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Amp for bass and acoustic guitar?

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by gsaer, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. gsaer


    Feb 12, 2008
    Mankato, Minnesota
    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


    Oct 12, 2011
    Dallas, TX
    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.
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  4. 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.
  5. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan
    What is your budget?
  6. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Banned

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
  7. seang15

    seang15 Supporting Member

    Aug 28, 2008
    Cary NC
    Perhaps something from Genz Benz? Trace Elliott also comes to mind.
  8. Eric_71


    Jul 22, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    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.
  9. kpc


    Apr 6, 2011
    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:
  10. DogBone


    Mar 15, 2009
    Central Virginia
    Any full range and relatively uncolored amp will work.

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

    DukeLeJeune rational romantic mystic cynical idealist Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 24, 2008
    Preston, Idaho
    Owner & designer, AudioKinesis; Auth. mfg, Big E (Home Audio only)
    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.
  12. Eric_71


    Jul 22, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    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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