#2
long story short, preamp shapes tone, power amp amplifies it and powers the speakers. Combo amp is a head and cab(speaker cabinet) in one self contained unit. Head is just the preamp and poweramp in one unit. Check out the gear sticky.
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still confused


What about? Erock just gave a good explanation of it...
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#6
^Head's like that have a preamp AND a power amp.
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so does the combo, it also has a speaker... a pre amp is a section in all guitar amps that shapes tone, creates distortion when you over power and cascade the power from one section to the next, and then the signal is sent to a power amp to be well amplified and sent to a speaker. that help?

ITs like an engine, you have a carbourater before the pisons... the carb send gas (your signal) to the engine(power amp) if you change the carb or carb(messing with eq or dist) settings the engine's performance changes(different sounds!)
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^Head's like that have a preamp AND a power amp.

Okay thats really annoying, dont confuse him even more.

Even if its a combo it still has pre-amp and power amp sections.
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#9
ok...a preamp..is a low wattage amp that shapes tone

poweramp - is a high wattage that give it power to the speakers (shapes very little tone)

a head is a preamp and power amp put together with out any speakers
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#10
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Okay thats really annoying, dont confuse him even more.

Even if its a combo it still has pre-amp and power amp sections.


I understand that. The way he posted the pictures in reference to this thread lead me to believe he thought that the TSL was a preamp. It's not a preamp. It's a preamp+power amp.
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#11
meh, he labeled it "Head" though. I've never heard anyone refer to a pre or poweramp alone as a head.
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yepp, nuff said
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#14
Head = preamp and power amp

Combo = preamp and power amp and speaker(s)

Cab = speakers
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