Bass through a guitar amp?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by FingeringAm, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. FingeringAm

    FingeringAm Inactive

    Jun 28, 2008
    So Cal
    ok so after searching 19 pages no1 has answered my question...

    is there any problem hooking my bass up to a guitar amp(usually a marshall 35wt but sometimes a fender sp-10 :D)?
    i only do it so i dont have to lug my amp back and forth to my friends house and i get a decent tone with the marshall(obviously its noting that i would desire but its fine for me to just jam w/ my friends.

    i kinda like it cause i get tones that i never am able to get on my bass amp but i wont be usuing it long term ofc...
    its not like itd be a huge deal if it was wrecking it as its only a squier but i was just curious....
    thanks for ur help
  2. Connor


    Jun 21, 2007
    you can use it, it can pretty easily screw the amp up if you're not careful. the only thing i can think of to prevent is to cut the low and low mid frequency, stick to the high mid and high. also, i would keep the volume as low as you can. ps:it will probably sound like ass
  3. FingeringAm

    FingeringAm Inactive

    Jun 28, 2008
    So Cal
    thanks for the info...
    we dont really care about the amp aslong as my guitars ok
    yea it does sound pretty bad but untill i get a better amp to leave at my house this will have to do :S

    thanks for ur help
  4. I think this question belongs to top-10 questions asked on this forum.

    Short answer: any amp works with bass, some sound better than others. If the amp/combo has an open-ended construction, there's a big chance you will blow the loudspeakers, especially with loud volumes.
  5. Tojo7


    Jul 17, 2006
    Bass -> Tube guitar head -> Bass speakers

    that's a great setup...not if you want ridiculous amounts of low end...
  6. OptimusPrime


    Mar 30, 2008
    I bought a guitar amp a couple weeks ago without realizing it. It was in the bass section at the store and I just went for it. I didn't find out until I got home and made a thread here. Seems to be working fine so far. But it's just temporary until I can afford a bigger rig.
  7. Thunderthumbs73

    Thunderthumbs73 Supporting Member

    May 5, 2008
    When I started out, I played my guitar through MY STEREO. How lame? But it was the best I could do! Regarding the lugging and whatnot- see if you can pick up a cheap cart/handtruck. It makes lugging around the bass amp (anywhere there is level ground) MUCH easier. You'll likely find over time that it's money WELL spent.

    Otherwise, keep the volume low on that guitar amp!

    Good luck with it.
  8. BbbyBld


    Oct 13, 2005
    Meridian, MS
    Good call. No disrespect to the OP, but this gets asked at least once a week.

    I wish a mod would sticky bass through guitar amp/guitar through bass amp.
  9. problem is the speakers, not the amp. the speakers may well blow, especially if it is openbacked (like someone mentioned earlier). only issue with the amp is maybe not enough volume.
  10. Just my Not enough power and not the right speakers. At best, you'll be training your ears to a horrible sound. At worst, you'll destroy the amp. Go back to your music store, explain what happened, and ask them to work with you.
  11. No there is nothing wrong with hooking a bass guitar through a guitar amp. It is wrong to expect a guitar to perform like a bass amp. Guitar speakers as a rule arn't designed to move back and forth far enough to reproduce bass guitar at very well. So, there is nothing wrong as long as you don't try to play it very loud. You won't hurt your guitar but you can blow the speaker if you try to play it too loud or with too much bass EQ added.
  12. Skullie

    Skullie Supporting Member

    Hey, it seems to work for Dusty Hill. He was using Marshall JCM 800's for a while. Now I think he and Billy Gibbons are using custom Crate amps.
  13. AllenBass7


    Jan 27, 2008
    Dude i'm constantely using my intro level Crate amp since my regular rig (mesa w/ peavy cab) is at my buds house for band practice.

    and sometimes i like the sound i get out of the Crate more than anything else.

    oh and for tone i just crank the bassEQ on my bass's EQ and it works beautifully