Sickz
Jazz Musician
Join date: Mar 2010
1,594 IQ
#1
Hey folks!

Just a quick question!

I am from the beginning a guitarist, but i decided some time ago to pick up a bass so i could become a bassist aswell and not just "a guitarist in a lower octave".

Anyway, my question is this. Would it be possible to plug my bass into my guitar amp without it damaging the cabinet speakers or anything like that? My amp is an Orange Dual terror amp with an Orange PPC112 cab.

Like you could imagine, i think it would be better to ask this question here then try it and find out. Cause in the worst case scenario, i would need a new amp.

Anyways, thanks in advance!
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Ziphoblat
The Enigma
Join date: Jun 2010
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#2
At lower volumes it shouldn't do any damage. There's no harm in plugging a bass into a guitar amplifier, but running a bass through speakers designed for guitar can, once you get it turned up a bit, potentially damage the speakers, as they're not really cut out for those low frequencies. You could just cut some lows for practice purposes to minimise the risk of damage... though to be honest, with decent gear like that I just wouldn't risk it. Not the end if the world if, on the off-chance, you damage your gear by running a bass through it if it's a cheapo amp, but in your case you'd be better off buying a cheapo bass amp or practising through headphones (assuming it's just for bedroom practice purposes).
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0rion2309
Prog Rocker
Join date: Aug 2009
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#4
It will probably not hurt your amp but it will not sound really loud in the low end.
John Swift
Registered User
Join date: May 2004
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#5
You could always fit a new 12" speaker in your cab that is designed for Bass.
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chatterbox272
Registered User
Join date: May 2011
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#6
Don't do it. it 'might' not do any noticeable damage at low volumes, but it could wreck the amp. get a cheap bass practice combo and use that, trust me it's worth it.
jumpaside
Registered User
Join date: Mar 2008
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#7
I did that before. And now I got a 2x12 cab that wont work because I'm too poor to afford speakers. Get a cheapo bass amp like suggested. or better yet get a bass cab and run your head through it.
Sliide90027
Registered User
Join date: Oct 2012
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#8
You could also contact the Manufacturer to discover the Frequency Response that the Amp and Cabinet can produce to determine if the system can handle what you want to do.

Usually, Guitar cabinets will not do what a Bass Cab will, but there was a time that Entwistle ran 2 Hiwatt Stacks when Townsend was running one.

If the Cab is farting out, best to back off the low end, because that means it is only going to burn a coil.
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John Swift
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#9
The amp itself should be ok if not worked too hard ie expecting it to compete as a stand alone backline amp in a live situation, over a long period it will get hot.

it is the speakers that need to be considered.
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Ashdown Little Giant 1000
300 watt 15" powered cab
450 watt 15" powered sub bass cab
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1x15x10 + horn