Should I avoid using a 100 watt attenuator w/ a 20 watt amp?

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  1. wrxplayer

    wrxplayer Supporting Member

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    I'm looking for an attenuator for my 20 watt combo. Have a line on a used one rated at 100 watts. I've read you need to double the wattage of your amp when buying an attenuator. Does that mean I should go w/ a 50 watt attenuator or will the 100 watt one work just as well?

    Tnx.
     
  2. skhan007

    skhan007 Supporting Member

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    My Ultimate Attenuator can handle 200 watts and I've used it for my 18 watt Marshall and my Divided by 13 (switchable between 9 or 15 watts). No issues. Sounds great.
     
  3. Brock

    Brock Member

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    Same with mine. I have a 200 watt Ultimate attenuator and I run it with my 67' 18 watt combo. I dont think I'll ever need a overdrive pedal ever again. Sweetest tone. I played with the band the other day and I got tons of compliments on my tone. Play it loud....But soft!
     
  4. hasserl

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    No issues w/ using a 100 watt attenuator on a 20 watt amp. But you guys using a UA, better be setting your impedance switch to 16. Don't use that attenuator with 8 ohms or less.
     
  5. FrankieSixxxgun

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    What kind of attenuator? When I use my Hot Plate on my AC30 it makes it muddy. High wattage resistive load attenuators just suck the life out of small wattage amps. A speaker cone driven one like a Weber or a load simulator mosfet one like a Ho/UA won't care tonally. All are safe to use.
     

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