Tech Tip:Can I Plug My Guitar Into a Bass Amp?

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The following tips for aspiring guitarists are courtesy of John McCarthy of The Rock House Method, publisher of video lessons for musicians at every skill level.


Hugo Anderson; Newberg, NY


Q: Is it bad to use a guitar with a bass amp or a bass with a guitar amp?


A: Yes, it can be bad. The most harmful combination would be using a bass guitar on a guitar amp. The bass guitar covers a much lower sound frequency than a guitar and therefore requires a bigger speaker. Playing a bass guitar on a guitar amp that has 8", 10", or even 12" speakers can damage the speaker.


Although it may not have as much risk of damage, a guitar played through a bass amp that has 15" or 18" speakers would not get the proper tone needed for a great guitar sound. Guitar is a midrange instrument and is best reproduced with a 10" or 12" speaker.


I strongly suggest that you get the proper amp for your instrument to ensure great sound and no damage to the amp.