Stacking cabs

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by Deaky, Apr 8, 2014.

  1. Deaky


    Oct 24, 2006

    Do any of you guys worry about stacking a combo onto a cab that it may damage the cab? The combo just feels to me a bit heavy to be putting it on top of a cab!

    I have a 1x12 combo with a 1x12 ext cab.


  2. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Maybe I've led a sheltered life but I've never heard of an ext. enclosure crushed / damaged / deformed by the "mother ship" perched on top.

  3. Scottkarch


    Sep 11, 2012
    No. But I also don't worry about scuffs and normal wear and tear on most anything.
  4. Deaky


    Oct 24, 2006
    Me neither but if it's a risk of causing damage to the internal structure or cone then I don't wanna go there.
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  6. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    You won't get anything other than some dents in the vinyl covering. And probably not even that.
  7. Blueszilla

    Blueszilla Bassist ordinaire Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2003
    The Duke City
  8. oerk


    Oct 16, 2009
    I've never seen an amp/cab/combo, at least those with a wood enclosure, that wasn't safe to sit on. Since a combo is much lighter than the average human being - don't worry about it.
  9. Deaky


    Oct 24, 2006
    Thanks guys
  10. Can't remember exactly which amp manufacturer I heard this from, but I recall hearing that a well built cab can support 3 times its weight stacked on top.
  11. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Somewhere Far Beyond
    Uncompensated: Kalium Strings, Fractal Audio, Dingwall basses
    I've used my SVTs on small cabs (1x10, 1x12) in the past without any kind of issue. Considering that's an 80-ish lb amp, plus my wireless etc. sitting on top of that... yeah, you shouldn't have much/any issues.
  12. I've put my 265 or so pounds on a lot of different cabs, which I consider the fault of guitar stores for not providing enough stools. Never once damaged one. Even light cabs are pretty stoutly constructed.
  13. bassman10096

    bassman10096 Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2004
    Me neither - ever.
  14. You won't (or shouldn't) have any weight/structural issues but I'd be concerned that you are doubling the vibration on the amp portion of the combo by having it in direct contact with the extension cab. I can't imagine that it's healthy for the amp.
  15. Matt B

    Matt B

    Mar 31, 2012
    New Zealand
    I think that as long as the cab on the bottom does not have the drivers pointing upwards with the combo sitting directly on top of the drivers you should be just fine ;-)
  16. David Cardoza

    David Cardoza

    Apr 16, 2004
    I'm with Selta.. if my old original SVT "arc-welder" head didn't damage any cabinets, nothing will. (felt like it crushed my nuts a couple of times)
  17. DannyBob


    Aug 28, 2013
    Shouldn't cause any damage at all. However, if you are worried, just sit them side by side :)
  18. Scottkarch


    Sep 11, 2012
    Wow. Pretty cool pic. ImageUploadedByTalkBass1397184471.341283.jpg
  19. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    I have a Trace Elliot 2x10 combo that iI've stacked on top of a TE 1x15 cab for over a decade without a problem.