Why do I keep killing bass amps?
February 6, 2014 11:34 AM Subscribe
Last night, at an otherwise excellent show, my electric bass amp died. Power was on, amp was off, and would not turn on any longer. In the middle of a song. This would be fine, but: this is my third amp that's died in three years. What's up?
So: let's see. First amp was used and somewhat abused. Second amp was craigslist but in good condition. Third I bought new. They're all combo amps - a Fender, SWT, and Peavey. I only play electric bass through them (a Fender Bullet Deluxe), occasionally with distortion (Blackstone).
The common factor is me. But it's also a practice space, and so on: could it be a power problem? Should I run bass amps through surge protectors? Could my bass be killing them? Should I use a separate head/amp in the future?
These questions and more, I have no idea. But I feel bad cycling through so much gear when all I want to do is play le bass!