#1
Hi,

I'm looking into getting a low wattage tube amp (i.e. 20 watt valve senior or 15 watt cub head) and I was wondering if they would be loud enough to play gigs without having to mic them? The venues would usually be small pub sized gigs but might be getting larger if we can get a better venue.

Thanks
jihedley
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#2
Are you playing with a band or solo?
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#3
What genre of music?
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#4
Yeh, I'm playing in a band and the genre is rock, somtimes verging on punk when we cover green day songs.
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PRS SE Chris Robertson Ltd. Edition (Red)
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Gibson Les Paul Junior
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Blackstar ID:CORE 20
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#5
Well, if you're into lead playing, take a look at the Vox AC15, or some of the smaller orange heads.
#6
Ok, i'll take a look at those. Would they be loud enough for a gig though?
Guitars:
PRS SE Chris Robertson Ltd. Edition (Red)
PRS SE Chris Robertson Ltd. Edition (Blue)
Gibson Les Paul Junior
Fender Standard Stratocaster (MIM)
Vintage V100
Encore Acoustic

Amps:
Marshall Class 5
Blackstar ID:CORE 20
FX:
Boss SD-1
Dunlop Crybaby Wah
#7
Quote by jihedley
Ok, i'll take a look at those. Would they be loud enough for a gig though?


They could be loud enough...I could practice with the band at performance levels with my old Night Train; but the only problem with a lower wattage tube amp is the headroom. Getting the amp to stay clean at those volumes (without mic'ing) is a little more difficult, so it really just depends on what kind of music you're playing. If you need a lot of cleans at that volume...I'd look for a bit more wattage, 30-50 watts tube IMO.
#8
Quote by jihedley
Ok, i'll take a look at those. Would they be loud enough for a gig though?


Well, for a smaller gig they should be fine, $15 watts tube can get pretty loud. They they're not too loud to mic or use in practice or recording sessions.
#9
Ah ok. I dont think i'll be needing cleans much so I think I might take one of these models out for a test drive
Guitars:
PRS SE Chris Robertson Ltd. Edition (Red)
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Fender Standard Stratocaster (MIM)
Vintage V100
Encore Acoustic

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Marshall Class 5
Blackstar ID:CORE 20
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Dunlop Crybaby Wah
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Marshall Class 5
Blackstar ID:CORE 20
FX:
Boss SD-1
Dunlop Crybaby Wah
#12
You could go for a used tiny terror, or something like an AC15. However with the AC15 specifically you're gonna run into problems with the headroom if you like to play clean and loud. Plus if you move into bigger gigs I'm hoping you'll be able to mic the amp...
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