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Old 01-27-2013, 08:49 AM   #1
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Will a 40W amplifier be enough when using it on a gig? I plan to buy a Samick Super 20 40W(or so the seller says) for about $125.
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:28 AM   #2
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Will a 40W amplifier be enough when using it on a gig? I plan to buy a Samick Super 20 40W(or so the seller says) for about $125.


Unless it's a very small bar/room or so, I wouldn't count on it. Your probably better at buying a lower-wattage tube amp. You can get them for 200-300$ while having around 15-30watts, which on a tube amp produces around the same volume as a 65-100watt transistor amp.
If your happy at having an amp without effects, the tube amp will give you a much more organic and natural sound then a digital-based modelling transistor amp, so if your thinking of gig'ing in the near future, definatly consider buying a tube amp, then buying seperate pedals for the effects you want (or a pedalboard already loaded with loads of effects).
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:29 AM   #3
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40w solid state=possibly
40w tube=definately

It mainly depends on the volume of the other band members, how controlled your drummer is (a collar and a good leash would help :P) with a tame drummer you could play a bar gig with a 5 watt tube amp.

Don't let anyone tell you a solid state is always bad and tube amps are always great, as that's just not the truth. There are some great ss amps and some really bad tube amps, but a tube amp of equal wattage will be louder than an ss of the same. It's just the way it works.
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:56 PM   #4
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It depends on the actual amp. Wattage really doesn't mean anything useful pertaining to volume or the ability for an amp to cut through a mix.

If you're micing the amp up, it won't matter. If not, assuming that's just a random cheapo SS amp, I'd be inclined to say no. Though you never know. Regardless, if it can cut through, chances are it won't sound pretty.
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My former guitar teacher is a busy, busy gigging musician in the state of Texas, playing statewide in many venues & styles.

His main go-to amp: 40w Fender HRD Combo.* It can't do everything, so he does have other amps, but that's the one that handles 75% of his gig work.











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Unless it's a very small bar/room or so, I wouldn't count on it. Your probably better at buying a lower-wattage tube amp. You can get them for 200-300$ while having around 15-30watts, which on a tube amp produces around the same volume as a 65-100watt transistor amp.
If your happy at having an amp without effects, the tube amp will give you a much more organic and natural sound then a digital-based modelling transistor amp, so if your thinking of gig'ing in the near future, definatly consider buying a tube amp, then buying seperate pedals for the effects you want (or a pedalboard already loaded with loads of effects).

Who told you that crap?
A watt is a watt be it tube or SS. Tube amps are generaly rated at the clean head room not the max output. Tubes also clip in a way that is pleasing to the ear, SS has a harsh clipping.
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I was actually thinking of buying multifx pedals with amp simulations installed on them.but that wouldn't really make my guitar's sound as natural as how tube amps could,right?
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They won't sound as good, but a good one will still sound pretty good.
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first off what type of music are you going to be playing. metal, classic rock, rock?
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They won't sound as good, but a good one will still sound pretty good.

I have Zoom G2 in mind
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first off what type of music are you going to be playing. metal, classic rock, rock?

Mostly rock.Sometimes metal.
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I would get a Crate or a marshall. Currently I have a Crate Flex Wave 65W. Its a really good tube amp, the eq's arent all that good, but it does put out a lot of high gain. I had one of marshalls new 15W amps, made of carbon fiber, it wasnt that bad, i actaully loved its clean mode, and OD modes.
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I would get a Crate or a marshall. Currently I have a Crate Flex Wave 65W. Its a really good tube amp, the eq's arent all that good, but it does put out a lot of high gain. I had one of marshalls new 15W amps, made of carbon fiber, it wasnt that bad, i actaully loved its clean mode, and OD modes.


Please tell me your joking, or GTFO.
The Crate flexwave is junk and it is deff not a tube amp or have any tubes at all in it.
The Marshall MG series all suck and the "carbon fibre" is still crap.

Now go hide under your Troll bridge.
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:04 AM   #15
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how about a roland gc-405x?or a roland spirit 30?
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You may want to try them out before you decide. I would stay away from any amp with 8x5" speakers.
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I have Zoom G2 in mind

I haven't heard much about those- good or bad- but Zoom makes decent stuff in general.
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So there's this $125 Roland Spirit 30,this $111 Roland GC-405x,and this $99 Zoom G2.All used (and hopefully very well taken care of). So which one should I take?
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You should take the Vypyr 30 that is always on used GC for $100
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:49 AM   #20
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You should take the Vypyr 30 that is always on used GC for $100

Too bad though.I don't think anyone in my area sells an amp like that for such affordable price. But I did manage to find a Peavey Envoy 110 Transtube which costs about $150. Think it's a good deal or is it too good to be true?

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