Scott's recent thread on the entire rig and my last gig got me thinking about what is really required to play guitar and cut through in a band setting. Specifically, in my situation, a cover band which goes from funk to classic to modern rock to acoustic irish tunes. Our last gig was at a 200 person bar. I struggled to keep my volume low enough to not over power the band. I played through my Pittbull 45 into a 2x12 Avatar open back. I am always miked and we use a sound company. I'm the only guitar. We play fairly loud and always get compliments on our sound/mix from the FOH. It seems strange to have all this great equipment, amps, guitars, pedals and then have to play with the amp volume barely cracked. I have used attenuators in the past with varying results. (I actually think I play louder in my basement studio). Is it possible to gig with these 5-8 watt amps available? Do I need the extension cabinet. Would an 18watter do? It seems to me like everything else is overkill (maybe temporary insanity?). I do like the chuga-chuga feel, and I wonder if that's the sacrifice for going smaller? Last summer we did a few large outdoor gigs and my 100 watt head was barely cracked. Am I missing something? Can I gig with a Fender Blues Junior? Sorry for the rambler but I'm a bit confused on which direction to take my rig.