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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by oasi5, Dec 15, 2002.

  1. oasi5


    Dec 15, 2002
    Will my bass guitar work through a normal Marshall head and cabinet? not a head+cab specifically designed for bass. You see i play lead guitar for a band and bass for another....and as you know its christmas time :) so i am stuck with what amp to get.:confused: and i would rather just kill two birds with one stone, preferably without blowing my amp.
    Please help
  2. ESP-LTD


    Sep 9, 2001
    The amp head will probably survive. The speaker cabinets will probably be destroyed pretty fast. It will have very little bottom-end primarily because of the speakers. With different cabs, the amp would probably be rather under powered for any serious use.
  3. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    It's more likely a bass amp and speaker will handle a guitar than vice versa. You may not get the guitar sound you want though, you'd need at least a distortion pedal and perhaps a reverb. All in all you'd really be better off getting two separate amps/speakers, there is no good compromise.
  4. oasi5


    Dec 15, 2002
    Whats the difference between a bass cab and a normal 4X12 cab?
    And what are the dangers of putting my bass through it? what would go wrong with the head?
  5. ESP-LTD


    Sep 9, 2001
    Guitar cabinets are designed to take 50-100 watts, produce sound from 80-10,000 hz and distort. The speaker actually moves very little.

    Bass cabinets are designed to take 200 - 800 watts, produce sounds from 30-5000 hz and be clean. The speaker actually moves up to 1/4" or so.

    The guitar speakers will be destroyed because the amp will cause them to move farther than they are physically designed for and they will self-destruct in the attempt.

    Again, the head will probably survive.