Guitar tube amp for Bass??

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Guitar tube amp for Bass??

Postby Damocles74 on Tue Sep 16, 2008 4:54 am

Kind of confused as to why you can use a guitar on a bass head but not always use a bass on a guitar head?
Why can't I use this Laney Gh100l for my P-Bass??


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Postby gypsy moth on Tue Sep 16, 2008 5:14 am

you can use the head, the only question is if you will be happy with it, as it might have some of the bottom end filtered out.
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Postby Roy33 on Tue Sep 16, 2008 5:20 am

sure you can,lots of pros have and still do.Lemmy and John Wetton to name a couple.certain amps sound better for bass than others,Hiwatts are great,my Traynor YGL-3 with 6550's is godly.the cab you choose will make all the difference,that Laney should sound good through an 8x10 or 2x15,putting 6550's in it would make a huge difference for headroom and bottom end,and your guitar would still sound good through it.go for it.
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Postby Damocles74 on Tue Sep 16, 2008 5:21 am

Oh I see :oops: It probably wouldn't accept,(Bass fuzz),pedals well either then.
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Postby Damocles74 on Tue Sep 16, 2008 5:29 am

That Laney,(used for $596),has to be better than what I'm using now.I'm using an Earth sound research stagemaster 2000 p.a./mixer 200w tube amp and it SUX!
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I've been told,(on stonerrock.com),that a Bass guitar will ruin this Laney amp because it is meant for guitar frequencies.
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Postby Roy33 on Tue Sep 16, 2008 5:50 am

your 200w tube amp [/i]should sound really good,maybe there's a problem with it. a bass can't hurt the amp,that's quite funny actually,you might wear out the output tubes a little faster depending on how loud you play.
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Postby Damocles74 on Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:30 pm

Well maybe I should have a tech look at my amp then.I know by looking at the circuitry underneath that alot of the point to point wiring is UNJACKETED! that's right,bare wires with no coating.
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Postby flankspeed on Tue Sep 16, 2008 4:00 pm

If I read into this right, you don't own the laney yet, correct? For $600, you have a world of options for a bass amp and probably cabinet too (ampeg v4b, sunns, acoustics, etc).

That said, I agree that your earth is probably worth having looked at by good tech.
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Postby Damocles74 on Tue Sep 16, 2008 4:52 pm

^ that's why I became a member to this site,to learn from people who know.People are steering me away from that Laney and I have only a rudimentary idea of why? I've been all over Ebay and craig's list and other sites looking for a classic all tube bass head and they are almost never under $1k.I only really practice by myself in an auditorium but I like it LOUD.
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Postby gypsy moth on Tue Sep 16, 2008 5:15 pm

get the earth checked out - no reason why it shouldn't kick ass, no matter what you may think kick ass sounds like.
in all likelihood your speakers are where your issue really is.
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Postby Damocles74 on Tue Sep 16, 2008 5:47 pm

I've played it through
2x15" Peavey
2x10" Yamaha
4x12" Earth cabs,(paper subwoofers!!),and it's always the same.As soon as I stop playing it gets unbearably loud with distortion and signal noise.It's seems like the notes I play are always unclear as if the amp isn't processing what I'm playing to the speakers accuratley.Where I plug in the cable to my Earth amp it says 'mic'.
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Postby flankspeed on Tue Sep 16, 2008 7:22 pm

One of your problems could be an input impedence mismatch. The noises are probably more likely bad components (tubes, caps, etc). Once again, I'd take it to a tech for a good once over if'n you're not comfortable poking around inside that thing.
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Postby swid on Tue Sep 16, 2008 10:31 pm

I like those Laneys, but I'd think the GH100L is too gainy and bright of an amp to pair with bass, personally.
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Postby swid on Tue Sep 16, 2008 10:32 pm

Roy33 wrote:sure you can,lots of pros have and still do.Lemmy and John Wetton to name a couple.


Lemmy does use a bass amp, even though those are also great for guitar.
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Postby Roy33 on Tue Sep 16, 2008 10:37 pm

swid wrote:
Roy33 wrote:sure you can,lots of pros have and still do.Lemmy and John Wetton to name a couple.


Lemmy does use a bass amp, even though those are also great for guitar.

you consider a vintage Super Bass a bass amp? :D point taken.
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