It is currently 22 Jun 2018, 07:56



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 8 posts ] 
 About amplification. 
Author Message
Metal Guru
User avatar

Joined: 17 Apr 2004, 15:51
Posts: 63337
Post About amplification.
So I'm looking at amps to go with my new Les Paul Tribute that I just brought home and I'm really dumbfounded by these newfangled options. When I was a lad in ye olde nineties, we used to buy 120 watt combo guitar amps and 200 watt bass amps for our garage bands. Now I'm seeing 15 watt heads on 4x12 cabs. What is going on? Can someone explain this all to me? What kind of power is really needed for, say, a garage band or a small club gig where there is no PA? Or what about one where there is a PA?

_________________
We would reveal the only truth
We would make them really sorry
We would show them Sovereignty in true fashion
And then be a reflection of their loss


07 May 2018, 22:12
Profile
Metal Guru
User avatar

Joined: 09 Mar 2002, 21:00
Posts: 73178
Location: Ogdenville
Post Re: About amplification.
I'd avoid a combo amp just because it frees up your gear options going forward. I'm not sure what's actually necessary power-wise in terms of jamming with other people with/without a PA, but remember: you can always dial the volume back if it's a little loud. If you max out, there's nowhere else to go aside from buying more gear.

I'm running a 120 watt head through a 2x12 cab. That motherfucker is loud, dude. I barely even have the master volume on 2 when I'm playing around at home. I've crept the volume dial up a little higher just for the fuck of it and it's hilariously powerful. I should have no issues playing with a band either with or without a PA, it can go down quietly enough for home playing, and it sounds like a sonic orgasm.

The way I would go about things in your position is to find the sound I like, and then go for as much power as possible.

_________________
Blackjebus wrote:
Yeah, once you have AIDS you don't have to worry about AIDS anymore. Instead you have to worry about colds.


11 May 2018, 14:34
Profile
Metal Guru
User avatar

Joined: 17 Apr 2004, 15:51
Posts: 63337
Post Re: About amplification.
I bought a 10 watt Vox amp for now. Lol

_________________
We would reveal the only truth
We would make them really sorry
We would show them Sovereignty in true fashion
And then be a reflection of their loss


22 May 2018, 21:29
Profile
Metal Guru
User avatar

Joined: 13 Apr 2007, 11:17
Posts: 11783
Location: Seattle
Post Re: About amplification.
thelostpatrol wrote:
I bought a 10 watt Vox amp for now. Lol


Nothing wrong with a Vox :cheers:

_________________
Quote:
That's the greatest miracle of nature: Everything turns into fire with enough fury and kerosene!


25 May 2018, 00:30
Profile YIM
Metal Guru
User avatar

Joined: 09 Mar 2002, 21:00
Posts: 73178
Location: Ogdenville
Post Re: About amplification.
thelostpatrol wrote:
I bought a 10 watt Vox amp for now. Lol


I started off with a shitty MG30DFX from Marshall. You do what you've gotta to get shit rolling, right?

_________________
Blackjebus wrote:
Yeah, once you have AIDS you don't have to worry about AIDS anymore. Instead you have to worry about colds.


26 May 2018, 18:43
Profile
Metal Guru
User avatar

Joined: 13 Apr 2007, 11:17
Posts: 11783
Location: Seattle
Post Re: About amplification.
Exorcist wrote:
thelostpatrol wrote:
I bought a 10 watt Vox amp for now. Lol


I started off with a shitty MG30DFX from Marshall. You do what you've gotta to get shit rolling, right?


I had some kind of generic amp that I could barely get any distortion out of and graduated to a 20 watt Marshall about a year later. At one point I chained them together to make the most laughable "stack" in existence. The first one had some decent reverb and the Marshall had passable distortion.

No money + desperation = ingenuity. 8)

I don't think I had a proper amp until I was 20-21. Best amp I ever owned was a Fender Princeton Chorus- beautiful cleans and decent overdrive which I supplemented with a Boss MetalZone.

_________________
Quote:
That's the greatest miracle of nature: Everything turns into fire with enough fury and kerosene!


28 May 2018, 16:55
Profile YIM
Metal Guru
User avatar

Joined: 17 Apr 2004, 15:51
Posts: 63337
Post Re: About amplification.
My little Vox is pretty great for the size. It gets quite loud in my apartment too. The built-in overdrive is more than adequate for my present needs. I'm glad I invested most of the money in the Les Paul over the amp. Really, no complaints so far, especially for a $99 amplifier.

_________________
We would reveal the only truth
We would make them really sorry
We would show them Sovereignty in true fashion
And then be a reflection of their loss


29 May 2018, 14:09
Profile
Metal Guru
User avatar

Joined: 20 May 2004, 17:45
Posts: 14602
Location: Winnipeg,MB
Post Re: About amplification.
I’m just gonna be satisfied with a little Peavy Vyper modelling amp for now until I can afford a local Revv. I’m perplexed too by amp choices. The only time I’m dissatisfied with what I have is when I jam and put it up against three other instruments. In the house or garage I can get most any tone I want, and at reasonable volume without pedals. I tend to play in cleaner tones. But overdrive distorted tones are easily dialed up and there’s a 12 banks to preset which is plenty enough for what I do.

There’s so many amps I’m curious about i don’t even know where to start when I finally add a tube amp to the equation.

_________________
Anhur wrote:
Somebody call a plumber, the hockey thread is leaking.


13 Jun 2018, 18:27
Profile
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 8 posts ] 


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Jump to:  


Google
 
Web www.bravewords.com

Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group.
Designed by Vjacheslav Trushkin for Free Forums/DivisionCore.