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Can I just plug into the cab?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Psyrcle, Jun 14, 2005.

  1. Psyrcle

    Psyrcle Guest

    My neighbor is selling me an ampeg cab for $200 (he paid $800) and I want to know If I can just plug in or do I need a head?
  2. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    No, you can not plug straight into a cab... unless your bass has a built in power amp.....
  3. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Cabs don't have any power source on their own, and therefore can't function without a head (a preamp and a power amp or both in one unit).
  4. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    no you need a head your bass wont drive the cab.

    check out some of the FAQs in the FAQ sticky

    essentially your bass puts out a "low level" signal.
    this low level signal is suitable only for driving a preamp (one component of a head).

    a preamp amplifies this low level signal into a "line level" signal suitable for driving a poweramp (the other component of a head)

    a poweramp amplifies a line level signal into a "speaker level" signal suitable for driving speakers.

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