Guitar amp for Bass?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by LiL BaSS DuDe, Nov 25, 2001.

  1. LiL BaSS DuDe

    LiL BaSS DuDe Guest

    May 15, 2001
    Is this technically safe? Using a guitar AMP for a bass? What are the pro's and con's for doign this?
  2. BigBohn


    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    Ask Mike Dirnt, he knows all about it.
  3. LiL BaSS DuDe

    LiL BaSS DuDe Guest

    May 15, 2001
    I'll take that as a yes(?) :p
  4. Tapp


    Aug 29, 2001
    USA, Mississippi
    No problem using the guitar AMP for bass; it's the guitar speakers that create the problem. They just can't handle the low frequencies and will blow with increased volume.

    Many bassists have used tube guitar amps for bass with good success depending on the tone you're after.

  5. FalsehoodBass


    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    pros... good highs... distortion if you want it,

    Cons, bad lows, the low feq knob won't help your open E that much... distortion, if you don't want it... most guitar amps are 150 watts at the most.. and that's not really enough for a similar bass application.
  6. I ran my Sadowsky jazz bass into my Soldano SLO-100 just for fun. Talk about sick disortion and sustain!!!!!!!!! I felt like a 7th grade in a science lab out of control. I'll probably use this set up to record some tracks that need sick distortion.

    However, live I wouldn't do this.