Re: How loud does a bass amp have to be

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Posted by Rob Perl on April 20, 2000 at 12:07:20:

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 agree with Phyr that a P-Bass is not the best way to go. All of my students that start out with a P-Bass eventually have moved up to Jazz Bass configuration. Dean makes a very nice jazz bass that plays very well, and is priced very reasonably.
As far as amps go, I've found that you need AT LEAST 200 watts to be heard over a loud drummer. It make make sense to look for a used amp like a Peavey Combo 300. You don't want to buy an amp, only to found out you're stuck with something that's not powerful enough to do the job.

Good Luck,


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