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Old 12th August 2012, 08:44 PM   #1
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Default Could the SA-310 bass cab be used for a bass and guitar cab?

Seismic Audio has a bass guitar cab with a frquency range of 40hz to 16000hz. I am interested in using a cab for bass as well as guitar. What would be the considerations? I have heard of many guitars using bass amps/cabs regularly, especially Bassman amps.
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Old 14th August 2012, 12:06 PM   #2
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You can safely use a bass speaker for guitar. The reverse isn't true: bass guitar will make a guitar speaker flap around, causing mechanical damage at higher volumes.

You might find there's too much high treble for distorted guitar use: most guitar speakers stop before 5kHz.
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Thanks Chris. So a bass cabinet with a lower high frequency peak may be more desirable for guitar?
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The old Bassman amps had 10" speakers, which is why they worked well for guitar.

If you're using a tube amp and distorting it, then you definitely want to use a guitar speaker. The reason Greenbacks and V30s are two of the most popular guitar speakers is because of the way they filter the tube's distortion.

If you're using a modeling amp with cab simulations, then the extra high end of a bass cab's tweeter would be useful. Even so, few bass cabs are actually flat, which is what you'd want for a modeler.


That said, you won't hurt anything (except your ears ) if you play guitar through a bass cab, and if you play clean, you might like it.
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Old 14th August 2012, 08:29 PM   #5
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^ +1

If you can switch off the tweeter, that'd be worth trying.
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Old 15th August 2012, 09:08 AM   #7
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Just take care not to fry the tweeter when using fuzz and co !

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I reckon it would work
personally I like a more 'mellow' tone for bass
or you might say, less peaked midrange
and peaked mids is exactly what many want for guitar sound

in other words, my personal sound preference for bass might not work very well for guitar
unless you fancy big and mellow tone for guitar
could work well with blues music and jazz

other people could say the exact opposite
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I am interested in using a cab for bass as well as guitar.
why
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Old 15th August 2012, 06:43 PM   #10
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I am trying to avoid having multiple rigs as I play bass, electric and acoustic guitars. I play worship music most often direct through the pa with my pedalboard. But I do need a rig for when I play outdoor shows, coffee houses, etc. I don't have the storage space for two or three rigs.

Would it make more sense to get a 4x10 cab with a freq range of 45hz to 5khz?

Is the Bassman Reissue still reguarded as a decent bass amp? I know they have changed the classification as its typically used for guitar these days.
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