1 duojet55 5 months ago How's this for a beginner's bass rig, circa the '60s? My brother started out with a Gretsch 6170 Pro Bass amp. Unfortunately, he also had a Kingston Beatle Bass, which sounded diabolically bad through the Pro Bass. The Kingston's lack of sustain and grunty, doinky tone didn't do the Pro Bass any justice. The Gretsch 6071 Short Scale Bass however actually works quite well with this amp. Being an open back design, it doesn't have the punch of an enclosed back, but the natural tube compression equals out the level on all of the strings. Kind of a neat set-up for our "going back in time" jam sessions!