Most tone-conscious guitarists are well aware that virtually everything that touches their rig plays a part in the sonic equation. Even among that cadre, however, relatively few put a lot of thought into the significance of the speaker cabinet. Plugging the same guitar and amp into two significantly different designs loaded with even the same speaker s can be like night and day. Some cab designs might utterly destroy your tone, while others might make a particular amp sound better than you ever imagined it could.
And number two, your ears are going to play tricks on you. The only way to make progress with speakers and cabinets is to compare to a known reference. Even when loaded with the exact same speaker seach of these different types of cabs will result in a distinct variation in your sonic signature.
Birch plywood is more rigid than solid softwoods like pine, the most common such choice, or cedar, which is used occasionally. As a result, cabs made with this material tend to have a firm, punchy response with good clarity and good projection. Note that cabs are also made from other types of engineered wood: chipboard, MDF and inferior ply types. Birch Ply, however, and particularly void-free Baltic birch ply, is the elite of ply-built cab woods.
To evaluate the difference between the two types — say, in identically constructed cabs, one with the back entirely closed off, the other with panels across the top and bottom only and the middle third open — you need to consider the fact that a moving speaker cone produces sound from its back as well as its front, but that the sound waves emanating from the back side are reverse-phase of those emanating from the front.
The result is usually heard as a warmer, more low-end-heavy tone from the closed-back cab and a more broad-spectrum tone from its open-back sibling. Closed-back cabs are also often known for an aggressive midrange punch. The objective here is to carefully engineer the port design to blend a little of everything the speaker produces in a careful and calculated way — rather than the semi-random blending of most standard open-back cabs — for a result that positively enhances your overall tone.
Most carefully designed and well-constructed ported cabs thus blend the characteristics of good open- and closed-back cabs. They tend to offer full lows, good warmth and chunky mids, and a healthy dose of open-back-style shimmer and dimensionality. Do be aware, though, that in addition to all of the above, the size of any speaker cabinet also plays a big part in its sound. As a rule of thumb, the larger the cab, the fuller the low end. Many makers using compact cab designs help to make up for this by adding extra depth to smaller cabs, which does generally help to bolster the low end and allow small cabs to sound fuller in general.
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The old 1x12 Vs 2x12 vs 4x12 debate May 19, 1. Messages: First off to keep things simple lets just talk about running one cab only.
I will always prefer to split cabs but thats not what i want to get peoples thoughts on I myself have always preferred to play lower watt tube amps into 4x12 at a good size bar venue and when outside or in a large hall jumping up to the 50 or watt head.
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I do not like playing overly loud and a good understanding about sound dispersement. I believe that the PA system should be used to carry the majority of the sound to the audience. I have seen to many guitar players with high quality gear sound like crap because they felt powering there big heads and cabs up is the best way to get good tone.
With out realizing when doing this it sounds like a big muddy mix after 25 feet or so. So i always run through the PA. But i still feel the big cab gives me better tone even when mic'd and running through the PA system. I have some friends that feel i could get the same tone from a 2x12 or 2x10 or even a 1x What is your opinion on this? Do you feel you get the same quality tone from a 1x12 or 2x12 when using a mic as you can from the big 4x12?
DipintoplayerMay 19, May 19, 2. Messages: 1, I would think if your micing your cab, you are micing only 1 speaker, so why bother with having 3 more? I'm sure there is a tone difference between a 1X12 and a 4X12 even when micing but not enough to matter I wouldn't think. I'm sure you could tell the difference on stage though. May 19, 3.How to Build a Solid-Pine Head for a Fender Twin Reverb with Dovetails
Messages: 4, You might be micing one speaker, but a smaller cabinet won't have the same resonant frequency as the larger cabinet. ZingerooMay 19, May 19, 4.
The old 1x12 Vs 2x12 vs 4x12 debate...
Messages: 8, May 19, 5. Messages: 7, The tones are different but not different enough to warrant hauling a 4x12 around to play at living room levels so as to not overpower the PA which is doing the work. Audience doesn't seem to mind either, which is the 1 consideration.
May 20, 6. Like with internal combustion engines, there's no replacement for displacement!!! ZingerooMay 20, May 20, 7. Messages: 5, I think a smaller 2X12 Marshall styled cab is the way to go.Top of Page 1 x 12 Cabs 2 x 12 Cabs 4 x 12 Cabs. Get the most from your Victory amp with our exceptional cabs.
Why choose anything less for your Victory amplifier? Celestion regard it as a 'more powerful Greenback' and that is the perfect description. Expect that classic, 'woody' tone and feel to add colour to your medium gain sounds, with a little speaker breakup to boot… albeit with a full 65 watts power handling which is 40 more than the standard Greenback.
It has more colour to the tone overall, a looser bottom end and breaks up earlier. We think it works perfectly with the V40's unique dynamic and feel.
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Narrow Panel Champ TV F ront Champ Narrow Panel Princeton Narrow Panel DeluxeBy Danny Trent Guitar Accessories. Last Updated on July 3rd, In studios and on big stages, only one of those four to eight speakers is going to get miced up anyway. I came across Seismic Audio some time ago, and I love their approach to music equipment in general, but especially their guitar cabs. They mostly sell unloaded cabinets, aimed at happy shed bodgerers to create their wildest amplifying desires; This is actually the only one they sell that includes speakers.
And, as I always say, you get what you pay for. Ordinarily, the first thing you look at in a cab is the speakers. These are unbranded. Mmm… make of that what you will. I think it enforces my last point. A brand like Marshall will have a large number of cabs available, and this is their cheaper one.
They tout it as being suitable for any kind of a head. Specifying their own ones of course! The reason this costs a little more than the Seismic Audio cab we just looked at, is the inclusion of Celestion speakers. The latter point, in particular, will have a big impact on the production costs. While this cab will certainly handle any type of head, I feel like it would be favored by hard rocking guitarists.
Much like Marshall, Orange is another quintessentially British brand, famed for a quintessentially British tone, especially that of a crunchy blues-rock nature. Like the Marshall, the Orange cab uses Celestion speakers. That brief experience aside, Engl is a higher end of amp manufacturer, based in Germany.
That alone gives some clues as to the direction their equipment takes: proudly made in Germany, utilizing the precision and engineering that Germany is renowned for, for heavy music that is also pretty easy to associate with the country.
This is a stereo cab so that you can have a little bit more fun with that.The guitar community has a major predisposition against anything made from plywood.
That thinking seems to carry over to the arena of combo and speaker cabinets, too, where the cab made from solid wood—commonly pine—is often considered king of the heap, tone-wise. But does a solidpine cab really deliver optimum sonic goodness in all situations? Gibson and other great makers of early American tube amps also frequently used solid pine, or sometimes other sturdy softwoods with comparable weight, strength, and density, and plenty of new makers follow suit.
The sonic splendor of many of these amps themselves has contributed to the pine mystique: a tweed Bassman sounds phenomenal, and it has a pine cab—ipso facto pine cabs must sound phenomenal.
The wood from which a cab is made plays a significant role in determining its sound, and a selection of cabs made to the same dimensions and loaded with the same speakers, but constructed from different types of wood, will all sound subtly different. If, on the other hand, it works against it—producing unflattering resonant peaks—it might contribute to a slightly blurry or dissonant tone.
A good plywood cab, on the other hand, has plenty of desirable properties working for it, too. The best such cabs are generally made from ply Baltic birch, which is dense, rigid, and has a good bending strength before breaking. The firmness of such cabs translates to a tight, clear, punchy tone—relatively speaking—which benefits clarity, articulation, and the ability to push the sound at you. Such cabs tend to deliver a more uncolored picture of the sound of the speaker itself, although they do toss their own resonance into the brew.
Vintage Vox and Marshall cabs, to name just two, were made from Baltic birch ply, so this wood has long earned kudos in the tone stakes.
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Cabinets made from poor or indifferent varieties of plywood, or from MDF or particleboard, can often sound somewhat dead or dull although with the right speakers they might also surprise you. Guitar Aficionado.The cabinet you choose for your guitar speakers affect your performance greatly.
To make the right decision and choosing the appropriate one is not as easy as it may sound. Several factors should be considered to order to make the right buying decision. These are available in a number of different options in various colors and they also vary in design and functionality. The type of enclosure you are using also affects the sound performance. Well, most of the players prefer to go for the cabinets that the manufacturer suggests for the amplifier but if you want to be more creative with your performance, you can choose another one.
For that, first, you should have some basic knowledge about different designs of Cabinets. We are here to help you understand how different designs can affect your performance and it would help you to make the right selection.
The guitar speaker cabinets are designed by the professionals for producing accurate and enhanced sound. Factors like room coverage and speaker size are kept in mind for designing perfect cabinets. There are certain models that are designed for providing an amazing combination of comfort and better sonic characteristics.
The Guitar Cabinets come in both open back and closed back design. Each has its own benefits. For instance, the open back cabinets offer proper placement of electronic components and keep them cool through proper venting.
Some cabinets feature ample space and a symmetrical border for baffling the speakers. Related: Electric Guitars. The open-back cabinets are designed in such a way that they allow the sound from both the back and front side and provide an excellent effect.
The sound produced through these kinds of cabinets is less focused and the degree effect blooms the notes. If you choose one with large size, this effect would also be amplified.
These kinds of cabinets are more suitable for small stage and rehearsals. However, in the studio settings where mics are placed at different spots around the cabinet, you will have multiple sonic options.