What to look for when buying a cab

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  1. JDavidAdrihan

    JDavidAdrihan Member

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    So I am going to start saving and looking for a studio classic head and a cab. What are some things that I should be looking for in a cab for home use playing rock, hard rock and some metal? I probably will end up with a cab before the head so I would also like to run my Vox AC10 through it and see how that sounds.

    Thanks for any info.

    John
     
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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    I'm a fan of 2x12 cabs it gets the right sound, 1x12 too small and 4x12 too big. As far as speakers, theres so many to choose from youre gonna have to read up on whats what to decide whats best for you. I'm a fan of Celestion specifically the G12T75 and G12M greenback but theres lots of companies to choose from.
     
  3. netlocal

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    Anything that says Marshall on it.

    But I don’t believe you can get by with only one:hbang:
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    netlocal Well-Known Member

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    On second thought...

    Studio Classic?

    This...
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    I too would go for a 2-12" and a very good deal in from Eminence. It's what I look for in a cab, 2-12", open and closed back, stereo and mono, front loading. It's very well made and $199 without speakers. My go to set up is a V30 & G12H-75, but in this cab I'm going with WGS speakers. I'm trying the ET65 (Creamback) and a Retro 30 (Better V30) We'll see how this works out. Eminence will load the cabinet with their speakers for no charge, if you know what you want. There are 2 cabs by Peavey that are very good deals from Sweetwater, as well as others. One is the 2-12" Invective w/ V30 & 75w CB, the other is a 2-12" w/ 2 Greenback's in it for under $500 (stereo / mono & open / closed) great cab.
     
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  6. Fierce_Carrot

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    In my decades of playing I have owned everything from an 8x10 Marshall (loud as hell and heavy as F*CK) to a number of 4x12 and 2x12 cabs from any number of makers including Marshall, Matchless, Soldano and Fender. I am a firm believer in 2x12 cabs for sound as it gives me that bottom end a 1x12 just can't do. I recently got a Marshall DSL20H head and was running it thru my Soldano and decided I wanted TWO 1x12 speaker cabs for it as I just got tired of carrying 80 pounds around when going out to jam. I had heard of Harley Benton the last couple of years and did an awful lot of research and seldom heard a bad word on any of their products.
    https://m.thomannmusic.com/index.html

    I couldn't believe my eyes when looking at the prices for their 1x12 and 2x12 cabinets!
    https://m.thomannmusic.com/harley_benton_g112_vintage.htm?o=1&search=1573332680

    https://m.thomannmusic.com/harley_benton_g212_vintage.htm?o=0&search=1573332736

    You can't even buy the Celestion speakers alone for the price of these cabinets and speakers. I decided what the hell, go for it, if the cabs are bad I can always source them from another website.

    I received my Two 1x12 Harley Bentons and am totally knocked out. Structurally, they are every bit as good and durable as any "name" brand out there and the sound is incredible. Total cost from Germany to my front door in Iowa was cost of the cabs and a flat rate of $33 dollars shipping and had them in under a week!

    I am done paying too high prices for a name on the front of anything and instead look at what I am buying and this was/is an outstanding deal in every way. I highly recommend them!
     
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    Go 4x12... It just sounds better !!
     
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    They definitely do, but if you have to move them, it's a far different story.
     
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    Very true...
     
  10. Kinkless Tetrode

    Kinkless Tetrode Well-Known Member

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    This is why at home players should own at least one good 4x12. For gigging a good 2x12 is more practical in most cases.
     
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    I built a 1x12 open back from pine board, and bought a 2x12 Marshall style open back from Veteran Guitar Cabinets in Trenton Ontario. The 1x12 cost me about 100 in wood and hardware; the 2x12 cost about $250. They're both as good as any name brand, although the 2x12 sounds a lot bigger.
     
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    Anyone who is willing to ship gets first look.
     
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    2x12 is fine.. are you planning to get an unloaded cab?

    I would go for 5-ply birch cab instead of MDF... MDF is heavy as fuck....

    I had an mx212 cab (MDF) and it was heavy... Got a cheap Boogera 2x12 (ply) and it was much easier to haul around due to its lighter weight....
     
  14. MemphisMarshallMan

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    I have owned dozens of speaker cabs in all flavors in my lifetime.

    If I were starting again buying cabs I would always buy used gear. Typically the speakers are already broken in and the money saved by buying used instead of new can be spent on customization.

    Although I use 412's for home use or leaving at the rehearsal studio, my preference for live gigging are 212's because of lighter weight and space savings in the truck. I like the Marshall 1936 cabs loaded with celestion neo creambacks but there are lots of other brands that also sound great.
     
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    Buy used, look for a 212.
     
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    If you can move it and transport it - go for a 4x12 - preferably one loaded with V30 speakers (or just about anything OTHER than the G12T75s that are often standard fitment in these cabs - but I don't want to open up yet another debate about speakers!)

    4x12s sound MUCH better than 2x12s, and if they are on wheels, are not that hard to move about. Yes they are big, but they are only 2" deeper than a 1936 2x12 cab and only 6" taller! The width is the same.

    I use a 2x12 cab (with V30s) if I have to, for tiny venues (or upstairs!), but for anywhere else, it is the 4x12. People think 4x12s have to be loud, but even at low volumes they sound better than a 2x12!
     

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