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When i play my bass through my amp it is really loud but when i go round my tutors for lessosns he has to turn his amp way up to get any sound at all.

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His amp probably has lower gain. They vary quite a bit. Also the size of the speaker will affect it a bunch. If his is a tiny practice amp your bass will not generate much noise.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011

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  • Joshua Mar 19, 2011

    his has higher wattage and my amp has the option to turn off gain which i almost always do.

  • Fred Yearian Mar 19, 2011

    While wattage is a measure of power output, it is actually unrelated to the voltage gain at the input circuitry. The numbers on gain or volume controls are MEANINGLESS to compare between amplifiers. Some amps like his may have a lower inpout gain hence even though it is higher power, the settings have to be turned up much more.
    If you run a low wattage amp, say 25 or less, don't expect ot get much out of it maximum as it will start to distort when the internal amplifier starts to clip or "flat top". Running the amp at too high a level CAN cause failure and that costs money to repair. A lot of the smaller amps they have boosted the gain for one purpose... to make people think they are louder so they can sell them...
    Also one has to be careful of hearing loss. You should avoid levels above 90 Db... I know several nearly deaf musicians... sad...

  • Joe Patch
    Joe Patch Mar 07, 2013

    Actually, they boost the gains to give distortion for guitar on 1 channel, not so you think you have more.

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