#1
ive been thinking about buying a bass, but i dont have enough to buy a good one with a good amp. so can i just use my guitar amp? i have some sort of peavey bandit model. i dont plan on playing live; im just a hobbyist.
#5
well ive heard that its not too bad as long as you dont turn it up too loud. is that true?
#6
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#7
No, it's not true about the volume thing, it's all about the wattage. It takes a hell of alot more wattage to make bass tones than guitar tones, you'll actually just pump too much energy to the speaker, no matter what volume. ie, guitar amps go up to about 200 watts for the loudest I've ever seen. In contrast, I've seen a bass amp that's 4000 watts. Think about the effects that would have on a 30 watt practice amp, you'd destroy it if you pumped the bass through it.
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Quote by mogan777
well my amps 100 watts and the volume knob never goes above 2 at home

aside from damaging the amp it will sound like **** due to it not being able to handle the lower frequencies
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#10
You'd be fine with a bass speaker.

With a guitar speaker it's going to lack the bass response to properly reproduce the lows of a bass. This will eventually damage the speaker. It's caused by both the longer scale and the lower tuning, which is why an 8 string guitar won't cause the same issues. With a bass speaker you'll only be limited in volume, it would be fine for bedroom playing but anything louder will make the amp distort and sound muddy.
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#11
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You'd be fine with a bass speaker.

With a guitar speaker it's going to lack the bass response to properly reproduce the lows of a bass. This will eventually damage the speaker. It's caused by both the longer scale and the lower tuning, which is why an 8 string guitar won't cause the same issues. With a bass speaker you'll only be limited in volume, it would be fine for bedroom playing but anything louder will make the amp distort and sound muddy.



This. Bass guitars produce lower overtones, these lower overtones or harmonics are what damage guitar speakers.
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#12
Ive done this with a guitar amp many times and the amp works fine. Have even cranked the gain and volume up a lot. Dont know why the amp still works but it does. I wouldnt try it though. I would never do it with my Good Amp. Just tried it with my friends gear I borrowed. Just saying. If ur attached to ur amp dont try it, if not, go for it.
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Ive done this with a guitar amp many times and the amp works fine. Have even cranked the gain and volume up a lot. Dont know why the amp still works but it does. I wouldnt try it though. I would never do it with my Good Amp. Just tried it with my friends gear I borrowed. Just saying. If ur attached to ur amp dont try it, if not, go for it.


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Quote by STABxYOU
You'd be fine with a bass speaker.

With a guitar speaker it's going to lack the bass response to properly reproduce the lows of a bass. This will eventually damage the speaker. It's caused by both the longer scale and the lower tuning, which is why an 8 string guitar won't cause the same issues. With a bass speaker you'll only be limited in volume, it would be fine for bedroom playing but anything louder will make the amp distort and sound muddy.


Exactly. I know about many basists who's used guitar amps (like John Entwhistle, Neol Redding, Jack Bruce and of course Lemmy) but with a bass cab. I tried my Plexi with a bass cab and it was fine, but as I said, you need the cab. Otherwise, yes you might damage it.
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#17
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bad idea but... whats with the double google ideas!?

because it's stereo amp, and i don't think it's tube...

Now to add some sensible input to the thread- at bedroom volumes it should be okay; it won't sound too good but it should work without any problems. I've done this for years and never done any damage.
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#18
Most suggest to not. You can play a guitar through a bass amp easily but not the other way around.