is 40 watts loud enuff to gig

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  1. barny

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    im sort of on the wall a bit about this....so after other peoples experience views..ect

    is 40 watts loud enuff for a guitar to gig with a band... drums, bass, hammond/keys and bass, voice ...its a blues/rock band and everything is un-mic.d..i dont really need crystal clear clean...but need to clean up a bit
    the anps a omega modded HRD...that i love the sound of just worried ill maybe get lost in the mix in some places

    i usually use a MK4 boogie so no probs with volume there , but i prefer the tone of the HRD.....opinions please
     
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    Yeah, I think it is plenty unless you need a lot of clean headroom. Many gig with much less, I have giged with a stereo set up of two small 5 watt combos (champ and a valve junior), worked fine for me. But everyone is different.
     
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    40 watts is pretty loud... I would say yes.
     
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    i think it's more then enough. I play medium sized clubs and venues with 20 watts and it's plenty loud.
     
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    Of course it is
     
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    I would say yes... I play in a band with 2 drummers and my Blues Deluxe cuts through. The other guitar player uses a HRD...

    I used have a 22 watt and it was OK... But I had to crank it way up. Now I dont think I get past half way on the volume knob.
     
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    No you need at least 150W to gig at a bar.
     
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    It depends. I've gigged with 30 watts but it was a Matchless dc30. I've also miked a champ. My Markv boogie can do just about any gig. You just have to experiment but if you don't have time or its a new stage it helps to have an amp that can fit into many situations.

    I'd say in general 40 watts is enough but sometimes it isn't. And when it isn't life can suck.
     
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    BadAssBill southofnash.com Silver Supporting Member

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    IF 40 watts isn't enough....there are bigger problems than your amp. :)
     
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  10. barny

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    haha...maybe ..:)
     
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    I gig with 45 watts and am never allowed to turn up past 3...
     
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    The HRD is super loud - if it wasn't loud enough for any band then I'd quit that band.......and I'm not someone that shies away from volume.
     
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    My 40 watt tube amp can get painfully loud. My drummer is painfully loud, too. He says it's all he can do to keep up.
     
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    This is the correct answer. If you don't have PA support, it depends on the size and shape of the room, and how crowded the room is. Put enough bodies in a very crowded small bar and you'll be surprised at how your "loud" amp is hard to hear.

    On the other hand, since I always mic my amp, I often have my amps set lower at gigs than I do at home --- though again, even then it depends on the room, and how crowded that room is.
     
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  17. barny

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    yeah this whats making me think more about it...:)
     
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    From how you describe your situation, 40w seems enough for a nice Fender type amp with a hefty output. If you can run 2 speakers, even better. I come from the heavy metal volume wars, so when I Am not on the frontlines I set my amp on 1/2 power (50w) drop the knob about 7 o clock and hope I am not aggravating anyone! lol

    Good Luck!
     
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    :sarcasm
     
  20. barny

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    well normally i play with a mk4 boogie and it dosnt get past 2 ...but after 2 it dosnt get much louder either....
     

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