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Practice Bass through a guitar amp

PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2004 7:17 pm
by mig
Hi guys and gals,
I normally play ele blues guitar, but I just bought an inexpensive ele bass because I heard around these parts they get more work. They are in more demand. I can play simple blues lines on the thing and want to learn a lot more (of course). I only have my Peavy Bandit 112 guitar amp. Is there a best way to adjust the amp so I don't blow it up to play the bass through? I only want to practice with it here at home. Not gig with it. Any suggestions? Anyone else out here done this? I do want some volume but not so much to lose the only speaker in it.

RE: Practice Bass through a guitar

PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2004 12:02 am
by barbequebob
A friend of mine gigged out for years playing a Fender Precision Bass thru a Dual Showman head into a cabinet with 2-15" speakers, and I remember he rolled off all the tone controls on the amp. Now bear in mind that this is a tube amp, and typical of most Fender amps, it uses passive tone controls (meaning that if the tone controls are turned ALL the way up, it's at the flat, preshaped sound from the factory, and all the controls actually do is cut, and they DO NOT boost anything, and most solid state amps, and later Marshall tube amps work in the opposite manner). What I'd suggest that you do is set all the tone controls at half way and work from there. Low end note will need more power for them to properly reproduce those notes, which is why most bass amps are going to be higher in volume.

Hope this helps.

RE: Practice Bass through a guitar

PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2004 5:48 pm
by notsonhouse
I would say that the safest way to go for your amp would be to buy a set of 'Piccolo' bass strings. Basically they are a set of heavy gauge guitar strings that are longer scale to fit a bass. They tune a full octave higher than standard bass strings, but you will still be able to get adjusted to your bass this way. You won't have the strong lows, but you also won't destroy the amp this way. '
And YES!! As a bassist you will get more gigs than a guitar player. Here in the St. Louis, Mo area, you can't throw a rock without hitting a SRV wannabe in the head. Go to some of your local open jam sessions or open mics and look to see how many bassists show up compared to guitar players. I've been playing bass for close to 40 years now, and make a very nice living doing so.

RE: Practice Bass through a guitar amp

PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2004 9:30 pm
by old mojo
Have you considered a headphone-type practice amp? No worries about blown speakers or output transistors that way.

I'm bettin' heaven has a helluva band.