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Posted 24 January 2012 - 02:27 PM

I have an Edwards Les Paul which I play a lot through my Hartke HyDrive combo, actually sounds great! Has a really dark sound to it, and distortion works very nicely through it. Best not to try playing a bass through a guitar amp though, I've seen damage done that way and it isn't pretty...

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 02:42 PM

It wont do any damage.
How good will it sound? Depends on the amp and what you're after really.
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Posted 26 January 2012 - 02:53 PM

View PostBabuHS, on 24 January 2012 - 02:27 PM, said:

I have an Edwards Les Paul which I play a lot through my Hartke HyDrive combo, actually sounds great! Has a really dark sound to it, and distortion works very nicely through it. Best not to try playing a bass through a guitar amp though, I've seen damage done that way and it isn't pretty...

It's ok as long as you don't play it too loud. I used to practice with bass on a guitar amp, you could get some pretty nice distortion out of it.
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Posted 27 January 2012 - 05:34 PM

This thread inspired me to go back and try again with a Berg hooked up to my new combo.


Sounds pretty good ! I'm going to risk a gig with it next weekend.
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Posted 27 January 2012 - 07:45 PM

It won't harm the amp, but there's a very good chance it's be harsh and toppy sounding. An electro-acoustic is OK through a bass amp and my guitar synth sounds OK. However I am a tone snob, and trying one of my electrics through either the Hartke, Laney (or a mate's Peavey TNT) sounds as nasty as running it direct to PA (which is a very nasty thing to do indeed). You'll get away with it generally using a valve amp because of the way it handles frequencies differently from SS, and also because valves provide that bit more compression, generally..
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Posted 01 February 2012 - 08:12 PM

View PostEdwardHimself, on 17 January 2012 - 10:21 PM, said:

It won't do anything bad to your amp, but it doesn't sound particularly great.

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No bass cab I have tried sounds very good for guitar.
You can just about get away with clean sounds. Some clean sounds. Still not very nice. But distortion in particular sounds awful :(

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 11:11 AM

How funny!
Last night I tried my Baja Tele through my LMII and mini 48 cab and loved it.
I was going to post a new topic.....but...
The tone shaping needed a bit of tweaking, but it gave the Tele some lovely rich tones, great for jazz melodies and funk/soul rhythm playing.
Seriously would gig this set up.

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 09:37 AM

View Postoldslapper, on 03 February 2012 - 11:11 AM, said:

How funny!
Last night I tried my Baja Tele through my LMII and mini 48 cab and loved it.
I was going to post a new topic.....but...
The tone shaping needed a bit of tweaking, but it gave the Tele some lovely rich tones, great for jazz melodies and funk/soul rhythm playing.
Seriously would gig this set up.

I'll give you that, it certainly has that tight bass sound that I can imagine would be quite good for jazz.
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Posted 11 February 2012 - 01:04 PM

View PostBabuHS, on 24 January 2012 - 02:27 PM, said:

I have an Edwards Les Paul which I play a lot through my Hartke HyDrive combo, actually sounds great! Has a really dark sound to it, and distortion works very nicely through it. Best not to try playing a bass through a guitar amp though, I've seen damage done that way and it isn't pretty...
But it sounds really good as the driver starts to break up right up to the point that it splits apart completely.
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Posted 20 December 2013 - 11:18 AM

I have had and used all manner of practice amps and have never got on with them. I ended up selling all my guitar amps and running a Line 6 pod HD into the effects loop return socket of my ashdown. It bypasses the eq section and just uses it as a power amp and works fine. I use ashdown VS cabs with 12" speakers and with a touch of treble EQ on the Pod sounded great both at practice and rehearsal levels although I have not gigged with it. I now use an older Zoom unit for more lo fi sounds and it still sounds good, and very controllable.
I did end up buying other guitar amps, a Fender Superchamp X2 (essentially a valve pre amp and modelling section) and a Vox Ac4 to take round to mates houses for jams as it is much easier than grabbing my bass rig, but I prefer the sound straight into the bass amp.
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Posted 20 December 2013 - 11:36 AM

The times I've got a decent sound from a guitar in a bass amp is if the guitar is electric/acoustic or an electric with a piezzo switched on like a parker fly.

However apart from that I used to have one of these peavey micro bass combo's to practice with at home and that was a great sounding amp and wonderful to play through using a strat. I used to take it to many a jam session or small gig.
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Posted 20 December 2013 - 12:03 PM

I bought a redwood 5 tube head from dawsons 69 and i run it through a carlsbro monitor
I bought it for guitar but i played my bass through it and it sounds great in the man cave
Also not too much eq fiddling between bass and guitar as its only treble bass gain and volume
Im half tempted to sell some of my other guitar amps as i really like the redwood
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Posted 28 January 2014 - 07:38 AM

My EBS Combo 60 can be used with acoustics anyway (according to the user manual) so I use it with electric too. Its a little too hi-fi to be honest but settles down through a speaker sim.
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Posted 28 January 2014 - 03:55 PM

I play both guitar & bass thru my Traynor Darkhorse valve head for practice but do switch between two 8" cabs as I have both one for each instrument. So I'd say to OP but try a guitar cab with your bass amp, just take care with the volume & watch the impedance & wattage etc :)
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Posted 29 January 2014 - 01:36 PM

Had a scan through and couldn't see it mentioned so here goes Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein uses Ampeg think they are SVT Classics. All dependent on your opinion of misfits sound i suppose but people do do it.

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 04:32 PM

I run my Telemaster through a Fender SS combo into my Little Bastard. Sounds sweet.

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Posted 30 May 2014 - 12:32 PM

i recently sold my '70s Fender 2x15 Bassman cab to a guitarist.
He's sticking his 70s Fender 2x12 Twin on top of it.......that thing must be able to tear your face off!!
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Posted 01 June 2014 - 04:30 PM

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 01:38 PM

Coincidentally enough, just the other day I plugged my Les Paul Standard into my TC rig (RH750 + 1 x RS210 + 1 x RS212) just out of curiosity and was surprised at how good it sounded. Not as good as having a full fat Marshall stack, obviously, but good enough for me to consider leaving my guitar amp at home next time I'm callled on to do some 6-string stuff live, either in rehearsal or at a gig.

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 02:47 PM

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Coincidentally enough, just the other day I plugged my Les Paul Standard into my TC rig (RH750 + 1 x RS210 + 1 x RS212) just out of curiosity and was surprised at how good it sounded. Not as good as having a full fat Marshall stack, obviously, but good enough for me to consider leaving my guitar amp at home next time I'm callled on to do some 6-string stuff live, either in rehearsal or at a gig.

Likewise, I have been plugging my G3 into my TC BH250/BC210 and was getting a reasonable sound out of it but was not entirely satisfied. Have been considering getting a Blackstar ID amp but decided to give the G3 another go last night and changed the output settings to Stack Power Amp and it now sounds pretty damn good (if a little loud at 9 oclock gain) with EQ all at 12 oclock.
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Posted 05 June 2014 - 06:57 PM

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Posted 05 January 2015 - 07:06 AM

I play my Eastwood 12 string semi through my Orange 100w bass amp and it sounds better than the marshall valve pre-amp guitar combo, don't get that at all. :blink:
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Posted 27 April 2016 - 08:45 PM

Had, and got rid of, a Marshall AS50 and a Fishman. Good as they were, I get a better sound from my Takamine through a Danelectro 15watt bass practise combo. Actually gig it too. If you're not looking for effects and plugging mics in, small bass combo is the cheaper way to go for electro acoustics as you still gt a practise amp for your bass.
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Posted 30 April 2016 - 08:42 PM

Ive had very mixed results with various combinations, but i found that a trace v6 into an acme lowb2 can produce a beautiful clean guitar sound

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 12:13 PM

I put guitar into my Ashdown CTM15 and into a BF Super midget and it sounds good. The tweeter needs turning down a bit if using a lot of drive, but you could easily gig it.
You're never going to get cone breakup, but pushing the power stage sounds cool.
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Posted 12 June 2016 - 09:57 AM

I use my bass rig for my les paul sometimes, I like it but there's not enough distortion on the fx side of life for me, I don't play nicely.

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Posted 12 June 2016 - 07:00 PM

View PostEdwardHimself, on 17 January 2012 - 10:21 PM, said:

It won't do anything bad to your amp, but it doesn't sound particularly great.

Well I broke my tweeters in my GB NX2 cab when I put an acoustic guitar though it and it fed back!
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