Vintage16 Guitar Amp with Dummy Load

Did you know the Vintage 16 and the VT16 guitar amps have an internal dummy load?

February 25, 2016

Did you know the Vintage 16 guitar combo amplifier and the VT16 head version have an internal dummy load? When you want to play your amplifier without a speaker load you need what is called a dummy load. With tube amplifiers you have to load the amplifier (connect speakers) or you may damage the output power tubes. The output power tubes use the output transformer to "transform" the speaker's impedance to correctly load themselves to work properly. If the amp is running and the speakers are not connected the output power tubes are unloaded and the amplifier can become unstable. The dummy load replaces the speaker’s impedance for the output transformer and completes the circuit, so your amplifier is happy and stable. This is great for headphone use and recording where a direct signal is taken from the amp's line output. When you need tube tone in a quiet situation look to the Vintage 16 series.

Back panel of the Vintage 16 or VT16 head showing the dummy load selection

VT16 Guitar Amp with Dummy Load Vintage16 Guitar Amp with Dummy Load



Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Guitar / Bass Amplifier Info & Education

Finding Light in the Darkness
Finding Light in the Darkness

April 30, 2020 3 Comments

To say that the times we’re currently living in are strange would be an understatement. Like many of you, we’re navigating the coronavirus outbreak as best as we can. Before we knew it, things we may have taken for granted became more difficult to accomplish, obtain, or deal with. We know it’s important to stay healthy and do what we can to stay safe and help others but it can be hard to shake the feeling of darkness that this “new normal” can bring. Thankfully, as musicians, we can lean on our instruments to help us through the tough times.

Read More

The Tone King Video Demo of the V112E Guitar Extension Cabinet

March 11, 2020 4 Comments

The Tone King Demos the V112E Guitar Extension Cabinet

The Tone King demonstrates the features and sound of the new V112E guitar extension cabinet.

Read More

Should You Bring a Backup Amp? A Discussion of More Portable Alternatives
Should You Bring a Backup Amp? A Discussion of More Portable Alternatives

December 04, 2019 4 Comments

Awhile back, we discussed gigging items you should bring backups for, and that included a backup amp. However, amps aren’t lightweight and portable like cables, accessories, or even an extra guitar or bass. In most cases, lugging a backup amp means another trip back to the car and one more thing to carry in and out of the venue (unless you have roadies, of course!). For that reason, many gigging musicians choose to forgo the backup amp and place their faith in their main amp.

Read More