1x12 Combos Rock, Bring 'em on!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by DiPa, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. Viper 900

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    My humble jcm900 mk3 100w. I’ve owned top end stuff but this is the amp for me. No frills, just good tones and light enough for a one hand lift.

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    Suhr Badger 18 Combo . Very cool amp.
     
  3. 67blackcherry

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    This sexy little beast, my Mark 5:35 with matching 1x12 cab, both in Bordeaux Wine Red & Wicker...

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    buddaman71 Student of Life Silver Supporting Member

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    That’s fantastic. I’ve always loved the look of a combo on a matching extension cabinet.
     
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  5. teefus

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    i have been using a mesa studio 22+ for about 8 or 10 months now. great little grab and go combo that will flat take your head off. i keep thinking about upgrading to a mark II or III but the only thing i will get is a little less hiss and a bit more volume. more gain than i will ever need and great clean tones tour.
     
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  7. Don A

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    I just bought this Dr. Z cure last weekend. It's responsive to the guitar's volume control like my tweed Deluxe clone, but is a little tighter. The adjustable, footswitchable tonestack bypass is great. The amp is great with a Telecaster.

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    This is great with a Tele too!

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    This is better with humbuckers-
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  10. mobius

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    Not trying to "catch you out", just an honest question:

    What if the 1x12 cab in the head+cab was the exact same cab as the combo? Does the combo has an inherent drawback/limitation?
     
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    That’s impressive! So two questions:

    1. What type of music do you play?
    2. Which amp is your favorite, and why?

    Sorry, that’s technically three questions...
     
  12. DiPa

    DiPa Constant GAS Silver Supporting Member

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    I didn’t realize there were quite a lot of players using 1x12s, it for sure has a spot on the gear chain.
     
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    :) no worries, I don't mind explaining myself. I realize there are exceptions to everything, but I am speaking in general terms.

    I think there are three main elements at play with many 1x12 combos. Small cabinets (to make them easier to transport), cabinet/amp rattle and under spec'd speakers.

    If the cab is the same size as a combo, it will sound more or less the same, but you may not get the rattling of amp components as much.

    Most 1x12 cabs (besides those tiny cube types) I have seen are larger than most 1x12 combos, and have the cabinets could be closed, ported, semi or open back. Less compromise then building a combo. As well, besides the Mesa Mark II, III and IV series, most combos do not have speakers that can REALLY handle power of their amps. (never tried a MK1, and the MK5 seems to have gone another direction for speakers, but I am no Mesa expert)

    I have played my 100 watt head through a V Boutique 1x12 oversized cabinet with a Celestion Redback in a loud rehearsal and it totally held up, but...that is a serious speaker.

    Besides specific situations, where you want that vintage "amp exploding" tone, I do not like that "amp bottoming out" "speaker crapping out" "tiny wooden box shaking it's screws loose" sound.
     
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  15. mobius

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    You’re absolutely right, Yeah I get all those points.

    A combo can still connect to an external speaker if diming is required, I don’t know I definitely have a soft spot for them :)

    I’m looking for a new combo right now, between the DRRI, DSL40CR, and the AC30S1 they’re all pretty big cabinets!
     
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    I get the allure, hell, I made a huge leap for the sake of transportability myself too. My 2 cents is make sure it is well screwed/glued together, and the speaker is REALLY up to the task. No weak sister Jensen speakers, crapping the bed.
     
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    Only pic I have handy of it, but here ya go.
     
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    My tried & true classic...'65 DRRI:

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    Thanks! I play classic rock, pop, and alternative mainly. I don't really have a favorite but I would say the Deluxe Reverb is probably the most versatile, especially with pedals.
     
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    This is my Clark Webster, which uses the Fender Harvard 5F10 circuit. This one has a deluxe cabinet with a 12” Weber Alnico speaker and it sounds great, especially with a Telecaster. Clark’s workmanship is top-notch, and the lacquered tweed is beautiful.

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