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Bass Guitar work with guitar amp?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by vic_music, Nov 29, 2005.


  1. vic_music

    vic_music

    Nov 29, 2005
    Ontario, Canada
    Hello Everyone,

    I was thinking of purchasing a bass guitar. Since, I already have an electric guitar and guitar amp (15 Watts). I was just wondering if a bass guitar can work with a guitar amp? Or do I have to purchase a bass amp?

    Also, I would like to know if there is a difference between a guitar amp and bass amp. Thanks.
     
  2. vic_music

    vic_music

    Nov 29, 2005
    Ontario, Canada
    Thanks. Greatly appreciated.
     
  3. Welcome!

    The threads Fealach posted has some great info. Also check out the FAQ that's stickied at the top of this forum.

    To give you a short answer: for low volume practice, it's possible to plug your bass into a guitar amp. However, the guitar amp's speaker is intended for higher-frequency, lower-energy sounds. The low frequencies of a bass guitar require lots of power, (let me repeat) at low frequencies. A guitar amp's speaker isn't designed to handle bass notes well. So your bass may not sound very good through the guitar amp, and if you try to turn the volume up, you risk blowing the guitar amp's speaker. To make the matters worse, the tone controls on small practice guitar amps weren't designed to shape the tone of a bass guitar, they were designed to handle the higher frequencies of a regular guitar...so that makes it even tougher to get a decent tone out of a guitar amp.

    For practicing in the short term with the guitar amp, keep the volume low. If youever want to play along with another guitar player or drummer, you will need a dedicated bass amp with considerable more power.
     
  4. vic_music

    vic_music

    Nov 29, 2005
    Ontario, Canada
    Thanks, this information is very helpful.