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Gallien-Krueger Ultra- Compact 500-Watt Bass Head

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MB500

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Weighing in at fewer than 4 lb. and taking up less than one rackspace, the MB500 delivers 500W of signature GK tone in a sleek, compact, modern head. Boasting GK's legendary 4-band active EQ and contour control, the MB500 lets you tweak your tone to perfection before hitting the digital power section.

In addition to its generous tone-shaping capabilities, the preamp section has a footswitchable boost channel with independent volume control to dial in just the right amount of grind and level boost when needed.

The MB500 is stage- and studio-ready with an XLR direct out with pre-/post-EQ selector and ground lift. Also offers a tuner out with mute, FX loop, headphone/line out, and dual Speakon outputs.

Features:
• 500W @ 4 ohms, 350W @ 8 ohms
• 4-band active EQ with contour switch
• Footswitchable boost channel
• Effects loop
• Tuner out with mute
• -10dB pad for active instruments
• XLR out with pre-/post- EQ and ground lift switch
• Two Speakon outputs
• Headphone/line out
• Footswitch included

Specifications:
- Inputs: 1 x Instrument
- Outputs: 2 x Speakon, 1 x XLR, 1 x Tuner, 1 x Headphone/Line (1/4")
- Height: 1.75"
- Width: 10.75"
- Depth: 8.5"
- Weight: Less Than 4 lbs

Great tone and loads of headroom4 of 4 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreCourtenay, British Columbia
I tested this one against the Ampeg PF 500 and the Traynor SB500H, the ampeg just doesn't have the bite that the GK does and just seemed sloppy and generally unimpressive despite having more dials and features. The Traynor landed a close 2nd to GK in tone but not even half the headroom. This GK is amazing, it is so ez to dial in and offers a nice range of tone with tons of jam! The GK is hands down the winner between the 3 and tried them all through a multitude of speaker configurations.
Posted by anonymous on Nov 22, 2014
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This thinkkicks @$$1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreGrande Prairie, Alberta
I run a 2x12 plus 1x15 with this tiny little head and its a monster... Moves WAY more than enough air for even larger outdoor shows. Killer product
Posted by Pip on Aug 6, 2014
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Closest StoreAbbotsford, British Columbia
I barely run it at 1 volume with the GK 4x10 and GK 1x15 cabs. Love the power and sound. Many options to grab that low bass tone. Music man Stingray 4 string bass never sounded so good.. Love it.
Posted by smclean on May 16, 2014
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Very pleased! - Cut through that fog2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreSt. Catharines, Ontario
I first did some research before getting the GK MB500, as the reviews sounded good. Well... it turned out way better than I thought. Totally pleased with this buy. Got it to replace an older Yorkville head I had and this is way more powerful and the sound is great. I had trouble before hearing with the friggin guitarists yanking up their volumes, now I cut through them and make myself present through the fog ;-) . The four band eq with the contour works well for the tone, and I barely even move the knobs from the centers. Has more features than other bass heads out there that cost more. The Boost/GIVE, I have on like almost all the time, it really does give a growl to your bass like they say - grrrr - and really clean - can get lots of versatility out of it for many different styles. It's no problem now for me to just put this beauty into my bag after a jam and take it home where it's safe. Lugging my old head around was like moving a rock - hehe. This will not disappoint.
Posted by anonymous on Mar 27, 2014
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Small powerful package1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreNorth York, Ontario
I bought one of these to replace mx yorkville xs400h,playing in a caribbean band with loud drummer and keyboard player,I must say this cuts through like butta,nice tone and power to kill!! very impresive head higly recommended
Posted by Roger on Apr 1, 2013
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Solid piece of equipment0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreCharlottetown, Prince Edward Island
I purchased this last week along with the GK NEO210 and am a happy customer. The 350 watts out of the one cabinet will be plenty for the gigs I do...in fact I knocked a picture off my wall playing my Pbass through it! :) I can only imagine with 2 cabs and the full 500 watts. I use Fretless jazz bass, Fretted Pbass, and Upright bass ( Realist and Biesele pickups ) and it's finally the sound I've been looking for. The head sounds like GK but does not colour the sound so much that it doesn't sound like my bass anymore. It definitely enhances the sound. The controls and features on the head are great. Lots of options with the variable contour and GK standard EQ, along with the 2nd channel using GK's boost ( GIVE tech ) .. I'm still not 100% sure how or if I'll use the boost but it's there and comes with a footswitch so the option is there. All in all..... I'm happier than I was before I owned it!
Posted by Deryl Gallant on Mar 22, 2012
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WOW!!!0 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreGrande Prairie, Alberta
I bought this to replace my old G&K head and it is awesome. 500 crystal clear watts that will do whatever you ask it to.
Posted by Pip on Feb 14, 2012
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Great head in a tiny bundle!0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreVictoria, British Columbia
I think that if your tired of lugging around giant bass rigs then this could be a great solution for any musician. The tone is rich and it has some depth that is surprising for something that weighs so little.
Posted by Glenn on Nov 20, 2010
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