Re: How loud does a bass amp have to be

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Posted by Duke Nishimura on April 19, 2000 at 00:03:07:

In Reply to: How loud does a bass amp have to be posted by ErictheGuitarist on April 17, 2000 at 16:05:15:

: I am used to guitar amps and know that 80 watts on guitar amps are hella loud... I want to get into bass, and plan on purchasing a Fender Standard P-Bass and a bass amp, i can not spend over 400 bucks on my bass amp, how many watts would be loud enough with spare to get over drums (i have an extremely loud drummer, really!), what bass amp manufacturers do you reccomend?

I read a rule of thumb on upgrading in a Bass mag: If you have to turn it up past half way, you should start looking at a new amp or adding a cabinet if you have that capability. Basses need ample headroom, especially if you have a 5 string or do any thump/pop playing. Many reputable stores will let you try it out in a rehearsal to see if the sound and power work for you. The other issue is where you plan to play. If you play outside it seems you need 2-3 times the power needed for inside. Another option is to plug it into the PA system for extra help. However, with a bass, depending on your speaker size and frequency, you may be standing too close to hear yourself, but may be too loud to the audience. If you are loud enough for proper band balance and have trouble hearing yourself, a monitor speaker or a small practice combo amp tilted back toward your head may help. I use my practice amp as my monitor. Good luck.

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