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Old 06-27-2013, 05:07 AM   #1
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150 Watt Bass amp... 50 watt guitar.

Hey everyone! First time poster here.

So I just got a new bass amp... Fender Rumble 150, and i'm really worried how it will sound in comparison to a 50 watt and 60 watt guitar amps. Because that's what the guitarists in my band will have and I'm worried i'll look stupid.. should I return my amp for a 75 fender rumble? (:
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Old 06-27-2013, 05:12 AM   #2
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bass amps generally need to be louder so you're fine.
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Old 06-27-2013, 05:13 AM   #3
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yes but I'm worried that i'll be too loud... I don't want to drown out the guitars
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Old 06-27-2013, 05:18 AM   #4
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Then just turn your volume down...
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:14 AM   #5
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Argh, questions like these come up way too often.

Wattage does not equal volume!!! If this topic was put in Guitar Gear and Accessories you'd be getting lots of lectures on this.

Bass amps have a higher wattage because it requires more power for them to stay clean at louder volumes. The guitarists in your band will easily be able to drown you out, especially if their amps are tube amps. But they won't. And you won't drown them out. So don't stress.

The higher the wattage the more clean headroom there is, example, my Vox AC30 (guitar amp) is 30 watts, yet it's one of the loudest amp's one may play. Turning the volume to 12 o'clock is enough to make the house shake.

Anyway your fine.. chill and keep playing
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:51 AM   #6
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The real question is whether the 50/75watt amps are loud enough to be heard over the drums. If tube no worries. If solid state maybe not.
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Bass amps have a higher wattage because it requires more power for them to stay clean at louder volumes.


It's as much to do with the fact that lower frequencies require more power (generally more of everything) to amplify. Hence that with the ever more popular (in the bass world) solid state amps, a lot of power is often still necessary for a bass amp.
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