#1
Is there any reason to not play a guitar through a bass amp? I have a line 6 spider 3 and a peavey microbass. I want to trade both to get a bigger bass amp, but i still want to be able to play my guitar.
#2
It has some awesome cleans thats true, but i dont know if the all the bass amp controls would work
And probably because the distortion would suck (dont know if it does or not)
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#4
There would be next to no treble, or not as much. I have a peavy micro bass and guitar played through it sounds horrible. Way too much bass and not enough treble, so you can rule out playing solos on it.

But if you used a distortion pedal, I'd say that would compensate.
#5
Bass amp speakers are not designed to reproduce the high frequencies you'll get with guitar. You can damage it in the long run.
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Bass amp speakers are not designed to reproduce the high frequencies you'll get with guitar. You can damage it in the long run.



+1, that's true.
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A normal guitar through a bass amp sounds pretty bad.

Tell that to this guy:

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#11
Ht only thing that will happen (and I speak from experience) is that you'll have to EQ your sound carefully so it doesn't sound like mush, so you'll need to basically take out all the bass and a lot of the low mids and then if you add an EQ pedal you can get some decent tones out of it. On the plus side your cleans will be clean and you won't have to turn the amp up as much. The speaker will be just fine.
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no, damage for bass through guitar amp is more immediate and severe because regular guitar speakers don't have enough excursion for bass frequencies, but you can definately damage a bass speaker by putting too much treble through it.
#13
But what if you use a Whammy bar and use 2 octaves down? that should damage a guitar speaking just as much as like you were using it a bass.
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no, damage for bass through guitar amp is more immediate and severe because regular guitar speakers don't have enough excursion for bass frequencies, but you can definately damage a bass speaker by putting too much treble through it.


Only you can't, bass speakers can handle a much larger frequency range than a guitar speaker and anyway, Josh Homme and Paul Kossoff both use(d) bass speakers and they work well for years.
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Worked well for years, and then what?
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But what if you use a Whammy bar and use 2 octaves down? that should damage a guitar speaking just as much as like you were using it a bass.

No, it doesn't. There's a difference between a low pitch and having the mad low frequencies that bass guitars have.

Guitar through a bass amp works.

The speakers are fine. Many, many guitarists have used guitars through bass amps and gotten great tone, and never had to change their speakers. Don't worry about it, TS.
#18
I've heard it done before. One friend has had his bass amp remodeled to a guitar amp so it's somewhere in between. The cleans can be nice.

But yeah, you might hurt the speaker. Bass amps are designed for low frequencies so when you throw some highs in you can damage the speaker.
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I've heard it done before. One friend has had his bass amp remodeled to a guitar amp so it's somewhere in between. The cleans can be nice.

But yeah, you might hurt the speaker. Bass amps are designed for low frequencies so when you throw some highs in you can damage the speaker.



It works great. Just make sure you have appropriate speakers (e.g. not just 15" sepakers) so as to get good frequency response.

It won't hurt it at all, so long as you check the frequency response on the speakers and check it doesn't have too low maximum frequency.

Just don't use the EQ on the amp (it's set up for a different range of frequencies) and don't expect massive overdrive, as they are not normally build to be overdriven, in fact, the opposite. Most bass amps are designed to stay clean as long as possible.
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Worked well for years, and then what?


Well Paul Kossoff is dead but as far as I know that's unrelated and also as far as I know Josh Homme still does use bass amps for his sound.
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