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    Would a 20 watt tube amp be loud enough to gig with? I was looking at the AXL Akita model.
    Originally Posted by dcindc


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    Yes, but it won't be very clean. And if you have a really loud drummer you might want a bit more power.
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    • #3
      That all depends on what kind of speaker you using. 20 watts througha 12" speaker is plenty for pubs and clubs, through 2 by 12 you could get away with small outdoor gigs. If you can mike the amp then its fine for any live situation
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      • #4
        i've found that a six watt amp can be loud enough to gig with (fender champ). i had a blues jr. (15 watts) and don't think i ever had to turn it past 3. wattage isn't a great indicator of volume.

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        • #5
          Yeah, I've got a 5W the can hold its own with a drum kit, so you'll be more than fine with 20W.

          I'd recommend the 22W Fender Deluxe Reverb RI.
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          • #6
            Would a 20 watt tube amp be loud enough to gig with? I was looking at the AXL Akita model.



            Yes, but if you have decent budget I wouldnt get an AXL amp.
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            • #7
              Would a 20 watt tube amp be loud enough to gig with? I was looking at the AXL Akita model.


              Yes. You'll usually be miked up at a gig, to an extent you're probably better off using a smaller amp. As others have mentioned you might struggle for clean headroom, so if you need really 'clean' guitar tone you'd probably be better going for something bigger - particularly if you intend using it un-miked for rehearsals and small gigs. If clean tone isn't an issue, just buy a 20 watt amp.

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              • #8
                20 watts should be fine for most gigs.

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                • #9
                  The Koch Studiotone is 20W and have great headroom on the clean channel.

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                  • #10
                    20w is plenty. I regularly gig with a Priceton Reverb which is like 12-15watts. Another guy in my band uses a Blues Jr without issue.

                    We don't really play anywhere where the bar owners want us to cranck it anyway, so something like a twin reverb or 100watt marshall would just be overkill.

                    I guess it depends on what and where you play though.

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                    • #11
                      Yeah, I've got a 5W the can hold its own with a drum kit, so you'll be more than fine with 20W.

                      I'd recommend the 22W Fender Deluxe Reverb RI.


                      A 5 watt, if you get it up off the floor to waist-level, can cut through amazingly.
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                      • #12
                        I went over to a friends house with a tweed Champ clone. We were all set up in his living room. Basically a drummer, bass, vocalist through the PA, and this guy with a solid state 30 watt Behringer...and me with this little 5 watt Champ. No pedals. No effects. Just me straight into the amp.

                        Anyway you might not believe this... but when everybody crank up to jam, I could NOT HEAR MY AMP AT ALL. No one else could either. That student/practice amp with it's 5 raging watts was totally overpowered by the other guy's serious stage gear. Hard to believe but it's true.
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                        • #13
                          I would recommend a Blues Jr. Nice, affordable, and loud.

                          Either that.. or you could just scream your guitar notes like "WHAHAHAHAHAHA WHA WHA WHA" while you play the guitar. That would be sweet.
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                          • #14
                            i gig a 25 watt peavey bravo , and it RulZ!
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                            • #15
                              When it comes to volume, speaker size is probably more important than wattage. The Akita looks like it will be good to go.

                              I'm all about mic'ing amps anyway. You get better spread and more flexibility when it comes to volume/gain levels.
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