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Using a car stereo amp for bass!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by nerdcore, Jan 20, 2003.

  1. nerdcore


    May 12, 2002
    Hey all,

    I have a mono car stereo subwoofer amp laying around. Just a freakish thought: could I somehow rig it to hook up to a cab and play my bass through it? It doesn't seem that inplausible...
  2. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    You'de have to lug around a car battery wouldn't ya?

    Or you'de need an adapter that turns mains power into 12v and the correct amount of amperes (probably about 40amps if it's biggish). I don't think there is such a thing unless you buy one of those lab power supplies and they're expensive.
  3. You would also need a preamp to boost your bass' signal. And car amps are often rated at 2 ohms, so you would need a bunch of speaker cabs to get any power out of it.
  4. 5stringDNA


    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    They are both right...I think in the end you would end up spending as much as the cost of a decent head unit, haha. But it would definately be interesting...:D
  5. dhuffguitars

    dhuffguitars Luthier/Bass Wanker depending on your opinion

    Sep 18, 2001
    Before I could afford an amp I rigged up a car stereo e.q., amp and 15" with a 12volt battery charger to play through.

    Scary to look back at things I did to play!!
  6. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    i believe someone here rigged up a car stereo rig to see how cheap he could get a component system built.

    i'm too lazy to do a search, but i'm sure it would find stuff :D

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