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Guitar amp for bass?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Sound Chaser, Aug 29, 2007.

  1. Sound Chaser

    Sound Chaser

    Mar 19, 2005
    Lockport, NY
    I've been wanting a stereo rig for years now, but couldn't find anything that could give me the high gain I want. Due to a suggestion from a TB'er, I'm now considering a guitar amp for the high end. I know Stanley Clarke had Fender and Marshall combos he ran his bridge pickup into, but I'm in a metal band and need something with volume. So, first of all do you think a 100 watt solid state Marshall would be loud enough, and second if I didn't boost the crap out of the bass would it destroy the speakers?
  2. I use guitar amps and bass amps for my 12 string basses and 8 string bass. They are needed for the highs and the distortion. Bass amp is for lows, clean. Blend the sounds and it is amazing!

    So far no problems with the guitar amps having basses played throught them. I use a Kustom Coupe 36 and also an Epiphone Valve Standard.

    Remember, though, I crank the treble, and keep the mids and bass at about 4. You don't want to try and get your deep lows out of a guitar amp.

    I am actually going to experiment with an Epiphone Triggerman 100watt head and the Triggerman 4X10 cabinet with my 12 string bass. If I like the dirty and clean tones I get, I will buy another exact set up and blend the two sides.

    I won't worry too much about the lows, as the 12 string bass has enough range, IMO, to cover it all.

    Good luck, and EXPERIMENT!!!!
  3. Sound Chaser

    Sound Chaser

    Mar 19, 2005
    Lockport, NY
    Thank you!
  4. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Ever listened to Kings X? Doug is the 'king' of having that sound...several SVT rigs and a Marshall 4x12.
  5. pauldebass


    May 8, 2006
    um didn't Noel Redding play through a Marshall full stack?
    By the way, some of the Tracks I did (with Eddie Kramer as producer) were done through a Fender twin and although live in the studio it didn't sound too big, it sound loud and overdriven in the mix.
  6. Old school orange amps are great for this.
    Amps like the OR120 are very dark, so will suit bass superbly, but also be able to sing out in the highs also.

    Good Luck.
  7. Wayfarin


    Aug 29, 2007
    hey, i think the marshall will serve you very well if you pair it with a solid bass amp. If you listen to Chris Squires bass sound on the Yes album "Fragile", you will notice how great it distorts. He used a rickenbacker 1999 through a 100 watt marshall head and 4x12 cab paired with an ampeg head and 8x10 stack. I've been thinking of doing this too by using rick-o-sound on my 4003 to send my treble pickup to a guitar amp. Sadly, they discontinued the rick-o-round cable so i'll have to find a reliable replacement.
  8. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Just buy a stereo Y cable. 1/4" stereo on one side, dual 1/4" mono plugs on the other. Works like a charm.
  9. I got my Epiphone Triggerman 100H head and 4X12 cabinet to use with my Waterstone 12 string and 8 string basses.

    First, this half stack looks KILLER!!! Like something right out of 1958!!

    It has two channels, no. 1 has gain and is REAL dirty and gritty, and does it FAST. I like this sound, but just a little "seasoning" on the highs. Channel 2 is for a clean sound, and for solid state, is pretty warm and really gives expression to the multi string basses.

    I need to play with this set up some more, but so far I am very pleased. I will pair this with my Ampeg B200R to see how the sounds blend. My plan is to get an exact OTHER set up (head and cab) and run one of them distorted and "sizzling" and run the other one "warm and clean" with the bass tone on the amp at about 5.

    Try different amps and different combinations. You will eventually find what works for you and your bass.
  10. AxtoOx


    Nov 12, 2005
    Duncan, Okla.
    I believe part of Chris Squires' famous sound is because he used a Marshall as part of his set up.

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