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Gigging Guitarists - how many amps do you NEED?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Miles, May 20, 2011.

  1. Miles

    Miles Member

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    For regularly gigging hobbyists?

    We do about 1-2 shows per month and 1-2 rehearsals per week.

    Right now, I have 3 tube amps

    1. Traynor Bassmaster - my main amp
    2. Bassman LTD
    3. Peavey Classic 50 4x10
    Thinking of selling the Peavey Classic and getting an old Bandit just in case. Using the cash to get some needed pedals and a new mic.

    Your thoughts?
     
  2. adkteleman

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    I use a Fender SCXD mic'd
    my back up is a Bandit 65. I find that I prefer smaller amps and by miking them I don't need all sorts of stuff. Just me
     
  3. zoooombiex

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    Might be a good idea to have a spread of wattage. amps for small, medium, and large rooms.
     
  4. Steve Hotra

    Steve Hotra Silver Supporting Member

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    I have four:
    Mesa Express 5:25 (tube)
    Jazzkat Tomkat SS with tube preamp ( for small rehearsals)
    Peavey Bandit SS: loan out to anyone, solid.
    GK MB 200 SS bass amp: 2.5 lbs and planing to use with my pedal steel guitar and cab.
     
  5. Patrick Ginnaty

    Patrick Ginnaty Member

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    I have 3... SF Princeton Reverb for jams, SF Deluxe Reverb for club gigs, SF Super Reverb for outdoor gigs.
     
  6. Mika

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    I would say 2 amps would be ideal for a gigging guitarist... a small gigging amp and a larger one.....
    So I have my Dr Z carmen Ghia 2 by 10, now I need my Vox ac30HW
     
  7. ReddRanger

    ReddRanger Supporting Member

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    I have a Bassman LTD, SF Vibrolux Reverb (main amp), and Blues Jr. That's plenty for me.

    You do have 4x10 overlap in your line up, so I'd agree on moving one of them.
     
  8. tsar nicholas

    tsar nicholas Member

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    I think that 2 is good for the average player -- I think it's always wise to have a backup when possible.
     
  9. Hacksaw

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    I vote two as well.
     
  10. germs

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    i have my #1 Orange, and a backup plan.

    don't need any more than that. the Orange does anything i could want.
     
  11. geonew

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    You "need" as many as you can possibly afford of course! Even if some of them only get limited use.
    OK, so you may only actually need 2, but you can always want more.
     
  12. Aaron Mayo

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    none . . . all you need is generous friends w/ nice gear!
     
  13. Cottage

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    I gig a Matchless Spitfire and rehearse with a Blues Jr. I also have a DRRI, that I may move, but they are so versatile, maybe not.
     
  14. superswede

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    One amp. Some kind of Fender amp and pedals. Everything else is a luxury.
    But it is fun to own more stuff.
     
  15. guitarman_nebr

    guitarman_nebr Supporting Member

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    I use an Egnater Renegade for my indoor gigs. I have a Peavey Classic 50 coming for outdoor gigs.

    I carry a Line 6 pod and floorboard for an emergency backup.
     
  16. bc-cosmo

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    Out of the amps I have, I think I NEED:
    Retro-Channel RR1
    Dr. Z Carmen Ghia
    68 Princeton Reverb
    Of course there are more in the house, and probably more to come...:)
     
  17. sixstringslut

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    Uhh, yeah...I have about 25 too many. lol

    I may not need them, but I do use most of them, just depends on what mood I'm in when I load the car.
    Different venues also require different amps.
    Pro Jr and my Mesa MKIII get used a lot recently but do have DR, Princeton, SR, Traynor YBA-4, Dr Z, SC30, Black Cat 30R, etc... the list goes on. They all work and I do use them. Keeps me from getting bored playing Mony-Mony and Sweet Home lol.
     
  18. big mike

    big mike House Plexi Staff Member

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    I have one upstairs, one downstairs, one in each of the boys rooms, one in the living room, two in the family room, four in the studio/garage and two at work. so no excuse not to practice. and I gig with different ones than these. It's quite simple really.
     
  20. DGTCrazy

    DGTCrazy Moderator de Emporio Staff Member

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    I need 5:


    1)Bogner Goldfinger: Main gigging amp for Cover Band. 2) Shiva as B.U.
    3)Vintage BF Deluxe Reverb: Main amp for Blues Band 4)Rivera Clubster as B.U

    5)ZT Lunchbox for Grab n Go.
     

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