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How much wattage do you gig with?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by NickyBass, Apr 23, 2009.


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  1. NickyBass

    NickyBass Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2005
    Southern New Jersey
    This isn't a 'how many watts do I need' thread. I'm just wondering what everybody else is using. Please vote in the poll. Also, vote based on what you use, not what you have available...ie...if you use one 8 ohm cab, don't vote for your 4 ohm rating.

    Typically, I'll use a 300-350 watt head when we have PA support. I've used more, and I've used less, but I find that 350 is enough for most of the stuff that I do.
     
  2. Double Agent

    Double Agent Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2006
    Lakeland, FL
    With a drummer, I use 2 cabs to get 425 watts from my GBE600. Even without PA support, I can't really recall a situation where I needed more power.

    If we don't have a drummer, I get by pretty well with just the 1 cab for 275 watts.
     
  3. Mudfuzz

    Mudfuzz

    Apr 3, 2004
    WA...
    I gig with a mesa 400+ [400-500] and before that I gigged with a SVT CL [360ish]
     
  4. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man

    Feb 11, 2003
    :cool:

    If It's a drummer-less gig. (100-200 watts)

    With drums. ( 300-400 watts)

    I feel I can do any gig with 300 watts.
     
  5. Tony G

    Tony G

    Jan 20, 2006
    NY
    I have many different situations. If I gig my F1 with my 8 ohm AE210, that is about 300 watts or so. If I use the F1 with my 4 ohm AE410, that is about 500 watts. If I use my B1500 into both the AE210/AE410, that is over 1200 watts I think?
     
  6. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    SVT 6. 1100W. Of course I don't USE all of it, but I like the headroom. I also have a SWR stack and with the ext. cab it runs 450W. It's been rare that that rig wouldn't hold up. I've filled clubs with it (no PA support).
     
  7. excane

    excane Banned

    Aug 23, 2005
    New York, NY
    Ampeg SVT4 Pro. 1200w mono bridged.

    Used to be SWR SM900 bridged.
     
  8. sk8

    sk8

    May 10, 2007
    United Kingdom
    currenly using my Shuttle 3.0-10T Combo (175 watts) but if i need a bit more i just sling a Neox 112 under it (300 watts) but for my needs at the moment the combo with a single 10 is fine
     
  9. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    I've been using preamp/power amp rigs for a while, so I just got used to having 1000+ watts available on tap. The most I ever gigged with regularly was 3400 watts with QSC PLX 3402, but generally my rig's been in the 1200-1400 watt range, going into a single Epifani 2x12. Since I play mostly 5's, and seem to always be in the bands where the guitarists and drummers have volume issues, it's nice to have some power on reserve (though I can tell lately that my hearing is suffering--anyone got any earplug recommendations? ;) )

    FWIW, the Carvin B1500 I'm using now (1200 watts into the Epi) seems louder than I see myself ever needing.

    Mike
     
  10. Kenny Allyn

    Kenny Allyn

    Mar 25, 2006
    Memphis
    Although it's totally cab dependant 90% of the time it's 500 watts through two 1x10 cabs ...

    300 will get me through a night with the same rig

    ;) ... But 500 is my average
     
  11. RickenBoogie

    RickenBoogie

    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    (Another) SVT 6Pro, Mesa Deisel 215. PA for vocals only. No problems.
     
  12. gregwatts2008

    gregwatts2008 Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2008
    Jupiter, Florida
    I use my GK 2001RB with a SWR 6x10 cab. I rarely ever get past 2 on the volume. My opinion is, more power gives you cleaner tone. I don't have to crank up, I can rattle windows, but I can play on 1 or 2 and cut thru just fine. Better to have extra power than to have not enough.
     
  13. Pickebass

    Pickebass Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    San Antonio, TX
    If this question would've been asked a few years ago, I believed you needed well over 1000 watts. I tend to be around 800... unless I'm using a tube amp then no more than 400
     
  14. NickyBass

    NickyBass Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2005
    Southern New Jersey
    I have a pre/power rig and I'm considering using that for everything, but my old Walter Woods is just so convinient, and it's hard to see lugging around a lead sled.

    I have a Mike Pope preamp that sounds so good and I like the idea of having waaaay more power than I need---so I think I'm eventually going to make the swtich.
     
  15. Grizzly700

    Grizzly700

    Mar 18, 2008
    Maryville, TN
    GK400RB is all I need.
     
  16. biobass

    biobass

    Sep 16, 2007
    Princeton NJ area
    For 99.9% of my gigs (mostly musical theater, and orchestral) 100 watts or even less is fine. I had used a Hartke Kickback 12 with the paper cone for years, with perfectly fine results (125 watts @ 6 ohms). Within the last year or so I upgraded tonally to using either a GB NeoPak 3.5 (175 wats @ 8 ohms) or a GB Shuttle 6.0 (375 watts @ 8 ohms) and a Berg HT112. I also got the EX112, but haven't ever needed it on the gig yet. I absolutely love the tone and flexibility of both of the GB heads and the Berg mini-stack, even if it is way overkill for my volume needs.

    Cheers,
    Dennis
     
  17. 600W of Eden into a SWR 410. I never use all of it.
     
  18. RTL

    RTL House Chicken Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Leander, TX
    750 Watts here (DB750@4 Ohms), but I definitely don't need that kind of power. It is nice to have that kind of headroom, but I'd easily get by in most situations with half that.
     
  19. bstringrandy

    bstringrandy Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2004
    Jacksonville, FL
    450 watt SVT3Pro into a SVT410HLF, but I always run DI into a PA with a Mackie 2400 pushing 18" subs...:D

    Randy
     
  20. MN_Bass

    MN_Bass Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2008
    Minnesota
    250 Watt Peavey VB-2 into an Ampeg 8x10, louder than 1000+Watt hybrid amps I've owned, and I'm playing with a loud drummer and two cranked Marshall JCM 800 Stacks.
     

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