Too much power?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by B String, Sep 10, 2002.

  1. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    If situations demand that I play
    at a low volume, is it a detriment
    to have too much power. I'm
    thinking of a gk1001rb with a 4ohm
    box. (about 540 watts) Might I
    loose tone or punch if I don't
    push the amp enough?
  2. 44me


    Jun 17, 2002
    Bedford, NH USA
    For the most part, no. Power amp distortion should be very low until you approach the point where it clips. Unless you are used to the sound of pushing your amp to its limits, running it at 20% instead of 50% isn’t going to sound much different. If you had a tube amp it might be a little different, but I think that’s mostly because you can ride the rail a little more with a tube amp before you get really objectionable distortion. Personally, I prefer the sound with a lot of overhead. The big thing when playing low is that your perception of sound, particularly low tones, is a lot different, so you may find that your settings need to be a lot different. I don’t think you should have any problem dialing in great tone, but “Punch” is definitely associated with volume. It’s hard to describe a sound as having good punch without feeling it a bit in the ribs.
  3. Go wash your mouth out with soap. :D