I just bought a 1x10" Marshall combo guitar amp, and I've read in articles that many guitarists sit on their amps.

Is it okay to sit on it? Is there any chance of breaking it as a result?

  • Also be careful you don't put pressure on the knobs depending on how you sit.
    – charlie
    Sep 25, 2014 at 8:02

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No, there is absolutely no risk. You may have seen such amplifiers being stacked on stage during festivals/concerts, and those burdens can get heavier than what you weigh. Just make sure you're not hurting your ears by being too close to your amp when it's turned up to eleven.


Depends on how heavy you are and where and how you sit. Amps are designed to be stacked corner-to-corner, and a cheap combo amp might be weak in the middle of the case. That said, I used to sit on mine almost every time I played. I'm only 120 pounds though...

  • So, if I'm sitting in the middle, will the 'amp brain' will affect?
    – seseorang
    May 23, 2014 at 4:42
  • I don't know what you mean. An Amp is a standard 'box' - it's strong around the edges but not so much in the middle.
    – Jasmine
    May 23, 2014 at 16:24
  • I mean: the amp's module is in the middle of the amp right? If I sit in the middle, will the module broke?
    – seseorang
    May 24, 2014 at 4:02
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    No it won't break unless you break the case, and I've only seen that happen once, and the top of the amp was broken but the electronics inside were fine, because they weren't bolted to the top. Yes, there is a risk of breaking the amp, but you'll need to break the wood first.
    – Jasmine
    May 27, 2014 at 19:36

I wouldn't think you'll break your amp - but you can get loads of hum with your guitar that close to the amp, especially if you're using overdrive. And, it's unlikely to be very comfortable! If you're going to be using it in a place where there is a chair available, I would use that instead.


Normally you can sit on your amp, but if I were you, I wouldn't do it, ill just sit in front of the amp, to have the best sound return.


Its perfectly okay to sit on your amp, as long as your not hitting your knobs or damaging your lead coming out of it, but otherwise its fine! I sit on mine all the time for busking. I have a Roland bass micro cube RX and turn it on its side so that there is a bigger surface and i dont hit any knobs or leads.enter image description here


I would generally say that there is no risk to your amp by sitting on it. This case could be a little different since you are using a relatively small amp but I still doubt that you would be able to break it unless you are significantly heavier than the average person. I also imagine that you would be pretty close to the ground, which I would find uncomfortable.


No risk, but you won't hear yourself so clearly. If you care about tone, get and away so you can hear what's coming out of the amp as the audience will.

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