#1
Hey Guys.
Ive played guitar for around ...2 and a bit years now.
m at the stage where i want to start finding small gigs for a band.
But first i just wanted to know the difference between a few things.

A Head - I know it sits on top of a amp XD. But what does it exactly do.

A Stack - Whats the dfference between a stack and a amp. Other then just being loud.

"Screamer"
Amps. What are they?

and yeah.
any other things you guys might want to point out.
thanks.
#2
a head-

1) is an amp, but it requires external speakers to operate

a stack-

1) is slang for a head with external speakers

2) a rig that most guitarists think they need when, lets be honest, a combo amp would do fine
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#3
if you know what a combo is, then THAT is a head and a single/double speaker.

A head consists of a preamp (where your tone is shaped), a poweramp (where you get your volume).

A stack refers to a head and a cabinet (which contains your speakers, which is obviously how you hear your playing).

Screamer? If you re refering to the ENGL screamer, its a nice mid/high range amp, usually projected at metal players, but with really nice cleans.
If its a tubescreamer you re talking about, they re legendary overdrive pedals used by many many artists.
#5
To put this in straight forward english:

A head is what you plug your guitar into. It makes your tone sound good, and its what creates distortion, and makes the signal loud.
Note that there aren't any speakers in the head.
(LOL, I actually thought that when I was starting out)

The cabinet, or speaker, or bottom end of the stack, is what the head is plugged into and the signal from the head goes into the speaker, creating sound.

A stack is a head on top of a cabinet.
To be more specific
A half-stack is a head sitting ontop of one cabinet
a full-stack is a head sitting ontop of two cabinets.

A screamer.. I dunno, never heard of a "Screamer Amp"
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#6
oh ok that helps.
So basically a head is.....it kind of tweaks your sound?
and then stacks are your amp, plus the head.
which s a combo?
right?
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oh ok that helps.
So basically a head is.....it kind of tweaks your sound?
and then stacks are your amp, plus the head.
which s a combo?
right?


no.....a head IS an amp, but needs external speakers so you can hear whats coming from the head. a stack is when you use an external cab with a head. a combo is an amp that has speakers built in with it

you seriously have been playing for 2 years and dont know this?
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#8
a combo is the amp and speaker in one. The ENGL screamer 50 combo is a combo. And the Marshall JCM800 is a head.

The marshall JCM800 head and a 1960B cabinet together make a half stack.
The marshall JCM800 head and TWO 1960B cabinets make a full stack.
#9
Shreadhead22,
we all have to start somewhere XD.
I got no one in my family that plays, and just normally do acoustc stuff.
So i dont normally have a huge need for anything other then a amp.
but think i get it now.
thanks.
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#10
Ok well now we have that straight.
Whats the advantage of usng head with speakers then just say,
a combo?
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#11
The primary advantage is that it looks cooler. That's pretty much it.

A lot of n00bs believe that you need a half stack to play gigs - not true. Brian May from Queen uses Vox AC30 combos, to name one good example. Brad Nowell of Sublime used a Marshall JCM800 combo and a Roland JC120 combo together.
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#12
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Ok well now we have that straight.
Whats the advantage of usng head with speakers then just say,
a combo?


you get to choose the speakers
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#13
haha ok.
And difference between amps and speaker?
no wait..
that sounds noob.
I KNOW they are difffernnt
But i dont know technicalitys.
Like whats to stop someone plugging a gutar into a speaker XD
just being curous now..
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#14
well good luck, if they arent powered speakers (which guitar cabs arent) thats about as useless as sticking your dick in the toaster. since any amp head is made up of a power amp, it will provide power to the speakers allowing them to amplify noise. and since the second part of the amp head is a preamp you have the ability to shape the tone amplified by the speakers (ie your guitar)
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#15
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you get to choose the speakers

You know you can change speakers in combos too.
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You know you can change speakers in combos too.


*gasp* really??


but when you buy a combo in a store do you get to choose what speakers it's made with or does the factory? i wasn't reffering to any mods or custom makes when i made that comment.
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#17
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*gasp* really??


but when you buy a combo in a store do you get to choose what speakers it's made with or does the factory? i wasn't reffering to any mods or custom makes when i made that comment.

Well, maybe you should have been a tad more specific.

EDIT- And unless you get a cab custom-built or do it yourself, it's not like you get to pick what speakers the maker puts in it either.
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Well, maybe you should have been a tad more specific.

EDIT- And unless you get a cab custom-built or do it yourself, it's not like you get to pick what speakers the maker puts in it either.


no im fairly confident when you buy a combo it's gonna be implied that you wont be choosing what speakers the manufacturer puts in it. but when you buy the cab the sole purpose is picking one with the speakers you want, whereas the combo you'de be more worried about the amp (ie all the ugers who went out and bought a valveking combo when it came out and then realized the stock speakers sucked)
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