When you say gain, do you mean some kind of built in distortion circuit ín the amp?
How are the highs with your steel guitar?
I do believe in having some kind of loud clean solid state thing around, but I can't say I get what I really want to hear out of them. But I would like to replace the current one with a peavey, maybe a special 130. Some kind of poor man's steel guitar amp type of thing. (Assuming a nashville 400 isn't going to pop up cheap on CL).
Attenuators=moving forwards backwards. Been there done that. Still own big iron but no longer own an attenuator.While we are discussing amps:
Is 15 watts loud enough for a tube amp?
I had read that 20-22 watts was "ideal" for a tube and I have a 12 watt 80s Fender Champ. It can get loud enough for the type of gigs I am doing (bars, breweries) but doesn't quite have the headroom that I prefer.
My Mesa Boogie F50 is far too loud but man, does it sound good at lower volumes. Still, I can never crank it to where I am making use of the full potential that the tubes have to offer and I am not going to buy an attenuator (not yet anyway) in order to do that so, I was thinking about a Deluxe Reverb, which is 22 watts but now, maybe a 15 watt Princeton could work??
Has or does anyone here not use an amp but instead use something like the Strymon Iridium, which you can plug directly into a board and go??
Iridium gives you three iconic amplifiers, with a total of nine impulse response speaker cabinets that complement the tonality of the amp.www.strymon.net
Musical life lesson: If you don't risk cranking up and getting told to turn down, you will never crank up. He who dares, wins. With that being said if you are mediocre or bad or lack playing dynamics then you will just annoy people with volume.
Plugging PA direct sucks IMO because you are at the mercy of the person running sound. It's great for lazy musicians cause you don't have to carry much. When I was younger and doing excruciatingly low paying gigs where the parking situation also sucked I would often do that. No point in beating my rig up for little money.
I'd just risk it and crank my boogie.
Why do you feel the need to be nasty?No offense, but not everyone wants to be deaf in their 40s-50s, thanks. So... all the countless touring guitarists who choose to mic lower-wattage amps are doing it because they're "lazy"? Just...no. Yeah, I revere SRV's playing too but the whole mystique and aura around him has taken the form of this masculinity contest where things like playing 13s, tendonitis be damned, and having the "balls" to crank a Twin with EVMs even if it deafens your bandmates are "measures of manhood". Some of us are tired of hearing that sh*t.
Thanks for coming to my TED talk.
Why do you feel the need to be nasty?
Ear plugs can benefit even when a band isn't that loud. Even lower dB can damage hearing over extended periods of time.
Having a loud band, a 2nd guitar and/or keyboards and maybe horns and being able to maintain a clean or edge of breakup sound and still get on top of the band for solos. Not all music was meant for the library. Not every gig has a soundman or all the instruments mic'ed. I don't care to have all my hard earned hammer on and pull off licks buried under a rhythm section. That doesn't make it a masculinity contest.
If you are tired of gigs like that then leave. Problem solved.
That’s exactly why I am reading the thread Not to see the OP get help but to hear about amps and why the presenter feels it does what they need/want.TDPRI classic: you ask an open-ended question and everybody responds to recommend the amps / pedals / guitars / pickups they have and love.
All I care about is stage volume, I let the mic'ed cab do the rest. With the right PA, I could play the Enormodome with my 15W amps.I think we have radically different views of what a loud drummer is. I can't get on top of the band mix and maintain a clean tone using a 22 watt deluxe. This is why I use Twins. Clean and edge of breakup can be maintained and you can still get out front of the mix without going full blown overdrive when needed.