#1
is 20watts loud enough for small/medium gigs?

i play mostly metal/djent etc

my budget is about £800 for a head and cab (1x12 0r 2x12)

ive been looking at the jet city jca 20, i could stetch my budget and get the 50 but i'd rather not tbh.
#2
It is a little iffy - also don't know how you define small/medium gigs...If I were you I'd get the 50 watt to be safe. As long as it is 50 tube watts (like the jet city) you should be able to pull it off - I would say maybe a 2x12 instead of 1x12 wouldn't hurt either...
#3
Why would you want a 20 watt amp to play metal?

But yes, it's more than loud enough, unless you're looking for pristine clean sounds.
#4
I have a 15 watt amp and it is really loud. I turn the volume just a little past halfway and it's loud.
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#6
I wouldn't be looking at the 20h for Djent the 50 or 100 maybe but not the 20. It's not tight enough. It can do metal easily with a boost and it does it well.

If you were to gig with the 20 watt model your clean tone would have a bit of grit to it but if you are like me I quite like that. Each to his own I suppose.
#7
I'd go the 50W just to be safe. Then again, any place with a decent PA (which you're not going to get at small gigs) can just mic up your cab.

I'm a 50/100W head kinda guy though, so I'm a little biased.
#8
i could probably mic it up anyway just wanted to check,

btw, would it be worth getting two 1x12s instead of a 2x12? that way, if i'm playing a tiny gig i can just have a 1x12, its more pratical, i'm new to head/cab matching, would this work?
#9
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I wouldn't be looking at the 20h for Djent the 50 or 100 maybe but not the 20. It's not tight enough. It can do metal easily with a boost and it does it well.

If you were to gig with the 20 watt model your clean tone would have a bit of grit to it but if you are like me I quite like that. Each to his own I suppose.



yeah i like a bit if break up on my clean tones , i play more metal than djent anyway
#10
It's easily loud enough, but a tube amp that low of a wattage is going to probably have a lot more poweramp breakup than you'd want for metal.
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i could probably mic it up anyway just wanted to check,

btw, would it be worth getting two 1x12s instead of a 2x12? that way, if i'm playing a tiny gig i can just have a 1x12, its more pratical, i'm new to head/cab matching, would this work?


It'd work... But why bother? There is no practical reason to use 2 1x12s over a single 2x12. Besides which a 2x12 isn't heavy enough or large enough to ever really be impractical.
#12
ok, what do people think of this,

probably getting the jca 50 with an orange ppc4x10 (a 4x12 is a little too much)
#13
You should probably get a 2x12 in that case. 10" speakers aren't desirable for metal. Also, to the earlier question, for metal especially, I would not gig with anything under 50W.
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It'd work... But why bother? There is no practical reason to use 2 1x12s over a single 2x12. Besides which a 2x12 isn't heavy enough or large enough to ever really be impractical.


actually there is a practical reason for doing this. with 2 seperate cabs you can place them on different parts of a stage changing the sound dispersion or use one as a stage monitor.
#15
I'd go 40-50watt up for metal.

Ideally I'd have a wall of Diezels, Mesas, Bogners. Bad Cats, Hughes Kettners, Randalls, Kranks and ENGLs each running two 4x12 cabs... But then I realise that it's not 1987 anymore and we have reasonable PA systems these days.
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