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Guitar Amps?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Alex, Dec 8, 2005.


  1. I was recording with my band last weekend in the home studio of a friend of a friend. The guy we were recording with said that he had an amp I could use, and that I shouldn't lug over my 4x10 rig just to lay down a few tracks, so I decided to use his amp.

    When I got there he showed me the amp I was supposed to use: a Fender 2x10 GUITAR combo. I plugged in, and the sound was AWESOME. EXTREMELY punchy and articulate, yet thick with a great high end sound, with both a great slap and fingerstyle tone. The only problem was an expected loss of low range definition.

    This got me thinking...would adding, say, a 2x10 guitar cab to my stack add a lot of punch to my sound and improve my high end sound? Has anyone tried this? I think I remember an article in BP from a few years ago about a guy that did this. I think it was Dug Pinnick or something.

    Is there any way to divert my low end frequencies to a bass cab, and my high end frequencies to a guitar cab? I think I'm on to something here! :hyper:
     
  2. What you would want is a crossover feeding the high signal to a guitar amp and cab and the low to a bass amp and cab

    The guitar cab isnt what was giving you the nicer higher sound, it was probably the amp
     
  3. Techmonkey

    Techmonkey

    Sep 4, 2004
    Wales, UK
    I think if you look for a piece of equipment called a Crossover (Or "X-over") it splits the sound into to different sections - Like you get on cabs with horns in them, the treble frequencies go to the horn and the bass frequencies go to the bass driver. I think you can get rackmount crossovers - but I don't know anything more about that...

    As an interesting point, I tried a similar thing with my brother's Marshall AVT-100 guitar amp when my old bass amp died, and the sound I got from it was so creamy... it was amazing!

    Edit: Sorry! I was too slow there
     
  4. Well, do you guys think that using a crossover with a guitar and bass stack would sound good?

    I'm the newbie here
     
  5. Its been done before, and if you like that extra high end then why not!
     
  6. luknfur

    luknfur

    Jan 14, 2004
    DIXIE
    FWIW:

    What has been done along these lines is to run stereo with a guitar amp taking the top and bass amp the bottom - lot more work/investment than a cross-over but the amp has a lot to do with the tone. Something along the lines of a Fender Bassman with basically a bass and guitar channel would cut it down to one amp but you'll probably need a lot more power to drive the bottom half than top.

    I've got a little THD Univalve guitar amp I play bass through. It will handle 40Hz frequencies (some guitar amps will) but there's still a strade-off sometimes in terms of getting the top and bottom half where I want it - depending on the pup. I've never ran top half through it and bottom half through like the qsc but I might try that out for kicks and grins.