#1
simple question as ive never thought about this before, can you play bass with a guitar head and bass cab? does it work? does it affect your tone its some bad way?

just curious,

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#2
dont think so. i'm not into bass that much but something tells me it wouldnt work.
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#3
It would work, but it would sound really crappy.
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It would work, but it would sound really crappy.


Pretty much. Nothing will get damaged, as the speakers can handle the bass fine. However, the head is likely to have a high pass filter on it, and the EQ will not be set at an effective range for bass. It will work though, but will probably not sound good.
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It won't sound crappy, it'll sound different. Josh Homme used to do it in the Kyuss days just to get a different sound. Thick and creamy - like somebody spiked Half and Half with 100-proof.
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Pretty much. Nothing will get damaged, as the speakers can handle the bass fine. However, the head is likely to have a high pass filter on it, and the EQ will not be set at an effective range for bass. It will work though, but will probably not sound good.


it would probably sound okay if you bi-amped with a decent bass amp and cab and set a crossover so the lows would be sent to the bass head and highs to the guitar head
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It won't sound crappy, it'll sound different. Josh Homme used to do it in the Kyuss days just to get a different sound. Thick and creamy - like somebody spiked Half and Half with 100-proof.


If I'm correct he played guitar through a bass amp. Not just through an guitar amp and bass cab.
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#8
im pretty sure ryan martinie of Mudvayne uses guitar heads along with his bass heads live and lemmy uses guitar heads too
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#9
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im pretty sure ryan martinie of Mudvayne uses guitar heads along with his bass heads live and lemmy uses guitar heads too


He only put his highs and high mids through an SWR Workingman 10 through Tribbett's 412 cabs in the studiio. Live it's just straight up bass-ampery.
#10
My buddy does that, sounds awesome. He is also in a band that consists of only a bassist and a drummer. He uses the guitar head mainly for the distortion. I love the sound though, so grimey it's wicked.
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#11
It wouldn't sound right unless you really matched the cab up right. The guitar head handles higher frequencies, so the sound would come out distorted.

I have to say that it's great for soloing though.
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If I'm correct he played guitar through a bass amp. Not just through an guitar amp and bass cab.

My bad, ti;drc. Which is, "too illiterate; didn't read correctly." Which is what I am, and what I did.
#13
Josh Homme played his GUITAR through a guitar head and into a bass cab.
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#14
Your sound can suffer, but not always. It depends on the head. If you've already got a guitar head and bass cab, give it a try.
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im pretty sure ryan martinie of Mudvayne uses guitar heads along with his bass heads live and lemmy uses guitar heads too


lemmy uses a bass head.
granted it's a marshall bass head so it dosnt really change much.
but it was DESIGNED as a bass head
#16
That's how I'm set up. Randall RH-200 through a Hartke 4x10. Personally I like the tone, I can go distorted and get a funky growl (if you do power chords on the D and G string it sounds like a guitar), plus I can switch back to clean for a more traditional bass tone.

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The original Marshall amps(and some of the current JCM/JVMs) were based on a Fender Bassman amp, which was (you guessed it) a bass amp. Since a lot of amp head makers design their amps similier to a Marshall, most people are just playing through hot-rodded bass amps.
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