#1
Hey, im gonna buy a new amp soon, and I was wondering, that if I'm going to buy a new amp, could I buy a head first and go without a cab until I have enough money, or should I just get a combo? All of the venues I play at mike the amps, so is a cab even necessary?
#2
Yes, a cab would be necessary for a head. You should just go with a combo, it's going to be quite a bit cheaper.
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You won't get any sound to come out of it if you don't have a cab...
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Hey, im gonna buy a new amp soon, and I was wondering, that if I'm going to buy a new amp, could I buy a head first and go without a cab until I have enough money, or should I just get a combo? All of the venues I play at mike the amps, so is a cab even necessary?


u might as well get a built in speaker if they mike is cus its easyer to carry
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u might as well get a built in speaker if they mike is cus its easyer to carry


Psst, it's called a combo.
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u might as well get a built in speaker if they mike is cus its easyer to carry

Not necessarily, almost every tube combo I've played and owned was very heavy and very awkward to carry, which is why I moved to a head + 2x12. Better sound (imo) and easier to carry
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#8
Combo for the price difference would be (or in my opinion) the better choice, and also, if you wanted to buy a cabinet, and then use your combo like a head later, you can do that too. Its what I may do yet. We'll see. Though, you could run a head right to a PA if it had a Direct Out, if you wanted to, until you had your cabinet.
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#9
ive only been playing for around a year, and i was wondering if you can use a cabinet amp without haveing a amp head?
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ive only been playing for around a year, and i was wondering if you can use a cabinet amp without haveing a amp head?


no, this will not work. cabinet speakers aren't powered, and you therefore need a preamp and a poweramp (a head) to get any sound out of it

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Combo for the price difference would be (or in my opinion) the better choice, and also, if you wanted to buy a cabinet, and then use your combo like a head later, you can do that too. Its what I may do yet. We'll see. Though, you could run a head right to a PA if it had a Direct Out, if you wanted to, until you had your cabinet.


youve gotta be careful though, if your using a tube amp that doesnt have a speaker load on it (a cab) then it could damage it badly, and even if you use the line out on the amp theres still gotta be a cab hooked up
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youve gotta be careful though, if your using a tube amp that doesnt have a speaker load on it (a cab) then it could damage it badly, and even if you use the line out on the amp theres still gotta be a cab hooked up


That doesn't just pertain to tube heads. ALL head-based amplifiers work like that. You must have a speaker cabinet of matching or (in the case of solid state) higher impedance otherwise you WILL damage the head. Usually fatally.

A head alone produces NO sound. It needs a speaker cabinet of matching impedance, with enough wattage to not be damaged by the head.
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