Will it be possible to gig with a Behringer ultrabass 180 watt?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by petchimp123, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. petchimp123


    Oct 22, 2007
    My friends seem to think its fine when i jam with them and they think it's pretty loud, but my friend who also plays bass thinks it stinks and that I should get another bass amp. Could anyone who has used this amp give me some input? My bands going to be doing a few gigs soon and they are just gigs at our high school.

    Also random question: Where should I order my Fender Standard Jazz bass from, Musicians friend or guitar center? I'm ordering online.
  2. tbwilson


    Dec 11, 2006
    concord NH area
    Guitar center and musicians friend are run by the same company or corporation due to the lack of better words. behringers i wouldn't push to gig volume unless you have some very good PA support. i blew the speaker in mine just practicing with it in my band. so i had to buy a half stack, much better now!
  3. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Sure. Until it blows up.
  4. tbwilson


    Dec 11, 2006
    concord NH area
  5. Anything can play a gig, even a rubber band on a ruler

    The question is, how will it sound .........

    Most likely like ass
  6. If it's not mic'ed or sent to the power amp it'll sound pretty weak and farty. If it is, you can probably pull it off for a while.

    180 watts is low, but I'm also worried about the 12" speaker.
  7. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    I like 5, 8, 10, and 12 string basses
    I use a small behringer combo in my basement ... I use an Ampeg b2r with 4 10s when I play out ... and with that I like some PA support as well ...

  8. ErebusBass


    Feb 20, 2008
    Madison, WI
    I played two gigs with my behringer. At the first it was a 4x10, the second it was a 3x10. Don't count on it being reliable
  9. Uncle Ernie

    Uncle Ernie

    Mar 10, 2007
    If you do gig with your amp and they're not hearing you, turn all the way down the bass knob and turn up the volume... mid range frequencies require less power to cut through the mix. You may not like the sound, but at least you won't be following in Marcel Marceau steps.
  10. butchblack

    butchblack Life is short. Do good. Find and do what you love.

    Jan 25, 2007
    Waltham Massachusetts
    It could be done, I wouldn't recommend it. I did a couple gigs with a 60W Behringer and survived but they were tiny clubs with a band that wasn't really loud, and I was cranked to the max. Time to save up for a new rig. A GK backline 600 and a cab used should be reasonable. Be very careful if the Behringer has the Aluminum cone speakers, they have a reputation for being frail

    The louder the music you are doing, the less effective the Behringer you have is going to be.
  11. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Use what you have for now, but I'd be savin' up for a better amp if'n I were you.
  12. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    I don't own this amp, but GC and it's online stores like MF, and Music123 let you try out any amp for 30 or more days to see if it's going to work for you. I recommend you take advantage of this return policy. Try a few different amps.

    In this day, you also owe it to yourself to try alternatives like powered PA speakers. Some sound great, volume wise they compare to a bass only combo, they can be a good value.

    In my opinion, it's always better to help the local economy, so if you can buy from a local GC it would be better than the internet.
    Also, nothing wrong with spending a low amount on your first amp, and using the saved money for a better bass, lessons, and going out to hear a bunch of bands. This will help you to ultimately decide what your sound is going to be.

    A lot of modern players go direct into the PA and use in ear monitors. You ultimately find this is what you want to do.

    I would go new with a warranty. Stay away from used unless you or someone you know really knows what to look for. It's like buying a used car, you need a mechanic to look it over.
  13. petchimp123


    Oct 22, 2007
    Man you guys are stupid, I remember coming here asking how many watts is good enough for you to be able to be heard over the drums and do gigs. I remember alot of people saying 100 watts. I get a 180 watt amp and it's not enough? What's up with that? I spent about 190 dollars on it.
  14. tbwilson


    Dec 11, 2006
    concord NH area
    lol we might possible be stupid yes, but i think we might know a little more then you. that is also why u asked the question. watts really doesn't have anything to do with the loudness of the amp its all the sensitivity. and really you could play a gig with that amp but you haven't told us some things we need to know. IS there PA support, how big is the gig is it outside or not?
  15. at my last gig i ran the bass into a DI box and then the DI output from the box into my BXL450A. That's 45 watts, via 1x10" speaker. it worked out fine then but i don't reccommend it. then again, i'm broke haha
  16. russianspy


    Oct 20, 2000
    Nashville, TN
  17. I would be surprised if anyone with any experience said 100 watts is enough for gigging. It might be adequate when used in a small, quiet jazz combo. But any type of rock, especially with a drummer, and 100 watts won't do. 180 watts is enough if people keep their volumes down. I like 300-400 watts myself.

    I also use two cabs (rated 4 ohms total) to get the maximum power output, and to provide more speaker surface area, which typically raises your total volume. Like it has been stated, it is more than just watts.
  18. Lowtonejoe

    Lowtonejoe Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Pasco, WA
    Never believe guys who don't have their profile filled out!


  19. Crockettnj


    Sep 2, 2005
    North NJ
    Did you check your old post to insure that the people who recommended 100 watts to you were the same posters who now said that 180 may not be enough?


    So, you do realize that "the internet" isnt a group of people sitting in a room together making stuff up, right?

    My mother taught me to think before I speak. I suggest you employ a similar philosophy when typing.

    Talkbass is a phenomenal source of entertainment & information. You can get quite an education here.

    Don't be a weenie.
  20. Lowtonejoe

    Lowtonejoe Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Pasco, WA

    now this guy has his profile filled out!