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    Hi. I am planning to buy a bass amp this week. Is their any way running my ukulele through it will damage it? Thanks in advance for any help.

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    I run my uke through my bass amp, I had no issues, but if you have a low G string you may find that it cuts trough the rest of the sound more than you'd like
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    I (on occasion) play my baritone uke through my vintage "62" Fender Bassman. Wow! What a sound. I also will go straight through a small Pevey PA or small (1 x 10 Fender solid state), but the Uke sounds better by far, running through that old Bassman.
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    I recently picked up a 34" Samick Corsair MCR-1 minibass and I too am looking at amps. I am half-settled on the Carvin micro-bass 10" with a neomidym tweeter so it will work better with my ukes and to use with blues harp. It has about 250W of power, so you can add on a big extension cab if you need more bass and it weighs about 12 lbs or so.
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    No problems! I have an 6 string I took to GS looking for an amp for it and played it through a bass amp and it sounded quite nice! I did not by that amp bought something else instead - Fishman mini (sounds amazing!!!)
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    Unless you're spending a lot of money, a bass amp is pretty much a keyboard amp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubio MHS View Post
    Unless you're spending a lot of money, a bass amp is pretty much a keyboard amp.
    Not true; many bass amps cannot handle the full frequency range that a keyboard needs, especially in the lower price ranges. Easier to run a bass through a keyboard amp than the other way around.

    As for running a uke through a bass amp, you can do it but tonally, you're going to make some concessions with that. Since a bass amp is designed for those lower frequencies, you may find that your uke doesn't sound as bright as it could. Then again, you may like the sound. Any reason you're buying a bass amp over a guitar amp for this purpose?

    I've run my uke regularly through a Phil Jones Bass Bass Cub (100w, 2x5" speakers) and it works great, albeit a little darker than what I would want. PJB is scheduled to produce a uke/violin/mando amp this year, which will hopefully allow uke players to finally have an amp DESIGNED specifically for them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by One Bad Monkey View Post
    Since a bass amp is designed for those lower frequencies, you may find that your uke doesn't sound as bright as it could. Then again, you may like the sound. Any reason you're buying a bass amp over a guitar amp for this purpose?
    Diggin out old stuff....

    A very simple reason I could imagine: having only a single amp for ubass and uke is easy on budget and takes less space.
    Playing a bass through an guitar amp might very well blow out the speakers whereas playing a uke through a bass amp might only cut off some higher frequencies.

    Fortunately the amp people have developed quite a few portable mini amps in the meantime - any recent recommendations from the experts out here?

    At least I am currently having a closer peek on Roland's Micro Cube Bass RX vs. Phil Jones Double four - the PJ Briefcase is way out of budget (and with ~13 kg not exactly portable when you come from an ukulele perspective, not even compared to the relatively heavy ubass)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Louis0815 View Post
    Fortunately the amp people have developed quite a few portable mini amps in the meantime - any recent recommendations from the experts out here?

    At least I am currently having a closer peek on Roland's Micro Cube Bass RX vs. Phil Jones Double four - the PJ Briefcase is way out of budget (and with ~13 kg not exactly portable when you come from an ukulele perspective, not even compared to the relatively heavy ubass)
    If you can live with just one input, have a look at a yamaha THR10. In addition to being a great small, very portable amp for guitar/uke it also has a bass setting and it is surprisingly good for its size - ok its not earth shattering, and doesn't have the depth of a dedicated bass amp but it is a lot better (imo) than a number of the other generic small (10watt or so) bass amps and it will hold up in a smallish room of uke players.

    Might be a good choice if your looking for something for uke/guitar primarily, but can also serve double duty as a bass amp if needed. If on the other hand your looking for a dedicated small portable bass amp only there are probably better choices (as you have noted).
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    I picked up a used Peavey 60W 12" bass amp for $65 in great shape. For the price of a "practice amp" I got something that will probably do me forever since I'll likely never "gig" with it.

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