#1
Ok so I've played guitar for a while and now im in a band. I need to get an amp that can play well at gigs I heard that it should greater than 50-100W.

Then I came across amp heads and wondered what they do. I noticed they're seperate from the actual amp. So what are amp heads? DO they contribute to wattage? Does the wattage of my amp have to be the same as the head? How do you hook the head up to your amp?

Sorry for these questions but it'd really help. ANd if you feel like it, drop me some suggestions for an amp and head combo that sounds good (I play rock and metal mostly).
#2
heads are usually used in valve amps, they are basically the think which determs your guitar sound, and processes it, then you MUST connect it up to a speaker (usually a cabinet) so you can hear the sound. Tryed to explain it simply, hope that helped.

Anyway 50w is far loud enough for band situtation. Especially if its a tube amp, because tube amps are approximately 3-5 times louder (depends on amp) than a solid state amplifier of the same wattage. A 30-50w of tube amp would be far loud enough for band situations, and if it had a master volume on it, it would be good for bedroom levels.

Hope that helped
#5
ok, a combo amp is the eletronics and speaker(s) all in one inclosure. a head is the eletronics and the cab is obviously the speakers. the ohms of your head and cab need to properly match to get full potention out of it. since you dont know too much yet stay cheep, check out the behringer ultrastack. its a head and cab for around 500USD.
#6
It's ok to be a n00b. We've all been there.

An amp head needs to be connected to speakers in order to make sound. What you refer to as "the actual amp" is a speaker cabinet. It's actually the head that is the actual amp. A head connected to a speaker cabinet is called a stack or half-stack. What you probably think of as an amp is a combo, i.e. the head and speaker(s) are built into one.
#7
A head is an amp w/out speakers. U cant plug two amps together. to get sound out of a head, u need a speaker cabinet. Its too much money for a stack that ur gonna turn up to only about 3 or so. And the tone isnt gonna be too great either.
if u have the money, look for a 30w tube combo instead of a stack. 30w tube are loud enuff.
#8
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#9
OK wait, so what are cabinets?

The head amp is basically the thing that modifies your sound I guess right? can it work by itself or does it need a "cabinet'?

Oh, my range is probably going for around $300-$400. I prefer Crate, but whatver brand is fine as long as it sounds good.

Thanks
#11
Ok I get it so basically:

An amp combo is the amp that has the settings on it, so its likea 2-in-1.

The head is the part you set up to the actual amp, which are cabinets.

Is that right? If so which affects your tone more, the head or the amp? Can you get a good sound with a crappy cabinet but an awesome amp head (and vice-versa)?
#13
Quote by MakotoYume
OK wait, so what are cabinets?

The head amp is basically the thing that modifies your sound I guess right? can it work by itself or does it need a "cabinet'?

Oh, my range is probably going for around $300-$400. I prefer Crate, but whatver brand is fine as long as it sounds good.

Thanks


yes, i needs a cabinet, the head has no speakers in it. Try the Crate V series, there tube and i think the 50w combo is in your budget.
#14
Quote by MakotoYume
Ok I get it so basically:

An amp combo is the amp that has the settings on it, so its likea 2-in-1.

The head is the part you set up to the actual amp, which are cabinets.

Is that right? If so which affects your tone more, the head or the amp? Can you get a good sound with a crappy cabinet but an awesome amp head (and vice-versa)?


the head IS the amp, the cab just has speakers in it, no electronics.
#15
and a combo is exactly the same as a head, only instead of the speakers being separate, they are in the same enclosure
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#16
Quote by burn the stars
ok, a combo amp is the eletronics and speaker(s) all in one inclosure. a head is the eletronics and the cab is obviously the speakers. the ohms of your head and cab need to properly match to get full potention out of it. since you dont know too much yet stay cheep, check out the behringer ultrastack. its a head and cab for around 500USD.

No.
Dont listen to someone who cant spell electronics.
The head holds the 'guts' of your amp. Then you hook up to a cabinet (in most cases), which together forms a 'halfstack'. Most people think that they are loud. Most people are wrong though, because most people use solid state amps. Solid state halfstack=no balls
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#17
So I look for valve or tube amp heads, ok. So the head affects all of your tone and the speakers dont, right? So which is better then, combos or half stacks?
#18
Speakers affect your tone, but not as much as the amp.

Combo's are nice for one portable amp, but they get REALLY heavy once the wattage/speakers get big. Then you can get an amp head and cab, and make 2 seperate not as heavy trips.

I would check out the Crate V16 Palomino.
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