Can you plug a Bass into a guitar amp?
Posted 02 May 2009 - 03:18 AM
I'm not talking about a fancy, boutique tube amp. More like a $150 solid-state practice amp.
Well, I don't know myself about whether it's a good idea, but, I have heard about a magazine editor in Australia called Stu Marshall - a metal-shred guitarist and ESP endorser - with the band called Dungeon and apparently - and I can't vouch for the claim - for a time he was using a a fairly cheap 150W bass amp as his main amp .
Like I said I don't know if it's true, but, that is what I heard from a pretty reliable source.
Posted 02 May 2009 - 11:10 AM
As for plugging a bass into a guitar mp, i wouldnt really reccommend it. I not 100 per cetn sure but the speakers in a guitar amp are not built to handle the extreme low frequencies that a bass can offer, the amp itself will probably be fine, but you will probably blow the speakers at louder volumes.
Posted 02 May 2009 - 03:34 PM
I completely misread the topic I thought it was about plugging a guitar into a bass amp. Perhaps I should get checked for dyslexia .
Anyway, I had no idea that the Fender Bassman was a guitar amp.
As for plugging a bass into a guitar amp I don't think the speaker cone is built to withstand the lower frequecies as Adji said. So I wouldn't trust the amp if played at higher volumes.
Posted 03 May 2009 - 04:58 PM
There are a few others amps from Fender I think that began life as a bassamp, but have been taken on by guitarists.
Posted 03 May 2009 - 11:14 PM
i know you might think that it cant be that damaging to an amp
but it is, i had an guitar amp i plugged my bass into a good bit and it fucked it up completely
im not sure entirely the reason
i think its because the speakers vibrate far more they should due to the frequencies being too low
either way, i really wouldnt recommend it man
Posted 04 May 2009 - 03:03 AM
Or should I forget about the whole thing?
I know of someone who plugged headphones into his guitar amp to do this. There's bass in most songs, so the headphones are probably even designed to handle those frequencies. If you're just practicing, that should work. (Plus, if he did blow out any speakers it wouldn't be the expensive amp one(s), but I'm not sure he thought of that perk himself).
I don't really think you would blow anything out if you only played at 1 or 2 with the regular speakers, but I don't really have any experience with doing this. It just seems to me that if a guitar amp can handle guitar frequencies up near 7 without blowing out, it can handle lower frequencies at a low volume.
Posted 04 May 2009 - 12:30 PM
Or should I forget about the whole thing?
I just really wouldnt reccommend it mate. If you wanting to learn bass, you can get a cheapo practice amp for like 20 quid, thats all I have and it does the job.
Posted 08 May 2009 - 12:42 AM
Posted 10 May 2009 - 03:31 PM
Now wait a second... guitars don't have thinner waves (amplitude), just shorter ones (wavelength) (I'm almost sure about this... unless they have to boost the amplitude, because the wave gets quieter at the longer wavelength). I would think that a bass guitar would move the speaker *less* with a longer wavelength.
Posted 11 May 2009 - 02:25 AM
You are correct in saying that bass frequencies have a larger wavelength. So there are fewer waves - a lower frequency of waves. A guitar on the other hand creates a thinner wave, so it has a higher frequency of waves - therefore it creates a higher sond.
So to me, just trying to think logically here - and, yes my brain is hurting - to create an audible sound through a guitar speaker - you are going to need to make the speaker vibrate more violently than it nomally would to make that larger wavelenth, then the smaller waves it would normally create. So playing a bass thru a guitar speaker doesn't seem like a great idea.
So, if I were inclined to take up bass I would just go and get an el cheapo second hand amp like Adji said.
But then again what do I know I'm just a guitarist and not a good one at that .
Posted 13 May 2009 - 10:37 AM
Guitar amplification is designed for a big frequency range, but not for such low ones as created by a bass.
I'm certain that plugging a bass into your guitar amp isn't gonna wreck your amp,
but it may cause some minor damage to circuitry or the speaker.
I suggest that you buy a cheap bass amp or a guitar amp which you won't cry for if it stops working.