#1
i dont know wether this is a stupid question and my friend is talking crap, but i'm completely new to bass so i dont know..

is it true that a bass guitar can damage/destroy a normal guitar amp ?

if so....why ?
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#2
Yes

Guitar Amps can't handle the low frequencies put out by basses.
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#4
For a bit, but it's best not a risk it.
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#5
Quote by ChemicalFire
Yes

Guitar Amps can't handle the low frequencies put out by basses.


**** i didnt know that
#7
With the same voice coil, at the same volume for a speaker to make a low frequency note it has to physically move much further than for treble frequencies. This causes damage to speakers not designed for bass.
#10
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so what differs a bass amp from a normal amp then ?
The speaker voice coils are designed with a higher excursion in mind.
#11
its made for lower frequencies?
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#13
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whoa.. i have a bass and a guitar and i use a bass amp, would that damage my amp?


No, that's fine. Guitars through bass amps sound great, and don't damage the amp - a lot of guitarists use bass amps or cabs for their warm tonal qualities.
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#14
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is yours ok though ? lol


i dnt know lol ... i borrowd it from my mate and gave it back 2 him the other day ... ah well XD
#16
this question really caused quite a few ppl to think...at least it was something we can learn from not, have you ever ate cereal with a fork...haha
#18
The only way I know to safely use a guitar amp with a bass is if using it as a second amp to only run highs. That is with a bass amp that has a high frequency preamp out. In this case the guitar amp is really just playing the high frequency for the bass amp.
#19
please please please please please read the FAQ at the top of the page before making threads. This is covered in the FAQ.
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#20
Jesus, there are quite a few idiots on here!
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#21
Playing Bass guitar through a guitar amp is not the best of ideas, guitar speakers are not designed for the excursions that bass speakers make; the front and rear suspensions are more flexible on Bass speakers.

Low wattage amps will overheat and also send square wave signals to the speakers; this is because it requires more energy to produce low frequency tones at high sound levels than guitar frequency tones, in attempting to do this with a low wattage amp you will possibly run into two problems; one is you can damage the speakers and secondly you will overwork the amps output stage.
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#22
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Playing Bass guitar through a guitar amp is not the best of ideas, guitar speakers are not designed for the excursions that bass speakers make; the front and rear suspensions are more flexible on Bass speakers.

Low wattage amps will overheat and also send square wave signals to the speakers; this is because it requires more energy to produce low frequency tones at high sound levels than guitar frequency tones, in attempting to do this with a low wattage amp you will possibly run into two problems; one is you can damage the speakers and secondly you will overwork the amps output stage.
Wow John Swift, you really explained why you shouldn't play a bass through a guitar amp as if you took it out of an encylopedia or something!
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