is the fender rumble 150 good for gigs?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by squireguy, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. squireguy


    Jul 17, 2013
    My parents refuse to let me buy the Rumble 350, because they think it's overkill for the house. But really, I want a bass amp that's good for the house AND for gigs. Would the Rumble 150 be that type of amp?

    I'm planning on joining my church band. We have one LOUD guitarist, one heavy handed drummer, one keyboardist, and three vocals.
  2. ncapone


    Nov 17, 2010
    The 350 won't be too loud if you keep the volume low, or use headphones.
  3. CertifiedLurker


    Nov 20, 2008
    Nope, the 150 won't cut it in a band situation. The 350 is closer to the bare minimum. A loud drummer & guitar player can easily kill the 350.

    You can always turn down, but there's only so much one can turn it up.
  4. Jtaing562


    May 24, 2013
    The 150 is not enough. I had the 350 and it was pretty loud but then it can easily get drowned out with a full band setting.

    Get a GK MB212 combo instead for headroom.
  5. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    If your parents are clueless non-musicians, nothing might convince them, but I think you should tell them that you can turn the 350 down or go through headphones, but that the 150 will be too weak for most rock gigs.
  6. RandalPinkFloyd


    Jun 3, 2012
    3 threads. You seem deadset on the Fender Rumble despite advice saying otherwise. Just goes to show, "you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink."
  7. P Town

    P Town

    Dec 7, 2011
    I see the Rumble 150 combo is about 350 bucks new. I am not a fan of the Fender amps in this price range. Even buying used, it may not be easy to find a gig worthy amp in that price range. One that does come to mind, is a used Peavey TNT115. (I think there are a few different versions of this, so you may want to do some research). I am partial to Ampegs, and I bought a used B100R for about what you are looking to spend, (but that may not be appropriate for what you have in mind). I recommend that you find a way to up the budget, (and Wattage) if you can.

    On the other hand, if you must depend on your parents for assistance, maybe you should not look a gift horse in the mouth, and appreciate what that they are willing to help you out. You can always get something you like more later on. There are lots of amps out there, and there always will be. As you continue to learn, and acquire the means to make money, you will be able to upgrade your equipment on your own terms.

    So, if it is up to Mom, and Dad, maybe the best thing you can do is say: "Thanks Mom, I really appreciate you helping me out, and letting me play loud music with my friends in your house. Dad, I mowed the grass, and washed the car, what else do you want me to do?"
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  8. 4001

    4001 Inactive

    Sep 29, 2004
    Lake County, IL
    Tell your parents that there is a thing on the amp called a volume control. That thing will make it no louder than the Rumble 150 if you don't crank it up.

    Get the Rumble 350. You will eventually kill the 150 as you find that you are constantly competing against the drums and guitar. The 350 has a bit more headroom so you can turn it up at practice or gigs without driving it too hard as you would most likely end up doing with the 150.

    Getting the 350 might save you the hassle of frying the 150.

    Bass needs more power than guitars to move air. Guitar notes frequencies travel farther than bass does and if your drummer hits hard, you will be having trouble even hearing your bass.

    Just my .02.

    Again, get the 350.

    Heck, I'd even go one farther and get the Rumble 350 head and a seperate cab.
  9. 313


    Jun 6, 2010
    Central PA
    That is some good advice right there.
  10. 4001

    4001 Inactive

    Sep 29, 2004
    Lake County, IL
    Don't quit your day job.
  11. MegaSwing

    MegaSwing Your Obedient Bassist® Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2002
    Baltimore, MD USA
    150 would be enough with players exercising restraint. We all know the rest of THAT story.

    Personally I have found the Fender Rumble range to perform well beyond expectations, from the bottom to the top. It's decent stuff.
  12. Right_Butterscotch64


    Oct 18, 2012
    You shouldve seen the look on my parents face when I told them I was buying a new cab and came home with an ampeg 8x10e. You have nothing to worry about, get the 350.
  13. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist ZOMG! I'm back from the dead! Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    Use their lack of knowledge to your advantage. Tell them that the two smaller speakers won't be as loud or go as low as that one massive one in the 150 :smug:
  14. Hevy T

    Hevy T Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Lethbridge, AB Canada
    I have a 150 and find it good for jamming and stuff. It keeps up pretty ok. I lent it to a friend to play an out door festival and he said it was fine. They ran it through the pa and had monitor support. So it was just as a di. If you can get pa support i think the 150 will work in a pinch. But if you dont have pa support i think you need atleast a 4x10 cab and 300 watt head to be happy
  15. OP, tell your Mom bass amps are like women's shoes: more than one set is required.
    You need one set for loafing around the house, and a different high-end set when out in public.

    Moms understand about choosing appropriate shoes for the occasion.
    Taking a Rumble to a loud gig is every bit as inappropriate as wearing spiked cleats at a church dance.
    Remember to always have matching accessories (basses) for the shoes...

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  16. squireguy


    Jul 17, 2013
    Thanks for the replies everyone,

    So the general consensus is that the Rumble 150 is not good for gigs. But I've thought it over, and here's what I came up with...

    I'm in grade 12, which means that in 1 year, I'll be going to university. (I live near Toronto.) I won't find a whole lot of time to make a band and play gigs that require a whole ton of power. I don't even think I'll join the church band, in retrospect. I don't like worship music. I'm thinking of just doing small room jam sessions with a friend who plays drums, and another friend who plays guitar, doing Rush and Yes covers. That's it. Then, in university, I'll be so busy that I won't find the time to do anything other than study.

    I don't want to buy the 350 if I'm not going to gig, that's all. The most I'm thinking of doing is, once again, small jam sessions.

    And RPinkFloyd, sorry, but I really do like the rumble 150. And if that's the way I feel, well...
  17. oldcatfish


    Jan 8, 2011
    I think that you should join the church will be a great experience for you. There are often very talented musicians in churches.

    That being said...the Rumble 150 gets plenty loud, if you eq it right and use an amp stand. I use one at one of the churches that I play at and I've never had it past the halfway point on the volume. And I had to turn down because it was too loud. And that particular church has a louder acceptable stage volume than most,since the worship leader used to play guitar in a classic rock cover band.
  18. squireguy


    Jul 17, 2013
    Well, I'll probably reconsider joining the church band, yes. But I just don't really like the songs they play.

    And I THOUGHT it was possible to gig with the 150. In fact, although I'm not going to use it for gigging, the reviews of the 150 on Musiciansfriend all say that you CAN gig with it just fine with a loud band. So...who should I believe? The people on this forum, or the people on Musiciansfriend?
  19. SactoBass

    SactoBass A retired civil engineer who likes all-tube amps! Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Lake Havasu City, AZ
    You're not alone in that regard, my friend.

    LOL! I think you already know the answer to that one!

    And btw, you have good taste in music! Yes and Rush, eh? About ten years ago, I was in a Yes tribute band. I also got to meet Yes backstage in 2001. I chatted with Mr. Christopher Russell Edward Squire about the Ric 4001CS I owned at the time. He asked me "how does it sound?" And I respectfully replied, "it sounds good, but when I play mine it never seems to sound as good as when you play yours." He smiled.
  20. I have successfully used the rumble 150 head in a classic rock cover band. i dont know anything about the combo but the head is the same head as in the combo im pretty sure. i was using it with the rumble 4x10. Plenty loud for us, 2 guitars, bass, and drums.

    i had that head for a few months. i just happened upon a gk goldline 500 head for a great deal and had some spare change in my pocket so i traded in the rumble head and got the gk. i kept the rumble cab though for now as it seem to be well made, handels a lot of power, was cheap and sounds pretty good.