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N00b question about distortion

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Hi Im Juan, Mar 26, 2021.

  1. Hi Im Juan

    Hi Im Juan

    Mar 16, 2021
    So I apologize in advance if this is a stupid question, I'm not familiar with the specifics of bass gear.

    So basically what I want to know is if distortion coming from a pedal or the amp itself will damage a cabinet? I know that if you put the gain up too much on your amp and it starts clipping, the speakers will distort and it will damage the speaker. But will that also be the case with a distortion pedal or overdrive? Or are those types of distortion completely different?

    Just for reference: The reason I'm asking this is because I'm getting ready to buy an Ampeg PF-500 (with a 115HE cab). In some time I'd also be purchasing an overdrive pedal in the near future.
  2. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    If you operate your cab within the safe parameters of its power handling, distortion won't do squat to your cab either way.

    HINT: Don't trust numbers to save your bacon, and if it sounds like your cab is up so loud that it may explode, it probably will.
    Gearhead17, Hi Im Juan and dbase like this.
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