Chris McNeal (Vincas – bass)
SPB: What bass/amp pairing do you use and why did you choose it?
McNeal: When I was a kid, every band I saw that had an awesome bass player seemed to play thru a old SVT bass head paired with a 8x10 bass cab. After seeing and hearing many ear destroying shows with this pairing, I decided that was the combo for me. So, I worked my ass off doing construction all summer when I was 16, and waited until a used one from the late ‘70s with a 8x10 cab showed up at the local gear shop. I remember hauling that thing immediately from the store to a basement show we played that night in my Honda accord hatchback that probably looked like speedboat at a 45 degree angle. Everybody’s hair looked like Peter Murphy’s hair in that Maxwell ad when we started playing. It was awesome. I still play that head today, but it might get retired at some point for a GK 800RB due to that thing weighing 80lbs and full of finicky tubes. I doubt it, though, because I love that bass amp.