How many watts do you guys use live?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Obsolex, Apr 2, 2003.

  1. Obsolex

    Obsolex Guest

    Nov 17, 2002
    Just been wondering about this for a while cuz i don't know how much i should get... Anyway, how many watts do you guys use live, and how big is the venue and how loud are the guitar amps? _-soto-_
  2. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    My power amp is 2100 bridged into 4 ohms. But even though my Bergantino cabs aren't highly efficient I get by just fine running one channel of the amp, which is 775 watts into 4 ohms (load I use for most gigs) and roughly 900W into 2.67 ohms (larger rig used for larger gigs).
  3. How many watts - 600 watts into a 4x10.

    How big is the venue - usually there are around 100 to 200 peeps.

    How loud is the guitar amps - loud enough that if you stand in front of them, you're miserable.

    BTW - my stage rig is for the band/stage volume only. The PA is for the crowd. "This is how we do it... it's Friday ni-ight..."

  4. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    Just wanted to add that my rig does all the work (no assist from the PA).
  5. Phat Ham

    Phat Ham

    Feb 13, 2000
    500 watts into an Eden D410XLT. Guitarist has a 100W Marshall half stack. No PA assist.

    Right now 500W just barely cuts it. I'm itching to buy a QSC PLX 2402 for gobs of headroom.
  6. With my 1x15, 2x10 and 400 watts going into them I get by in a small venue (100-200 people), but I rarely play without a PA, so my rig is really just for stage sound, and it's more than sufficient for that.

    It's not really just the wattage you should be concerned about, it's also important how many speakers you use and how efficient they are.

    Bruce Gavin (bgavin) will tell you he uses 1,000+ watts, but his cabs need this power to get to life. With an Eden 410 (pick one) you only need 100 watts to blow a rig like bgavin's away.
  7. icks


    Jul 12, 2001
    Charleroi, Belgium
    1x15' 300 watts and PA for 100 people ...
  8. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    220w valve head with a 4x10 (98db rated).

    The amps fine but I want/need/desire a smaller. efficient cab that does 35hk-18k (ish).

    I do often use a DI feed to the PA but it's barely on.

    I got by on 100w combos until 2000. The new drummers I played with are way too loud.

    BTW the guitarist uses a 20w valve combo.
  9. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    300 watts !!

    Everybody knows that is the minimum necessary to play out !!

    Ask Muniji....;)
  10. PICK


    Jan 27, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    300watts into one Eden 410 (106db)
  11. zoran


    May 10, 2002
    400W into 1x15 and 2x12
  12. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Well, generally you should match the number of watts of the bulb with the number of watts it says is suitable on the light fitting.
  13. 200 watts into a 4x10, medium indoor venues (150-600 people) with PA support. My guitarist uses a 100 watt tube 2x12, when a second guitar is used he has a 120 watt 2x12.

    This is easily enough for stage volume, I actually have to turn it up louder in practice usually than I do on a gig. I attribute this more to having all the amps lined up facing us at practice rather than the guitar amps on the other side of the drummer in a live situation.

    I'll be picking up another cab sometime in the near future so I can run it at 4 ohms and 350 watts.
  14. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    340 watts into a 2x10 and 1x15
  15. Since I got a 2nd hand 2000rb , 1000 watts.

    Don't really need that much though.
  16. SnaveDogg


    Mar 21, 2003
    Birmingham, AL
    135 Watts- ALL tube into a 15 and a 2-12.
    No effects.

    DI to PA where available. I used this rig at a huge outdoor festival last year. About 5000 people. The PA was the deliverer of the sound in that venue of course.

    Guitar amps were typical guitar amps. Unless they are aimed at you, they are not all that loud.

    The biggest venue where my amp was unassisted by PA was about 150 people. I'm sure it could do more though.
  17. pike66


    Apr 28, 2001
    Long Island NY
    I actually use an Ampeg Svt Classic head which is 300 watts, into an ampeg 410 hlf. I don't run it through a PA, just purely from the stage. It's really quite enough for just about anywhere, as most of you know. I don't even use an 810 cab, and the sound from the 410 is phenominal.
  18. RichBriere

    RichBriere Guest

    Jan 1, 2003
    Upstate NY
    My current (and long time fave) amp does whatever I ask it to. Routinely covers rooms of 200-300 people. No PA support 97.42% of the time. Handles my MTD 5's quite nicely.

    "In this corner, wearing the black and silver trunks and still delivering knock-out punches with its mighty 60 watts. (60, NOT 600 or 6000), a 1969 Sunn 200S head/amp with a 2x15 Sunn/JBL D-140 cabinet". :)

  19. All I've ever needed live is:

    Henry 8x8 + 500 watts.
  20. Not at 50 Hz and lower.


    A D410XLT is a gutless wonder below 50 Hz and almost nothing at low B.

    I run 900 watts / 4 ohms in my sub channel, and 150 watts / 4 ohms in my Highs channel.