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4 ohm tube bass head into a 8 ohm cabinet. Am i going to fry anything?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by ckbog1269, Mar 10, 2013.


  1. ckbog1269

    ckbog1269

    Mar 10, 2013
    Any help with this issue would be greatly appreciated. I seriously don't want to fry anything. I have an Ampeg SVT-3Pro head and an Ampeg SVT-410HE cabinet. Head is 4ohms and cabinet is 8ohms. Head has a tube preamp.
     
  2. SactoBass

    SactoBass I like all-tube amps! Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Sacramento CA
    No worries! You will do no harm. You just won't be getting the max power out of your amp.

    Btw, a solid state amp with a tube in the preamp section is not really a "tube amp" per se. What you have is a hybrid amp.

    Your 8-ohm cab is actually going to be easier on your amp than a 4-ohm cab.
     
  3. BillyB_from_LZ

    BillyB_from_LZ Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2000
    Chicago
    Found this in the Classifieds. Isn't your amp marked the same way?

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  4. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
    yeah, a solid state amp isn't "4Ω"; it's "4Ω minimum". anything over the minimum number is fine, it just gives less power.

    (a handful of preamp tubes doesn't matter, that's a solid state amp).
     

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