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    Electric Guitar/Acoustic Amp?

    Hay! this evening my wife & i happened into a pawn shop in carbondale where she spotted a Yamaha Pacifica solidbody electric.
    at $80.00 i couldent say no (even tho i dont know much about electrics anymore & am just learning about Yamaha guitars in general)
    anyway after the test drive at the pawn shop, we took it home where wife cleaned it up best as she could (we'll do better after she changes strings in a couple weeks when we buy a set of electric guitar strings)
    i wanted her to plug it in & learn the electronic controls but all i have are the 2 acoustic amps in my sig.
    i was more comfortable using the Crate for that as i'll be using the Fishman a lot more now (in church )
    it sounded pretty good but im wondering would it be sounding as good as it really is? how much different would an acoustic amp be vs an electric, provided they both be solid state?
    i really dont think im hurting anything other than sound & power-wise.
    does this make any sense?
    am i using enough (of the) parenthesis?its a killer-looking guitar & sounds & feels great, other than the fretboard radius is quite flat.
    im also a little worried that the 'other brands' in the house are catching up on the Guilds...3 Guilds, 2 Breedloves & now 2 Yamahas.
    i seriously need to trade my Breedlove 12 string (which has a very flat radius) for a GAD 12--equal value, etc.
    anyhow--about the amps
    thank you
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    My limited experience based on plugging into whatever is available which means electric guitars into bass amps and visa versa and acoustic guitars into electric and bass amps.

    If you just need to be louder you can get by with any amp.

    If the instrument is a bass then the tone controls are going to be somewhat ineffective on any guitar amp and there will be features (reverb, I'm looking at you) on the amp that almost never get used.

    Generally guitars sound ok through bass amps. If the amp was designed to be clean then an acoustic guitar through a bass amp sounds quite natural.

    So to get to your question, I think it comes down to do you like how the guitar sounds through either of your existing amps? If it does then you're done. If it doesn't then you probably have a particular sound/tone in mind and you can embark on the search for an amp that gives you that sound with that guitar.

    If your concern is about damaging equipment I think the chances of doing so are slim and they get slimmer if you keep things at a reasonable volume.

    Remember that you are reading this on the internet so it must be true and my opinion is worth what you paid for it.
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    Thank you Frono, i figured as much
    ive used bass amps for guitars but not crossed species in this fashion before
    much appreaciate the info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fronobulax View Post

    Remember that you are reading this on the internet so it must be true and my opinion is worth what you paid for it.
    BTW--all the years invested on the forum makes your knowledge very valuable indeed
    thank you again
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    I once played live with a Taylor 312ce thru a cheap practice electric guitar amp as my Dad didnt know what amp to buy, he just bought it online and shipped it to my house. LOL
    It sounded fine and really cut thru mix.
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    I play keyboards through guitar amps just about every morning, part of my normal routine, and decades ago played electric guitar though an Ampeg B-15 bass amp. Sounds (and sounded) fab! A friend of one of my English nieces plays electric as well as acoustic guitar through an acoustic amp. Works great for a detailed clean sound.

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    kdavid - did you line up any gigs while you were in C'dale?

    Congrats on scoring the Yammie!

    Funny thing - played my JF30E through a small Behringer K450FX bass / keyboard amp last night... didn't mess around
    with it a whole lot, but didn't like way it sounded - could get loud but it seemed kinda dead sounding - might have done better with more experimentation.
    By comparison, I have a Crate Telluride CA125DG (dedicated acoustic guitar amp) at home that's good & crisp all the way around in most situations...
    Apples & oranges really... Telluride also in a higher price category than the Behringer.
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    Assuming your Yamaha Pacifica has passive pickups...the old 12 string version with upgraded PUPS I had did...a preamp would help...I run a Strat with EMG's...I don't like being the ground...thru my first generation Baggs Para Acoustic DI box into a Roland AC33 acoustic amp...and it sounds great...let your ears be your judge.

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    Once upon a time Fender made an amp they called Bassman. The rest is his story.








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    You won't hurt anything plugging an electric guitar into an amp designed for acoustics. It just won't sound very good, but you can do it to check out all the electronics and stuff. And you can play it...it's just not going to have great electric guitar drive and sound. But it'll work OK.
    I played my acoustic electric thru my Hot Rod amp...and it sounded fine on the clean channel. But when I tried to play my strat thru my Fishman amp...yuk!
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