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To 4x12 or to not 4x12....that is the question

RichSZ

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I must be crazy.

Reality tells me I could never use a 4x12 in any of the gigs or band things I do. But damn, I want one. I want one BAD! And I want a good one.

I'm thinking a StoneAge or Mojo loaded with the new Heritage G12-65s. That would be a helluva cab for home use. And I think it would be a good all around cab with the 65's. Opinions?

Anybody else own a 4x12 simply for home use?

-Rich
 

Guitar James

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BTW I use a 4x12 all the time at home and never have any problems, it depends more on how good the master is on your amp.
 

BadAssBill

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I'm going to get one someday as well...but, I want a beater. IMHO no use pouring all that money into something I can't use often. I'll get a beater for around $200, and if I need to I can change the speakers over time. I love my 2x12, but nothing like the punch of a 4x12.
 

Kidcactus

Member
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I'm in the process of putting a 4-12 cab together for home use as I play in Church thru a 1-12 cab at low volume. I haven't owned a 4-12 for a few years but the itch to have one over whelmed me. I picked up a Germino straight cab and am waiting for my last 2 speakers to arrive. I'm loading it with Celestion Heritage G12m 20 watt speakers. If I have to move it, it'll probably be from the bedroom to the garage. I have 3 2-12 cabs but the thought of a 4-12 has been in the back of my mind for a long time. Go for it!
 

908SSP

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The only question in my mind is do you have the room for it? I have 5 and they never leave my play room. I play them all now and then a couple I play nearly every day. I think that 100 watt cab is all you will ever need plus they sound better to me at lower volumes then anything more.
 

wsaraceni

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i dont think i've ever gone to a show where i've seen a band with a 4x12 and the rest of the PA and audience couldnt keep up with it. loud maybe, but it is rock, it doesnt have to be quiet. how small of a venue is it to not let you crank an amp into a 4x12?
 

Crewchief

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I use a 4X12 at home and do not gig at the moment. I have my "play" room that is roughly 10'x12' and my wife can still watch TV in the living room comfortably while I practice at moderate volumes.
 

jamison162

Member
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What about 2 - 2x12's. I was just thinking what 2 of the Wave 212 Cabs would sound like vs. the 412 Wave.

My Avatar Vintage is a great sounding cab, it's open back though.
But..the Shiva ported 1x12 with Classic Lead 80 is so much bigger sounding. That's why I picked up the Wave.

I'll be danged if I'm gonna end up with a 412 by the time it's over with - or is it ever really over?
 

EADGBE

Senior Member
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Anybody else own a 4x12 simply for home use?
I play my Marshall 1960 4x12 at home all of the time. (Or at least before 10:00 PM :rotflmao). Anyway I think a good 4x12 is a great musical investment. Nothing else sounds like them. I'd also like to own a greenback and vintage 30 4x12.
 

spookybonus

Member
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587
for home use i use two 4x12's a 2x12" and an old sunn folded 18"...my band doesn't use a bass player so i cover the low end as well....

i think you can handle a 4x12" it's not scary
 

Bo Faulkner

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Would the differences in 4 vs. 2 translate through the mix of a pa? My highest volume playing at the moment is at my Church! I use a Club 40 dimed with a long speaker cable and the 2x12 in the back room miced up.. I too have lusted a 4x12 but havent been sure if it would make that much difference in the PA when all is said and done
 

Nomadgtr

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It might not make much of a difference for a church gig but if you're playing rock it does make a difference. I have a StoneAge 4x12 that I play at home and gig with. I just played a gig two weeks ago with it and had no problems with the PA mix at all. We were doing rock and blues and it worked out just fine. I just love the wallop a 4x12 delivers!
 

mesanatic

Member
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667
You have to have at least one! I'm not good for advice on this subject though since my 4 cabs are all 4x12. I had 6 but sold 2. I play then at home much more than my combos. They sound nice, and full.

I've used my Marshall G1265 cab with all my amps. Great speakers.
 




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