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Do any of you bass and guitar players do a single head and different cabs?

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by FortyEight, Apr 13, 2021.

  1. FortyEight

    FortyEight Tele-Afflicted

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    Just curious. I had played a Fender tube amp of some sort at music go round for bass a few weeks ago and my gosh I loved it. It was a head and a cab with 4x12 speakers. Then I played a Vintage SG copy guitar through it and it sounded really good.

    My guitars don't sound that good through my current bass amps. I have used them before for guitar, live an recording but it's not my favorite tones. I have a Gen 3 rumble 40 and a Gen 2 rumble 100.

    But I do have a 4x12 guitar speaker cabinet that i use for recording. (although currently I'm only using 1 speaker in it). I'm using a Vox Cambridge combo as the head to the cabinet.

    I got to thinking it might be a nice way to introduce some tube tones into my bass and guitar. Cuz everything I'm using now is solid state. would need a bass speaker cabinet. Or just use it directly for recording bass.

    Just a thought....
     
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    Yes.
     
  3. Killing Floor

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    I do not. I’m curious about the Hilbish amps but the Wattage for my normal bass amp is about 75x the Wattage of my guitar amp. Sure I’ve played my bass through a guitar amp but the speaker breaks too easily.

    I do have a very small PJB Double Four desktop bass amp that is portable and I’ve taken it on trips with a guitar but it’s not ideal and certainly not gig or band volume.

    A speaker designed for 200W or more will not give you the breathy sound you want from your guitar. Likewise it is pretty easy to ruin a guitar speaker with a bass bass f you’re not careful. Even my baritone Tele is hard on my guitar amp.
     
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    Lowerleftcoast Friend of Leo's

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    I have a '64 Fender Showman head 4 x 6L6 output is 8 Ohms.

    Yes, it can do it all with different speaker cabinets.
    It sounds great with a Yamaha bass cab.
    I pull two of the power tubes, for half the power, and use a 16 Ohm 2 x 10 cabinet for guitar.
    I also have the original JBL 15" cab for the Dick Dale sound.

    :cool::cool::cool:
     
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  5. FortyEight

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    @Killing Floor It was more of the idea to have two different cabs but one amp head that is a tube bass amp head. OR I guess vice versa, a tube guitar amp head that could be used for bass with a bass speaker cabinet and then a guitar speaker cabinet.
     
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    I have a Tweaker 15 head, sounds fine through my 1x12 Epi Valve Jr cab.....only cab I own, actually...sounds WAY better than the Valve Jr head (of which the chassis is now in a VJr combo, can use as is or plug into the cab). I play my guitars and my ba through my Fender Rumble 25, works well for using the multi-fx unit, nice clean amp, loud enough.
     
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    Bass sounds great through most tube amps (though the speaker of course has to be up to the task).

    I think the main problem is that bass and guitar have very different power needs. 15-30w is often fine for amplifying an electric guitar with a warm tube sound, but isn't enough to get the low frequencies of bass guitar moving at gig volume without getting too distorted. Something like a 50-100w tube amp would probably be enough to work all right with bass, but possibly be too loud (i.e. too clean) for electric guitar.
     
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    For bass, yes. I have Avatar B210 and B115 cabs, and for smaller venues, I’ve taken on or the other to mate with my GK 400RB.

    For guitar, typically not.
     
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    yea, i have 67 showman and 76 orange heads that i like to pair with either 2x12 carvin speakers in a cab or a 15 altec lansing in a cab. great sounds but i have to watch that i don't blow out windows! ha!

    play music!
     
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    Well, the qmp typically doesn't care what you play through it, but speakers definitely do.

    i have a Univox 100watt tube head from the late 60s early 70s that I could do that with, but it was very clean and very loud for guitar.
     
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    I used to back in day. ‘66 Super Reverb head w 4/8 ohms out. Used two diff cabs, a 2x10 half open and an old Showman 1x15 tone ring closed back. Really likd that 1x15 setup cause it had some THUMP!
     
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    Absolutely, and by design.

    Consider full stack and half stack for example.
     
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    Yes this^
     
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    I've used my champ clone as a bass amp at band practice, it has a DI out for the pa, the amp/15" bin is my stage monitor... sounds OK,,,:cool:

    BWM Kong check strap on bass.JPG
     
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    I was chasing the tube amp sound for my bass for a long time. I had a SWR hybrid head in the '90s that had a tube preamp. Then I moved on to Ampeg, which also produced a great tube sound. -- I used both for guitar as well with decent success. But in the last few years, I switched to class D SS for my Bass (I saw the light of Begantino, and it is heavenly). And have gone to an all-tube guitar specific amp.
     
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