I believe in using the right tools for the job and I’m not talking about needing a ’64 strat for that blues gig. If you are playing in a small club, you shouldn’t take a full stack, if you are doing a metal-gig, you’re not going to use a Deluxe Reverb. The same goes for cabinets and that’s why I have something for every occasion. So you need some options in the cab-department as well.
I have owned and tried a lot of cabinets and I think I now own something for every occasion and the best that is out there. It has taken me some time and money to get these but there is no gig for which I can take the ideal cab.
Ask people what are the best 1×12 cabs out there and there’s a big chance they will mention the Bogner Cubes. I heard them many years ago with a rack system and I knew I had to buy some. So I snagged these 2nd hand and they sound killer. They work perfectly for my stereo rack setup but also sound amazing with other amps. They are loaded with Celestion Vintage30 that have been played a lot and LOUD. They sound a lot bigger then you’d expect and are very easy to mic up for live or recording use. They might not look very rock ‘n’ roll but they sure sound like rawk ‘n’ roll!
Throughout the years, I have owned a lot of 2×12 and some I liked and some not that much. A couple of months after buying the Elmwood head, I was able to get the matching 2×12 and that is a great combination. The 2×12 is a tall and small one and that works really well when gigging. It’s loaded with Vintage30 speakers. I still have a couple of old Celestion G12-65s laying around, I will buy a cab for them one day, not sure yet which one though.
The best cab I own and have ever played is my 1973 Marshall 4×12 loaded with the original Celestion Greenbacks. This cab came with the JMP Bass and has the speakers with bass cone so they can handle more low end and supposedly sound a bit darker. I have yet to find an amp that does not sound stellar through this cab. It is still in very good shape and definitely in MUCH better shape then me although we’re from the same year I use it live whenever I can and it sounds HUGE and fat. As with their amps, the people at Marshall did things right 40 years ago!!