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  1. This listing is for an Ampeg B108 20W practice combo. It’s in immaculate condition, is in good working order and has never been played out of the house. Comes with IEC power cable as seen in pics. A great sounding and surprisingly loud little amp. It can also be turned on its side and kicked back at an angle. Only selling as I haven’t used it for well over a year as I tend to just run straight into my DAW for home practice these days. Collect from MK19, or I will post if you cover postage.
  2. This listing is for a Gallien Kruger Legacy 800 head. It’s in immaculate condition, is in good working order and comes with the following: - IEC power cable. - Footswitch. - Footswitch cable. - Original box. This amp is awesome, sounds great and looks the part too. Only selling as I slightly prefer my PJB BP800, meaning that this Legacy 800 is just laying around not getting used which seems a bit of a shame really.
  3. Thanks, I enjoyed writing it. Glad you found it interesting. The amp very much falls into the category of "I wish I'd got one years ago" for me. James
  4. Here is my first ever review on an amp. I’m just a dude who plays bass in a couple of projects for fun, I am by no means a pro musician or online reviewer. All views are my own and I have not received any payment or other incentives to produce this review. Phil Jones Bass BP800 amp review. Overview. I’m very new to Phil Jones Bass gear, I only got my Big Head Pro HA2 a couple of months ago. I had purchased it on a recommendation from the guys at Bass Direct here in the Uk. I have to say, they were bang on in what they said about it and what it would do for me in terms of my requirements. More to the point, I was hugely impressed with the sound, design and build quality. So, onto the BP800. Like many bass players out there, I’ve owned, borrowed and tried out dozens of amps from a plethora of manufacturers over the 25 or so years that I’ve been playing. Some have been combos but most have been heads. There’s just something I like about a box that you can put in a backpack with some cables and take to any venue, plug in and get your sound from. My last few amps have all been 750-900 watt class D models. Personally, I recon a class D bass amp around the 800W level is the perfect balance between power and head room, weight and portability, certainly for my requirements anyway. I spotted the BP800 whilst on the PJB website when I was looking into the HA2 and I must admit, it grabbed my attention. I’ve always been more of a fan of hi fi like tone rather than the more traditional tone qualities of tube amps. The fact that everything I read and listened to about the BP800 from that point onwards said that it delivers completely uncoloured tone really peaked my interest. My weapons of choice are Spector basses. They are all I’ve played since 2008 and to be honest, I think they sound great through any amp but the temptation to play one through a BP800 simply proved too much to resist. So, here we are. Build Quality. Back when I received my HA2, I was impressed by how it was packaged and presented. When the BP800 arrived, I was even more impressed. Chiefly by how it was cradled in a padded structure that protected the amp from damage whilst in transit. I always think it’s a good sign when manufacturers package their products intelligently as it seems to indicate attention to detail that always appears to translate into the products themselves. On lifting the amp out of the box, I was immediately struck by how solid it felt whilst being rather light. It sounds silly because the dimensions are shown on the PJB website but, it felt smaller than I was expecting. The protective sleeve that comes with it is another nice touch that I am sure most players will be pleased with. I was already impressed and I hadn’t even plugged the thing in yet! Features, layout & ease of use. I’ll get straight to the point here. The EQ and front control panel is an absolute joy of functionality, simplicity and intelligent layout. Everything makes sense, is intuitive and everything is solidly engineered. The knobs are things of beauty but I’ll come back to that later. The rear panel follows the same ethos. Everything is arranged sensibly and intuitively and everything you could need is present. Something not to be discounted about this amp is that it can literally fit in the pocket of a bass gig bag. Once it’s in its little protective sleeve the amp slides nicely into the external pocket ready for you to bring the thunder at your gig. I really like that this is possible. It’s not beyond the realms of possibility that, once I am gigging again, I will be able to have gig bag with bass and amp over one shoulder, guitar stand under one arm and cab in one hand. That is really appealing. Either that or I’ll sling it in a small backpack along with some spare cables etc. If there were to be one thing that I would want added to this amp, it would be a USB port for charging/powering the iPod/MP3 player that you would have plugged into the aux in mini jack. This is me being really picky and trying to find something that might be missing but to be honest, it’s not even a big deal, it would just be a nice to have rather than an absolute must. For me, it would be nice if all class D amps with aux in functionality had this feature. I mentioned the knobs on the front panel earlier. They are superbly engineered just like everything else on the amp but the reason I am raving about them so much is because, due to the long triangle shape, you know precisely at what level you have set any particular control purely by feel. For me this is a big thing as I am blind and to be frank, it can be a royal pain in the backside figuring out what position each knob is set at on other amps, particularly in a gig environment. We all know what it’s like, there’s always a rush to get set up, there’s about 50 things all happening at the same time, it’s noisy, dark (not that it bothers me of course) and you’re trying to set your EQ and dial in your sound. The fact that I will have absolutely no trouble whatsoever in feeling the position of my knobs is a breath of fresh air for me. To be fair, not all knobs on all other brands are terrible, most however are not easy for me at all. The knobs on this amp though are by far the best I’ve ever come across and are an absolute dream come true for me. Add to that the fact that all but the aux volume and master volume controls are centre detected, knowing where I am regarding my front panel settings is a doddle. Sound quality. Other people have said this in their reviews/demos of this amp and I have to admit that it does appear to be true, absolutely everything you put into this amp you get back out. I didn’t actually change the EQ from the 12 o’clock detented position for the first couple of days I had the amp because it just sounds so good. When you do play around with the EQ though, wow and I mean WOW! Small adjustments go a long way for sure. You could easily play around for hours trying out all sorts of tones, I certainly did, before I knew it, an entire afternoon had passed simply because I was enjoying myself so much. The array of different tones you can get out of the amp is seriously impressive in the first place and then you’ve got the tone controls on your bass for on the fly adjustments on top of that. I was playing the amp through a single Barefaced BigBaby II cab (800W 8ohm) and there were times when I had the EQ cranked at the bottom end that I was seriously concerned that the roof of my house was going to collapse under the sonic barrage. To say I am looking forward to plugging this amp into both of my BBIIs at a proper band rehearsal is an understatement. - The low bass control manages to keep every ounce of clarity regardless of how extreme in either direction you have it set. It didn’t matter which bass I used with whatever pre amp and pickup combination, it stayed tight, clean and practically punched the air out of your lungs when maxed out. - The high bass control does a wonderful job of giving you warm fat tones on its respective frequency range and equally enables you to thin them out but still keep them present if you wish. The manual for the amp says that the high bass control effects the tone of the D and G strings and I tell you what, it is absolutely right. I’ve never come across this kind of description for how EQ controls effect different frequencies on a product. I really like it and it makes a lot of sense. For completeness, the manual states that the low bass control effects the tone of B, E and A strings. - The mid control does exactly what it says. Play with this and your mids will either punch right through, sit low in your mix or do anything you like in between. I found myself getting my low and high bass levels set to where I wanted them and then tweaked the mid control to taste and it worked really well for me. - The low treble control I found great for adding that extra bit of crispness to all of the notes across the fretboard. I play with fingers rather than a pick as that is my preference and this control really helped separate those big notes. Even with this control set at its detent position it is just superb. - The high treble (presence) control I haven’t needed to use at all since getting the amp, my Spectors have a hefty amount of presence naturally, so it’s not a control I’ve ever really used to any degree. Having said that, I have played with this control to see how it affects the sound. To use a cliche term, it really brings some more sparkle to the overall tone and if that’s your thing then I suspect you will enjoy what this control does. I imagine I may very well use it when I have old less bright strings to bring back some of the sparkle though. - The instrument input control does exactly what you would expect it to do. I really like that it is also detected like the EQ, it gives a great point to start from and there is an awful lot of adjustment to be had in that control depending on your preference. - The DI on this amp is supremely quite and clean. Not much more to say really, just excellent. Plugging my electro acoustic into this amp was a joy. It sounded so good that the hairs on the back of my neck stood on end when I first heard it. I didn’t even touch the EQ on the amp and barely touched the EQ on the bass, it just sounded that good. I played through a fair few effects pedals too including, fuzz, overdrive distortion, chorus, octave, wah and of course compression. The amp handled every one with ease. The fuzz and distortion sounded massive, the chorus was warm and gorgeous, the octave was amazingly clear and the wah was downright fun. Obviously avoiding boosting the high treble (presence) when using fuzz, overdrive distortion and wah were preferable to avoid any super harsh high end noise, I just left it at the detented position and it was sweet. The truth is, I could not get a crappy sound out of this amp. Even when they were sounds that were not to my particular taste, everything I did, regardless of how extreme, was crystal clear. The tonal versatility is vast. Something I haven’t mentioned is how loud this thing is. I’ve played through a lot of amps, a few of them have been very loud and the BP800 sits right up there with them. That every sound you play through it is so pure almost seems to make it seem louder. I have absolutely no doubt that I will be cutting through the wall of guitar sound even at our loudest gigs. Summary. Although I’ve only had this amp for just over a week, I’ve played it every single day. It kind of made me want to play more, which can’t be a bad thing. I’ve found it to be an absolute powerhouse of clean, uncoloured bass tone. The packaging, build quality, sensible layout, usability and of course the sound, all come together to make an absolutely superb amp. It’s fast becoming my favourite for sure. It’s not even that expensive either at around the £700 price point. There are other bass amps out there which are higher priced that don’t, in my personal opinion, come close to being as good as the BP800. Opinions are all subjective of course and hopefully this review is taken simply for what it is, a collection of my thoughts regarding this amp and how it suits my personal tastes and playing requirements. As an extra note, in the BP800 user manual, there is a Front Panel and Rear Panel description list which describes each control, led, switch, jack and socket in the order that they are arranged on the amp. This is the first time I have ever come across an actual written description list in a manual rather than an image or diagram. As you can imagine, images and diagrams are next to useless for me but I found the description lists to be incredibly useful. Whether someone at PJB has a blind bass playing friend and considered that lists in the form of text would be useful to visually impaired/blind players or simply considered that a description list might be generally useful to all owners of the amp, I don’t know but I was very pleased indeed to find those lists available. So, thank you PJB. Used with the following gear. Spector Timbre electro acoustic with Fishman electronics. Spector Euro 5LX (maple thru neck, alder and maple wings with slice of walnut) with EMG 40DC pickups & EMG BQC pre amp. Spector Euro 5LT (maple thru neck with chambered alder wings) with Bartolloni pickups & DarkGlass Tone Capsule pre amp. Spector USA Forte 5 (maple thru neck with empress wood wings) with EMG DC pickups & HasLab pre amp. Spector USA NS6 XL (maple thru neck with solid flamed maple wings) with EMG 40DC pickups & HasLab pre amp. Barefaced BigBaby II (tested with x over in all positions). EHX Tone Corset compressor. EHX Bass Clone Chorus. EHX Micro Pog. DarkGlass X7 distortion. Barefaced Machinist fuzz/distortion. Morely Power Fuzz Wah fuzz/wah. Styles of music played. Acoustic, Pop (70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s), blues, cheese rock, heavy rock, traditional metal, modern metal. I’m not a slapper so no funk I’m afraid but I am absolutely sure it would be fantastic through this amp as long as it were not me butchering playing slap bass!
  5. This listing is for a Barefaced One 10 bass speaker cabinet with Roqsolid cover. The cab is the metal grill version, is in great condition and is in good working order. The Tolex on the rear of the cab is starting to peel a tiny bit at the joins (see pics). It has been kept in a music room in a smoke free home and has only been gigged twice. The cab will be shipped in its original packaging with its Roqsolid cover on for extra protection. These cabs are tiny, light and sound fantastic. I’m only selling as I’m having a gear clear out and the project I used this cab in has ended. Tech specs and additional information can be found on the Barefaced website at https://barefacedaudio.com/products/one_10 I’m happy to ship to anywhere in the UK. Payment by PayPal only please. I only ship to locations within the UK. Check out my other listings for more bass related goodies.
  6. This listing is for a Barefaced One 10 bass speaker cabinet with Barefaced padded cover. The cab is the metal grill version, is in superb condition and is in good working order. It has been kept in a music room in a smoke free home and has never been gigged. The cab will be shipped in its original packaging with its Barefaced padded cover on for extra protection. These cabs are tiny, light and sound fantastic. I’m only selling as I’m having a gear clear out and the project I used this cab for has ended. Tech specs and additional information can be found on the Barefaced website at https://barefacedaudio.com/products/one_10 I’m happy to ship to anywhere in the UK. Payment by PayPal only please. I only ship to locations within the UK.
  7. This listing is for a Mesa Boogie Subway WD800 bass amp head. It’s in immaculate condition and is in good working order. It has had very light use in a music room in a smoke free home and has never been gigged, I’ve actually only had this amp since early February 2021. The head comes with, IEC power cable, foot switch, foot switch cable (the proper Messa Boogie 678457 cable), gig bag and rack mounts. It’s a fantastic amp with an incredible array of features. The range of tonal possibilities with it are huge, I just find that it’s all a bit much for me to be honest. I just like a straight forward amp that I can plug into and play with minimal messing, hence the sale. I don’t have the original box I’m afraid, mice decided to convert it into their holiday home in our garage. I’m happy to post to anywhere in the UK and I will make sure it is packaged well. Payment by PayPal only please. I only ship to locations within the UK.
  8. Yeah, I found that the little tweaks on the EQ make the difference. I recon BF have it right when they say on their website to set your EQ flat and start from there when you get your new cab, new cab, new EQ settings and all that.
  9. You are correct, the 12" models have a different finish to the 10" models, it's painted on I think. The peeling issue doesn't effect me at all as I've never owned a 10" model and doubt I ever will. Even if I did I doubt I'd be that bothered, at the end of the day it's not like I'd be able to see it and to be honest, if I had a cab that had covering peeling away, it would fit right in with the guitarists Marshal cabs.
  10. Barefaced bass speaker cabinets have been around for over a decade now and, although more people know about them than ever before, they are nowhere near as well known as the more mainstream manufacturers. You may very well be reading this and wondering who I am to be writing this. The honest answer is, I’m nobody special. I’m an ordinary bloke who plays bass in some bands, I’m not a signed artist, in a touring band, in a band of any great popularity and I’m certainly not endorsed by anybody. I wanted to write this because, to be honest, I thought it might be helpful for anybody who wants an opinion, not only about the cabs and BF’s customer service, but also to read about my experience. I should say here that I’m only talking about the bass cabs, I’m not a guitarist and have absolutely no experience or knowledge regarding the new BF guitar cabs, which is why I’m speaking purely from a position of my own experience. So how did I hear about Barefaced cabs and what made me take the plunge? Like many musicians out there I was becoming more and more fed up with having to lift, drag and carry large and heavy gear. I’m also blind and although I’m more than happy to manhandle my gear, it often ends up being another member of the band or a roadie loading the cars etc. Since losing my sight I’ve always been very conscious of this and over time strove to make my gear lighter and easier to manage, in particular the cabs. I’ve been playing bass for just over twentythree years now and, like thousands of musicians around the world, I have always sold or traded in unwanted gear to help fund new purchases. The cabs I’ve used over the years are a good example of this. My first serious gigging rig was a Peavey 2x12 combo and a Hughes and Kettner 1x15 and man they were heavy, the combo in particular was a nightmare if you didn’t pick it up at exactly the right angle. Over time a moved to using an amp head and cabs, which of course made things lighter. It was at this point I found Gallien Kruger amps and fell in love with the 1001RB head which I used for several years before switching to a 1001RB II for the increased head room and power. This was an important time for me as it’s where the biggest changes in my cab set up took place. For the first few years I ran a GK Backline 4x10 and a GK Backline 1x15 with my original 1001RB head. Once I’d invested the money in the head my budget was limited for the cabs, so I went with what I could afford and that matched reasonably well with the head. After a few years I wanted better quality cabs that were smaller (the Backline cabs were massive). I got a really good trade in deal with the Backline cabs for a GK RBH4x10 and a GK RBH2x10. These new cabs were actually slightly heavier than the Backlines but they were infinitely better for sound, were very well matched for the 1001RB II head and were physically quite a bit smaller than the Backlines, which of course made them easier for moving and loading. It was once I had these cabs that I started noticing in practical terms how much easier having a smaller footprint on the stage made the logistics of playing gigs, particularly in small to medium venues with limited stage space. I appreciate that nearly every bass player reading this will have gone through a similar moment of realisation, I mention it here simply because it was the physical practicality of it which really hit home. It was around this time that I basically decided that any cabs I were to buy in the future would always be lighter and physically smaller than their predecessors where possible, and all without the loss of any sound quality etc. Fast forward a few years and I was switching to a GK 1001RB II head and was thinking about switching cabs again. By this time I was playing in a 7 piece rock covers band and a 4 piece metal band. I needed plenty of volume for both but stage footprint was also starting to become increasingly important, particularly in the rock covers band. By the time we had a drum kit, bass rig, 2 guitar rigs, keyboards, all the musicians and 2 vocalists on the stage, we were almost needing to sit on each other’s shoulders! So, I ended up going with a 4 ohm GK Neo 4x10 which allowed me to run the 1001RB II head to its full potential for larger gigs and a GK MBE 2x12 as my small gig cab. Both were great cabs in their own ways. The Neo 4x10 sounded awesome but was quite big and reasonably heavy, although not as big and heavy as any other 4x10 I had previously owned. The MBE was light enough to be carried easily, was only about 20” wide and was loud enough but I did always miss the sound of the 4x10. I must have had these cabs and been gigging with them for a year or so before I stumbled across something about Barefaced speaker cabinets online. Apparently BF cabs were compact, ridiculously light, ridiculously loud and their sound quality was fantastic; the only downside was that they were expensive. Any musician who is reading this will know exactly what I’m talking about as I describe that I read everything I could about this awesome new gear, fantasising about owning one but at the same time knowing that there was no way I could afford it and anyway, the stuff I had was okay. Yet over time I read more and more about it and my mind started working over scenarios where I could sell this, trade that or sell a kidney to raise the funds. Ultimately I decided that I really wanted a Barefaced cab as, from what I’d read, I believed that I could have the small stage footprint and lightweight portability but still have the clarity, punch and bone crunching volume that I required. It took me a couple of years to work up to getting my first BF cab and I don’t mind telling you, I was really quite nervous about it. The reality was the the cabs I was using were actually very good and I was about to need to sell them to get one Barefaced cab purely based on what I had read online, all without ever having even tried one out. I must have read through the entire Barefaced website about twenty times before I finally emailed them to ask for their advice. I was relatively sure I knew which cab would be best suited to me, I had narrowed it down to two possibilities, but I really wanted to get their input as I didn’t want to drop all that money on something only to find that it wasn’t right for me. As it turned out, of the two cabs I’d narrowed it down to, Alex from BF actually recommended that the cheaper of the two would be a better match for me. That cab was a SuperTwin and holy cow was I in for a surprise! So, the cab......any good? Before I even start talking about sound, I want to talk about build quality. I had read that there were some quality issues with carrying handles and rubber feet coming off which did concern me a bit initially. I soon realised on investigating further, that those issues were happening in the first and sometimes second generation cabs and that BF had made design tweaks and/or hardware changes which eliminated those issues for the newer third generation cabs. The SuperTwin is a third generation cab so naturally my concerns went away. There were, and still are in fact, some reports of the covering peeling away from some of the 10” models, but I understand that BF have managed to sort this out now. Not only that, but they will send out repair kits to people who encounter that issue. I have never owned a 10” model so can’t really comment on that at all. What I can say is that the build quality of the 12” models is fantastic. They are incredibly well put together, tidy, compact, incredibly stiff and incredibly light. The SuperTwin has tilt back wheels and a pull handle on the top so you can pull it along but also has a carry handle on each side. It’s actually very easy to manoeuvre with the wheels anyway but even if you need to carry it up stairs, it’s so light it’s perfectly possible for one person to lift it. No need for two people to each take an end of a massive heavy 4x10 any more, brilliant! I now also have a BigBaby2, which is a 1x12 cab and it is awesome. The stage footprint is only about 19” wide and it’s so light I can pick it up with one hand, I can literally have my amp head in its bag over one shoulder, my bass in a gig bag over the other shoulder and the BB2 in one hand if I want or need to travel light, it’s just brilliant. It’s clear to me that Barefaced put a great amount of craftsmanship and pride into their cabs and rightly so. Not only that, I’m 100% certain that if something were to go wrong with one of my cabs and I were to contact BF, they would either send me a repair kit (if it were something I could do myself) or would take the cab back and fix it as long as I hadn’t done something stupid like playing through it under water or something. Bringing the thunder. When you read through the Barefaced website there’s a ton of information about the science of the cabs, hints and tips about how to get the best from your cab, technical information aplenty etc. To be honest, it’s all rather a lot to take in initially but, what immediately impressed me was how much useful and practical stuff was available. They talk about frequency response, power handling, dispersion etc and they are all terms we are, if not familiar with, will at least be aware of. Naturally I was very interested in the physical size and weight of any BF cab I was thinking about buying but then I found myself thinking more about things like clarity and dispersion and how getting what, on the face of it, would be a smaller cab with less speaker area to move air, might affect those factors. Like most bass players out there, I not only wanted my bass to be heard by the audience but I also wanted to hear it clearly myself. My GK cabs, the 4x10 in particular, were actually very good and could certainly move some air, but I did used to find that at high volumes I would start to lose clarity on the deep lows and being a 5 string player, I felt this was quite important. The first thing that struck me when I plugged the SuperTwin in for the first time was how incredibly clear the sound was. I actually ended up adjusting the EQ on my amp a fair amount to dial in the tone I wanted. This was because the EQ settings I had used with my old cabs really needed to compensate for their shortcomings, the SuperTwin however was much more responsive to pretty minimal EQ tweaks. I really felt like I was hearing my playing and my bass properly for the first time and it was clear, loud and punchy as hell. This was reinforced by our drummer who, at the first rehearsal I used the BF at, said something like, “Holy stinky poo man, I can hear every note you’re playing!”. What I hadn’t really appreciated at that point was that the dispersion qualities of the cab were making a huge difference, not only to what I could hear, but what the rest of the band and by extension, the rest of the room/venue were hearing. When I asked him about it, the drummer said that he had always been able to hear the bass, feel the rumble etc before but he couldn’t really hear the actual notes I was playing, but with the BF he still got the rumble but could hear the notes cutting through. I think the thing that impressed me the most however, was that even when playing loud heavy rock/metal and playing down on the E and B strings, the Barefaced never farted out, never lost any clarity and showed no signs of being anywhere near its limit, all in a smart lightweight package that I could easily carry and that took up way less stage space than any other cab I had ever owned. I also didn’t seem to need to push my amp as hard to get the sound and volume I wanted/needed, which I felt could only be a good thing. Shortly after getting the SuperTwin I had the opportunity to buy a pre owned BB2. I honestly couldn’t believe my luck, particularly as the guy selling it had it from new and had only owned it a couple of months. He was selling it as he couldn’t get on with the fact that he could hear absolutely every nuance of his playing. It perhaps should be acknowledged that not everybody wants absolute transparency from their cab, some players like a more coloured tone. That’s what makes us all different though; imagine how dull music would be if we all sounded the same. I was ecstatic with my SuperTwin but it’d be fair to say that the BB2 absolutely blew me away. It’s only just over half the size of a SuperTwin, can easily be picked up and carried with one hand, has a single 12” driver, can handle up to 800 watts of power (it’s an 8 ohm cab) and has a fully adjustable tweeter crossover built into it. As I don’t really use tweeters I did wonder if I shouldn’t bother to buy the BB2 but ultimately decided to go ahead as it seemed too good an opportunity to miss. Man, am I glad I did! Several weeks later I was reading the information on the BF website and saw that it was perfectly possible to use the BB2 (and the SuperMidget in fact) as a high quality PA speaker by turning the crossover all the way up. Needless to say, I had to try it. Well, I can tell you that it absolutely can and it sounds killer. I tried it with music running through a mixer, with my playing bass along with the music through the mixer, guitar, bass, electric drums and vocals through a mixer and it all sounded crystal clear, with no hint of it farting out and that was with only one BB2. I imagine with 2 you would have a PA set up for practically every situation. The BB2 quickly became my go-to cab, not because the SuperTwin wasn’t amazing, it was, it is the best cab I have ever played through for consistancy of tone and volume, but the BB2, particularly in small to medium venues could do the same and it was practically half the size and two thirds the weight, plus it has the flexibility of being used as a PA speaker when needed. Ultimately I decided to sell my SuperTwin, the truth was that I had only used it for 4 gigs and 1 rehearsal in the year that I owned it. In contrast, I used the BB2 for every rehearsal and all but 2 gigs since getting it. I think I would have kept the SuperTwin if I were in a bigger band which played more medium to large gigs rather than the small to medium gigs I mostly play, but it’s gone to a good home and I know that it’ll deliver no matter what it is used for in the future. I now play through a DarkGlass AO900 head and I think it’s worth mentioning that, both the SuperTwin and the BB2 handle distortion with ease and sound great. If you like those DarkGlass tones I’d be very surprised if you were disappointed with the sound you got from a Barefaced 12” model. I’d buy that for a dollar (10 points if you get the movie reference). You often hear things like, “Barefaced are good but they’re bloody expensive” or “I’m not sure the expense is worth the returns”. Obviously the perception of value is completely subjective and almost everybody is going to have a different opinion, so I’m not going to say categorically that Barefaced cabs are worth the money and everybody should have one. At the end of the day we all have different criteria as to what constitutes the best cab for us, different music tastes, different playing styles, different budgets and or course different expectations. So all I’m going to do is tell you what I think and feel about my BF cabs based on my own experience. Yes, they are expensive. However, when both new, the SuperTwin (2x12) was approximately £300 more than the GK Neo 4x10 and all things considered, I would choose the SuperTwin over the GK if I had the funds. Although very good, the GKs sound quality wasn’t as good as the SuperTwin, particularly at high volume, the clarity all the way through from deep lows up to high end frequencies was significantly better on the SuperTwin, the dispersion was also significantly better on the SuperTwin. The SuperTwin is much lighter and easier to move and crucially, its footprint is significantly smaller. When taking all of those things into consideration, for me, the Barefaced is well worth the extra money. If I were to compare the BB2 (1x12) with my old GK MBE (2x12), the Barefaced would win every time. When new, the BB2 would be approximately £350-£400 more than the MBE. The sound quality of the BB2 out performs the MBE on every level yet with only one 12” driver, the footprint of both cabs is about the same, however, the BF is much smaller over all and can be carried in one hand, the BB2 is also lighter. The BB2 has a built in tweeter crossover and can very comfortably be used as a PA speaker, the MBE cannot. For me, the Barefaced is worth the extra money when taking all of this into account. None of that is to say that either of the GK cabs were bad, far from it, they were very good cabs, I used them for several years and both were very reliable. It was more to help communicate my thoughts regarding the value of Barefaced cabs. The one thing I haven’t talked about is the fact that all Barefaced cabs are hand made to extremely high standards by a small team of dedicated folk, they aren’t produced on a mechanical production line in a factory as many big brand speaker cabs are. The guys at Barefaced are also incredibly customer focused and always do their best for the owners of their products. Even when you purchase a cab from them it’s more like a chat with friends about gear (friends who know their subject inside and out) and their communication as not only prompt but friendly and helpful too. That, on top of the performance capability, portability and weight saving of BF cabs makes them well worth the extra cost for me. Well, that went on a bit longer than I thought it would! Thanks for reading and I hope, if you are considering buying a Barefaced cab, it has been helpful to you which ever way you are leaning.
  11. EHX effects pedal bag. - Superb condition, only used for one particular project. Zips are all in good working order. - Good sized lightweight solution for carrying your pedals. I had 6 in it and there was still enough room to fit another one or two if they were small units. - Good sized external pocket with zip for storing cables, power supply etc. - Shoulder strap for easy carrying. £15 including free shipping (UK only). Please message me if interested.
  12. Barefaced SuperTwin bass speaker cabinet (black grill) with Roqsolid cover. It breaks my heart to let this go as it is just so awesome but I’m just not giving it the use it deserves. I have literally only used it for 4 gigs since November 2018, the rest of the time it’s been sat not being used in a clean smoke free environment. It’s in immaculate condition and has always had its cover on when being transported and when not in use. I would actually like to downsize to a Barefaced SuperMidget and would be open to a partial trade if someone with a SuperMidget wants to upsize to a SuperTwin. Perhaps your SuperMidget plus some cash for my SuperTwin, depending on the condition of your SuperMidget, for example. I really look after my gear, would be looking for a SuperMidget in very good to immaculate condition and am only interested in the black grill version. New these beasts are £959, I am looking for £720 ono or partial trade as detailed above, for collection, or I will ship within the UK* for £750. *(Locations where the courier will deliver for standard cost. For locations where couriers charge an extra premium this premium would have to be covered by the buyer) I do have the original box. Please message me if interested. Here’s all the technical stuff and info from the Barefaced website: SuperTwin. How can so much volume, so much midrange punch, so much fat bottom and such sweet venue-filling treble come from a cab that's so easy to move. The purity of two 12XN drivers in a highly optimised enclosure, no tweeters, no crossover - just added simplicity. Replaces cabs twice its size and many times its weight. Goes loud with very little power, goes VERY LOUD with loads. As always with Barefaced, outstanding dispersion because that matters. • Dual 12XN extended-range high-accuracy drivers • Monocoque Spaceframe enclosure • Vertical slot port and thermal convector • Consistent polar response when vertical or horizontal • Dual side strap handle • Top strap handle • Tiltback wheels and large rubber feet • Nickel-plated 2/3-sided steel corners • Dual parallel combi speakon + 1/4” sockets • Durable textured acrylic finish Powder-coated black steel grill. Dimensions: (H) 74cm/29", (W) 48cm/19", (D) 34cm/13.4" Weight: 18kg / 40lbs Broadband sensitivity: 100dB Max Amp Power: 1200W RMS Max Output: ~133dB Frequency Range: 30Hz - 4kHz Impedence: 4 ohms
  13. ***PRICE DROP*** DarkGlass M900 (v1) amp head. - Superb condition and in full working order. - Has just been serviced by DG and had a brand new DI put in as the original stopped working. - Complete with footswitch and power cable. - Original box. I was originally looking for £650 but am dropping the price to £500 including postage (within UK only). I am happy to post overseas at the buyers expense. £475 if you wish to collect. Please message me if you are interested.
  14. JGSpector


    Hi, I'm James. I'm new to Basschat as a user but have read forum posts on and off for several years. I've been playing for 23 years or so and mainly play rock and metal. I am a huge fan of Spector basses, DarkGlass gear, EHX pedals and Barefaced cabs.
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