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What cab for a dual recto???
Old 7th September 2007
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What cab for a dual recto???

hi guys,

whats the best cab to run a mesa dual recto through? ive heard the marshall cabs get rid of that nasty hi end fizz these amps throw out. or would i be better off getting a mesa cab for the job. a 4x12 is a bit big, would a 2x12 do the same job?

thanks in advance!
Old 7th September 2007
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hi guys,

whats the best cab to run a mesa dual recto through? ive heard the marshall cabs get rid of that nasty hi end fizz these amps throw out. or would i be better off getting a mesa cab for the job. a 4x12 is a bit big, would a 2x12 do the same job?

thanks in advance!
Mesa cabs are definitely smoother than marshall ones, they feature a customized version of the celestion Vintage 30 wich sounds, IMO, way darker than the original. They are among the best guitar cabs I've tried so far and a great match for Dual Rectos and their hi end fizz.

Talking marshall, the first thing I would say is... stay away from the GT-75 cones especially if you got a Recto. A 1960 Vintage would be good, airy but still a little bit fizzy.

I had a guitar session some time ago and I recorded both cabs with two Rectos feeding the loop return of the second head with the loop send of the first. I may post some clips if you are interested.

About the 2x12, 4x12 thing the answer is definitely NO, they do sound very different. The 4x12 is mid-forward with a well defined bottom end whilst the 2x12 is more on the boomy side. When I had a 2x12 I used to pass a lot of time eq-ing the lows especially on single note resonances until I swithced to a 4x12 and everything naturally falled into place.

I'm not saing that the 2x12 is a bad cab but with a Recto...4x12 is the way to go! thumbsup

PS I recently A/B-ed a mesa and a kock, both 2x12, at a guitar center with a Mesa Nomad 45 head and the kock was the clear winner. More mids, more air less congested bottom end. If you have the chance give it a try, it could be a good alternative.
Old 7th September 2007
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Funny, I think the mesa 2x12 is one of the best cabinets out there. I use it all the time with a variety of boutique heads and it always delivers. For my money it's great setup with a dual rec.
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Funny, I think the mesa 2x12 is one of the best cabinets out there. I use it all the time with a variety of boutique heads and it always delivers. For my money it's great setup with a dual rec.
And it is...I like it for certain things but as always in music, good (or even great) dosen't mean suited for all the situations.
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FWIW, I've yet to pass a head through the Peavey XXX cab that didn't sound great.
Old 7th September 2007
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Sounds like the classic, "it hurts when I raise my arm" senario.

Try a different amp.

Jim Williams
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