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Is this a good idea?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by PeninaD, Jun 6, 2001.

  1. PeninaD


    May 26, 2001
    Not my purchase, but I am about to receive a Crate GFX212 amp. I am aware that this is really a guitar amp (yes?)
    Seemingly there is nothing I can do about switching it for a bass amp.
    Right now I am learning (a whole month) on an Ibanez with passive pickups...and I do not play super loudly.
    Am I going to have problems with this set-up?
    If so, are there work-arounds?
  2. White_Knight


    Mar 19, 2000
    Two main things that I can think of:
    1) Tone - guitar amps generally aren't made to be as squeaky clean as bass amps, they're made to have a generally smooth slightly distorted sound or heavily distorted sound (though there are exceptions, of course). And even if it was, the EQ section will be optimized for guitar, not bass. Thus you may have problems with using the EQ to account for room acoustics and whatnot.

    2) Speakers - guitar speakers generally aren't meant to handle the excursion that bass notes produce. Yes, there are exceptions. However, do you really want to risk blowing out the speakers? I don't know how much that amp retails for, but I'd sell it an get a Crate BX-100 or BX-160 (if you like Crate) or add a bit of money to that and get something in the SWR Workingman's series.


    Other good choices come from Ampeg and Hartke.

    I guess if worse comes to worse, you could always try it. I used to play pretty loudly through an old Yamaha guitar amp and there was never a problem. But I would reccommend keeping the volume low and not boosting the bass notes. Definitely look into tradeing it or selling it for a bass amp.
  3. PeninaD


    May 26, 2001
    Actually, I won it!
    Pretty much got the same answer from the sponsor of the contest.
    Right now I don't even crank my little practice bass amp, so I am sure I would not blow this one out...YET.
    This amp is a Digital Effects (combo) Guitar amp...
    Guess I will have to see if there is a way to trade up, or just trade.
  4. Mudvayne4ever

    Mudvayne4ever Guest

    May 2, 2001
    The GFX212 would definately not be a good choice for playing your bass through at all! That amp goes for about $400-$450. I'd trade it in or sell it and buy a BX-100 bass combo for about $325. It's got 100 watts through a 15" ported speaker and sounds pretty good for the money. Please take my advice,you'll be glad you did. = )

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