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Bass with guitar amp and cab

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by ics1974, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. ics1974


    Apr 13, 2012
    Is it safe at low volumes? I have a Marshall dsl 50 and a 1960a cab. Saving to get a bass amp but that may take some time. Is it safe to use my guitar amp and cab?
  2. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Inactive

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    Amp yes, cab no. Guitar speakers will blow out eventually if you play a bass through them.
  3. klokker


    Jan 7, 2009
    Steele City, NE
    If you keep the volume low and don't crank the bass on the eq, it should work fine. I have a little 10 watt guitar amp combo that I use underneath my computer and its no big deal. Played it for years. If you start pushing it though, all bets are off.
  4. Mr. Foxen

    Mr. Foxen Commercial User

    Jul 24, 2009
    Bristol, UK
    Amp tinkerer at Ampstack
    Guitar amp and cab is OK, its bass amp and guitar cab that is trouble. The guitar amp won't do the lows and power for breaking cabs.
  5. tom-g


    Oct 2, 2007
    Are you going to pay for his cab when it blows?

    A very low volumes it is going to be fine.
  6. ics1974


    Apr 13, 2012
    I will only play it at bedroom volume levels or slightly louder. Is that ok?
  7. Clammy


    Nov 3, 2008
    Ottawa, Canada
    Endorsing Artist: Neal Moser Guitars, DR Strings
    I played bass through a Marshall guitar stack (JCM 900 100W Dual Reverb Head into 1960A and B cabs with Celestion G12T-75 speakers), at gigging volume (played many gigs with that setup), for years before getting proper bass amp gear, and never damaged anything.

  8. Mr. Foxen

    Mr. Foxen Commercial User

    Jul 24, 2009
    Bristol, UK
    Amp tinkerer at Ampstack
    Isn't volume as much as bass, bass causes excursion, guitar cabs are meant to go really loud, and middly because that is what guitar is all about. The whole Fletcher Munson thing means that going really quiet encourages you to up the bass, which is where the trouble is. Its a 300w cab isn't it, with a 50w head? Very unlikely to have trouble.