#1
Hey, quick question, is it possible to play a bass guitar on a normal amp; or does it work the other way around (guitar+bass amp)? Just wondering 'cause I'm getting a bass and I need to see if I need a new (bass) amp.
#2
you shouldn't ever play a bass through a guitar amp but a guitar can be played through a bass amp.
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#4
It IS possible, but you could do quite a bit of damage in doing so, especially if you play at loud volumes; guitar amps simply weren't made in mind for a bass's range. If money's a problem, check craigslist, there's usually a ton of people selling old amps for cheap.
#5
The frequency range is different in bass speakers as opposed to guitar speakers. Bass speakers are designed to handle lower hertz while guitar speakers are obviously for a higher range. Its the lower frequencies that do the damage to speakers which is why you never play bass on a guitar amp. A guitar played thru a bass amp can sound muffled and you tend to loose that sizzle that you get from a guitar amp.
Bottom line is use the right amp for the right instument
#6
Guitar amp speaker arent designed for the low frequencies a bass plays, you will probably blow the speaker if you play a bass on guitar amp, but you can play a guitar on a bass amp.

SO, i guess you have to buy another amp
#7
if you're on a tight budget you can pick up a peavey max126 for $70 from musicians friend, etc. my brother has one and it's a decent little bass amp.
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#8
Quote by bbear
The frequency range is different in bass speakers as opposed to guitar speakers. Bass speakers are designed to handle lower hertz while guitar speakers are obviously for a higher range. Its the lower frequencies that do the damage to speakers which is why you never play bass on a guitar amp. A guitar played thru a bass amp can sound muffled and you tend to loose that sizzle that you get from a guitar amp.
Bottom line is use the right amp for the right instument


I've been doing it for years on my 75 watt randall, I just turn the bass down and keep the volume moderate when I'm playing it. If you don't go overboard you shouldn't have a problem, and if possible if you have a cheaper practice amp do it on that.
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#9
You might blow your speakers in your guitar amp if you plug a bass in but should have no problems the other way around
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