rocker931
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#1
I want to know how many watts in an amp I need to compete with a drummer. I don't want to get faded out! Don't give me a specific amp, just a number.
strat335
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#2
15 watts tube, or 30 if you have a solid state amp.
Cobalt Blue
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#3
^sounds about right, hell 10 solid might do it, but you'd be maxing it out.
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#4
get a 100 =)
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#5
10 solid state won't cut it if your drummer is even somewhat loud. my crate 12 watt doesn't do it
rocker931
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#6
Cool thanks. I have a 30 watt solid already so I should be ok for a while. I also have a 50 watt but no distortion.
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#7
Although my drummer does hit the drums hard, my 30watt is a tad too quiet... so I'll say 40 SS.
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#8
and if you want to sound decent with SS, I'd suggest at least 65 to 85 watts going through 1 or 2 12" speakers
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Cofflecakes
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#10
All depends on the drummer, the speakers, the number of speakers, and the amps circuitry.

I can quite easily be heard over a loud drummer with a 4x12 or an 8x12 (it's bolted to a wall, but I doubt it'd fit in my car anyway) using a 5watt tube amp, and a 10 watt solid state amp.
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JMDavis07
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#11
I'm assuming you're a guitarist, but if you're thinking about bass, three to five times the guitarist's amp will do.

Sorry if I'm not helping.
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#12
Yall must play with some pretty quiet drummers. None of the wattage ratings that I have seem would come close even if maxing out the amp. I would say at LEAST 150 to compete with drummers and the guitars.

EDIT: Whoops, I thought we were talking about bass amplification here not guitar


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Cofflecakes
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#13
I can play in a small enclosed room or outdoors with a loud drummer with a 60 watt bass amp. Wattage is a very, VERY small part of your volume
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JMDavis07
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#14
Quote by Zeelod
EDIT: Whoops, I thought we were talking about bass amplification here not guitar

I thought that too at first.
AppleQueso
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#15
I guess it's safe to assume that the 75w amp my friend's giving me would me more than loud enough, eh?
NimbleElephant
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#16
My 30 is too quiet. It's close, just not quite enough moxy. I'm getting a 150 and that will solve any problems. A 45 might do it.
Kivarenn82
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#17
i got a 65 watt solid state Kustom. its plenty loud even for Moderate to loud drummers. the last drummer i was jamming with tho.. holy christ. the 5150 stacks were at about 6 or so to keep up with him.

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#19
65 SS fails to drown my drummer out, but we all just agreed to not 'go for it' in the noise department since I started getting headaches.. but 65 should level you with the loudest drummer you'll ever meet.
Leper Affinity
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#20
Quote by AppleQueso
I guess it's safe to assume that the 75w amp my friend's giving me would me more than loud enough, eh?

most likely
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#21
I have a 85 SS. I don't think it'd cut it coz i get a hummer when i turn it up with the distortion. Also... earplugs... My drummer is awesome
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#22
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I have a 85 SS. I don't think it'd cut it coz i get a hummer when i turn it up with the distortion. Also... earplugs... My drummer is awesome


O RLY?

But seriously, its not all about wattage. My main thing I check for when I look for new amps is how they sound when they are being pushed.
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#23
It really depends, actually, how your hearing is. When I first joined my current band, I played through a 15watt Fender amp with a drummer that was effing insanely loud and crazy, but I heard myself perfectly. After a couple of years though, I've gone to upgrade to a Peavy ValveKing 212 (300watts on full power, I believe). My hearing has gone so bad, from all the practices, gigs and misc concerts I've attended. I'd suggest earplugs if you're sensitive to noise.