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is 15 watts on a guitar amp enough to play to myself?


(@fishtacos)
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is 15 watts on a guitar amp enough power to play to myself in my room?


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(@musenfreund)
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Yes. You'll be fine with a 15w amp.

Well we all shine on--like the moon and the stars and the sun.
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(@steve-0)
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I play a 5W and it is more than enough for me.

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(@bigh29)
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is 15 watts on a guitar amp enough power to play to myself in my room?

I think it is way more than enough. I wouldn't be surprised if you never turn the volume past 4 (on a scale of 10). Two of the hottest selling amps right now are the 2W Roland Micro Cube and the 5 W Vox DA5 practice amps. My son has a micro cube, and I use the vox. Both have adequate power for practicing alone.

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(@diceman)
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How big is your room ? Just joking . It's enough and then some , unless your intention is to remove the wallpaper from your room .

If I claim to be a wise man , it surely means that I don't know .


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(@rparker)
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I agree with everyone else. I'd still play with my 10 from the old starter kit if it didn't sound horrible.

Roy
"I wonder if a composer ever intentionally composed a piece that was physically impossible to play and stuck it away to be found years later after his death, knowing it would forever drive perfectionist musicians crazy." - George Carlin


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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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Most "starter packs" come with a 10 or 15W practise amp - Squier Strat pack, for example, comes with a Fender Frontman 15W amp. 15W is more than enough for a small room - hell, 15W is enough to play loud in medium-sized pub!

My main amp used to be a 15W cube amp - never had the volume much above #2. I've recently upgraded to a Cube30W - not because it's bigger, but because it's better. You won't find a lot of features on the smaller amps - there's no reverb, for example, on a 15W cube amp, although I believe there is on a smaller Micro-cube.

The 30W cube amp has a feature called "power squeeze" which means you can crank the amp to get that classic tube sound, but the output is limited to 2W. I've tried it and and 2W is more than sufficient for a smallish room.

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(@embrace_the_darkness)
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I have a 10watt amp, and never turn the volume up past 4 (maybe 5 if I'm REALLY feeling rock n roll )

5 watt will be fine for one room, no worries there.

Pete

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I have a Marshall MG15, 15 watts, it is solid state. I usually play with the volume between 2 and 3 (max. 10) in the clean channel. The distorted channel can be louder.

Currently I'm looking for a 2-5 watts amp.


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(@twistedlefty)
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in a word "yes"

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(@elecktrablue)
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I have a 15 watt bass amp and it suits me just fine! :D

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(@causnorign)
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15 is plenty, you may find that you'll have to use earphones at night to keep the neighbors from complaining


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