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    born2tab is offline rhythm guitarist
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    Diff b/w normal amp and bass amp

    I am switching from playing rhythm to bass.
    I have no idea whatsoever regarding the bass as of now.Going to buy the java bass this week.But i know that i will require a new bass amp also.But whats the difference b/w a normal amp and a bass amp.I mean i already have a stranger cube20.cant i reuse it

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    alpha1 is offline I BLUES!
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    Two things:
    1. Wattage
    2. Frequency response

    Bass amp/speaker should be capable of higher wattage, that is because our ears are more insensitive to bass frequencies.
    Higher power is required to make "equally" loud sound from a bass as compared to guitar.

    The frequency response of normal guitar amp/speakrs/cabinets are so designed that there is a roll-off at 80Hz. And there is a cut-off at 50 Hz.
    That works well with guitar.
    However, your bass operates one octave lower.

    Ofcourse havgin a roll-off @ 80Hz aint gonna hurt, and your bass will sound like a bass guitar only, the only hithc being: you wont hear the fundamental note, only the overtones would be audible.

    But for that deep tone, you do require the full range. Fundamental frequency included.
    You donít get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate.



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