#1
So I need a bigger amp for my band. I mostly play guitar, but I need an amp that I can play both bass and guitar through (not at the same time). Naturally, this led me to a bass amp. I'm still not sure if I'll be getting a combo or a stack.

The salesman at Guitar Center told me that my guitar tone will suck if I play through a bass amp. Apparently it has something to do with the "impedance of the pickups."

Is this a crock of sh*t or is there some truth to what he's telling me?
#2
ya it plays like **** i do it all the time when im too lazy to bring both of my amps to practice


the only bass//guitar amp ican think of is an ORange Thunderverb 200 or 50


hahaha good luck with that one if you can get it it'l be very worth it

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you should get two combos, a bass and a guitar amp, and make them totally different rigs.

The guy from the band Explosions in the Sky does that, so they switch from three guitars to bass and two guitars. Saw them last night, they were amazing. All he does is lean the guitar he isn't using against its respective amp.

Another option would be running both a guitar and a bass HEAD through the same bass cabinet. That would probably sound great.
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you should get two combos, a bass and a guitar amp, and make them totally different rigs.

The guy from the band Explosions in the Sky does that, so they switch from three guitars to bass and two guitars. Saw them last night, they were amazing. All he does is lean the guitar he isn't using against its respective amp.

Another option would be running both a guitar and a bass HEAD through the same bass cabinet. That would probably sound great.


I knew a guy who ran a guitar head through a bass cab. I thought it sounded okay. It wasn't that great of a head, but it didn't sound too bassy. And of course, a bass head through a bass cab should sound just fine.
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#7
It's a crock of sh*t.

A guitar sounds, imo, far better through a bass amp than it will through an equally-ranged guitar amp.
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#8
Hahaha...

Impedance of the pickups... hahaha.

Oh, he wasn't joking?

Then he's an idiot. It sounds great. Lots of musicians do it. Just get a good bass amp .
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#10
Lots of guitarist use bass amps just because they like the sound.
#12
lots of people do it
i think that the augus young uses a guitar head with a bass cabinet
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#13
My buddy plugged his acoustic Ovation guitar into my stack, and it was the cleanest tone both he and I have ever heard. Pickup impedence...
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My buddy plugged his acoustic Ovation guitar into my stack, and it was the cleanest tone both he and I have ever heard. Pickup impedence...

of course it was the ONLY time they ever heard it, but it was the cleanest. jk
as far as a guitar through a bass amp. the controls on a bass amp aren't the same as a guitar amp, i.e. no reverb and such, but if you have a decent effects package, it will do just fine. just so you know, just because they work at GC does not mean they know squat about what they are selling.
#15
You can always buy a guitar and bass preamp. And then a PA Powersupply. Just make sure when you buy the bass cab it has a tweeter in it or your guitar will sound horrible.
#16
They don't--and some sound even better. The sound that my son gets through my bass amps with his Telecaster is so nice, I now have to kick him off my amps so I can practice.

My best guitarist buddy just bought a new Fender bassman reissue because blues guitar just sounds amazing through one of those suckers.

And GC doesn't always hire brain surgeons btw.
#17
Yea, there are some nice multipurpose amps. Like Ampeg reissues. But I have a feeling their out of your price range / not enough power.
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You can always buy a guitar and bass preamp. And then a PA Powersupply. Just make sure when you buy the bass cab it has a tweeter in it or your guitar will sound horrible.

I'm going to talk out of my ass and say guitar cabs don't have tweeters and have a frequency response of 75Hz-6.5kHz (a 412).
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#19
He's talking ****e. ATM my guitarist only has a 15w amp, so we did the overdubs on some recordings with his guitar plugged into my Ashdown (15" speaker, too). It sounded pretty good, too.