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Using Peavey Classic 50 for bass?


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If it's the combo, you're likely to blow the speakers, as they aren't designed to handle bass frequencies very well, and especially not at gigging volumes.

 

So, the basic answer is-it's not advisable.

 

You'll probably find yourself wanting for power, too-50W won't stay very clean very long with a bass.

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If it's a combo, it SHOULD be OK for quiet at-home practicing - say normal indoor conversation volume or lower. (although there are not guarantees, it still MIGHT damage the speaker, even at low levels) But for anything louder, you'll likely damage the speaker. If it's a head, tho, and plugged into a proper bass speaker, go nuts. I've done this with a few "guitar" heads and have gotten some pretty decent sounds. 50W won't be very loud for bass tho.

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I own a Peavey Delta Blues (single 15") and have used it for rehearsals where there hasn't been a drummer or that kind of thing. For low volume situations, it was fine.

 

I even used it on a recording session a couple of weeks ago, for bass. But this was an all-acoustic music thing, drummer with brushes, etc. It was great.

 

The 15" has a nice full sound, and it kind-of functions like a full-range amp in my experience.

 

YMMV. If it's not for something loud, I'd use give it a go if I didn't have anything else.

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Hey Michael, I use to own a Classic 50 head (was my guitarist head for a while) hooked it up to an SVT410 and it sounded thin as paper even with the treble rolled off and the lows dimed out. Great head for guitar, but sadly lacking for bass, save your money and buy something that will work better for you. :idea:

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Yup, the Classic 50 & 100s don't handle bass well at all, even into bass cabs. I don't know if it's the EL-84s, or if it's the transformers, but they're very tinny sounding for bass. It's a shame, because they're fantastic guitar amps. :thu:

 

If you want a good guitar head for bass, look for a Sunn.

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It's not solely the use of EL84s. My Mesa Boogie Rocket 440 4X10 combo has awesome quiet clean tone, and a 200+ watt tube bass head with distortion that sounded like my 440 would be worth its considerable weight in gold. If I wasn't so lazy I'd run its recording output into a real amp, disable the speakers (it has a switch for that - I'm not sure how that works) and see how it sounded at performance volume.

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