In my old band, the other guitarist had a triple rec 150 watt monster. At the rehearsals or some drunk jam sessions to blow some steam off, it was i.m.p.o.s.s.i.b.l.e to play it on more than 2-2.5 volume (through a 4x12 oversize mesa cab)... On live shows small to medium stages he just turned the volume on 0.5-0.8 on soundcheck and the sound guys were screaming ''turn that shit down''. Stages always with micked cabs (except for a couple of shows) and rehearsal room just straight up cab. Long story short, on today's micked stages anything more than 20-40 watts it's pure overkill. And some more examples Brian May 30 watts Voxes, Tom Morello 50 watts Marshall, Carlos Santana 20 or 30 watt mesa boogie and so on... and those guys played on the biggest venues around the world.I have a band that plays metal covers that will start doing shows in few months and I’m having trouble deciding what gear to get to use.
I’d like to have both a direct in FOH and speaker option. FOH will be more convenient but not everywhere we play may have good PA to have that as option so it’d be good to have a live amp option.
I have 40w combo amp and some pedals that sound awesome so cheapest option would be to just use that and get a pedal like ampli firebox to go direct in with pedals.
But is a 40w going to be loud enough?
I thought about getting a modeler and neutral amp as that’d prob be easiest setup but I don’t think I like feel of modelers and hesitant about spending bunch of money on something I’m not gonna like.
I’d be cool to get a big 100w mesa rec. But it’s expensive and having a huge stack seems like overkill esp since I live on 3rd floor apt and we practice in place w amps (where I’ve been using rec) so I would never use except shows and even then might be using direct into pa when available… so doesn’t seem worth paying 3K for something that I’ll hardly use and be a pain to get around.
If I get mesa I figure I could also get load box to use direct, I could just bring head if place as speakers and I wouldn’t need pedals w it since I don’t use fx. But even so I don’t know if it’s worth money and can hold off if 40 w is loud enough.
If you can let me know if 40 combo would be loud enough for small venues that could help in decision and I appreciate any other insights you can provide.Thanks!