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Guitar Amp [message #88126] Wed, 06 June 2018 14:16 Go to next message
utopia is currently offline  utopia
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I've been shopping around for a guitar amp recently. I play in a band and my current amp isn't powerful enough to be heard over our drummer. How many watts do you typically need for a tube amp to be heard over other instruments?
Re: Guitar Amp [message #88133 is a reply to message #88126] Thu, 07 June 2018 13:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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What size are the venues you typically play in? If they're on the smaller side, I would think you'd be good with 40-60 watts. You would probably have to go higher for larger venues though.
Re: Guitar Amp [message #88439 is a reply to message #88126] Sat, 14 July 2018 17:57 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Floyd is currently offline  Floyd
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And if you are playing in pubs or similarly small places you may even have to go less than 30 watts, unless you really want to blast the place with sound!

I notice Fender do some quite good amps, and you can pick them up second hand.
Re: Guitar Amp [message #92350 is a reply to message #88126] Wed, 23 September 2020 17:30 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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If you like your current amp, can you overcome the issue by mic'ing into the PA and monitors? Other options are more efficient speakers (or more speakers), again, if you like the amp you have. Otherwise, it's a wide open world of choices.
Good luck either way.
Re: Guitar Amp [message #92477 is a reply to message #88439] Thu, 22 October 2020 20:12 Go to previous message
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Floyd wrote on Sat, 14 July 2018 17:57
And if you are playing in pubs or similarly small places you may even have to go less than 30 watts, unless you really want to blast the place with sound!
While that might be amusing to see, most clubs are going to see the equipment before the band goes on. If you can afford amps that will shake the foundation of a bar, you'll be playing in larger venues.
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