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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-25-2003, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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bass guitar + guitar amp?

just a quick question. it seems kinda logical, but i just wanted to know what the general consensus is.

can i play a bass guitar through my Crate 15 watt guitar amp?

i'm sure i can, because it's the same sound waves, just with longer wavelengths, and i think all i need to worry about is blowing my speaker, since it wasn't built for such long wavelengths. but is there anything damaging that *could* happen?

anyone ever messed a nice guitar amp up doing this??
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-25-2003, 05:03 PM
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I think you could do it with no problem, i never tried it, i have done the opposite though (Guitar --> Bass Multi FX --> Bass Amp) and it worked fine, don't ask me why i did that...
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-25-2003, 05:09 PM
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It shouldn't be a problem through a simple 15 watt practice amp. However I wouldn't go plugging a bass into a 100 watt guitar head any time soon. Remember that guitar amps are designed for a different frequency range than bass and running a bass through them at high volumes could very well damage your head or cabinets.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-26-2003, 02:21 PM
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You know, one time i plugged my friend's bass into a boss metal zone pedal then from there into his bass amp... the kid glared at me the whole time, but it sounded MASSIVE.

Shouldn't be a problem, even for the cabs- i mean, Meshuggah has essentially been touring with "bass" guitars of late. I'd imagine a bass cab would sound better than a guitar cab for that sort of stuff, but it WILL work...

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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-26-2003, 02:45 PM
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It's really the speakers that are the issue. A lot of guitar-voiced speakers don't handle the low frequencies and the large amount of movement very well so I've always been one to recommend against trying it. Usually there is no problem at very low volume levels. But, in retail, I've learned if you give someone an inch, they take a mile so if I said "only try it very low".......well, you never really know what their concept of low or too loud would be so, why even be considered remotely repsonsible if they blow thing up?

Sonically, well, whatever your electronics cn boost or cut plus your personal preferences will vary.

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-26-2003, 03:02 PM
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Meshuggah doesn't use amps or cabinets, not even live. They run from the guitar to a POD and directly through the PA. They also don't play the 8-strings live because they won't hold their tuning (when they recorded with them they had to literally retune for every guitar part).

You can run a guitar through a bass rig just fine, because a guitar's sonic output is never going to match the strain of a bass. A lot of guitarists have run their rigs through bass amps. Clapton used to play a Fender bassman as part of his live rig.

Running a bass through a solid state guitar amp will more than likely be ok as long as you keep an ear on your speakers and make sure they don't peak. Keep in mind that bass frequencies can be very harsh on 12" guitar speakers and will wear them down a lot faster than a guitar.

I wouldn't dare run a bass through any of my tube heads however. Tube heads are temperamental enough. All and all, I simply wouldn't risk it.

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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-27-2003, 01:50 AM Thread Starter
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hmm... thanks.

i think i actually fried a DOD flanger by playing a bass guitar through it. now it's just a 9Volt powered splitter! lol
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-27-2003, 01:53 AM
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Back when I was a youngin' my buddy messed up his first amp by playing bass through it. I'd recommend against it unless you want to buy some new speakers
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-06-2003, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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well, so far it's working well.

i've never turned the volume past 3 (even though it's just a 15W amp, it sounds fine at that volume). haven't had any issues yet. i've gone back and forth, and my guitar still sounds fine through it.
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