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Newbie needs help making an amp decision for smaller gigs

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by gasketmaster, Jun 4, 2004.

  1. gasketmaster


    Jun 3, 2004
    Warning!!!! First Post :bag:


    I'm just starting out in my first band.We will be gigging in about 30 days.The drummer and lead guitarist have played out before but I have no experience.I'm just figuring out that I need a stage amp so I can hear myself play.I was piping thru the PA before but since we got our new mixing board I can't hear myself playing thru the monitor.The lead guitarist has his own stage amp and the drums are just plain loud :D

    We will be micing our amps and the drum set and running them thru the mixing board.My question is.......how much amp do I need to play Classic Rock tunes at small parties,wedding receptions,out door get togethers,ect. when micing our amps?
    Can I get away with a smaller portable amp like the Fender Rumble 100,Bassmaster KM200,Workingman's 15 Combo,ect. or would my money be better spent buying a cheap used cabinet and head unit?
    I can always upgrade later.......I'm just looking for a good starting point :bassist:

    Any suggestions or opinions are welcome :help:

  2. NeedMoreBass

    NeedMoreBass unregistered

    Feb 14, 2003
    What is your budget? Normally you can get by with a small combo if you have PA support but the loud drummer is going to cause a problem!
  3. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    It's always better to buy used if you want to maximize bang for the buck. Having more amp than you need NOW is better than having to lose money upgrading when you need more amp LATER.

    I'd suggest either a used GK 400RB Head or a NEW Behringer BX3000T head ($200-250) and then a used cab in the $100-250 range (any number of 1-15 or 2-10 cabinets).
  4. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    hey bro....welcome to TB.

    I would suggest you find yourself a nice combo that allows extension cabinets. If you are thinking about expanding down the road, you may want to seriously consider a power/pre rig. They give you the most options for upgrading later.

  5. gasketmaster


    Jun 3, 2004
    Around $300 - $500 would be nice ;)
  6. Chronosx65x


    May 27, 2004
    $300-$500 range? you should BUY the new behringer bx300t, and a used bottom, whatever u can get with the change. you should be able to get a 4x10. you will be smokin' with that. thats what i use, and i keep up with my guitarist's 2 full marshall stacks nicely.