#1
So in the next little while I plan on purchasing a low to mid range bass guitar. Nothing fancy, just something that sounds decent to record with. Anyway, I don't own a bass amp, but I do have several guitar ones, and was wondering if it would be damaging to to amp to use the bass on them. I've heard conflicting reports about it.

So bass on a guitar amp ; good or bad?

Thanks a lot.
#3
i'm pretty sure bass in guitar amp=baddd
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#5
Yeah, Guitar on a bass amp is really rad, I normally use my bass amp for both because I love how it sounds. but bass on a guitar amp will over vibrate your speaker and could damage if not destroy the amp. however, you can buy a cheap bass amp to practice on.
#6
you will ruin your amp.

bass through guitar amp - bad

guitar through bass amp - ok
#7
I do know of one case where it won't hurt your guitar amp...if your amp has a jack for headphones, which also cancels output to the main speakers, use that and you won't have any problems...
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i am starting to think God kills a Kitten every time anybody even thinks about running a bass through a guitar amp. There's a reason we have bass amps!
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i am starting to think God kills a Kitten every time anybody even thinks about running a bass through a guitar amp. There's a reason we have bass amps!


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I've repeatedly heard of people using passive basses through the new bassman. The 59' bassman reissue has Jensen P10R speakers-- they are advertised as pretty accurate reproductions of the original speakers.

If they really are accurate reproductions, then I suppose they would handle a passive bass just fine. Personally, I'd risk it if I had a new bassman... then put in better bass speakers if they blew anyway
#13
I wouldn't recommend it, but if it's just for very low volume practice purposes and the lows cut completely out, you probably will be fine.
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#14
Haha thanks a lot for the responses so fast. I guess I'll just get a practice amp then.

Thanks again.
#15
Use that 15 watt SS amp you got when you started and crank it.
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#16
i play my bass threw a marshall guitar amp all the time and it works ok u just need 2 keep the volume down but it does work
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i play my bass threw a marshall guitar amp all the time and it works ok u just need 2 keep the volume down but it does work


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#19
Would there be a way to configure it so it might work alright? I ask this because my school is has a couple old, not-exaclty-mint-condition guitar amps and they said they'd throw em out if no one offered to take them off their hands.

I know bass ruins guitar amps, but I'm wondering if there's some way I might be able to salvage them.. they're two 4x10 Traynor amps, no other specs available, they're pretty much blank except for a couple jacks..
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I do know of one case where it won't hurt your guitar amp...if your amp has a jack for headphones, which also cancels output to the main speakers, use that and you won't have any problems...

Well yeah dude... the issue is the vibrations ruining the speaker. Anything that defeats the output to the speaker will inherently prevent that from happening. Like plugging in headphones if the amp has an auto-defeat. Or killing the volume!

But he says for recording purposes. If you do straight from-amp-to-mixer recording, there's really no problem, except of course getting the tone you want. And, on that note, it usually sounds better to record your speaker mic'd. In which case he'd be using his speaker. Bad.
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So in the next little while I plan on purchasing a low to mid range bass guitar. Nothing fancy, just something that sounds decent to record with. Anyway, I don't own a bass amp, but I do have several guitar ones, and was wondering if it would be damaging to to amp to use the bass on them. I've heard conflicting reports about it.

So bass on a guitar amp ; good or bad?

Thanks a lot.
IF the volume levels are low, no problem.
IF the speakers are designed for a bass, no problem.
IF the speakers are NOT designed for a bass, but you keep the volume low, no problem.
(Although the lower notes won't sound all that rich.)

IF you play a bass loud, through speakers that are not capable of handling a bass, BIG PROBLEM.


Safer to use the right speakers. But you can get by, if you're careful.
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#22
I think by this point, you should have established that you need a bass amp.