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telewired

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Mar 31st, 2017 06:42 PM        

Is this ok to do?? I do alot of looping and sometimes I use an octave pedal etc. and get really low tones and some really high and am thinking I need a full range speaker----almost like a Bass Cab or something---<br /> Something that will handle the full spectrum---<br /> Is this a bad idea----



Peegoo

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Apr 1st, 2017 06:13 AM        

It won't hurt the speakers.<br /> <br /> Match the impedance load as closely as you can.



DrKev

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Apr 1st, 2017 09:54 AM        

Guitars generally don't sound good with true full range speakers, like hi-fi or PA speakers. Too thin and harsh and scratchy, especially overdriven. <br /> <br /> Guitar speakers (and bass speakers) have a boost between 2 kHz and 5 kHz (which adds what we think of as top end chime and sparkle). Then a huge drop off, the signal at 10 kHz can be 20 to 40 dB below the 5 kHz value. That smooths out what would otherwise be harshness and broken glass in our guitar tone.<br /> So, without careful EQing to do the same thing, the full range speakers on their own probably won't float yer boat.<br /> <br /> I'd say find a ported bass cab, rather than the PA speakers. It'll handle all the low notes you can throw at it with great sounding highs. I played guitar through a 10" Hartke ported bass cab a few years back - it sounded great!



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Apr 2nd, 2017 08:31 AM        

Good points, DrKev. It's the prime reason many guitarists mic their amps into the PA: the amp's speaker takes care of the EQ issue. Another thing you can do (if you're running only guitar through the speakers) is disable the dome/horn tweeter. The crossover takes care of the top end for you.<br /> <br /> I have a little GK 1x12 200-watt bass amp and it is superb with guitar when using a pedalboard.<br /> <br /> Can you say, "Fender Bassman?"



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