#1
OK, im pretty new to the guitar and amp world. i think i have guitars figured out, but when i t comes to amps im dumb founded. i have a couple questions than i need answered and came to the UG for help. Here they are:

-Does an amp head need a cab?
-can an amp head produce sound by itself?
-can any speaker work as a cab(such as my little 15w line 6 spider 3)?
-are there such things as solid state amp heads?
- are there such things as combination solid state and tube amps
- is a valve amp the same as a tube amp?

please answer to your best knowledge and thank you
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#2
A lot of good information is to be had in the stickies at the top of the forum/ this link:
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=278232

However, for simple answers to your questions:
-Yes. You will blow the output transformers without one (or some sort of load)
-No. It needs a speaker
-As long as the impedance matches, the speaker is rated to handle the head, and you can make the connection (amplifier output->speaker. You would NOT want to plug a head into your Line 6's input)
-Yes.
- Yes, normally called "Hybrid" amps. Vox Valvetronix and a lot of older Peavey and Musicman amps are like this.
- Yes. Americans generally like the term tube as opposed to valve
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#3
Read the stickies please. Answers aaaaaaaaall your questions. I'll give some short answers though:
1. Yes, always.
2. No
3. Yes with some work. It's not advisable though.
4. Yes
5. Yes, called hybrids or valvestates. Not worth the money IMO.
6. Yes, just different words.
#4
-Does an amp head need a cab?
Yes

-can an amp head produce sound by itself?
No

-can any speaker work as a cab(such as my little 15w line 6 spider 3)?
Sort of. You'd have to wire the head directly into the speaker, not into the input, and also match ohms and wattage. The speaker in your Spider would almost certainly not be able to handle the power from a head. It's easier to get a cab.

-are there such things as solid state amp heads?
Yes

- are there such things as combination solid state and tube amps
Yes, they're known as hybrid amps. They're generally a gimmick.

- is a valve amp the same as a tube amp?
Yes
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#5
-Does an amp head need a cab?

Yes. You will kill your head if you don't.


-Can an amp head produce sound by itself?

No.

-Can any speaker work as a cab(such as my little 15w line 6 spider 3)?

Generally yes, as long as the speaker can handle wattage more then the amp head and has the same ohms rating. I don't advise it though, as it's generally only used to kill time untill you actually get a cabinet.

-Are there such things as solid state amp heads?

Yes.

-Are there such things as combination solid state and tube amps?

Yes. Some are gimmicks (if they have 1 tube in the preamp, it's all gimmick). However, amps like the tube Peavey Vypyr with tubes in the power amp section are not gimmicks and really do change the sound.

-Is a valve amp the same as a tube amp?

Yes.
#6
Thanks Guys! Really Appreciate It!
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#7
yes, no, depends (on the impedance and wattage ratings of the speaker and amp), yes, yes, yes.
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#8
-Does an amp head need a cab?
Yes.
-can an amp head produce sound by itself?
No.
-can any speaker work as a cab(such as my little 15w line 6 spider 3)?
Not really. Get a cab.
-are there such things as solid state amp heads?
Yes - Randall and others make (or made) them.
- are there such things as combination solid state and tube amps
Yes - they're called hybrids.
- is a valve amp the same as a tube amp?
Yes.
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