#1
I recently bought a guitar (Shine WP160) and a bass amp (Peavey Bass Combo Mk III (I'm primarily a bass player)).

If I used the guitar through my bass amp would it damage it at all?

Just wondering as I can't really afford to but a guitar amp, and want to know if it is okay to plug my guitar into my bass amp before I go and do it (and risk breaking the amp).
#2
No it wont damage it but it might not sound very good
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#3
Your amp should be fine. Both my dad and I have played our guitars through his 100W Crate bass amp numerous times over the years and it's still going strong.
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Hells yes. I actually like the tone of a guitar through bass amp. It warms me to sleep
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it is fine to do it this way, but not to plug a bass into a GUITAR amp. that's what i've been told...
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but not to plug a bass into a GUITAR amp. that's what i've been told...

Yeah I've heard that. I've also heard it's okay to use a bass through a guitar amp if it's solid state, but not if it's a tube.... Not sure about how true this is though, and i wouldn't tell anyone to try it to find out.
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Yeah I've heard that. I've also heard it's okay to use a bass through a guitar amp if it's solid state, but not if it's a tube.... Not sure about how true this is though, and i wouldn't tell anyone to try it to find out.
Actually, I think the main reason that's generally a bad idea is because guitar speakers aren't build for frequencies that low. It's harder on the speakers than the amp itself.
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Actually, I think the main reason that's generally a bad idea is because guitar speakers aren't build for frequencies that low. It's harder on the speakers than the amp itself.

ahh fair enough. Learn something new every day
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Actually, I think the main reason that's generally a bad idea is because guitar speakers aren't build for frequencies that low. It's harder on the speakers than the amp itself.

Ya its fine for the amp, its only the speakers that can't handle the lows.
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Josh Homme used ampeg SVTs in his Kyuss days. They typically had 8 x 10 speakers, so could still kick out a wee bit of treble. Using a 15 speaker would be pushing it maybe.
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No it wont damage it but it might not sound very good

You couldn't be any more wrong.
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Josh Homme used ampeg SVTs in his Kyuss days. They typically had 8 x 10 speakers, so could still kick out a wee bit of treble. Using a 15 speaker would be pushing it maybe.

Also not necessarily true. My 1x15" bass combo is one of the brightest amps that I've heard (it still has tons of low end though). It's brighter than any Fender amp that I've tried. It all depends on the design of the actual amp.

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Actually, I think the main reason that's generally a bad idea is because guitar speakers aren't build for frequencies that low. It's harder on the speakers than the amp itself.


Exactly right. I know a lot of bassist (Robert DeLeo, Chris Squire, Lou Barlow) who plug into guitar amps and have no difficulty with the setup. DeLeo's famous for using a Marshall Plexi and a Fender Bassman to record. All you need is a cab that can handle such low frequencies (best case scenario, you use a bass cab), but keyboard cabs and certain guitar cabs with 10 in and 15 in speakers work wonders.