#1
I'm gonna sound stupid but im confused about this amp stuff:

What a combo, cabinet and amp head.

And

What a tube amp and a solid state.

THanx.

#2
combo amp is usually an all in one unit, cabinet and amp head are two seperate things that deliver more wattage and slightly better sound for gigging. solid state and tube are two different means of powering an amplifier. tube or valve as its also known has a slightly better tone than a solid state amp, but solid state amps are slightly cheaper
#3
a combo is an all in one amp, the speakers and amp are all in one uh... box. like so - http://www.lnlrecording.com/images/Studio/MarshallAmp.jpg

a cabinet is a box with speakers in, like so - http://www.rockdiscography.com/picsmu/rig/marshall.jpg

an amp head is the just the amp without the speakers, it can't make any sound without a cabinet (sounds obvious, but the amount of times people ask this...) like so - http://danherron.files.wordpress.com/2007/06/5150-iii-bk.jpg

i don't understand how Valve amps work in enough detail to explain the latter part to you, but no doubt somebody here does.
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#4
a combo is an amplifier and a speaker combined in one unit.
a cabinet is basically a speaker.
a head is the amplifier.

a tube/valve amp uses tubes/valves (they are the same thing) to amplify the signal from your guitar. This was the original method used in amplifiers, and these amps have a warmer, more natural sound.
a solid state amp uses digital components to amplify the signal from your guitar, which is cheaper and easier maintenance, but has a harsher, less appealing sound than valves.
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omgz! i kn0! Wow, what a combo, cabinet and amp head!!

but seriously, are you asking what they are?
cuz a combo is the amp and speakers built into one, and the cab and head are the combo seperated

a tube amp is an amp that is amplified using vacuum tubes, while solid states are not
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#6
A combo is the amplifier and the speaker both in 1 box.

A cabinet is the wood frame that holds everything. Typically when peaple talk about a cab they mean a cabinet with speakers but no amplifier, but an amplifer does have a cabinet too.

A head is the amp with no speaker. If you get a head then you have to get a speaker cab to go with it.

Tube amps use valves to power the amp. These amps add harmonic distortion to the tone and many people prefer them because they add a bit of warmth.

Solid state amps use transisters to amplify the signal. Many solid state amps sound cold because they don't have the harmonic distortion but some of the better solid state amps are able to get better low end because of their cleaner sound. That is why bass players like them.
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so you cant just plug into a cab and play, you need a head as well, right?

yep
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