Gallien-Krueger Backline 600 Bass Head  

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The Gallien-Krueger Backline 600 Bass Head can handle the wear and tear of touring. Features 300W of thunder, 4-band active EQ, adjustable contour, effects loop, Boost valve effect, XLR out with groun... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The Gallien-Krueger Backline 600 Bass Head can handle the wear and tear of touring. Features 300W of thunder, 4-band active EQ, adjustable contour, effects loop, Boost valve effect, XLR out with ground and pre/post switch, and tuner out. 2-year warranty.

Features
  • 300W @ 4 ohms
  • 4-band active EQ
  • Adjustable contour
  • Effects loop
  • Boost valve effect
  • XLR out with ground and pre/post switch
  • Tuner out
  • 2 - 1/4" speaker outputs
Specifications
  • 13 lbs.
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
2 years on electronics and 1 year on speakers.


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Gallien-KruegerBackline 600 Bass Head
 
4.4

(based on 36 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

The little head that could!

I bought this head as a spur of the moment decision to go along with the matching Backline 4 by 10 cabinet I had just purchased. Unleashing this little half-stack on an unsuspecting club...Read complete review

I bought this head as a spur of the moment decision to go along with the matching Backline 4 by 10 cabinet I had just purchased. Unleashing this little half-stack on an unsuspecting club while hammering a mid-70's Rickenbacker 4003 literally caused jaws to drop. This head is sonically very transparent; it faithfully reproduces every nuance of the player without unduly coloring the tone. For smaller venues, this amp is MORE than enough. The head comes with some standard tone-shaping options, with the added features of an effects loop, XLR output and A/B channels that make life for the gigging musician (AND soundmen) a lot easier. I've used the "overdrive" channel a bit, and I have to say it beats a pedal hands down in reproducing low-end frequencies. Overall, 350 watts in a head that both sounds nice and won't send you to a chiropractor after hauling it around is definitely a win/win situation. Buy it!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

good sound, good price, but they're touchy

I really like the sound (especially with the goldline speakers) but... I've tried a few of these, owning 1, and they commonly have some issues. It's just a really touchy amp...Read complete review

I really like the sound (especially with the goldline speakers) but... I've tried a few of these, owning 1, and they commonly have some issues. It's just a really touchy amp (crackling, cutting out, sometimes even getting distortion without changing the channels)... but I have lent it out with no problems reported. I wouldn't use this as my main go-to amp. I just keep it in my home studio to practice on at low volumes - sounds really nice for that. I do like the direct out for recording. It's affordable but if you can afford more, consider something else.

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(46 of 71 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The little head that could!

By serpents

from Saint Louis, MO

Comments about Gallien-Krueger Backline 600 Bass Head:

I bought this head as a spur of the moment decision to go along with the matching Backline 4 by 10 cabinet I had just purchased. Unleashing this little half-stack on an unsuspecting club while hammering a mid-70's Rickenbacker 4003 literally caused jaws to drop. This head is sonically very transparent; it faithfully reproduces every nuance of the player without unduly coloring the tone. For smaller venues, this amp is MORE than enough. The head comes with some standard tone-shaping options, with the added features of an effects loop, XLR output and A/B channels that make life for the gigging musician (AND soundmen) a lot easier. I've used the "overdrive" channel a bit, and I have to say it beats a pedal hands down in reproducing low-end frequencies. Overall, 350 watts in a head that both sounds nice and won't send you to a chiropractor after hauling it around is definitely a win/win situation. Buy it!

(23 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Lots of power in a litle package.

By bassman38

from Oakdale, TN

Comments about Gallien-Krueger Backline 600 Bass Head:

I bought this amp about a month ago along with a BLX410 and a BLX115. The sound that comes out of this stack is awesome. I was also on a tight budget, this fit perfectly and I dare say it rivals any of those expensive amps and cabs out there. The fan is a litle to small but i found a little fan to set on top of it and blow cool air in it so I don't have a problem with it overheating. All in all, it's one of the best out there.

(10 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Floor Shakin' Goodness

By Wicked_Bassist7

from Wisconsin

Comments about Gallien-Krueger Backline 600 Bass Head:

Holy Cow, this thing gets the job done and then some! Don't let people tell you it isn't powerful enough, I can drown out my guitarist and my drummer on level 5! GK is a great and reliable company, don't hesitate for a second to go to the store and pick one up, BEST $300 SPENT EVER!!!!!!

(7 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Backline 600 ROCKS

By Col. Aquino

from Castro Valley, Ca.

Comments about Gallien-Krueger Backline 600 Bass Head:

I have been playing Bass for over 25 years and I have been using Fender exclusively. I wanted to change my sound and the salesman mentioned the GK Backline. He let me plug in and I was sold. Crisp clear bass tones is what I have been looking for and found it in the GK Backline 600. I also still have the functionality of returning to the Heavy Metal sound by just a push of a button. I could not do that with my (Fender) Bassman 100. I don't have to worry about TUBES with the GK either. I am very satisfied with my new amp.

(7 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

it's alright

By BassGirl24

from Jacksonville, FL

Comments about Gallien-Krueger Backline 600 Bass Head:

I got the backline 600 with the GK 4x10 half stack. Everything was fine until the input started cutting in and out. I'm currently in the process of trying to talk to the people at GK to see if there's anything they can do about it.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Really Friggin' LOUD! Sounds good, too!

By Rinos88

from Morton, Illinois

Comments about Gallien-Krueger Backline 600 Bass Head:

I'm a long time Ampeg user who happened to go to my local Guitar Center one day and plugged into this amp in order to try out a cabinet configuration of the GK 210 BLX and 115blx. For a cheap amp, I wasn't expecting much. Was I ever shocked when I turned the volume up to where I thought it would give me a decent volume. Well, I was wrong! It was extremely LOUD, clear and sounded surprisingly good. While I have my main Ampeg rig for stage use as 'my' sound, I'd have absolutely no doubt that this head could be a main stage amp. In fact, I'm now running a dual rig. Ampeg rig on one side and this GK Backline with a GK210blx and 115blx on the other side of the stage. My only gripe is that the effects loop is on the front and the fan is on the top. Other than that, this thing is a tank with power and tone.

(7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

LOUD, TONEFUL and surprisingly AFFORDABLE!

By Rinos88

from Morton, Illinois

Comments about Gallien-Krueger Backline 600 Bass Head:

I bought this head along with the GK 210BLX and 115BLX cabs to save the wear on my main stage rig and use this for practice. Nothing could prepare me for the power this thing has! This thing is extremely LOUD! I'd have absolutely no problem using this on a huge stage if my main rig quit. It sounds way better than anything in this price range and even better than some more expensive amps. It is extremely articulate and warm. I bought it as a backup because it was cheap. I never expected the quality of tone and power that I got for the price. My only gripe is that the effects loop should've been on the back.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

solid head

By jacqui StGermain

from Denver, Colorado

Comments about Gallien-Krueger Backline 600 Bass Head:

I started with a Gk backline 250.It was a good amp, just needed more power. This delivers. Used a 600 and a 410 cab(instructors rig) while learning to play, and have stayed with it ever since. It makes everything from my "entry level" Ibanez, to my Warwick Corvette 4 active sound great . wide range of tone controls. had occasional over-heating problem. but I bought the rack ears(it's in a open audiorack, NOT a travel case) and the extra airflow around the unit seems to have solved that

(6 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Bang for the Buck!!!

By Gotbass?

from Grand Blanc, MI

Comments about Gallien-Krueger Backline 600 Bass Head:

This amp is a nice amp with decent power and features. The active EQ lets you dial in any tone you want. The downside is the DI is a little noisy for a church setting, but fine if your rocking it out.

(5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing and Inexpensive

By WoopWoop9123

from Rhode Island

Comments about Gallien-Krueger Backline 600 Bass Head:

This head was a great deal and makes my cab sound sick. I loved how much it was because I went in with a budget and it fit to my liking. I am very happy with this Bass head and I recommend it to any bass player looking for a good deal on a half stack.

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