So… the bigger the better, right? Well… not always
Who doesn’t love the look of a full stack!! I play in an AC/DC tribute band so.. I have to have a full stack, the problem… is the size and the loudness of a full stack.
Getting my first 4×10 can was all around size, weight and loudness. But… I sort of fell in love with them.
The past few gigs except the last one.. I’ve been using the Marshall 1965A and B cabs, because I needed to load and offload quickly, and these are very light! I had used them in the studio for rehearsal and the sound was pretty great, maybe a bit thinner than a 4×12 but all the other condiments were there. When I went to use them live… with the rest of the band, I was impressed….
These cabs as they are a little less on the bass side.. the sound is more defined and less flubby… I could hear my guitar much clearer than usual even though it was the same volume, this because 10” speakers just cut through the mix better, why? I don’t really know the physics, but I can probably guess.
The 12” speakers need more power to move air, their magnets are bigger and the cones are bigger, the louder you go.. the less clear the sound gets, of course.. there’s a sweet-spot, you need loudness and you need to move air to get a decent sound, but… playing too loud will give you ear fatigue and by the end of the gig you’ll struggle to hear yourself. Unless you have a professional sound guy helping you out.
I have now bought another set of 1965A and B and I’ve sold 4 of the 4x12s that I had, keeping only one.. a B with blackbacks and a 1960AX.
All I can say is… try them out, they fit much better in your car, they take less space in the pub so the “stage” can feel a bit more roomy.
This was my rig a couple of weekends ago. It looks awesome! And sounds incredible
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