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i'm currently getting a new one but am struggling
in november i think
make it louder.
I have a Cambridge Audio amplifier that was 80 quid and it sounds good and has never had any problems.
My guitar amplifier is too appalling to even discuss. It's very loud but sounds terrible.
Guitar presumably? Or bass? Or just for a home stereo?
Dunno, get one that you can carry to and from a tube is my advice.
i.e. 10" speaker if it's twin, 12" if it's single speaker. Don't bother with valve amps.
I have an original Roland Cube 60 amp and it's been fine at: The Metro, Dublin Castle, The Verge (RIP) and The Comedy. It's probably been used at the Bull & Gate too.
basically we're talking bass amps here. basically we're talking baout suppliers and where the fuck they are! noone seems to want to sell me one cept for ebay
In general I know you're supposed to have twice the wattage that the guitarist has, but I have no idea if this is true.
Our bassist uses a 200W Carlsboro combo but my mate who I've played with has a 150W Ampeg. In each case we've had 100W of guitar and no problems.
Joe who drums in my new outfit is also a bassist. He has one of the HARTKE bass combos you'll see at the gak.co.uk site - the type that lie on the floor but the speaker points up at 45-degrees.
I don't know what wattage his is but I believe it might even be only 50. The loudest they do is 100W. And I've never heard it struggle.
I like the Hartke because you could actually carry it on public transport. Maybe not too easily but it's the most portable bass amp I've ever lifted.
i def want a small one. have you ever seen a bass amp turned up past 4?
Ashdown do some nice medium range amps if bass is what you're talking about, I'd also look at Trace Elliot's range. Though I don't see what's so wrong with Ebay.
I've used Ampeg SVTs and put through the right cab, they rarely need to be put past 1.
The one time I had the chance to compare Ashdown and Tracey combos of more or less identical specification, the Ashdown sounded slightly better, but set on fire.
It's academic however since at the time I was also using an Eden Traveller... that and tone is in the fingers. ;)
for a decent one, not going overboard.
If portability isn't a problem then Ampeg is indeed the daddy, though you'll probably have to pay.
What's wrong with the bass shop in Denmark street? They should have a bunch for you to try.
Sound control underneath Virgin Megastore have TONNES of gear. A lot of it isn't at stupid prices either.
You fuckers make me feel really inadequate. I wouldn't even think about buy amplification at list price, let alone in Denmark Street. You are all rich upper-class bastards.
...that said, I saw a sweeeeet Tobias 6-string bass in Virgin for under £500. I'm having it away as soon as I'm able.
Not for a new amp.
I wouldn't spend more than £400 on a guitar ever. Amplification isn't something I care too much about either: It just has to work and be clean.
second hand is the order of the day. just wanna see how much new ones are tho.
the bass shop on denmark street (i think) isnt very good
You can at least try them out.
That'll be a quote from my earlier post, then! ;-)
More Advice: I assume you're after a combo - check they have the facility to link up with a separate cab. The advantage of being able to go about 20 louder on the occasion you play a quite large venue can't be understated. A dual output feature is useful as well.
could happen SOON
I'm with you when it comes to amps - that's not to say however that I wouldn't be picky about what I would spend my money on. And as for instruments - they have their own character, they're the things you're going to be holding in your hands for the rest of your playing life - I'd pay whatever it took for the right instrument.
Bear in mind my current workhorse got bought second hand from some producer guy clearing out his inventory for £150 - and plays better than instruments that cost 3 times as much.
Unless it had some truly great wizardry beneath its scratchplate, like some sort of coil-tapped, multi-sound wonderousness, I can't see why you'd bother?
Okay, maybe if you're a cleantone nutter, but real guitarists use distortion of some sort.
Basically once you're making that much noise it's fairly immaterial what your guitar is. The pedals are going to be doing the main work. Why pay premium for a Gibson Les Paul when you'll be able to find an Epiphone to match it easily at a 1/3 of the price?
If you're looking for the kind of tone the wood of a finely aged Les Paul will give you, you'll find an Epiphone won't cut it. And on the other hand, I know people who prefer the tone of their so called budget instruments - so for them, a Les Paul definitely wouldn't do.
I have a guitar. It's a Yamaha. The head has sellotape wrapped around it. The pups are corroded. The tone control no longer functions - so I've kept it permanently on full and adjust my sound using pickup selectors and EQ.
Despite this, it has great tone, despite the cheap wood and scuffed fretboard, which is why I've kept it, while other more expensive guitars have gone. That and I'm not a good enough guitarist to be able to justify spending more money on them.
All that said, I'm definitely primarily a bassist, and I'm sure you'll agree that the clean tone on those instruments is a lot more prominent there.
I just think expensive instruments are for musicians on a big expensive contract.
There's a world of guitars between 'cheap' and 'expensive', though. I just think a lot of people buy expensive guitars because they feel it will somehow make them a better player.
No disagreement there, I aspire to medium range comfort at budget prices.
don't get a new one, and don't underestimate what sort of size you might need to gig with.
New amps are pointless- even if there is a partictular new one you like the look of, you can get it for half the price if you look in the back of papers etc.
The guitarist in my band just bought a massive seventies H and H bass amp for a hundred quid...