Dear JoeCool. I think thay your BIG problem was not so much with the amp chip itself, but with the speaker. Guitars work anywhere, bass guitars donŽt. Please try it again (powered by the 12V battery) with two 6 or 8 inch woofers, 4 ohms each, in parallel (yes, the optimum load is 2 ohms), in a closed box at least 10" deep (WxH depends on speakers used). YouŽll see that the result is more than usable. (No, not with a drummer ) Please try it and post the results . MP3s and pictures would be most welcome.