Re: question about bass amplifier


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Posted by Mike on February 06, 2000 at 21:59:07:

In Reply to: question about bass amplifier posted by Davide on February 01, 2000 at 18:04:31:

hello,
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: I'm an italian guy and I would like to know what happen if I play a bass through a guitar amplifier [marshall JCM 800 (100w head)] in two bass speakers?
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: is there any problem?
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: can the amp break up?
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: will the sound be so different from a bass amp?
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: what's your opinion about this kind of "operation"?
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: I'm sorry for my poor english.
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: thank you very much.
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: davide.

Hi Davide.... About using a guitar amp for bass, I can tell you what happens from experience. When I started playing many years ago, I played through an old Fender guitar amp for a while. It was all I had at the time, and I was finally able to trade it off for a proper bass amp. But, while I was using it, I had to adjust my EQ carefully. A guitar amp's circuitry is not designed to handle the lower frequencies of a bass, and they sound "muddy." Also, the speaker may not be able to handle prolonged exposure to those same low frequencies, and eventually may blow on you. Bass amp speakers have much bigger magnets to help handle the extra load. My advice is to get a "bass" amp as soon as you possibly can. It doesn't have to be the biggest one in the world either. Right now, I play through a 25 watt Fender RAD Bass amp (combo amp with 1 12" speaker), and run a direct box into your group's sound system. Your amp is used solely as a stage monitor, and you can regulate your bass's EQ and levels through your mixer board. I hope I've helped you a little. Please write back if you'd like, and let me know what you decide to do. Take care.......... Mike


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