Combo + cab VS head and cab?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by MrMoose, Apr 18, 2016.

  1. MrMoose

    MrMoose Member

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    Most 1x12 combo amps seem to cost about as much as their equivalent heads. Is there any downside to running a combo into a 4x12 cab rather than running a traditional head/cab?

    What I'm thinking is that I can buy a combo to use for rehearsals and then for gigs - if I choose - I can hook up the combo to my 4x12 cab - sweet!

    Would this essentially be the same as running a head and cab? Just trying to determine if this is safe to do!

    Thanks!
     
  2. HoboMan

    HoboMan Silver Supporting Member

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    As long as your combo has the speaker outs and correct impedance switch. Also you'll need to make sure the cab and cabinet are the same ohms.

    I used to do this all the time with my Marshall JCM800 combo. I placed it on top of a Marshall 4x12 cab. Sometimes I used the combo and 4x12 speakers together, other times I only used the 4x12,
     
  3. MrMoose

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    I didn't know you could run both the combo and cab together! How do you do that?
     
  4. buddaman71

    buddaman71 Student of Life Silver Supporting Member

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    many combos have an EXT CAB out.
     
  5. HoboMan

    HoboMan Silver Supporting Member

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    My Marshall had two speaker outs. I connected one to the internal speaker in the combo and the other speaker out I connected to the 4x12 cab.
     
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    Yes, combos are super versatile, you have grab n' go. I used to do the same thing with a JCM 800 combo too. I'd usually just run a 4x12. But then had a Budda combo, and used to put the chassis into a head shell and it was versatile in that regard as I could keep size down. Usually the chassis is the same from the companies and you often can just buy a shell if you want and have both!
     
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