How Many Watts?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Steve Dallas, Aug 25, 2008.

How Many Watts?

  1. 15-25 gets me there

  2. I need 40-60 to get it done

  3. 100+ baby!

  4. One of each. Duh!

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  1. Steve Dallas

    Steve Dallas Supporting Member

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    How much power do you need from your main amp?
     
  2. G&L Player

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    Swart AST fits the bill just fine for me (18 -22 watts depending on rectifier).
     
  3. Plague Dog

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    you left out 30 watts
     
  4. gkoelling

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    My gkoelling is 15 and my Gries 35 is 35. I use them about equally, so I chose 15-25.
     
  5. Mudder

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    My smaller amps aren't as high gain as the bigger ones, but nothing I can't get around with some good pedals.
     
  6. fetishfrog

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    I have a 50 watter and a 120 watter. I find myself playing the 120 watter way more frequently, not for the volume, but for the transient response.
     
  7. joolzriff

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    depends if u want headroom or not....i love the 30w class A for older classic half cleany dirty tones for the stones ect but the 30w dont cut it for a cool cat rock kerrang that a 50 or 100 does for ya.....but try finding a place that can handle the 100w....mines been sitting in my basement for AGES and its my fave amp..there aint nuffin like pushing speakers w/ headroom and a attenuator dont cut it.....basically i will never find an amp to substitute the 100w in a small package.....i'm sad
     
  8. sixtonoize

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    I usually gravitate towards 50 watt amps, but that's only because amp manufacturers tend to think watts = functionality.

    I'd really love something in a low-wattage version of the RoadKing: Four completely independent channels, progressive linkage, selectable rectifiers, but maybe make it scalable from 15-45 watts...possibly 2 EL84s and 2 6V6s, plus a Class A option.

    However, it doesn't exist. Manufacturers seem to think that people only want ONE channel in a 20-30 watt amp, and a minimum amount of options. If I could get a good 20-30 watt amp with the amount of features that I can get in a 120 watt monster, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
     
  9. blackba

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    30-50Watt amps is typically what I shoot for. I own a 40Watt, 50Watt, 50Watt, 85Watt, and a 6Watt amp.

    Unfortunately its hard to get a full featured amp at less than 50Watts, sometimes less than 100Watts. Take the 4 channel Marshall JVM or the Egnator Tourmaster, I believe both of those only come in 100Watt versions....
     
  10. trap

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    35 watts is good for me, plenty loud. and enough clean headroom. so i voted for 40-60 watts. 35 is close enough.
     
  11. Mark Robinson

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    I like the control and lows of a 100 watt master volume equipped amp. Just a personal preference.
     
  12. Leonc

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    How 'bout that gap between 25 and 40? Well...I typically want 30 watts or a bit more in order to get the kind of cleans I like.
     
  13. Hacksaw

    Hacksaw Time Warped Gold Supporting Member

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    40-60 watter club. Sold off the 100 watt herd, as I really prefer the 40-60 watt amps.

    #1. amp has 6550's
    #2 and #3 amps have EL34's
     
  14. TubezAmpz

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    I like my 15/50 option though I usually play with in 15W mode. Only time I would need 50W is if I wanted some really clear cleans or some more cone movement and thicker bass.
     
  15. Guitar Dave T

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    I am currently really digging on 40 watts for gigs. Just enough headroom to give some bottom end thump while still capable of keeping volume wars from erupting in small clubs.
     
  16. MartinC

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    Well, I voted for 40-60w 'cos I recently bought a 40watter. But I'd have to say that wattage isn't that great an indicator of what tone you'll get at a range of different volumes, or what the overall volume capability is. My amp has less clean headroom and quite a bit less volume capability than the 30 watter that it replaced. Both are 4xEL84 combos. If I was on the lookout for an amp again, I think I'd consider anything between 18 and 50 watts, and then checkout cleans and OD tones at the range of volumes that I need.
     
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  17. cram

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    50. I have a switch to reduce to 25 on mine. I use that option in the club we play at though.
    outdoor gigs, which is most of our time, is at 50.
     
  18. pgurlea

    pgurlea Shallow Supporting Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Mine is 12 watts and that is plenty for me.
    Paul
     
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    I tend to like my amps in the 30-50 watt range since I like the headroom.
     
  20. TornadoOfSouls

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    163 RMS watts per channel from my one and only. :)

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