#1
Will an Ampeg VT-22 combo work with both guitar and bass? I'm trying to trade a Mesa cab I have for one.

Also, if I traded my Mesa for a Sunn (tube) head of some kind, would it work with both instruments as well? I'm aiming for a really loud, clean sound and plan on using pedals for distortion.

I'm using a 4x12 with my Mesa right now (and would with use it with the Sunn if I get one), so would the low frequencies from the bass mess with 12in speakers? Would a 4x10 be a good investment?

I'd be playing guitar about 60 - 70% of the time, and bass the rest. And in case anyone says "why not get a bass amp and keep your mesa so you can have 2 amps?" Answer: the Mesa isn't really my thing anymore seeing as I've been gravitating to lots of clean/lightly overdriven guitar work, and I've become somewhat of an instrumentalist, so I'm trying to keep the amount of amps I have down to a minimum, and I'm trying to keep the amount of amps I need to bring to gigs/jams to 1.
#2
Quote by RG_FANMAN
Will an Ampeg VT-22 combo work with both guitar and bass?

You will have sound, however you will blow the speakers and the bass will have no bottom end
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Also, if I traded my Mesa for a Sunn (tube) head of some kind, would it work with both instruments as well?
It will work with both instruments, however the EQ is not voiced for a bass and will have no bottom end

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I'm using a 4x12 with my Mesa right now (and would with use it with the Sunn if I get one), so would the low frequencies from the bass mess with 12in speakers? Would a 4x10 be a good investment?
Yes, doesn't matter on the size of the speakers, if they aren't designed for bass you'll blow them up. Likewise if you try to use a bass 4x10 with a horn you'll blow up the horn if you use any kind of distortion/fuzz/overdrive

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I'd be playing guitar about 60 - 70% of the time, and bass the rest. And in case anyone says "why not get a bass amp and keep your mesa so you can have 2 amps?" Answer: the Mesa isn't really my thing anymore seeing as I've been gravitating to lots of clean/lightly overdriven guitar work, and I've become somewhat of an instrumentalist, so I'm trying to keep the amount of amps I have down to a minimum, and I'm trying to keep the amount of amps I need to bring to gigs/jams to 1.

You don't have a choice bro, you need at least 2 cabs in which case you might as well have 2 combos and get the best possible sound out of both. I realise you have a guitar combo in mind so i'll post some bass combos that are quite compact (you'll need at least 150w to play with any sort of band).

http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/GallienKrueger-MB150S112-MicroBass-Combo-Amp?sku=482567

http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-Promethean-1x10-Bass-Combo-Amp-with-CoAxial-Speaker?sku=580827

http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Acoustic-B200-200W-1x15-w-Tweeter-Bass-Combo?sku=482902
Gear:
Washburn RB2500 (5 String)
Yamaha BB400 Fretless (1981)
Carlo Giordano 3/4 Upright (White)
Cort Action 4 (Stereo-fied)
Orange Bass Terror 500
Orange 1x15 Cab
Boss GT-6 Bass Multi-effects
#3
From what I heard, the VT-22 is essentially an Ampeg V4, which works for guitar or bass amps. When I saw Explosions in the Sky live, Michael (their guitarist/bassist) used a V4 head with a 4x12 ( http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Aguilar-GS-412-Bass-Cabinet?sku=601032 if I wasn't mistaken), never changed amp settings, and just switched his instruments and he had a really nice sound. That's the sort of thing I'm trying to do (role and tone - wise). Would replacing the 12 in speakers in the VT-22 with something like this?: http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/product/Eminence-Basslite-S2012-12-Bass-Speaker?sku=660085 or some Celestion BL12-200X speakers?

Also, what's a horn? I'm mainly a guitarist so I'm not ridiculously knowledgeable on bass amplification.
Last edited by RG_FANMAN at Nov 12, 2009,
#4
Bass amps and guitar amps were one in the same many years ago the only difference being the speakers.
Marshall, Hiwatt, Orange didn't make specific amps just specific cabs these being the 4x12 or the 2x15 and even 4x15.
G&L L2500
Squier Affinity Jazz Bass 5
Ashdown RPM pre-amp
Ashdown Little Giant 1000
300 watt 15" powered cab
450 watt 15" powered sub bass cab
2x10 + horn
1x15x10 + horn
#5
Quote by RG_FANMAN
From what I heard, the VT-22 is essentially an Ampeg V4, which works for guitar or bass amps. When I saw Explosions in the Sky live, Michael (their guitarist/bassist) used a V4 head with a 4x12 ( http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Aguilar-GS-412-Bass-Cabinet?sku=601032 if I wasn't mistaken), never changed amp settings, and just switched his instruments and he had a really nice sound. That's the sort of thing I'm trying to do (role and tone - wise). Would replacing the 12 in speakers in the VT-22 with something like this?: http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/product/Eminence-Basslite-S2012-12-Bass-Speaker?sku=660085 or some Celestion BL12-200X speakers?

Also, what's a horn? I'm mainly a guitarist so I'm not ridiculously knowledgeable on bass amplification.

I would suggest he was using a DI Line straight to FOH with the bass, with or without the amp because even though a nice sound is a very subjective thing i cannot believe he'd get a nice sound from both instruments without extensive tweaking through pedal boards or the amp.

A horn is a high frequency speaker usually about 1 inch. They are really sensitive to distortion etc. and if blown will give out a horrible hissing sound.
Gear:
Washburn RB2500 (5 String)
Yamaha BB400 Fretless (1981)
Carlo Giordano 3/4 Upright (White)
Cort Action 4 (Stereo-fied)
Orange Bass Terror 500
Orange 1x15 Cab
Boss GT-6 Bass Multi-effects
#6
Personally, in your situation, I'd get a bass cab and just shop around for a head that I liked the sound out of for guitar and bass. Whether its a bass head or a guitar head is irrelevant. When it comes down to it, what sounds good is all that matters. As long as you use a bass cab everything should be fine.
Last edited by Zycho at Nov 14, 2009,