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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / As a guitarist, making a small foray into bass country, what is the minimum rig?


Willoughby, OH , USA

I'm arrogant and a moron
Aug 1st, 2016 12:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a Fender Jazz Bass, at least 35 years old,and a couple of other POS for backup. Also a 150 W Bass ( don't remember the brand) head and a single 15 cab. Is that enough for small rooms and semi-acoustic rock gigs? Not planning on playing any stadiums, or Kiss TRibute stuff.

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California Escapee

Don't look at me with that tone of voice
Aug 1st, 2016 12:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

I think your gear fits nicely into that plan.


New York City

Aug 1st, 2016 12:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

Personally I'd like a little more headroom on the amp, like 200-300w but from the description I'd say you're OK. A lot depends on how loud the band is. 150W bass amp into a good quality 1x15 cab should work fine for small rooms/semi acoustic.

(This message was last edited by digiboy at 02:45 PM, Aug 1st, 2016)

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Aug 3rd, 2016 05:10 AM   Edit   Profile  

Amp set-up is borderline for playing with a drummer. I have been playing small rooms for years with just an electric guitar, an acoustic guitar and bass, and most of what I've used is around that same size/power. Anytime we played with a drummer, I got out the GK 800RB.

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Aug 3rd, 2016 07:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

With a classy more professional Drummer who knows how to play softer accordingly and the situation you describe the 150W is ok. I prefer minimum 300k for plenty of clean headroom so you do not have to max it out.

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St Peters, MO USA

Standing in the back, by the drummer.
Aug 3rd, 2016 09:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

I was surprised by how loud a friend's old Music Man HD130 and folded horn cab was when I played through it. I'm not saying it was real clean or that there was a lot of headroom; but I liked the sound and had no trouble playing with a drummer in a small room.

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North Florida

A Friend of Bill W.
Aug 3rd, 2016 10:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

I think you'll be fine, the small rooms and semi acoustic shouldn't need more than that.

Tony Wright

Stillwater, OK

I never met a calorie I didn't like.
Aug 4th, 2016 10:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

I used an Ampeg BA115 (at least two generations old at this point) for several years as my gigging amp. While there were a few events where I used a DI box (did not have good luck with the internal DI) but I was able to handle the "typical venue" that I played with both bands...one an Americana group and one a small saloon classic rock and classic country dance band. Neither band played many venues over 150 people.

I was always able to hang with the drummer and two guitars using a Blues Jr and a Hot Rod Deluxe.

My small venue rig these days is a Ampeg PF350 head (8 pounds, 250 Watts/8 Ohms and/or 350 Watts/4 Ohms) and an Ampeg SVT210AV cabinet (26 pounds, 200 Watts/8 Ohms) and have not had any problems where I wished I had a large PA support or a larger bass rig. Again, similar size venues as above...

I am satisfied for what I do these days. But I have larger stuff.



Bass is the place . . .
Aug 4th, 2016 11:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

I agree that your present rig should work for the kind of gigs you outline.

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Aug 16th, 2016 05:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

I use a GK Streamliner 600 and a 1x15 cab rated 600 watts, a 1x 12 with Neo Speaker

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