Bass guitar into guitar amp?

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Bass guitar into guitar amp?

Postby Mason Huxley » Fri May 03, 2019 3:22 am

For as long as I've been into electronics and audio, I think I know the answer, but a little confirmation never hurts.

I hardly ever touched my bass, so traded my little Peavey MAX112 bass amp to a friend last year to save room in my very small music room. Now I'm getting interested in it again. Am I correct that it shouldn't hurt anything to play through my guitar amps as long as I stay at "bedroom" levels? I can't imagine ever exceeding 2 or 3 watts.
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Re: Bass guitar into guitar amp?

Postby Joshua Levin-Epstein » Fri May 03, 2019 4:30 am

If you're just need to hear yourself, you can plug into a guitar amp.

Broadly speaking, a bass amp should have more power (because it takes more power to reproduce the lower frequencies and even more power to reproduce them cleanly), a tone control section designed around lower frequencies, a larger speaker (low frequencies) and a closed cabinet (to help control speaker excursion).

In other words, if you just need to hear yourself, you can plug into a guitar amp.
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Re: Bass guitar into guitar amp?

Postby JC Whitney » Fri May 03, 2019 9:46 am

I’ve long heard stories of torn speaker cones caused by unwary bassists plugging into guitar amps and turning up - but haven’t ever met someone who it happened to first hand. Is this just a tall tale?
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Re: Bass guitar into guitar amp?

Postby Beate Ritzert » Fri May 03, 2019 12:55 pm

It may easily be a tale. But one with a real and serious physical backgrond. It may i ndeed happen.
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Re: Bass guitar into guitar amp?

Postby Bob Francis » Fri May 03, 2019 4:04 pm

Well I have it was a cheap amp and it misaligned the coil under the cone.
But that was someone trying to equal a much larger amps volume.
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Re: Bass guitar into guitar amp?

Postby Peter Wilcox » Fri May 03, 2019 8:16 pm

I played a 4 string into a Peavy Pacer with an EVM12L speaker for several years at relatively high volume - but that is one hell of a speaker. But when I switched to 5 string I had to get a combo bass amp.
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