinny and mid-rangy. This little guys sounds like a BASS amp. If you like to practice at home along with a recording and still have a nice bassy sound, this is your amp!

 
4.0

No frills bass amp

By Wood Hoops 4 Life

from Foster City, CA

Comments about Gallien-Krueger Backline 112 Bass Combo:

Happy to say I've had this little guy for about 4mos now as a rehearsal only amp. It has plenty of volume probably even for a small gig (if you have good electronics in your bass). The overdrive channel is pretty meaty - you should be able to thrash out if you want to. I was able to dial in some good slap/pop sounds as well as low bass for my Traben 5str Array Limited's B string. A few caveats - there's no effects loop. GK's not alone in this design flaw (IMO) but there's just some things the next batch of amp makers need to start doing - FX loops. Also, if you play in a room with a CFL light or a UPS style battery backup breaker thing, you might get some hum or buzz. Not sure if it's a shielding or grounding thing, but if I get the amp within 5ft of the UPS or plug on the same outlet as my CFL light, I get noise. Move the amp (not the bass) and it's OK. Go figure...

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

It Gets The Job Done.

By Pilots Bassist

from Arlington, Tx

Comments about Gallien-Krueger Backline 112 Bass Combo:

I bought this amp because my band was playing a show and all i had was a puny 10 watt amp. at the time, it was one of the best deals as far as dollar/watt but as time went on i started to dislike it. first of all it has this horrible high pitched whistle whenever it is on for any length of time that is very annoying and the tone tends to get very bladdy as you go past 9:00 on the Master and 12:00 on the Channel Volume but then again it does only have a 15 inch speaker so i guess its understandable. what i do love about it is the steal cage shield it gives me piece of mind and the tone customization possibilities are endless just don't turn it up too loud. i also love the two inputs and the tilt back those come in handy when you are just sitting around jamming. the only other thing i have to say about it is the weight. this thing is really heavy compared to other hundred watt amps. my next bass amp will be an acoustic because i love the pure bass tone that it has but if you like edgy sound that is infinitely customizable and don't mind a whistle, this is yo amp!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Couldn't Be Happier with Performance

By Randy

from San Antonio, Texas

Comments about Gallien-Krueger Backline 112 Bass Combo:

I purchased this combo to use for smaller gigs and as a practice amp. I was not disappointed. The small size and ease of transportation was great. In addition, I was amazed at the stage volume and presence. Though I ran through a board for volume in the hall where we played, the stage volume was really surprising. I highly recommend this amp as a very well priced combo.

 
2.0

Sounds great... when it works!

By BassHacker

from San Jose, CA

Comments about Gallien-Krueger Backline 112 Bass Combo:

I played a lot in the 80s and my favorite rig was a GK400RB with an 18/2x10 cab. In the nineties, I wasn't playing as much so I sold the 400RB(mistake!) and cab. Recently I started playing again and went shopping for a small combo. I didn't even hesitate. It had to be a GK. Since I was mostly playing blues or backing singer/songwriters in small venues, the Backline 112 seemed perfect. The first thing I noticed when I got home was that the thing buzzed like crazy, even with nothing plugged in. My bandmates even commented about it. I took it back to the store and they exchanged it for another one. It still buzzed, but not as loud. I thought this was strange because my old 400RB didn't buzz at all when you turned it on. Anyway, I decided to live with it given the price. Well, at practice, during a break between songs the speaker started flopping and then the amp cut out. I took it home and turned it on, it worked fine. Then it happened again at practice. The red light would come on, the amp would cut out and I'd have to turn it off and on again. Of course, once it started happening, the intervals between failures got shorter and shorter. I took it back to the store and they sent it out to a certified GK repair center. They told me they found a cold solder joint. But after a few practices, guess what. It still does it. I sent it back again. They replaced the voltage regulator. Is this the end? Well, it's the last GK I'll buy. Phil Jones Bass and Acoustic Image are looking alot better now. Just because something is inexpensive doesn't mean it can be unreliable. Tell me it will be underpowered or won't have a lot of features, but don't tell me it's not going to work!

 
4.0

Good, but...

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gallien-Krueger Backline 112 Bass Combo:

Good quality build and great sound. Not heaps of features but enough for me. Bit heavy to carry for its size. Mine had a buzzing sound in the speaker which got worse as you turned it up and was also carried through the line out into the PA and digital recorder. The shop said it was normal but it was no good for my recording needs. I got a refund and bought a Laney RB6. No problems.

 
4.0

Its good, but not great

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gallien-Krueger Backline 112 Bass Combo:

So I had this amp for a couple of years, I think three now, and I recently completely blew it out. This amp is great for practice, but cannot handle playing over drums, guitar, and vocals. At least it didn't for me. As far as the tone and features on this amp, it is fantastic. The distortion sounds a better than any pedal I have played with, and the tone is excellent, like all GK products. This model just isn't as strong as I wanted. If you are looking for a good practice amp, thisis perfect. If you are playing in a band, you may need a little more power.

 
5.0

Solid amp

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gallien-Krueger Backline 112 Bass Combo:

I have been playing with this amp the last four years and am very pleased. The contour is a nicely added feature. The distortion is descent. The tone is amazing for the cost. I like the tilt-back option of playing. I know now that G.K means quality, and durability.

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