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Discussion in 'The Squawk Box' started by voxac30dude, Aug 7, 2010.
Why do I have a 100w amp?
Because I can.
100w works for me, both on stage and in the studio. Perfect for jams and rehersals. It's simple to turn it down....damn, there's no less than 10 volume controls on it not to mention the ones on my guitars.
The difference is, I can keep turning it up until it's just right.
My Amp motto....more watts & more paper make for a very happy player.
Marshall used to do a 50 Watt JCM800 combo in 2x12.
I have one - the 4104
I have 50w Plexis, JTM-45 Supertrem, great amps but the best play at home amp for me is my old '59 Tweed Vibrolux. These have the Deluxe's Trannies and a Tweed Bassmans 10" Jensen spkr in a Deluxe cab for bigger tone with the 10". With a C/S LP it gets all the tone you want that is old school pure '50s Tweed. All you need is the amp / guitar / lead / hands........ and they're soooo light.
Soooo.....right, then...God is DEAF!!!
These are great amps!
I have two, because 50w + 50w = 100w, right?
And I believe that is the point of this thread.
i get the feeling that is the majority of people on here.
I have some very high wattage amps, as well as a fairly low wattage tube amp (Vox AC15), they all are good for different things. I play jazz so headroom is my main requirement. I use a Peavey Session 400 (210 watts) for most gigs, it has a single 15'' speaker. That's more than loud enough for even the biggest gigs I've done. It sounds sweet at any volume, but it has no distortion and won't distort at all. Great for jazz and blues, but forget it for anything that requires more crunch.
The best tone i could achieve home was with my old 72 Hiwatt DR103 halfstack cranked and with overdrive pedal set to minimum just a hair above zero. Bedroom level, much better and bigger tone than any small tube amp i tried and believe me i tried really many. 100w amps forever for me.
That's what I was going to say.
If you dime it, it growls and is a phenomenon unto itself. But that's not all that comes with high watts.
A high wattage amp also supports the bass end better so that a 100 watt amp pushing out 100 db offers MUCH more bigness of sound than a 30 watt amp pushing out 100 db, I believe.
Agreed. Small amps mic'd and cranked for recording might be great but I have used so many small amps vintage and modern at home...... and they sound small.
My Plexi's and JTM-45 '66 head work great at home and the tone through 12" Celestions is full and rich with note detail.
Same here !
I got my 120W 5150 at a great price.
Much, MUCH lower than any of the 30'ish watt amps i might have liked.
And my 50W Thunderverb has a built-in attenuator
Oh, and they do not make a 20-30W 2X12 Twin Reverb
I've since added some lower power (relatively speaking) amps. None have an attenuator, but they all have a Volume knob and a Master/Gain/Drive knob.
NOT my fav Fender of all time . . .
. . . but i would still LOVE to have an 85W Twin Reverb - maybe with some less efficient speakers, but still good sounding ones.
From Wikipedia :
' The rating of the amplifier's output power was also upgraded to 100 watts, and between 1977-1982 an ultra linear output transformer was used, increasing the power to 135 watts. ' - OUCH !
Fender Twin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
aaaand this thread
i only buy 40-60 watt amps. My amps must have 2 EL34's
Both my VOX Night Train and Orange Tiny Terror performed spectacularly at a concert I arranged last week. They were mic'ed for an audience of 650 and sounded great, both onstage and through the board.
I have a 1 watt Blackstar Ht1RH for practice at home (or will have once it arrives) or I plug into my ipad.
When I play with the Band I bring out my 515II and matching 4x12. 120 Watts of awesome!
Stick the Post Gain/Volume on 1 and a bit, put ear plugs in and shake the walls.
I love this thing, it's a sad fact that in order to get the right features you often have to get Hi watt amps.
Unless I paid £££££ to buy a 50W 5150III then the only way I could get the number of channels I need for my band was to get the 120W 5150II.
Now as our sound has evolved I need to move the 5150 on and get a marshall. However the only Marshalls that give me what I want are the JVM410H/HJS or POSSIBLY the 6100LM, although I have to sacrifice proper Midi control and the EL34s if I got for ther 6100.
However, once again these are both 100W heads. I havent beena ble to find a head that can do what I need under 100W