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Will my strat/overdrive pedal kill my practice bass amp?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by rabid_granny, Jun 30, 2003.


  1. My friend needed a guitar and an amp so I lent him my strat, my overdrive pedal and my 25w bass amp. I noticed that with the overdrive pedal on 6, he could get massive volume out of the amp - much more than I could get with my bass.

    I've been running my strat through my bass amp for years but always at low volumes. Do I risk blowing out my amp using the guitar? (ie. Should I lend my guitar out again?)
     
  2. Paul A

    Paul A

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hertfordshire U.K!
    Absolutely not.... It'll be fine.
    At the frequencies a guitar produces the human ear is MUCH more sensitive.
    That's why it seems louder, and that's why us Bassists need more watts to keep up! :(
     
  3. On the other hand: I NEVER lend gear to ANYONE, especially a when he's a G**TAR PLAYER. They blow up things. It's what they do. They can't help it. It's their nature.

    ;)
     
  4. sometimes a 16watt guitar amp with an 8 inch celestion can KILL a decent 75 watt bass amp. especially if the guitarist has a distortion pedal.....
     
  5. BillyB_from_LZ

    BillyB_from_LZ Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2000
    Chicago
    If your amp has a tweeter, an overdrive pedal can do damage to it as distorted waveforms have a lot of high frequency energy in them.

    If not, no problem...
     
  6. Nope, just a single 10" speaker. Normally, I wouldn't be concerned but he was getting more volume than I thought was possible out of the amp.

    Yeah...those guitarists... :ninja: