Fender Twin as bass amp?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Smacky the Frog, Dec 8, 2007.

  1. Smacky the Frog

    Smacky the Frog

    Nov 15, 2006
    Hey all, my Hartke bass head just bit the big one and I have to buy myself a new bass head. In the meantime, I still need an amp. I have an old Fender silverface Twin Reverb lying around. Can I use that for bass during practice--running into a DI for shows--until I can score a new head?
  2. I think Krist Novoselic of Nirvana fame used one for recording one of their albums. As long as you don't push it too hard, it should be fine.
  3. Nick Kay

    Nick Kay Guest

    Jul 26, 2007
    Toronto, Ontario
    Depends. The speakers won't handle bass guitar frequencies at band volumes, so you can't use it as a combo. If you want to unplug the internal speakers of that Twin and just use a bass cab, it will work just fine. It might be a little taxing on the output valves and possibly the output transformer, but nothing serious.
  4. Blues Bass 2

    Blues Bass 2 Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2001
    Davenport Iowa
    Yes,you can do that.I did it years ago when my SVT head was in for repairs and it worked great.Just don't use the speakers in the twin and plug it into your bass cabinet.When I used my buddies it sounded very close to as good as my SVT and was loud enough too.You might be suprised how good it sounds.
  5. dman_113

    dman_113 Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

    Nov 4, 2007
    Is it the Evil Twin. Those suckers go for a nice dollar.
  6. Why not? I recently found that my Ashdown MAG300 is one of the best sounding guitar amps I've ever played thru. My Tele into the MAG into my new 4-10 cab sounds better then most tube amps I've played and takes pedals extremely well.
  7. I haven't tried it live or at practice, but I have also used a Twin Reverb (if thats the one you are talking about) into a bass cab. Sounded great and I thought it would probably be loud enough for gigging.
  8. USAJO


    Apr 13, 2005
    I used one in the studio with an SVT cab and it sounded amazing. I would say that with the money silver face Fenders bring these days, I wouldn't use it for that purpose. If you aren't keeping it for some useful reason it would probably bring you some serious cash in a sale. Worth investigating I think. Not an expert, just an observation.
  9. ihateusernames


    Jun 26, 2006
    you can use it, as suggested without the internal speakers. it's SO sacreligious though!
  10. whitespike


    Nov 28, 2007
    Austin, TX
    This makes me wonder ... I have access to a 65 blackface bassman, a matchless club 30, and an old late 50s epiphone amp. All are low wattage (20-50 watts). Does it hurt the amp or speaker in anyway to use the bass speaker with such low wattage amps? When an amp is 20-50 watts and a cab is rated for 300 watts at 4 ohms is that bad?
  11. Nick Kay

    Nick Kay Guest

    Jul 26, 2007
    Toronto, Ontario
    Bass speakers and PA woofers can handle guitar frequencies. Guitar speakers CANNOT handle bass guitar frequencies. It's really just that simple.

    Nope. Well, running them full-out can put some serious wear on the tubes, but otherwise, it's totally safe. First off, that Bassman was originally designed as a bass amp. Back in the day, there was no difference between a bass amp and a guitar amp except power rating. And underpowering is a myth - you can't blow a speaker by not giving it enough power. Otherwise, your speakers would blow all the time while your amp is off.
  12. whodom


    Mar 3, 2006
    Salters, SC
    In a rush to get ready for a gig one night, I managed to forget my head (thank goodness my cab was in our gear trailer) at home. Our lead guitarist has a Twin he "re-packaged" as a separate head and speaker cab to cut down on the weight. The gig was relatively close to his home, so he ran over and got the Twin and brought it back. It sounded great and I did the gig without a problem.
  13. Is it a Silverface 100w? The early 70's ones had an identical circuit to the Silverface Dual Showman head which is a classic bass head with the right cab (2x15 back in the day!) - not to be confused with the blackface, 85w Showman.
  14. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Ah back in the day........... When I was a wee lad and had to
    do bigger gigs, my amp was a black face Twin, with EV's
    on top of a Dual Showman box, with two JBL 15's.
    This setup pretty much spoiled me for life. That amp and
    my B15n, is still the sound I hear in my head. Ahh memories...