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Blown Head???

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by prater, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. prater


    Aug 4, 2011
    So a friend was messing around with my hartke combo and different speaker cabinets tonight. As a joke he plugged the speaker output from my amp into the instrument (line level) in of a guitar amp. I immediately smelled burning from my amp. I'm thinking its blown.

    What do you think? The amp is only a 25 watt combo but I've had it for a long time and I'm pretty attached to it.

    Should I plug it in and try it or will that make it worse?

    Is it worth repairing?
  2. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    Won't hurt to plug it in and check. If it's broken it just won't work. It's more likely the other amp is what you smelled burning.
  3. Cheap hard lesson in what not to do. I wouldn't try it out if you're sure it lost the magic smoke already.

    Sounds like it's a cheap amp so it may cost a fair chunk of what it's worth for a tech to go through it and replace the burned up parts.
  4. gumtown


    May 7, 2007
    New Zealand
    Give your friend the combo and tell him congratulations on your purchase.
  5. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Your friend is an idiot. But, it's likely his guitar amp that's "blown".
  6. prater


    Aug 4, 2011
    Guitar amp is fine surprisingly.
  7. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Then, your friend is very lucky.

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