4x10/head recommendations?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by project_c, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. project_c


    May 8, 2008
    London, UK
    I know this is a big question, so I'm just after some general ideas / recommendations for now, I'm about to venture away from combo's and into the world of heads/cabs for the first time, and I'd like to hear what people here would recommend. I can only fit a 4x10 into my car, but I'd like to get as much beef within this setup as possible. Richness of tone and versatility are more important than volume for now.

    My requirements are:
    - I'm looking for a 'proper', giggable setup with a serious sound
    - Needs to suit funky fingerstyle and growly punk stuff, and anything in between..
    - Weight needs to be manageable, I'm a shortass (but I'm not weak)
    - Tone needs to compliment fingerstyle and pick for both a Jazz bass and a Corvette $$. This means ideally a fairly flat and uncoloured response for the Warwick which is already full of character, but also a complimentary sound for the Jazz bass, which tends to sound a little dry on its' own.
    - Price - I'm keeping my options open for now, I would love to spend not very much, but I'd like something that will keep me happy for a while, so I'd rather spend more now than regret buying budget equipment 6 months down the line.

    Any suggestions / ideas would be welcome, thanks in advance for the help.
  2. JMDT


    Jan 30, 2008
    Louisville, Ky
    From the sound you are looking for, it seems to me like a 212 may be a bit better suited for you than a 410 and they are usually in the same sized box. 212's just sound amazing for fingerstyle applications which looks like you playing style.

    For a cheaper 212 cab look at an Avatar 212.


    For a great sounding 212, look at the Eden D212XLT


    My two favorite inexpensive heads right now are:

    The Markbass LMII:


    And the Genz-Benz Shuttle 6.0:


    I like the LMII a bit better, but I am also planning to buy a shuttle as well for a bit different sound. I wouls try them both and see which you like better.
  3. project_c


    May 8, 2008
    London, UK
    thanks for that, i haven't considered a 212 yet - do you think a 212 will also be sufficient for more aggressive styles (played with a pick) too?
  4. JMDT


    Jan 30, 2008
    Louisville, Ky
    I don't use a pick personally, but I heard a friend of mine play a pick through 12's two weeks ago and it sounded great.

    12's aren't quite as punchy as 10's, but its not that much of a difference IMHO. A 212 will have about 80% of the volume of a 410, but will actually go lower and produce more lowend (assuming all other things are equal; the Eden 212 can out do many other companies 410's in volume). Also the thing I like about 212's is that they also weigh less than a 410, usually around 75%.

    I look at a 212 as a happy medium between a 15 and a 410. It has the bass like a 15, but the punch like a 410.

    My best advice is to try as many cabs as you can, but this isn't always possible.
  5. KsPiNeSh


    Mar 28, 2008
    Kansas City
    I personally went from a 410 cab to a 212 and have not looked back. My 212 (the Genz Ben NEOX-212T) is very punchy and has a lot more rumble than the 410, and I also use it for fingerstyle and picking sounds. It is also about 40 pounds lighter :)... love it.