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Main difference between Bass cab and other Cabs?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by semborg, Aug 5, 2005.


  1. Whats the difference between a Bass cabinet and another musical cab, such as Keyboard cab or guitar cab?
     
  2. billfitzmaurice

    billfitzmaurice Commercial User

    Sep 15, 2004
    New Hampshire
    Owner, Bill Fitzmaurice Loudspeaker Design
    Bass cabs are designed to operate in the range of the bass, roughly 40 to 3kHz. Guitar cabs run in a range an octave higher. Keyboard cabs are similar to bass cabs but use tweeters to extend the HF limit to 10kHz or higher. Some bass cabs also employ tweeters, in which case they could be used for keys as well. Acoustic guitar cabs use tweeters for more high end, electric guitar cabs don't as tweeters sound harsh with distorted guitar tones.
     
  3. Dan Molina

    Dan Molina TalkBass Secular Progressive

    Jul 17, 2002
    Murr Town, California
    don't mean to hijack your

    Why can you push a guitar amp all the way to 8,9,11 and it just may sound a little bad but when you push a bass amp to that it starts farting out badly and your clip light is blazing red?
     
  4. billfitzmaurice

    billfitzmaurice Commercial User

    Sep 15, 2004
    New Hampshire
    Owner, Bill Fitzmaurice Loudspeaker Design
    Because a bass amp goes an octave lower, and going that extra octave requires four times the power. Guitar players also tend to accentuate the midrange while bass players accentute the bass, and that takes even more power.