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Aguilar GS412 and Mesa PH412 cabs

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Suncat, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. Suncat

    Suncat Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 28, 2004

    I was doing some searching online for bass cabs. The choices are between a PH412 or a GS412. I don't have the luxury to hear these cabs. Just going on reviews. I need a thick low sound not a mid range sound.

    I currently use a GK 1001rb ii with an Ampeg Heritage 410hlf. The amp is too much for the Ampeg. The cab is a 4ohm cab and the gk is using 700watts @ 4ohms. The sound is not the greatest. I've read great reviews on both cabs, but since I cannot hear them in person I'll need some advice from those of you that have experience with these cabs. Which one provides the thickness? I've heard some of the DB series cabs and it wasn't what I was looking for in a cab, but I read that the GS series cab provide the lows.

    I play jazz/Latin/funk/r&b/rock with a p and j bass (passive). I think the GS412 would be ok with the gk head. At some point I will get a different amp but for the moment the gk is it till I can get some more funds to purchase a different amp. I need to resolve the cab issue first.

    What are your thoughts on this?


  2. pickles

    pickles Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    Gs412 definitely sounds great with the 1001rb. So would the powerhouse i imagine. I'd describe the Aggie as polished, smooth, fat. The ph is more rock voiced, ridged, electric. Both great. The Aggie is a lot lighter.
  3. chaosMK


    May 26, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM
    Hi-fi into an old tube amp
    I think the GS will cater to your genres better.
  4. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    Agreed. Based on everything I've ever heard about both cabs, the Aguilar GS is the one you want. Should work especially fine for all your jazz, Latin & R&B playing: very deep, round & smooth... :bassist: :cool:

  5. spector_boogie

    spector_boogie No Limit Honky

    Apr 15, 2012
    The Woodlands, TX
    I've had the PH412 and play a PH212^2 setup, and it's definitely more "mid voiced" IMO than scooped/rounded.
    I'm surprised you didn't like the DB since that's a sealed cab. My Bergantinos in the past have felt like they give way more "support" than flat out "in your face" stuff like the Mesas. But ya, if you dont want mids, don't get the PH cab lol.
  6. sevdog

    sevdog Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2008
    I used to have the PH412 and now I have a GS412. I think they're more similar than different. I had the PH412 and chose it because of the road ready capability more than anything. I only sold it when I wan't gigging and needed the money.

    Now I have a GS412. I only bought it over the PH412 because it was available locally used at the time.

    I Love 412's because of the mobility versus an 810 fridge, plus I like the fatness of them versus most 810's although I find that most good cabinets can be coaxed into sounding however I want them to.


    Buy the PH412 if you want the Road Ready stuff, I do miss that, especially the handles on the bottom of the cabinet so that when you tilt and lift you have something to grab.

    Buy the GS412 if it's around and will save you little $$$

    Both will sound good and similar when used with the same head.
  7. sevdog

    sevdog Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2008
    P.S. You may change your mind on getting rid of the GK when you get it on top of a 412...it will be an AWESOME rig.
  8. mournblade


    Nov 19, 2006
    Roanoke, TX
    The GK 4x12 is also a nice 4x12 cabinet, would go nicely with your 1001 aqnd new is several hundred cheaper than the Aggie or Mesa. I had the GK 4x12 and have the Mesa PH4x12. Only reaon I got rid of the GK is that the shelf area for the amp head was too small for my Mesa 's. Lighter by almost 30 lbs than the Mesa (going of memory here). Just one more choice to further muddy the waters.

    I have had no experience with the Aguilar, though they do make a nice looking product.