#1
What would you say the bare minimum wattage would be for playing a small gig? Also any good value amp suggestions are great. (cheap as they can be without out being a total piece of crap)
#2
Right... so, this is not a good thread. Here's what we need:

1. Price range
2. Musical genre
3. Desired features
4. Tube or SS

That'll get you started.
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I've done gigs with a Valve Jnr, and a 15w combo.

But it mainly depends on whether you want clean sounds at gigging volumes
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Well I did/do small gig's with a 80 watt amp and it has a lot of leftover power. On that though I would guess that 50 watts would be a minimum if you don't want you amp to be constantly straining on full.

But then it depends on how loud your playing and how hard your drummer bashes his/her drums.
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Depends if it's mic'd to a PA. If it is you could use a 15 watt amp easily.
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Quote by wohzah
What would you say the bare minimum wattage would be for playing a small gig? Also any good value amp suggestions are great. (cheap as they can be without out being a total piece of crap)


Depends on whether you will be using a solid-state or valve amp. Also if it's going to be mic'd or not. If it is then almost any amp would do.
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Well I did/do small gig's with a 80 watt amp and it has a lot of leftover power. On that though I would guess that 50 watts would be a minimum if you don't want you amp to be constantly straining on full.

But then it depends on how loud your playing and how hard your drummer bashes his/her drums.

you're also using a SS amp.
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#10
I play blues and rock. No metal more classic rock. I would like to spend as little as possible while still reataining acceptable quality. Do I choose if my amp will be mic'd?
#11
It depends if the venue you're playing at has a PA system, really...
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#12
Where you are depends if your amp is mic'd. Most places now will have their own PA so yea it'd be mic'd.

For Blues and classic rock theres a lot of options that are cheap. If you're UK the Laney VC 30 is good, the 1x12. If you're US there's the Peavey Classic 30. They're highly recommended around here.
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#13
30 Watts of TUBE power can get you buy. A 50 is a safer bet, but you could use a 30. It depends on PA equipment, size of venue. Lots of stuff.
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I'd say 15W is enough, if you don't need headroom. Doubt you'd need more than 30 (I have done gigs for 100s of people with my R30 miced at like 3-4).
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1000 would be insane......I only use 400......

400 is wayyyyyyyyyyyy excessive in itself
40 watts is enough to give hearing damage, let alone double that...
Even though it might not feel like it, your hearing will slowly go away.
Or in 1000 watts case, in a matter of weeks, lol
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#17
I have an ac30, 30 watts, and its loud enough for medium gigs
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I think that 30W really is the perfect balance between getting good sounds during bedroom practice and getting enough volume for a gig.

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400 is wayyyyyyyyyyyy excessive in itself
40 watts is enough to give hearing damage, let alone double that...
Even though it might not feel like it, your hearing will slowly go away.
Or in 1000 watts case, in a matter of weeks, lol


Dude, it's not like I blast the damn thing! I rarely have the volume above 2!!
#20
5 watts is plenty. There are literally hundereds of variables that can change what is necessary.

I don't know about you guys, but I HATE it when people state things like "you need MINIMUM 15 tube watts to play gigs. Its a crock of ****. Every single sitution is different.
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5 watts is plenty. There are literally hundereds of variables that can change what is necessary.

I don't know about you guys, but I HATE it when people state things like "you need MINIMUM 15 tube watts to play gigs. Its a crock of ****. Every single sitution is different.


I agree with you.

In most situations bigger venues where you might need a larger amp isn't required because they will most likely have a PA anyway. I'd go from anywhere between 15-50 tube watts. It also depends if you play in your bedroom a lot too.
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Cheers for the support. I'd have even said its possible with a Ruby with a correct speaker cabinet, but I've never tried it so I can't speak for it.
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