This is a doable option. I have a Quilter 50 watt head that could drive a little bass cabinet well, I’d think.And another option: Does your guitar combo have an extension speaker out? You could disable the internal speaker and power a bass cab instead.
if you are on CL or FB Marketplace or wander into a pawnshop and a great deal on an orphan bass cab smacks you in the pie hole, maybe grab it and power it with your guitar amp. Then you could play loud too.
I have done this with my (4-ohm) Peavey Special 150 as a backup solution a few times: once into a 4-ohm bass cab and once or twice into a pair of 8-ohm Scorpion 15-loaded Peavey PA cabs, with the horns disabled.
It worked pretty well and was loud enough, and had flexible enough EQ, to do the job (in my case, keeping up with a loud drummer and a guitarist with an LP and 100-watt Marshall).
I’d read of others doing the same with Peavey Bandits in a pinch, and a Special 150 is essentially a Bandit with a big block swapped in, so...
The Special 150 does not have an extension speaker out, so I made an adapter cable with a male 1/4” on one end and two male spade terminals on the other, and just plugged the twisted pair speaker wires into the spade end of the adapter cable and away I went. Now I keep that cable in that amp, so it can pull backup bass amp duty if I ever blow part of my actual bass rig.
This is a doable option. I have a Quilter 50 watt head that could drive a little bass cabinet well, I’d think.
The Ibanez Soundgear basses are available in several different price points, and all are decent-to-good-to-very-good…they are modern-looking (if that’s a good or bad thing, you decide—I’m a little afraid to state an opinion any more).Thanks, all, for the guidance. Will start the search for the bass in the Squier and Ibanez realms? Under $400? Maybe $500 if I think louder than my conscience speaks?
I was considering a Hofner ignition club bass for my first foray into the instrument. It has a similar structure to the viola bass but a different body shape (without the Beatles connotation).
However I now have my eye on the semi-hollow bodied Harley Benton HB-60 W.
My thoughts are that this should sound slightly better acoustically than a solid body when practicing unplugged. Both are short scale -
Yes. Good point.The Bass9 doesn't solve the issue of an amp & speaker cabinet built to reproduce the frequencies below 100 Hz though.
And "ruin" is subjective. Lots of the old Chicago blues players, as well as rockers who liked their sound, loved playing through torn speakers. Organic fuzz.If the speaker can handle it, it’s fine.
If you push any kind of amp too hard you can ruin the speaker.
It does kinda limit the usage, and it often can’t go as loud as it used to.And "ruin" is subjective. Lots of the old Chicago blues players, as well as rockers who liked their sound, loved playing through torn speakers. Organic fuzz.