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What to look for in a first/practice amp

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by pingflood, Feb 19, 2006.

  1. pingflood


    Feb 11, 2006
    I've been searching and reading a bit, but I haven't really seen any consensus on what would make a good first practice amp. It's unlikely that I'll be gigging anytime soon, so I just need something to play around with at home.

    The bass I'm getting (hopefully it should be here Tuesday) is a 6-string with a low B, so I don't know if that has any bearing on what I ought to be looking for... :)
  2. MD


    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    You know, it has a lot to do with your budget. Practice amps can be had for fifty bucks, give or take. They'll be fine for playing at home, and maybe quietly with a guitar duo. But add a drummer or electric guitar and you may be lost in the sauce sort-a-speak.

    So back to the budget. If you can swing it, a 50w amp with a 12" speaker(or something similar) would do you well. You can use it to practice and learn, and when the time comes, play with friends.

    This question may be better answered in the "amp" section.
  3. pingflood


    Feb 11, 2006
    Doh, I suppose the amp section would be a better spot, eh?

    I'd like to spend something along $50-80 since I won't use it for anything but tooling around at home for at least a year or two...