Amp for bass and acoustic guitar?

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  1. gsaer

    gsaer Supporting Member

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    Are there any amps that can effectively amplify an electric bass and also do double duty as an acoustic guitar amp? If so I would like to know which one is best, thanks
  2. Crater

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    Nothing I know of is made specifically for this dual purpose. Your best bet would be to buy a powered PA speaker, a small mixer, and a couple of preamp pedals for the instruments, like a SansAmp Bass DI for the bass and some kind of preamp (Fishman?) for the acoustic guitar.
  3. Whit Townsend

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    Just about any bass combo will sound pretty good with an acoustic guitar, you just won't have any effects. Add a verb pedal, a decent preamp for the guitar, and you're good.
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    What is your budget?
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  6. Whit Townsend

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  8. seang15

    seang15 Supporting Member

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    Perhaps something from Genz Benz? Trace Elliott also comes to mind.
  9. Eric_71

    Eric_71 Supporting Member

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    We had an acoustic show a couple of weeks ago where it was some acoustic guitar, some bass from me. I plugged my acoustic into my bass rig and it sounded pretty good, even without readjusting the EQ.

    If you don't have anything at present, I would agree with the guys who say to get some sort of PA setup with a couple of preamps. That seems simplest and cheapest to me.
  10. kpc

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    As far as I know, the Acoustic Image 10-2 will do both. It is well set up for any acoustic instrument including bass.:bassist:
  11. DogBone

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    Any full range and relatively uncolored amp will work.

    Powered speakers, portable PAs, and don't overlook Keyboard amps.
  12. DukeLeJeune

    DukeLeJeune Only immortal for a limited time Gold Supporting Member

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    I know very little about combo amps that can do such double duty, but there are definitely bass cabs that can. This is much more do-able than a cab that can do justice to both electric guitar and electric bass, which is a more common request. Imo you'd want a bass cab with a neutral voicing (especially through the midrange region) and a good tweeter for the top end. A PA cab is a possibility, but the woofers in most PA cabs don't have the excursion capability you'd normally expect to find in a bass cab because the PA cab expects to be paired with a subwoofer for the bottom couple of octaves.
  13. Eric_71

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    OP, I notice you're in southern MN. On the chance that you would be interested in an Avatar TB153 for your needs, I have one I might sell and I'll be in Winona the first weekend of March. I'm not sure what the experts would say, but I would think that would be a decent option cab-wise.

    Just sayin'.

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