#1
Hey all in UG bass land. I have made the jump (temporarily) to playing bass and had a question. I had to borrow a buddy of mine's bass for church this week, but I wanted to play before then. All I've got is my 50W Randall guitar amp, can I play the bass on that amp as long as I dont turn it up super super loud? Or can I play it really loud on there. I just dont wanna blow my amp up by playing bass on it.

Also, another question that hit me while I was typing...is there any reason why I couldnt plug it into my GT-10 pedal and play it on there as well? I know they make a GT-10B but since I'm borrowing this bass I cant really drop a grand on a bass amp and a MFX pedal.

Thanks for the help folks.
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#3
You're good w/ that amp, just don't play too loud. All pedals work interchangeably between the two, the effect just doesn't sound exactly the same is all.
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dont turn it up, and your bottom end might sound a bit lacking
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It would sound like complete crap and there's always a small chance to blow out the speaker, but it would probably be fine. The pedal would also kill the lower frequencies, but it would work.
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As long as it's low volume it will be absolutly fine.
People have the opinion that a bass will immediatly destroy a guitar amp on sight.
It won't.

If it's only practising for a week you'll be fine.

Also, second bass/guitar amp thread today. We seriously need to sticky one.
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Quote by CSUTremonti777
Lol the first two responses contradict themselves...awesome

Playing basses through guitar amps is a question that has many contradictory answers. Some amps do ok, some don't. Even the Fender '65 Twin Reverb claims it to be a "perfect match for guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, vocals, accordion, and the electric violin among others." in the manual.

General rule of thumb is avoid using guitar amp unless you know that there is some kind of band pass filter in there to save the speaker. Also keep in mind that bass frequencies require crap load more power to the drivers for the same perceived volumes, over heating some amps very quickly.

My rule is "bass through bass amp only" just because I have blown speakers in the past.
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As long as it's low volume it will be absolutly fine.
People have the opinion that a bass will immediatly destroy a guitar amp on sight.
It won't.

If it's only practising for a week you'll be fine.

Also, second bass/guitar amp thread today. We seriously need to sticky one.


I think there is something about this in the FAQs sticky but it seems like a lot of people overlook it.
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^ Ya, seriously. People act like if you so much as plug a bass into a guitar amp, the amp will explode with the intensity of an H-bomb. I've even played through a 10 watt guitar amp before. I don't think I've ever heard a worse bass tone, but the amp survived.
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As long as it's low volume it will be absolutly fine.
People have the opinion that a bass will immediatly destroy a guitar amp on sight.
It won't.

If it's only practising for a week you'll be fine.

Also, second bass/guitar amp thread today. We seriously need to sticky one.

if you are going to be the bass in a band setting, you will need a bigger amp preferably a bass amp, because you may survive a weak drummer with a cheap 50 watter, but the amp won't survive if it's a guitar amp.

and on the pedal, you can, but it will not sound very good, however bass is commonly played clean, so you don't really need the sounds that'll give you.
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#12
I've played through my 200w Randall head pleanty of times. Sounds fine on the clean channel, sounds pretty neat on the crunch if you set it right. Just don't crank the volume and you'll be fine.
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if you are going to be the bass in a band setting, you will need a bigger amp preferably a bass amp, because you may survive a weak drummer with a cheap 50 watter, but the amp won't survive if it's a guitar amp.

and on the pedal, you can, but it will not sound very good, however bass is commonly played clean, so you don't really need the sounds that'll give you.


Well I am going to be the bass player in a band setting (this week anyways) but I just plug into a DI box so no amp needed.

But thanks for the info folks I appreciate it
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Quote by CSUTremonti777
Well I am going to be the bass player in a band setting (this week anyways) but I just plug into a DI box so no amp needed.

But thanks for the info folks I appreciate it

way more fun with a couple stacks of 4x12's.

just sayin...

but that's cool, use your headphone jack when you can.
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way more fun with a couple stacks of 4x12's.

just sayin...

but that's cool, use your headphone jack when you can.


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Hell if I win the lottery I'll send everyone that replied to this thread a check for 5,000 bucks
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Quote by CSUTremonti777
Lol the first two responses contradict themselves...awesome


Lol nice

I used to use my guitar amp when i started, i was pretty much in the same position as u, i eventually got a bass amp and guitar dist pedal. Ive tried pretty much all combinations and all ive blown was my bass amp ironicly
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Quote by Garou1911
I've played through my 200w Randall head pleanty of times. Sounds fine on the clean channel, sounds pretty neat on the crunch if you set it right. Just don't crank the volume and you'll be fine.


The head wouldn't get damaged, it's the actual speaker that can break

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The head wouldn't get damaged, it's the actual speaker that can break

The head runs through a 4x12 Marshall cab if that makes a difference
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1995 American Fender Strat, EMG 85 pup
Randall RH200 Head
Marshall 1960a Cab
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Washburn Bantam bass
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#19
As long as the guitar amp's below 30w it won't be a problem, but yours is a 50w, so I dunno... Wait, why doesn't your bassist friend have a bass amp???
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Wait, why doesn't your bassist friend have a bass amp???

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-Guitar Gear-
1995 American Fender Strat, EMG 85 pup
Randall RH200 Head
Marshall 1960a Cab
Woods Acoustic
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Washburn Bantam bass
Hartke HA2500
Fender Bassman 410H
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