Rig Downsize- Rt. 66 + which 1X12 cab/speaker?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Anthony Gring, Jan 6, 2006.

  1. Anthony Gring

    Anthony Gring Silver Supporting Member

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    I've made the decision to have a downsized rig option in my life. I have a Z Rt. 66 head and use it w/ a ZBest 2X12 cab loaded w/ RI Greenbacks. I do classic rock and blues with Strat and Tele and a large pedal board. With this rig I can cover tones I need from clean to OD/dist. I'm real happy with it BUT, there are times when I really don't NEED ( or want to carry ) that 2X12. So I'm looking for the ultimate 1X12 cab and perfect speaker to get my tones from the 66 and a 1X12. I'm not sure as to look into having a custom 1X12 cab made or buying pre-built ( Dr. Z etc. ) FYI Rt. 66 is rated at 32 watts so I'm not sure a single Greenback would handle it. Also, I know a 2X12 closed back cab like my ZBest will sound different compared to a 1X12 open ( or semi-open ) back cab. I like bottom end and " large sounding" from my speakers and the 2X12 Zbest I have delivers this well. What 1X12 cab and speaker will get me close to the same sound ??? Thanks so much for your thoughts. t
     
  2. HeeHaw

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    I just agreed to buy an Avatar 1x12 from a forumite. I'm going to try it with a Scumback 60 watt rated speaker. I'll let you know how it sounds when it all arrives.
     
  3. onemind

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    TR112 (Two-Rock) makes an excellent choice. Many people like the "tight bottom" sound of a Bogner Cube.
     
  4. Roe

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    if your not going for a ported cab (because of the big and bassy sound), I'd recommend a 3 piece back so you can switch from closed to semi-open back.

    speakers:
    g12m types - great for closed cabs. try a southbay/scumback sa12m hp (65w)
    g12h types - great for open and cloes cabs. try a southbay/scumback sa12h hp (65w).
    If you want a darker and smoother tone (more bass and low mids and less treble) - go with the bass cone (55hz). the g12h55 is much more popular than the g12m55. the g12h-55 are great for strats.
    g12h/sa12h speakers are louder and more aggressive (harder attack) than g12m/sa12m speakers.
     
  5. The Whiz

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    I'd go with an unloaded CAE ported 1x12 (identical to bogner cube) and put a ceramic 50 watt Weber Blue Dog with mild doping in it.
     
  6. katuna

    katuna Silver Supporting Member

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    Dr Z once recommended a Fane Alnico as a good 1 X speaker for that amp
     
  7. gmanrickyt

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    Z 1x12 cabinet sounds great with a Rt66. I had that setup for a while. Buddy Whittington used a Z head with a 1x12 Z cabinet when I saw him and there's nothing wrong with his tone.

    Rick
     
  8. redgold

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    Bingo. I have the Fane in a ported front, oval cut in back, 1x12 bob burt cab. Very large sounding cab, the fane mates well with the 66.
     
  9. GreenTea

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    Either the Z 1x12 or the Bogner... I tried my Rt. 66 via a Z and loved it but at the time I had the 2x12 Z Best so I didn't need the 1x12. When I figured I needed a 1x12 (like you), I went back for the 1x12 Dr. Z cab and it was gone. Ended up w/the Bogner Cube. FANTASTIC box live---IF---you mike it. Anyway, that's gear that's all gone now but I did dig the Bogner Cube a lot! Speaker of your choice but, man, that 66 was a LOUD "32" watts.
     
  10. m1911

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    That's a no brainer....Get a Z 1x12 and put a Tone Tubby Hemp Cone in there. It handles 35 to 40 watts and will really cut the volume down compared to the Z-Best. Smooth at all volumes....and easy to carry.
     
  11. Tarv

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    Consider the Dr. Z 2x10!
     
  12. Zane

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    I'd check out the Z 2x10 cab ...I bought a MAZ JR combo with 2x10's & it sounds great those Z 10" speakers are the BOMB ;^)
     

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