Plugging a guitar amp into a bass cabinet: is this wise?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by naturalkinds, Jul 26, 2009.

  1. naturalkinds


    Jan 22, 2009
    Savannah, GA
    I'm going to be getting a THD Bivalve in the next week, but it's draining my funds for a new guitar cabinet. Would it be unwise to plug it into an 8 ohm Aguilar GS112 I have hanging around? The amp has adjustable impedance, and can apparently accommodate an 8 ohm load. Do you think this would compromise the functionality of either the amp or the cabinet?

    Sorry if I'm reposting a question, but I couldn't find anything on this in a quick search on the forums. Thanks for any help!
  2. ryognbass

    ryognbass Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2008
    North NJ/Worcester MA
    are you going to be amping up a guitar or bass? i use a guitar head in my bass rig occasionally and it works fantastic.

    for guitar im not sure but id say try it.

    or go for a slightly cheaper guitar head :D
  3. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    Guitar through a bass speaker should be fine. I don't know how it'll sound though... it's likely to be a bit too clean. Guitar speakers are usually designed with a small X-max but large X-mech... in English they're designed to run out of suspension travel (and therefore distort) pretty early, but they can run at these suspension limits without being physically damaged. You will often hear guitarists talking about the sound and characteristics of their speaker break-up. You probably won't get any of that through a bass cab. And the horn might even make thing sound too bright. And it won't be as loud as a guitar cab for various reasons. But in terms of damage, you shouldn't have any problems. Just don't go crazy with volume.
  4. naturalkinds


    Jan 22, 2009
    Savannah, GA
    Sorry. It's plugging in the guitar. And thanks for the cute 'go for a slightly cheaper guitar head' comment. I basically made the same one to the guy who bought a Moog Voyager without an amp and without knowing how to play it.

    : )

    Thanks for the advice.