#1
What kind of wattage are we looking at to be heard over the drums during a gig? I mean without plugging into a PA system or having the mic's on the amp. Just wondering if 250 watt amp is over the top and not needed or what.
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Depends on the size of the gig, but if you've got the money I'd go for something around 300watts (not Behringer), you could probably get away with 200 but its always nice to have head room.
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general rule of thumb is to have at least 3-4x the wattage of your guitarist. aka 100 watt amp 300 watts or more is the best rule. any less than that and you'll get lost.
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general rule of thumb is to have at least 3-4x the wattage of your guitarist. aka 100 watt amp 300 watts or more is the best rule. any less than that and you'll get lost.


What if like, I have a 100 watt amp, and my other lead guitarist has a 100 watt amp, would our bassist need a 600 watt amp?
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What if like, I have a 100 watt amp, and my other lead guitarist has a 100 watt amp, would our bassist need a 600 watt amp?


No, the bassist would only need 300-400 watts because you do not ADD the watts together. Just because there is two 100 watt amps does not mean that there is need to double the bass watts.
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Theres so many factors, but 300-400, is generally a comfortable range for most people.
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#8
Depends on where you're playing too. I've heard a 250 person church sound good with 60 watts. Clubs are a different story. Also depends on the preamp. Growly sounds with lots of harmonics will sound louder than a very clean sound. I would say that playing live in a club you need an absolute minimum of 300 watts, preferably more if you can afford it. I don't think that "being heard over the drummer" is the issue in a live club environment, it's more like cutting through the crappy acoustics and the fact that you have omnidirectional bass having to fill up a huge room full of people who absorb it, and walls that make the soundwaves cancel each other out.
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#9
I played in front of about 20 people in a basement sized club last weekend, and I couldn't imagine having any less power than the 500-600W I had.
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I played in front of about 20 people in a basement sized club last weekend, and I couldn't imagine having any less power than the 500-600W I had.


20 ****ing people?!?!?!

Egad man when you were talking I thought you meant you played for about 50 people! Your band must play ridiculously loud.

Okay so TS, don't disregard this crazy guy's post but instead use it to prove that different people need very different wattages. Like me for example, was playing with no PA support for about 50 people in a pretty small room, and was up against 80 tube watts on guitar, and my 500 watts was pretty decently sized.
#11
imo, a regular gigging bass player needs a 400w to 500w amp, a 4x10 cab for small
venues, and an 8x10 cab(or equivilant) for larger venues. having a sub cab (1x15", 1x18", 2x12") would really help add some "balls" when playing without a P.A.
a general rule of thumb, if your going to mic the kick drum, you should also mic/direct
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#12
What are the suggested wattage levels for the different sizes of venues? Like from around 50, from 50 - 100, from 100 - 200ish+, from a couple hundred, and then for outdoors?
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20 ****ing people?!?!?!

Egad man when you were talking I thought you meant you played for about 50 people! Your band must play ridiculously loud.

Okay so TS, don't disregard this crazy guy's post but instead use it to prove that different people need very different wattages. Like me for example, was playing with no PA support for about 50 people in a pretty small room, and was up against 80 tube watts on guitar, and my 500 watts was pretty decently sized.

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What are the suggested wattage levels for the different sizes of venues? Like from around 50, from 50 - 100, from 100 - 200ish+, from a couple hundred, and then for outdoors?

At least 500W. Then offset volume with the appropriately named knob.
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#14
Pro Tip

Any venue you play big enough to need more then 300w will have PA. My 250w amp has performed outstandingly in both a gymnasium, the smallish sized (maybe 50 ppl) club of Fitsgeralds in a 500 seat auditorium, and in a 700 seat theatre. The gym had no PA, and was by far the largest and most acoustically challenging. But I still filled the gym with sound without pushing my amp over 50% volume
#15
Well, then it really depends on your sound or the PA,s, i wou;ld still prefer a bigger rig for bigger venues. But then again, all be a millionaire by then, and probably wont even have to play bass in the gigs, will get someone to do it for me.
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