Is it safe to place a (potentially heavy) combo amp on top of a cab?



Asked by: Renee Smith

Can you plug a combo amp into a cab?





Can I Use a Cab With a Combo Amp? Yes. Provided your combo amp has enough outputs, you can easily connect extra speakers to your combo. Speaker outputs on any amp should always be labelled with the correct impedance depending on number of speakers connected.

How do you transport heavy amps?

Amp heads are especially easy to transport in their normal upright position. Place them on a blanket, foam or rug to provide extra padding & cushioning from the harsh metal van floor or bouncing that can shake the valves loose. Even microscopic vibrations can accumulate into bigger problems over the years.

Can you stack amplifiers on top of each other?

So within reason (we’ll get to this a bit later…) you can safely stack your equipment on top of one another. There are some other things you need to know though. The first is your amplifier, or if you’re using a separate pre and power amplifier the power amp section.

How much weight can a guitar cabinet hold?

They’re designed to have another 4×12 and a head or two on top of them, which puts you up around 300 pounds. 500 seems like a reasonable estimate of a maximum. They’re designed to have another 4×12 and a head or two on top of them, which puts you up around 300 pounds. 500 seems like a reasonable estimate of a maximum.

Does an amp head need a cab?





You can’t use an amp head without a cabinet – you need both components. While gear companies usually make amps and cabinets that are meant to go together, you can mix different models and brands, as long as you match the amp with the correct speaker impedance.

How do you turn a combo amp into a head?

So I did just that I took this little GMO. 5 amp I cut it in half and I put a speaker out on it and it actually produced some pretty good tones.

Can you put an amp on its side?

Generally, no it would not be acceptable to install an amp on its side. The heat sinks are usually designed with vertical fins that allow hot air to rise across the fins and carry away the heat. If you install the amp on its side, the fins would usually be sitting horizontally and would trap the heat inside the amp.

Can I lay a tube amp on its side?

Just make sure the power tubes are on the bottom side. That way, the heat they give off will have to travel farther to get to the wood cabinet. A lot of times when I play with tube amps I set them on their side to disperse the heat generated by the tubes.

Can you leave an amp in the cold?

It turns out that tube amps can be stored at reasonably cold temperatures without any issues. While temperatures of -40 degree Fahrenheit and beyond can be damaging to some electrical components, the biggest problem that results from storing tube amps in the cold is temperature fluctuation.



Is it OK to sit on a guitar amp?

Its perfectly okay to sit on your amp, as long as your not hitting your knobs or damaging your lead coming out of it, but otherwise its fine!

How much does a combo amp weigh?

Generally speaking an amp head without speakers will range between 25 to 50 pounds and a 2 x 12 combo amp will range from 40 to 70 pounds. Most 4speaker combos will range between 70 to 100 pounds. There is such a wide sweep of difference in weight between different types of amplifiers.

Where should I put my guitar amp?

Side on it's not pointing out to the congregation at all it's going across the stage.



Can you run a solid state amp without a cab?

thanks in advance. yes, you can use the MG’s line-out without hooking a speaker cab up to it. SS state amps don’t have an output transformer and are effectively loaded by the speaker cabinet, if the speaker cabinet is absent then the amp sees an ‘infinite load’ which still properly loads the amp.

Is a combo amp a tube amp?

Supro combo amplifiers are Class A, all-tube amps featuring premium parts and custom features.

Can you play through just an amp head?

The amp itself doesn’t make sound. In fact, if you’re using a tube amp head without the speaker converting the energy output into sound, it is dangerous to plug in to just the head and play.

Can you play a guitar amp head without the cabinet?

As a general rule, you cannot play guitar through just an amp head. The head makes no sound on its own. In fact, using a tube amp head without a speaker connected is dangerous, and can seriously damage the amp. The head requires a load to distribute its power, usually provided by a speaker cabinet.



Do Class D amps need a load?

Class D amplifiers should not run without load because the load is used to damp the LC output filter and prevent the filter-chokes from generating excessive voltages. Some class D amplifiers may survive running without a load, in particular if they are protected with catch-diodes.

What does a combo amp mean?

A combo amp has the amplifier and speaker, just like a head and cabinet setup, but everything is in one piece of equipment instead of two. These are some of the perks of a combo amp: Compact: Even though the head and cabinet may be lighter to carry, it’s more inconvenient.

Are combo amps good for gigging?

Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 IV Combo Valve Amplifier



The Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 IV Combo Valve Amplifier is easily one of the best combo amps for gigging ever crafted and the smaller size makes it ideal for around the home, too.

Are Marshall combos good?

Yes! Marshall amps are great if your style of playing is classic rock and heavy metal. With a distinctive sound, sparkling high notes, aggressive midrange, and thumping lows, these amps will ensure you get a powerful sound for a relatively competitive price.