Can you use a Bass guitar cable on an Electric guitar?

I already have a bass guitar cable and I will soon purchase an electric guitar. Will I be able to use it without damaging the electric guitar? Will it sound crap?

Chosen Answer:

Hello there,

Cables are all the same. What is used on a bass can be used on the guitar. They are exactly the same thing. No difference at all.

Someone mentioned your amp. I want to comment on that. If you have a bass amp and play to run a guitar through that, you may get a lousy sound, depends on the amp. Before someone jumps in and starts talking about the Fender Bassman and it being the model for Marshall amps, the bass amp you have probably is not a vintage 60s blackface tube Fender Bassman amp. You have a modern solid state bass amp. You will have to play around with your EQ settings to get a decent guitar tone. The big problem will be the speaker. Your bass amp has a speaker designed to handle the low frequencies of the bass. So it won’t handle the mid range of the guitar nearly as well as a speaker designed for guitar. You will not damage your amp playing a guitar through it. It may not sound as good due to the EQ settings or the bass speaker, but you will NOT damage your amp. One note of caution for the bass speaker. If you play your guitar through a bass designed speaker, do not crank the volume up.

Later,
by: Norm Jones
on: 7th October 10

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3 Responses to Can you use a Bass guitar cable on an Electric guitar?

  1. Mark M says:

    Yes, you can use it, and it will sound fine without causing damage.
    Just don’t tell the guitar and it won’t know the difference.

  2. Matt says:

    Yes, the cables are compatible. But the amps are made for amplifying different frequencies of sounds, so if you play a guitar through a bass amp, it will most likely damage it, and vice versa.

  3. Norm Jones says:

    Hello there,

    Cables are all the same. What is used on a bass can be used on the guitar. They are exactly the same thing. No difference at all.

    Someone mentioned your amp. I want to comment on that. If you have a bass amp and play to run a guitar through that, you may get a lousy sound, depends on the amp. Before someone jumps in and starts talking about the Fender Bassman and it being the model for Marshall amps, the bass amp you have probably is not a vintage 60s blackface tube Fender Bassman amp. You have a modern solid state bass amp. You will have to play around with your EQ settings to get a decent guitar tone. The big problem will be the speaker. Your bass amp has a speaker designed to handle the low frequencies of the bass. So it won’t handle the mid range of the guitar nearly as well as a speaker designed for guitar. You will not damage your amp playing a guitar through it. It may not sound as good due to the EQ settings or the bass speaker, but you will NOT damage your amp. One note of caution for the bass speaker. If you play your guitar through a bass designed speaker, do not crank the volume up.

    Later,

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