Using SWR California Blonde for Bass

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  1. JimmyH

    JimmyH Member

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    I am teaching myself bass and wanted to get a practice amp . I also would like a new acoustic amp and decided on a California Blonde . The salesman suggested I use the Blonde as a practice amp for the bass since they are virtually the same . It sounded too good to be true so I told him I'd get back to him . Any thoughts ?
     
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    aleclee TGP Tech Wrangler Staff Member

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    A few folks around here do that. Shouldn't be a problem.
     
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    There should be no problem with that. I used to use my SWR strawberry blonde for bass when I was to lazy to lug my Eden rig around. Acoustic amps and Bass amps are VERY similar in design.

    -matt
     
  4. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    I play bass through my CA Blonde (and matching, now discontinued, Natural Blonde ext. cab) all the time:

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    The CA Blonde is essentially a bass amp with a bass speaker, it just has a fancier, differently voiced preamp. Use it for bass with confidence.
     
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    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    Thanks to all of you for reminding me about this - got the CA Blonde for acoustic, but had forgotten all about using it for bass! That'll be handy...
     
  7. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    P.S. See the SWR FAQ at http://www.swrsound.com/products/faq.html#amps:

    >> Q: Can I use my SWR acoustic amplifier as a bass amp?

    >> A: Yes. Although SWR Acoustic Series amplifiers are designed primarily for use with acoustic instruments, the California and Strawberry Blonde combos are perfectly capable of amplifying electric instruments as well. If you plan to do so, simply make sure that you adhere to the set-up and operation instructions found in your owners manual.
     
  8. JimmyH

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    Thanks for the responses guys ! The Calif. Blonde is the way to go . I just had to hear it from someone else .

    Jon - Nice catch on SpongeBob .
     

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