10" speakers vs. 12" speakers

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by seventhson, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. seventhson

    seventhson Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    I've always wondered why (for vintage rock tone), 10" speakers seem so popular whereas guitar cabs are primarily loaded with 12" speakers. is there a theory behind "less is more" when it comes to bass cab speakers?

    the reason why i ask is that the guitar player in our band and me are switching instruments for a lot of songs, and i'd rather not play through his rig (which i currently do) and just have my own setup where i can play bass or guitar through.

    i'm thinking about using a 4x12 guitar cab and a radial headbone head switcher. but i guess i could also use my bergie 6x10. apart from checking it out and using my ears (which i will do), does anyone have any well formed opinions on the matter?
  2. billfitzmaurice

    billfitzmaurice Commercial User

    Sep 15, 2004
    New Hampshire
    Owner, Bill Fitzmaurice Loudspeaker Design
    Because the SVT was loaded with tens and the Fender Twin, Marshall stack and Vox AC30 were loaded with twelves. Really. Once a standard is set, be it a good standard or not, it's still a standard. All things considered tens would be better for guitar, twelves better for bass, assuming they're designed for the application.
  3. seventhson

    seventhson Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    too funny...thanks for the edumacation!

    at home i play my bass through the clean channel of a Peavey 5150 II half stack and it sounds fine. just for ****s and grins i'm going to see if i can dial in a nice guitar tone through my SVT rig to see if i could get by with that. I mean SRV often played through a fender bassman, so why not?
  4. toobalicious


    May 6, 2008
    triad, nc
    the 'stones used SVTs for awhile.

  5. DanielleMuscato


    Jun 19, 2004
    Columbia, Missouri, USA
    Endorsing Artist, Schroeder Cabinets
    Why not both? :)


    Schro 1210