Advice on Changing Combo to Head/Cab

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by GoodGAS, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. GoodGAS

    GoodGAS Supporting Member

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    Hey TGP buddies....
    Would appreciate your thoughts on the tonal impact of changing a 1x12 combo to a head/cab config.

    To be specific, I have BadCat Custom Shop A/B 50 that is my only combo rig and as much as I dig playing it, the thing is handful to carry - comes in at about 80lbs! So was thinking I might pull the chassis out and drop it into a head cab and just use the combo cab as my speaker cab. My concern is that this will negatively impact the great tones this amp delivers.

    Apprciate hearing from ya'll!
     
  2. FFTT

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    The cool thing about Bad Cats is that you get a different amp depending on your choice of speaker enclosure and can tweak it further changing tubes.

    You might want to write James at Bad Cat to see if he might be able to come up with an empty head cab for you that fits the A/B50.

    I have a deep closed back cab which delivers warmer and deeper tone
    and a semi-open back that is considerably louder and brighter, but also has
    hi efficiency drivers.

    If you want something really slick, talk to Doug at Vintone Circuits or Bob Burt at Bob Burt Custom cabs and have new solid tone wood cabinets built to match.

    You won't believe the difference a solid wood cab makes over birch ply.
     
  3. Flyin' Brian

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    I was actually thinking of doing that to my Victoria Regal II, but couldn't figure out how to make it look good and still have the reverb. I wouldn't want the top to look like the old Fender Bandmaster or Showman Reverb tops.
     
  4. FFTT

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    Just keep the original cab stored away for re-sale.

    I don't know about the more affordable stuff like Mojo.

    In my view, if you're going to the trouble of having a custom cab made,
    might as well do it right.

    My Hot Cat 100R sounds insanely good through my Vintone Solid Cherry
    2X12.
     
  5. FFTT

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    When you build custom, you can go top mount, angle mount or front mount.

    I always prefer front mount with an overhang for spills, just in case.
     

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