A guitar and bass hybrid amp (or a combined amp) can accept input from either bass or guitar. These amps are designed to play both instruments with good quality tone. The Peavey Vypyr VIP 3 is designed to work with three different instrument inputs: electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and bass.
Additionally, are bass amps different from guitar amps?
The difference between a bass amp and a guitar amp is in the power output and the size of the speaker. The bass amp needs more power than the guitar amp. The bass amp also requires a bigger speaker, so it could reflect the sound of the bass guitar effectively.
In respect to this, can you convert a guitar amp for bass? Guitar amps aren’t designed to handle the frequencies of bass guitars. Electric and bass guitars produce very little voltage, and even if it were an active guitar, the signal would still be amplified up to a huge amount more than what it was from the guitar.
Regarding this, can you play bass with a pick?
You can use a pick on your bass guitar if you want to. Both finger plucking and using picks are perfectly normal ways to play the bass guitar. You can find plenty of examples of famous bassists who use either technique, and there is no harm to using a pick. It won’t damage your strings or create an inferior sound.
Does a bass guitar need a different amp?
So, does a bass guitar need a special amp? Since bass guitars produce much lower frequency sounds than bass guitars, so you will need an amp that’s built specifically for a bass guitar. Bass amps support a high power output and low frequencies without distorting the sound.
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For home use, go with a bass amp in the 150-200 watt range. They have the power and headroom to sound good and have more and better features than smaller bass amps. As a bonus, these amps also have the power for playing in a low-volume group if the opportunity presents itself.
Having a 500 watt amp is also meaningless without enough speakers to project that volume. On average, 300-500 watts is a good median for a bass amp, and more importantly, having at the very least, a 4×10, 2×12, 2×15, etc.
Physically speaking, the bass is harder to handle than a guitar. It has a longer neck, thicker and heavier strings and requires more finger strength to fret the notes correctly. The bass is also a weightier instrument overall and some musicians find it more difficult (especially on their backs) to play.
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For rehearsals, studio recording sessions, or small club performances, electric and upright bass players typically use a “combo” amplifier, which combines a preamplifier, tone controls, a power amplifier and a speaker (or multiple speakers) in a single cabinet.
So for players lugging gear, consider a bass combo amp, which combines the actual amplifier and speaker in one single package. If you’ll mostly be in a studio, maybe a heavier tube amp (with a separate cabinet) will better suit your tonal needs.
A 100 – 150 watt bass amp is the bare minimum to use for rehearsals and small gigs; 300 watts is better since it allows the amp to push out the same or louder volume with less effort or strain. A louder amp doesn’t have to work as hard, which means less chance of overheating, blowing a fuse or damaging a speaker.
In general, bass amps need higher wattages than guitar amps because bass amps require more headroom to push a strong, clean low-end signal to cabinets filled with large speakers for projecting low end.