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  • Head or combo? And why?

    I'd like to hear your reasons for preferring one over the other... Mostly cuz I really want a Mesa

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    A combo because it's easier all around.
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    • #3
      I like both for different reasons.

      Head/cab - more versatile, can scale the cab to the gig, isolates the electronics from the vibration of the cabinet, looks badass
      Combo - more convenient to transport, take up less space, easier to tilt up/put on stand

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      • #4
        Head, to avoid tube rattle issues.
        Listen...

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        • #5
          Head...in case something catastrophic happens to it you'll still have the cab to work with.

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          • #6
            I've always gigged with Fender and Ampeg combos. They're more compact, sound damn good in the mix and mic'd they'll handle any venue I'd ever play.
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            • #7
              combo

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              • #8
                i used to gig with 2 half stacks, but the band i'm in now, i just use my '59 bassman combo, and i LOVE when it comes time to load. like someone said, guitar in one hand, amp in the other... although it is a heavy amp, its compact enough where i can handle it with 1 arm.
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                • #9
                  It's up to you and the sort of band you're playing with. I like the portability of combos, but the flexibility of half-stacks is cool too.
                  If I need a fair amount of power I like the fact that the heaviest, most awkward piece of gear (the 4x12) is not full of hot, fragile tubes.
                  For smaller gigs I just use a single speaker combo though.

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                  • #10
                    Depending on the size of the Combo, a head and 2x12 cab could be easier to move around.
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                    • #11
                      What about rack stuff?!

                      Not hip I know but you can tailor your amp to your taste/needs, stereo, build in fx/gates etc.

                      I kept mine simple and it weighs less than any head I've owned.

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                      • #12
                        I only have a combo that never leaves the bedroom but it's obvious that both have their pluses and minuses. One thing I like about my combo is the reverb tank.

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                        • #13
                          I have both, different venues need different amps.

                          I love my 100 watt Marshall full stack, but realistically there are some places that I don't need to use it so the 100 watt 1x12 combo does the trick.
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                          • #14
                            Heads

                            Playing out changes things, but just for at home, multiple heads take up less room than multiple combos. That, and put good speakers in one 2x12, instead of upgrading the speakers in half a dozen combos.
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                            • #15
                              I like both for different reasons.

                              Head/cab - more versatile, can scale the cab to the gig, isolates the electronics from the vibration of the cabinet, looks badass
                              Combo - more convenient to transport, take up less space, easier to tilt up/put on stand


                              I have one of each for the reasons stated above.
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