Marshall 1960AV VS Mesa Rectifier Cab

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  1. alpha0steel

    alpha0steel New Member

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    Hey, I am having a difficult time telling the major differences between these two cabs. I was informed that they both carry Celestion Vintage 30's and are both full sized cabs so what are the major differences? I am looking for a cab for my JVM and I loved it through a Line 6 Cab that was Loaded with V30's but i'd prefer Marshall or Mesa (for looks and quality) so what are the differences and if there are which is better? Thanks Guys! Happy Memorial Day!
     
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    V30's come in 3 different Versions/Issue's.

    1. The original 1986 Marshall Proprietary V30 Design (My Favorite).
    2. Mesa Proprietary V30 Design, More low Mids (IMO).
    3. Celestions Own Version of the V30 that are sold to companies like Orange, Randall, Bogner, etc... with even More Low Mids (Not For Me).

    I hope this helps.

    David :cheers:
     
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    diesect20022000 Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    I like the Mesa old school cabs. the new ones use standard V30's. mine are the #2 on the list of David's there and are my favorite. Just enough low mids for metal to work but not lacking clarity. the new ones are harsh and flubby:(
     
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    diesect20022000 Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    personaly i LOVE Marshall amps but as for cabs the only ones i like are the vintage cabs and the mode four cabs. I use Mesa cabs and Marshall/FRAMUS AMPS.
     
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    The above comments are right on the money. Also, the Mesa cabs are built like tanks, and weigh about 120 lbs. The casters on the Mesa cabs are first quality as well.
     
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    Aren't the Marshall cabs slightly bigger? Surely bigger = better?
     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands Well-Known Member

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    Mesas are bigger. Especially the Oversized (which I believe is actually the recto) cab.

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    The Traditional (Stiletto) cab is closer to a Marshall-sized cab.
     
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    Yeah the Mesa cabs are bigger, and have a little bit more bass.
     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands Well-Known Member

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    I do find the concept of the Oversized cab being for the recto very strange...

    You have a cab designed to add more lows... To an amp that's already pretty fucking bassy and muddy on it's own... :wtf:

    Am I missing something? :lol:
     
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    The @1999 Mesa Boogie 2x12 v30s cab is "outstanding"!! It just rips with either of my Marshalls (JCM900 el34 & JCM2000 TSL60)
     
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    Thanks guys! I actually went and tested them both out and found that the Mesa Rectifier Cab sounded really sterile and cold...the Marshall 1960av cab sang though so I went and got that one! It was used and a 2002 model, I'm not sure if that is any different than the newer ones, is it? Anyways I looooove the cabinet!
     
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    Congrats!

    Try out a 1960BV sometime. :) You will dig it too.

    David
     
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    I currently use a Mesa oversized recto with my 2203KK and have to really dial the lows out, but it des sound killer. I'm looking for a full AV/BV stack to pair with it, but people on CL seem to be retarded with what they think these cabs are worth around here....
     
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    I've owned both cabs at the same time and ended up selling the Marshall. It sounded fine but the Mesa seemed tighter for high gain stuff. The Mesa was built better but the Marshall was beautiful with the vintage checkered look.
     
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    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nt_X-LGckZw"]Guitar Cabinets IR shootout comparison / Red Wirez / - YouTube[/ame]

    not sure if this is of any interest, shows the same riff through various speaker cabs
     
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    mickeydg5 Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Amazing how they, the V30s, sound different for each. I am not familiar with the term IR and it makes me wonder exactly how each was recorded.

    I like the Vintage best. The Greens are nice too. I guess after you settle on speakers with your rig it then becomes about settings and dialing in the tone you like best.
     
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    I preferred the Engl cab.
     
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    I just got a early 2000's Mesa recto 2x12 cab. Put my 85', g12t75's in it. I'm totally disappointed. Just a muddy mess with both my JCM 800's. Still have my 85' Marshall 4x12. It is like a mad barking dog in comparison to the mesa cab. I got a good deal on the Mesa cab so I'll sell it I guess.
     

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