#1
I read around and searched, but I couldn't find the answers I was really looking for.

I'm looking to find a bass amp to rehearse and gig with as part of a pop-rock band. What should I consider in regards to the wattage and tube vs solid state when it comes to bass amps.

We intend on micing the amps.

I know more about guitar amps and I always seeked out a low watt tube amp so that I don't have to be too extremely loud on the amp itself to reach overdrive. Do the same principles apply?
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#2
Generally, you want 3 times the wattage of your guitarists, unless they know how to turn down. I forgot what the tube/ss ratio was.
#3
If you intend on mic-ing the amps then wattage shouldn't be a huge problem as long as you have about twice as much wattage as your guitarists.

About the overdrive principle, it applies the same as with a guitar tube amp, but i have to ask, are you looking for a slightly over driven bass tone? In my experience, every time i have used a nearly dime'd bass tube amp, i can't get through the ungodly amount of mud.
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#4
Smoots, I should have clarified.

I was looking to avoid an overdriven sound - so considering that - I'd be looking to do the exact opposite as I would do with a guitar amp and look for plenty of head room on a bass amp to avoid an overdriven sound.

???
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#5
Quote by Halakar
Generally, you want 3 times the wattage of your guitarists, unless they know how to turn down. I forgot what the tube/ss ratio was.


I found this a while back on the "The Ultimate Gear Information Sticky".


As a rule we have for SS:
10-30W: practice on your own.
30-50W: practice with a band or recording.
50 to 100W (or more): Gigs (as much wattage as you ever need)

And for valves:
<20W: practice on your own
20-30W Band practice/Recording
30-50W Gigging.
>50W Hearing damage.


So with that in mind... if my guitarist has say a 100w Solid State guitar amp - and i'm looking to buy a tube bass amp... and 100w SS = 50w TUBE roughly... i'd be looking for say.... 150w tube amp minimum?

REGARDLESS - i did some research and if I want an AMPEG head w/ tubes.... according to Musicians Friend my only option is 300W. =D
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#6
Quote by Grenade_Jumper
Smoots, I should have clarified.

I was looking to avoid an overdriven sound - so considering that - I'd be looking to do the exact opposite as I would do with a guitar amp and look for plenty of head room on a bass amp to avoid an overdriven sound.

???


If you want a clean sound at loud volume, then you need as much headroom as possible. More power combined with high-wattage, efficient speakers is the way to go.
#7
if you are looking to clean sound a amp with a lot head room is needed with cab with high wattage speakers.

It also depends on how many speakers and the size of the speakers too.
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