Gallien-Krueger MB210 2x10 500W Ultralight Bass Combo Amp  

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The MB210 2x10 bass combo amp from Gallien-Krueger delivers a big sound from an ultralight, compact package. At 33 pounds and 500W, this bass amplifier has the power to be heard in any situation. The ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The MB210 2x10 bass combo amp from Gallien-Krueger delivers a big sound from an ultralight, compact package. At 33 pounds and 500W, this bass amplifier has the power to be heard in any situation. The GK MB115 also features 2 - 10" neodymium speakers, active 4-band EQ with contour, and defeatable limiter.

Features
  • 500W @ 4 ohms
  • Speakon speaker output
  • 1/8" aux input
  • Headphone jack
  • Defeatable limiter
  • 2 x 10" neodymium speakers
  • Active 4-band EQ with contour
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
2 years on electronics and 1 year on speakers.


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Gallien-KruegerMB210 2x10 500W Ultralight Bass Combo Amp
 
3.9

(based on 17 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

The only bass amp you need

Tried one in at a GC in another City. Then ordered one the first week of May. was told it would be shipped first week of June. Imagine my delight and surprise when...Read complete review

Tried one in at a GC in another City. Then ordered one the first week of May. was told it would be shipped first week of June. Imagine my delight and surprise when it arrived May 20th. Deceptively loud. So far I've used it in a small club and outdoors. 35lbs is a lot easier lift at 2:00AM. You can dial up more volume than the 2-10s can handle, but if you need that much volume you should line out to the venue's sound system anyway. My only criticism is the horn is a complete waste. It just hisses without providing any usable tone for bass.I knew this from trying it in the store. Thankfully there is a button to shut it off. So far, I love it, great tone, and plenty of volume.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Love/Hate relationship

I own two of these little combos and have been using them both for about 2 years now. The selling point for me was the basic sound produced by the amp. It sounds great...Read complete review

I own two of these little combos and have been using them both for about 2 years now. The selling point for me was the basic sound produced by the amp. It sounds great on it's own and there's plenty of room for tweaking with effects to create your own personal sound. I did experience the "farting" sound mentioned in a few other reviews on both amps and on both after about 3 weeks they both came out of that phase. Do amps need a breakin period? I wouldn't have thought so, but the more I play the better they seam to sound. So the love is the sound and of course the portability. Now the hate. The first amp purchased needed to be returned as after just two weeks of use all the knobs where loose. To give GK credit, I do believe this issue was taken care of as the replacement had different knobs as did the second amp purchased and I have had no further issues. If you plan on using the amp live, do yourself a favor and buy the extension cab. The amp is rated at 350 watts at 8ohms and playing it alone live was fine until about the thrid show. I never needed to set the volume past 3 o'clork and the gain past half to be heard over drums and guitar, but ended up still blowing two speakers. The extension cab just eases my mind. Finally, GK customer service is basically non-exsistant. Getting a response from them takes several emails and phone calls. So if you don't have a dealer to go through, it can be frustrating. Bottom line, follow the set up insturctions, give it time to break in, and buy the extension cab unless you plan to just practice with it.

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(31 of 32 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

The only bass amp you need

By funkbassguy

from Keene, NH

Comments about Gallien-Krueger MB210 2x10 500W Ultralight Bass Combo Amp:

Tried one in at a GC in another City. Then ordered one the first week of May. was told it would be shipped first week of June. Imagine my delight and surprise when it arrived May 20th. Deceptively loud. So far I've used it in a small club and outdoors. 35lbs is a lot easier lift at 2:00AM. You can dial up more volume than the 2-10s can handle, but if you need that much volume you should line out to the venue's sound system anyway. My only criticism is the horn is a complete waste. It just hisses without providing any usable tone for bass.I knew this from trying it in the store. Thankfully there is a button to shut it off. So far, I love it, great tone, and plenty of volume.

(28 of 65 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Could've been so much more

By JTL

from Groveland, MA

Comments about Gallien-Krueger MB210 2x10 500W Ultralight Bass Combo Amp:

I saw this online yesterday and went out of my way last night to try it out in the local GC. I SO wanted to love it so I could stop lugging my heavy combo around. The lack of weight is nothing short of amazing and is truly cool. HOWEVER this farted out at a little over 1/2 volume / half gain and no boost. I used a few differnt basses and settings and got the same thing. This at 350 watts for the combo doesn't sound nearly as tight and controlled and push as much as my 250 W Combo and the tone lacked texture and character. Going further, I find it irksome that there is no "real" effects loop other than a 1/8" jam-along jack and also there is no volume adjustment on the line-out. I use both these features every gig. Top it all off, it was really hissy too regardless of the bass I used.. But that may have just been the power from the store.. All I know is the other brand X amplifier next to it didn't seem to have that problem...Also, thought they woudl have made this wider for better stacking of an extension cab and also a set of casters even though it really isn't that heavy.. This unit disappointedly falls way short.. Unfortunately..

(23 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Terminator

By SYLVESTER ANDREWS

from New Orleans,La

Comments about Gallien-Krueger MB210 2x10 500W Ultralight Bass Combo Amp:

This little light weight combo blew me away at Guitar Center. It had amazing highs and lows. I bought two, so I could stereo out of my Roland VB-99 bass system. They are so light (33lbs) with the fastest speaker response yet! My friend Larry was playing his bass on a Ampeg SVT with an 8-10 cab, and my GK combo was louder and had more low and and highs. Hence, The Terminator. I notice this conbo sells quickly.My synth patches really are HD clear with no distortion. You will really love this combo and thye price is right

(10 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The perfect practice/small gig amp.

By Steve

from Dallas, TX

Comments about Gallien-Krueger MB210 2x10 500W Ultralight Bass Combo Amp:

I got a chance to try this at GC. I picked up the amp and almost threw out my back, not because it was heavy, but because I though it was going to be heavy and put too much effort into it. It only weighs about 30lbs I would guess. When I heard about this amp I though it was going to have the MB2-500 head in it. It turns out that they made a whole new power section for it. I will say doesn't have a as many gadgets and gizmos as GK's RB series, but I think they were going for less clutter. It doesn't have an effects loop, Pre/Post XLR selector or Mute. It does add a handy AUX in, however, which none of their other heads have as far as I know. Then again, this is more of a practice amp, so that's how I looked at it. I'm sure they had to cut a few corners in features to keep the price so low. Still, it does have Active/Passive inputs, a Contour Button, 4 band EQ, Boost, Horn On/Off button, Limiter On/Off and a headphone jack. As opposed to most practice amps out there, it also has a Speakon out for an extension cab. I played it by itself and was pleased with the sound. It was full sounding and much, much louder than the other similarly powered amps in the room. I think with any amp you have to spend some time tweaking it to find your tone, but everything set flat was just perfect for me. I tried it coupled with a NEO 1x15 and it really rocked. If you turn the 1x15 cab on it's side the 2x10 combo fits on it perfectly. That would be a great rig, a 2x10 and a 1x15 NEO setup. The other great thing is that the cabinet is made out of poplar plywood which is very light, but much stronger and more musical sounding than particle board. Well done GK.

(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Unbelieveable

By Ray Hawk

from Bristol, CT

Comments about Gallien-Krueger MB210 2x10 500W Ultralight Bass Combo Amp:

I bought this amp as a practice and session amp. I played it in one of the guitar center stores to try out a bass that I bought and was amazed how it sounded. I couldn't beleieve the tone and power for such ba lightweight amp. I thought about for a few weeks and went back to my local guitar center and A-B it against all the competition and was sold. After bringing it home I couldn't believe the sound quaility and power of this little amp. It is close to my much more expensive and alot heavyer main rig. We'll guess what? I now use it for most gigs. It's light weight, tone qquality, power, and features make the grade for most clubs and smaller halls.I have 40 years of experience and know a winner; this amp is one.

(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pretty Cool

By Mr.Smooth

from St.Paul, MN

Comments about Gallien-Krueger MB210 2x10 500W Ultralight Bass Combo Amp:

I picked this up at one of our local GC stores. I am amazed by it's light weight and power. This replaces my Yorkville BM400 combo (87 lbs). The 2-10s do clip when turned up too high. But I am impressed by their quick response. I paired it with a 8 ohm YV 15 underneath. And the clipping went away. The tone transitions very well. On stage,in medium sized rooms the 2-10s project very well. And cuts throgh the guitars and keys nicely. If you do a lot of pulls and slaps the horn is very sensitive. So take the time and play with the settings to get your sound. The tone is not quite as natural as its competition. But at half the price it is a steal. Great job GK!..

(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth every penny!

By JJ

from Tx

Comments about Gallien-Krueger MB210 2x10 500W Ultralight Bass Combo Amp:

I own this amp and have had it for almost 2 months. The tone is awesome and it is mega lightweight. I wouldn't think the tone would hold up with it being so light but it does. It reproduces the sound of my USA Fender jazz and Ibanez SR300M perfectly. Tons of growl if you engage the boost above half way mark. I run with gain and boost at 1oclock. Almost nails the Geddy tone with my jazz. Played to before picking this one. The other farted out which is mentioned in another review. I think it was a bad unit. This amp lacks features - wish it had compression, an effects loop and a ground loop switch for the XLR DI. The tone and weight make these easy to overlook.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Bass Combo Amp For the $$

By MotownRocker

from Motown

Comments about Gallien-Krueger MB210 2x10 500W Ultralight Bass Combo Amp:

Bought the MB210 to use for my keyboard (bass amps are notoriously the best for keys--provided they have a tweeter and EQs). I use the Hammond B3 sounds a lot and those need to be "thick". Hence the need for a powerful bass combo amp. This GK is to-die-for, in the quality of sound reproduced. The 33lbs is a bonus (and a HUGE ONE in that most quality bass amps weigh at least 60--up to 100lbs or more). I was skeptical that anything weighing 33lbs would be able to produce good, heavy sound, but this one outperformed even my estimate. I play left-hand bass out of my keyboards a lot and the bass came through this amp in a thunderous, earth-shaking form. There is no doubt that this amp can be a stand-alone in small to medium sized rooms without any enhancement, or having to go through the mains or a sub-woofer. No distortion, no overdriving, no rattles or screetching from the tweeter--nothing but pure and punchy sound. This amp gets a solid 5 Stars from me. Best in show, quality and value!

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

MB210

By Cliff Howell

from Aliquippa, PA

Comments about Gallien-Krueger MB210 2x10 500W Ultralight Bass Combo Amp:

I bought the MB 210 to replace my 700RB and 4x10 and 1x15 cabinets for practices and smaller jobs. It has proven to be everything I hoped for. It has a tone that is extremely close to the sound I get from the big rig yet weighs only 11 pounds compared to the close to 200 pounds I've been dragging around. It actually is rated to be more powerful than the 700RB. I used it last night for the first time in a band situation and it cut through very well. I now plan to use this amp on all but the biggest band jobs where I would need more stage coverage. It has the same tone control system as the 700RB, it has a low impedance direct out, and the capability to use an extension cabinet. It seems to be very well constructed and is made in the USA.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

BUZZ FIXED!!!

By EP

from baltimore, md

Comments about Gallien-Krueger MB210 2x10 500W Ultralight Bass Combo Amp:

I WANTED TO GIVE THIS 5 STARS BECAUSE I LOVE THE GK TONE AND THE CLEAN GK POWER BUT THE BAD NEWS FIRST. THAT AGGREGATING BUZZ TURNED OUT TO BE THAT BIG PRETTY 'GK' EMBLEM MOUNTING. A GASKET AND SELF LOCKING FASTENERS AND ITS GONE, HOWEVER I LEFT IT OFF A I USE THE COMBO STACKED ON A 4X10 NEO WHICH LEADS ME TO THE NEXT GRIPE. IF YOU DIAL IN TOO MUCH BASS THE SPEAKERS FART OUT THAT IS UNLESS YOU STACK IT ON A CAB THAT CAN PULL AT LEAST 600 WATTS. SO STACKED ON MY 410 NEO NO MORE 'FARTS'. AND LASTLY IS THE COMBO COULD STAND TE BE EQUIPPED WITH A TUNER OUT, FX LOOP, AND AN ADJUSTABLE COMPRESSOR LIKE THE ONE THAT WORKS GREAT ON THE NEW HARTKE 210 COMBO. NO OFFENCE TO MR. GALLIEN, I'M STILL GK ALL THE WAY BUT THAT HARTKE IS ONLY $50 MORE. NOW FOR THE GOOD. I 100% LOVE THE TONE. THE NEO SPEAKERS SEEM TO GET BETTER AND RICHER AS THE WEEKS ROLL BY SO USE IT FOR REHEARSAL AND GIGS IF YOU CAN. WHEN IT COMES TO POWER 500 REAL WATTS IS MORE THAN ENOUGH AND I PLAY WITH THE LOUDEST GOSPEL DRUMMER ON THE EAST COAST I THINK. AND THE TONE IS FLEXIBLE, IF YOU WANT YOUR GUITAR TO GIVE OFF A CREAMY GROWL THE 210 IS READY, YOU WANT TO SLAP GO RIGHT AHEAD. I PERSONALLY CRANK THE BOOST TO 3-4 O'CLOCK,GAIN AT 12, TREBLE AT 12,BOTH MIDS @ 4-5 AND BASS @ 2. THATS IN A CHURCH WITH @ 500 PERSON CAPACITY, STRAIGHT, NO SOUND BOARD AND THERE'S NO ISSUE CUTTING THRU FUL CHOIR, KEYBOARDS, AND DRUMS AND THE PORTABILITY IS JUST BEAUTIFUL. IF YOU FIND SOMEONE HAS GIVING UP ON ONE OF THESE BECAUSE OF THE BREAK-IN QUIRKS, SNATCH IT UP AND JAM. LIKE I SAID ITS GREAT FOR PRACTICE OR AS A RIG ON 800 WATT 410 NEO. I WANT TO TRY IT WITH A 600 WATT 212 NEO CAUSE ON THE 410 I TURN SIDEWAYS TO LOCK IN AND I HAD TO ADD A LOCKING CORNER ON REAR TO LEVEL IT OUT FOR THE 410. THAT WAS @ $2 MR. GALLIEN. IN MY OPINION THE POWER, TONE, PORTABILITY, AND PRICE OF THIS COMBO/ STACK BEATS ANYTHING IN THE $1000-$2000 RANGE. I WOULD GIVE MESA BOOGIE AN EDGE IN TONE, BUT THAT 210 FARTS TOO AS DO ALL HI POWER 210'S SO SAVE SOME DOE AND GO GK ALL THE WAY.

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