I use this vox pathfinder for both bass and electric guitar and it works great!! I can get a smooth bass sound in no time and it's plenty loud enough. It has a overdrive knob and though I am not a fan of overdrive for bass, it really sounds excellent when using my electric guitar! GREAT value for the money and it's very well built for a small budget price amp. It has a line out for headphones OR for sending direct into your PA system. I Bet it would even sound decent miked up in alive situation if needed. A wise buy!!!