How many amps do you need for playing at home?

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  1. Toadtele

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    4. One for each level of my home and one for the garage. Considering getting something for the deck
     
  2. NewKid

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    What about two amps at a time in a wet-dry scenario?
     
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    That's why I used the caveat, "generally"......in my little practice room, I'll have ONE guitar amp set up, (usually a Vox Pathfinder 15R) and a Hartke B30 (1X10") bass amp. I'm down to four or five guitar amps now, and wish I could get THAT number down to maybe two, but I can't seem to.
    BTW....I sometimes use two combo amps on gigs....not true stereo, but simply better sound reinforcement.
     
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  4. El Marin

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    Yes, we can

    Just ad a jack output and use a 12" CAB
     
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    Well, you need amps to look at whilst you play so my answer is 7.
    Pedals: 139.
     
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    JL_LI Friend of Leo's

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    IMO, only one. Mine is a Mesa Boogie Express 5:25. It can go from clean to clean at the edge of breakup at a volume I can comfortably sing over without a mic, or blow the windows out loud cranked. I can get a good crunch at 5W at an indoor volume. It’s just heavy enough that my wife doesn’t try to lift it to move it. Why would I want anything else.
     
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    Fiesta Red Friend of Leo's

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    However many you want, can afford and have room for...
     
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    Just an FYI

    I'm a huge fan of PJ's. I play one in a smallish room and I enjoy the crunch tones it offers.

    A PJ crunching up is REALLY loud.

    this is coming from someone born with a substantial hearing deficit.


    I keep a PRRI 65, PJ, and greta at home.

    My Fender Greta played through the PJ cab gets the majority of play time.
     
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  9. rickthescot

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    You only need one, well maybe another for loud stuff, then one for a visitor to play loud with, then one more in case you have or don't have a modeler. Maybe then just one tube amp, no wait 2 tube amps. Oh yeah I forgot about outside/garage jamming cause I don't want to have to haul one around all the time. A bass amp would be good to have too, and an acoustic amp. I might be done but let me think.....
     
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    Milspec Friend of Leo's

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    I see the answer as being 3 as well. One fixed amp that wows you (Twin Reverb), one that is portable and battery operated to take outside (THR10), and one that you can grab and go with (Fralin VVT in my case).

    I do have several others that get rotated into the mix, but if I had to cut it down, it would be the above as the baseline. If you can combine that grab and go amp with the fixed unit, then you can get by with 2. Well, I guess you still need that acoustic amp if you do more than just electrics.
     
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    Thirty should do it.
     
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    Twelve, twelve is the correct answer.
     
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    Now I’m scared. Post #2: PJ is loud AF.
     
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    Either none ( play acoustic 90% at home, now apt. ) or this:
    20+ year old Smokey Amp ( I even have a ' NOS' backup!)
    No Controls ( but guitar's) needed - trashy fun tone, with decent cleanup.

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    Need: what is required - or essential - or desired - or wtf? Sufficiency alone is not an answer.

    What's need got to do with it? Even one is not absolutely necessary.

    How many amps do you want? What are you willing to do to obtain them and have them available?

    Everything comes and goes. Numbers vary. I once had an Ampeg Gemini II; from 1967 or so. A 1 X 15 combo. It stayed mostly at home. On certain days, after surviving whatever chaos-loaded ****estorm brought the daily bread, that amp was the cool relief of calm, blissfully wrapping me up in sweet goodness. Did I really need it? I did on those days.

    I miss that amp. But time moves on and for me, amps seem to as well. I'm not the type to keep everything that ever comes my way.

    Playing has been my salvation and sanity. I can argue that I need all the stuff I have. But why argue? In the overall scheme of things, I don't have to have one of everything - but I do want to experience enough different things to feel like what I choose makes sense to me.

    I've got 6 amps at the moment, down from 9.Two of them get gigged regularly; one is used for bass/PA/acoustic duty and the rest all have a place to be for the moment. At home.
     
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    Zero.
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    Unless it's rehearsal night at my place. Then, one, of course.
     
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    Same situation.
    Vox Adio with family at home.
    Pro Reverb with family away.

    :D
     
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    I've got 4 amps, for guitar. Two Carrs and one Victoria, and a silverface vibrochamp.

    Plus a keyboard amp for a Fender Rhodes and Korg SV-1, as well as another for my Roland TD-20W drum set.

    Plus a small epiphone amp I have never really used.
     
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    You have a thr10c. You've already made the jump.
     
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    Any amp with a master volume.

    Pathfinder 15R does it for me.

    BTW Roy Buchanan used to practice unplugged.
     
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