Re: 1 bass + 2 amps=?

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Posted by Bob the bass player on July 03, 2001 at 10:54:38:

In Reply to: 1 bass + 2 amps=? posted by Ross on July 03, 2001 at 00:52:04:

: ok i have a fender bassman 100 combo which puts out a good 100 watts but I need more power. Can i buy some sort of a splitter cable and then purchase another decent size combo and run my bass though both of the amps? would this sound like crap and am i better off just investing in a stack? if anyone has any idea about this please let me know. thanks dudes.

I'm not sure if this works for the Bassman 100, but I know the bassman 200 is designed to be daisychained together. What you do is you take two of these amps and you designate one as the master and the other as the slave. Connect the effects send (out) of the master amp to the effects return (in) of the slave amp. What this does is sends the pre-amp signal of the nmaster amp directly to the power amp of the slave amp - bypassing the pre-amp on the slave amp.

All the pre-amp knobs on the master amp work to adjust the sound for both amps. Only the master volume is used on the slave amp to control the overall volume.

The advantage of doing it this way is that both amps are using the same sound, so your really just adding more power to the system. If you were to use two independent amps and a splitter box you woild have to sets of EQ controls to work with and have to de4al with blending the sounds of two amps.

This scheme should work with just about any amp as long as the master amp has a pre-amp out or effects send, and the slave has an effects return or a power-amp input. You could also use a plain old pwer amp for the slave amp.

Hope this helps,


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