#1
Title says it all.

Edit: Do bass amps need to be as loud as guitar amps?
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Last edited by Guitar2theface at Aug 2, 2009,
#2
100-200 watts
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#3
No. Louder. A lot louder. Bass frequencies are 'harder' to hear, in other words they are not so 'obvious' to the human ear. For this reason, and for others I'm sure, the bass wattage needs to be a lot more. I'm sure you'll get a better response than this in this thread, but I guess maybe as a rule of thumb you're going to want 2-3x the combined wattage of the other guitarists in the band. This of course goes way out the window when you are being mic'd/DI'd, which is a much simpler solution anyway. In other words, if you're just starting to look at playing gigs (which I assume you are judging by the question you asked), then you're better off going through a DI box anyway, in which case you obviously don't have to worry about wattage. Good times. For the future, when you're more serious about a rig, you're going to be wanting to seriously outnumber any guitarist(s) in terms of wattage.
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#4
In general, we in the bass forum go for 5 - 6 times the wattage when dealing with tube amps. Tube amps appear to be louder than SS amps due to harmonics and the physics of the sound produced, so I would go for 300w roughly.
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In general, we in the bass forum go for 5 - 6 times the wattage when dealing with tube amps. Tube amps appear to be louder than SS amps due to harmonics and the physics of the sound produced, so I would go for 300w roughly.


which is a good number when playing with a drummer too
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#6
Oh TUBE, ok. This guy is more on the money then ^
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#7
Tube or solid state, I go with having at least 4x the total onstage guitar wattage.

Bridge pickup users who stand by their amps playing in bands without distorted guitars saying you only need 2x the wattage need not apply.
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Tube or solid state, I go with having at least 4x the total onstage guitar wattage.

Bridge pickup users who stand by their amps playing in bands without distorted guitars saying you only need 2x the wattage need not apply.


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#9
And the rest of the sentence I wrote?
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#10
Eh well on that point,

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#11
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What would be the wattage equivalent of a 30-50W tube guitar amp?

200w - 300watts
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Edit: Do bass amps need to be as loud as guitar amps?

yes! and at least as loud as the kick drum.