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Old 02-04-2018, 08:52 PM   #1
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Might be a stupid question, but im getting a new amp for both gigging and home use sometime soon. Would it be damaging to the amp if you use a bass? Im guessing its fine, but better safe then sorry.

Also what wattage do you guys think would be sufficient for both home bedroom use and gigging? Ive been looking at the Vox ac15, fender hot rod deville, fender supersonic, fender bassman, a few blackstars and a few oranges. Would 15w be enough?

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You can't hurt the amplifier by playing bass though it but you can damage the speakers. Take your bass and your guitar with you when you go amp shopping. Make sure they both play clean through the amp you choose.
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The Peavey Vypyr VIP series allows you to use it as a guitar, bass, or acoustic amp! It has awesome built in effects with transtube technology. Paired with a Sanpera pedal, you will be able to tap in more effects like an expression pedal and a looper.

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When it comes to gigs a thing to think about is the set up. Are guitars going through a PA? Do you have monitors ?
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Well, my personal opinion would be not to use a guitar amp (combo or head with a guitar cab) for playing Bass. Bass amps, speakers and their respective cabs are designed for lower/mid frequencies (most newer cabs come built with a horn and baffle) and are also designed to have much more wattage for clean headroom.

If you want to practice and gig, a Peavey TKO 115 is one I would recommend. Just make sure it has a DI. Live playing using DI makes your combo amp a stage monitor and you want to be heard on stage.

A Bass amp that is capable of running 300/500 watts will be more than efficient.
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When it comes to gigs a thing to think about is the set up. Are guitars going through a PA? Do you have monitors ?
Yeah, im not sure honestly.

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The Peavey Vypyr VIP series allows you to use it as a guitar, bass, or acoustic amp! It has awesome built in effects with transtube technology. Paired with a Sanpera pedal, you will be able to tap in more effects like an expression pedal and a looper.

Hmm, thanks for the tip, ill look into it!

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You can't hurt the amplifier by playing bass though it but you can damage the speakers. Take your bass and your guitar with you when you go amp shopping. Make sure they both play clean through the amp you choose.
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Well, my personal opinion would be not to use a guitar amp (combo or head with a guitar cab) for playing Bass. Bass amps, speakers and their respective cabs are designed for lower/mid frequencies (most newer cabs come built with a horn and baffle) and are also designed to have much more wattage for clean headroom.

If you want to practice and gig, a Peavey TKO 115 is one I would recommend. Just make sure it has a DI. Live playing using DI makes your combo amp a stage monitor and you want to be heard on stage.

A Bass amp that is capable of running 300/500 watts will be more than efficient.
Ok, thanks for the heads up! Ill look into that amp.

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You can practice bass through a guitar amp at low volume - about a half watt, enough for a bedroom. You can burn out the speaker at higher power. But if you want to gig with your bass then you will need a bass amp.
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