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Domigan_Lefty  
13 Apr 2010 14:23 | Quote
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Is it possible to plug a guitar directly into a cab? No head?
All i need is to crank the volume. Nothing else. And ive seen cabs for cheap on craigslist. The head is what kills the wallet. And my tone.
deadman2k666  
13 Apr 2010 15:09 | Quote
Joined: 21 Sep 2009
Canada
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i dont think you can. im about 95 percent certain of that. you need a preamp(head) to amplify it. I think, im not 100 percent sure how that works
JoshJones  
13 Apr 2010 19:19 | Quote
Joined: 30 Sep 2009
United States
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no, the cab is just speakers. You have to have a pre-amp and power amp to put the guitar signal through the speakers. The reason that the head hurts the wallet is that it contains the electronics, speakers and a box are cheap
EMB5490  
13 Apr 2010 19:42 | Quote
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yeah and dude. u must have a bad head to "kill the tone" haha
KicknGuitar  
14 Apr 2010 00:21 | Quote
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You need the amp to amplify your guitar. Are you sure your speakers don't suck too? Different speakers may make a crapy head sound fine. A great amp with crapy speakers will sound like ****.

Get a decent head, find amazing speakers and you're set. Unless your doing crazy big shows, you should probably invest in a combo tubed amplifier.

Cheers.
Domigan_Lefty  
14 Apr 2010 05:02 | Quote
Joined: 20 Sep 2009
United States
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@EMB
Line 6...

@Kicknguitar
for now i just need to be heard over the drums.
I only have about $100, and im 15 so noone is hiring. And we cant play any paying gigs until we get a bassist and finish writing the first 5 song lyrics.
KicknGuitar  
14 Apr 2010 09:04 | Quote
Joined: 13 Dec 2007
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OH man, funny thing you say that. Someone I know on another forum (gaming) asked for a budget of 200.

TO be loud enough over a drummer, look for an amp around 25watts (solid state) keep in mind wattage on a tubed amp may be less for more money but they will: be louder than a solidstate amp listed with the same wattage, they will have a "warmer" sound (a more fuller range, especially in the bass end). So if you can get tubed, however with a tight budget, you'll probably end up looking at solidstate amps, and there's nothing wrong with those, simply a different sound.

Play on the amps before you buy & do some research online for reviews and prices (Refurbished equipment will save you money!!!)

Have fun picking out your new amp!
adelaideguitar  
14 Apr 2010 11:50 | Quote
Joined: 14 Apr 2010
Australia
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Do what I did. Plug into ya dad's stereo and crank it. Or, get a old second practice amp like a peavey or gorilla. Hammer the hell out of it.

Um, or ask around and loan some gear.
EMB5490  
14 Apr 2010 17:42 | Quote
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United States
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o well thats why. line 6 sucks. end of story.
KicknGuitar  
14 Apr 2010 20:26 | Quote
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EMB, the Line6 rack mount I have is nothing short of amazing. Their amps are fun but I would nor buy it because of all the excess.


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