Electric guitar harmful on bass amp? yes, no, what?

I'm a bassist (who started the Bassists of Instructables group) who is considering buying a electric guitar. but i don't want to buy another amp. would playing a guitar out a bass amp damage it, as a bass does to a guitar amp?

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i bet your very talented

SpencerB72 years ago

I have an acoustic 104 speake cabinet and I was wondering can i connect a guitar amplifier on it for the head

DamonC32 years ago

It's totally fine, see SYBPRS comment below. HOWEVER, it's important to separate the "amp" (power head) from the "speaker" (cabinet). The bass amp will be able to provide plenty of amplification with no trouble. Of course, there will be no distortion whatsoever and no built-in reverb. Just clean, pure, dry sound.

Now, if you use bass "speakers" (cabinet), the sound will be terrible. Bass speakers are not simply designed to reproduce the highs of the guitar. The tone will be muddy and bassy.

However, a bass head through a real guitar speaker cabinet can sound great. Again, all your distortion will have to come out of a pedal or multi-effects unit, and there will be no reverb.

Make you match the impedance and wattage of the bass head to the guitar cabinet, or you will absolutely blow the speaker cab and/or damage the bass head.

If you do use a bass guitar amp combo (the kind of amp where the speakers are in one unit), it will sound bad for guitar -- but that's mostly because of the bass speakers, not the amplifier itself.

hendrixx2 years ago

Josh Homme from Queens Of The Stoneage started out playing guitar through a bass amp when when trying to find 'his' sound, needless to say he now plays through a guitar amp. You can pick up a 15w Fender Squire amp for about £20 on Gumtree (like Craigslist in the US) so it's probably worth grabbing something like that to learn on, if you bust your bass amp you can't play anything!

Raven2k3608 years ago
I'm still wary to try an electric guitar through a bass amp. My first amp, a Samick Bass Amp was killed by a guy I knew plugging in his Ibanez guitar into it. The amp was fine for the 2-ish years I'd owned and used it before then, and after he used it, I couldn't get a clean sound to save my life...nothing but snaps, crackles, and pops...like something blew in the circuit; not a distortion type noise, but 'dirty'...

more the speaker then the circuit i guess

The speakers in a guitar amp are made for
higher frequencies (like guitars), not the low rumbling of a bass. Even
at moderate volume, a guitar amp will sound like a fart in the mud if
you put a bass through it. But if you're just playing at home or even
jamming with a friend, a guitar amp is fine for a bass. Depending on
the amp (you didn't mention the wattage), you can go as loud as your
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SYBPRS3 years ago

Okay I am going weigh in my five pence. Of course you can play a guitar through a bass amp. Bass Amps are used to all frequencies (such as when people tune their bases higher, play the high notes on the bass or even use pedals to create high pitch sounds) the speakers are just specially designed to cope with low bass notes. Of course its not going to be best guitar amp (and some of the built in effect may not latch on to the high notes from your guitar ) but if it makes the sounds you want with the guitar then its the best for you. Case in point fender bassman's originally bass amps now widely used as guitar. Further proof plug in a cd player in and play music , see no explosions. As everyone has rightly pointed it is not advised to plug a bass into a guitar amp.

f104s7 years ago
Well guess i am a REBEL. i play my custom kramer strat with dual rail pickups thru my Fender Deluxe Reverb Reissue sounds great, Now the Rebel part i play My Ibanez SRX650 Bass with flatwounds thru the same amp and sounds good too , but the Vol is set to 4 max.

I bought the bass to do some music history, i think some of the late 50 and 60 i think the guitar leads were done on electric bass.

Now will try to do steel slide on the bass.

Ok some of My persons i admire. Cliff Gallop and gene and the blue caps, the beatles, u know when i see last year the beatles drop in Sweeden oh my gosh all four are great and i never know how good Ringo was, nor the rest.
Oh Speedy West .

Your success in no damage lies in the volume you have it set as.....
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