#1
Well i was just wondering if it was safe to use a guitar through a bass head. Better yet is it safe to use bass cabs on a guitar?
#2
Yes, guitar with a bass amp or bass cab is safe. Bass with a guitar cab is not considered safe.
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I did, and it works.
It's pretty clean and bassy and stuff.

Bass with guitar cab should be fine if you pay attention to the power ratings.
Bass heads usually have a lot more power than guitar's, and guitar cabs' speakers usually don't handle that much power.

I don't see any problem in either plugging a bass into a guitar head or plugging a bass head in a guitar cab if you're careful with the power.
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I did, and it works.
It's pretty clean and bassy and stuff.

Bass with guitar cab should be fine if you pay attention to the power ratings.
Bass heads usually have a lot more power than guitar's, and guitar cabs' speakers usually don't handle that much power.

I don't see any problem in either plugging a bass into a guitar head or plugging a bass head in a guitar cab if you're careful with the power.

This has been debated here a hundred times, but there are some who believe a bass could cause extreme excursion in guitar speakers possibly causing damage. Then people come back and ask why an octaver is OK with a guitar cab and it goes back and forth ad infinitum. I'd just not risk it, unless you really have to.

There is no conceivable issue with plugging a bass into a guitar amp, or a guitar into a bass amp. The issue, if there even is one, is the speakers not the amp.
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Depends on the amp, obviously...

Most bass amps nowadays are solid state, tend to have a lot of headroom and stay relatively clean. They were also designed with bass in mind and have a lower high frequency cutoff. Your guitar tone won't necissarily cut through the mix as well in a band situation.

Then, if you're using a head/cab combination as opposed to a combo amp, you need to worry about power handling and speaker type. While using a bass head through a guitar cab, while playing guitar, it SHOULD be okay since you aren't pummeling the guitar speaker with bass frequencies. However, I would still use a bass cab just to be safe.
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#6
Only two things matter.

1) can the speakers handle the power of the amp?
2) does it sound good?

If yes to both, go for it. Many amazing amps including the Ampeg V4, Sunn Model T (or any Sunn really), and Fender Bassman are equally well-suited to guitar and bass.

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#7
stick a nice dirt pedal in between the guitar and the bass head.
One of my fave sounds that is.
drop the bass on the amp and up the treble a bit too.
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Technically, my primary gigging amp is a bass amp, or at least, it was listed as a bass amp in musicman's catalogue. I like to think of it as being like a blackface bassman head with a solid state preamp. I even used a matching 1x15 bass cab with it for a while. Sounded wonderful - but it was a bit too bulky to transport like that.

It does depend on the amp though - some bass amps, especially more modern ones, will sound very cold and sterile if you plug a guitar into them.
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People have been doing this for decades. I saw Sleep a few weeks ago and I’m pretty sure Matt Pike was playing his guitar through Al Cisnero’s old Vivekananda bass heads. And Doyle gets insane guitar tones from a high-gain guitar preamp running into Ampeg SVTs.
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Most bass amps nowadays are solid state, tend to have a lot of headroom and stay relatively clean. They were also designed with bass in mind and have a lower high frequency cutoff. Your guitar tone won't necissarily cut through the mix as well in a band situation.


+1. Played guitar through my Peavey Tour TNT to see what it would sound like. It was extremely disappointing. I don't even know what I was expecting.

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This has been debated here a hundred times, but there are some who believe a bass could cause extreme excursion in guitar speakers possibly causing damage. Then people come back and ask why an octaver is OK with a guitar cab and it goes back and forth ad infinitum. I'd just not risk it, unless you really have to.

There is no conceivable issue with plugging a bass into a guitar amp, or a guitar into a bass amp. The issue, if there even is one, is the speakers not the amp.


The way that it makes sense to me, is that it's not the actual note that causes the problem (hence why octavers and 8+ string guitars are perfectly fine). It's a combination of the huge scale length of the bass and the huge strings they use that makes the difference.
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stick a nice dirt pedal in between the guitar and the bass head.
One of my fave sounds that is.
drop the bass on the amp and up the treble a bit too.
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