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Combining Guitar and Bass amps....

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by relman, Oct 30, 2001.

  1. Here's the thing, my teacher's amp is a guitar amp, and i actually like the punch that i get from it...i've read of bassists thet combine both bass and guitar amps (Chris Squire, Robert Deleo, Mike Dirnt) and I was wondering if anyone has tried it yet?

    I plan to eventually get a small Fender or Marshall, and change my bass cab to a 2x15 (or add a 1x15 to my 2x10)

    :confused: :confused: :confused:
  2. FalsehoodBass


    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    you're gona need an active crossover to split your signal before it goes to the amps... I know carvin makes one, but i'm not sure how great it is, i'm sure other companies make em too.
    but the real reason i'm replying is that your porn/tabs signature thing is the coolest, i just had to say that
  3. just check out the "porn groove" post...:)
  4. Mr. Grieves

    Mr. Grieves

    Jul 16, 2001
    chicago, il
    Various and sundry players have used Marshall, Orange, Hiwatt, Ampeg, Fender, and Music Man tube guitar heads paired with a bass cab. And some '70s heads — the Music Man HD 130 [non-reverb] and the Ampeg V-4/V-4B, for example — seem to be pretty interchangable in terms of use with guitar or bass. You probably won't find anything above 150 watts in this category, but paired w/ a 2x15, many of the brands mentioned above are crushingly loud anyway. And tube fuzzy.
  5. relman, are you looking to use a guitar head and a bass cab or split your signal to go through a bass and and a guitar amp? Doesn't Chris Squire do this to add some high end grind to his sound? If splitting you signal is what you want to do you can get a line splitter and play full range through both amps or you can get a crossover and send the highs to the guitar amp and the lows to the bass amp.

    I do agree with Mr. Grieves that you won't find anything over 150 watts.
  6. You could also just run a line out of your bass amp into a guitar amp, then roll off the lows so you don't damage the speaker.
  7. well, the few gigs i play generally have PA's...so power isn't an issue. I want to have two signals to blend, one coming out of my bass amp and another one out of the guitar amp which i could later combine...
  8. silvermaneZ


    Oct 10, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Go check out www.12stringbass.com and look under the Bass Notes section. They have a couple of articles talking about splitting a signal into different frequencies. Even though they are talking about 12 string bass stuff, it still is applicable.

    I know that Tom Petterson of Cheap Trick does this signal splitting thing, although he splits it into 3 different amps.:eek: Also, Eddie Jackson, the bass player for Queensryche, has done this in the past. For Operation:Mindcrime, he had his normal bass rig, and then had a single 12" guitar speaker in a sealed enclosure to put some grit on the top end of his recorded signal.

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