Cabinet question

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by JessyB96, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. JessyB96


    Dec 14, 2008
    Alberta Canada
    Okay I'm getting a new amp a Mesa Big Block 750 head which i will be running into 2 600 watt@8ohm cabinets. At least one will be a Mesa powerhouse 2x10 the second will be either another 2x10 or a 1x15. Since I'm using 2 8ohm cabinets there will be 550 watts delivered to each of them. I'm just asking for advice on opinions for which set to get the two powerhouse 2x10's or a single powerhouse 2x10 and a single powerhouse 1x15. The music i play is almost jazz style bass meant to compliment a drummer who does a lot of double kick galloping and i also have a rhythm guitarist who does a lot of chugging galloping or ringing power chords and a guitarist who does a lot of Synyster Gates harmonizing leads and harmonic fills. Also i play primarily a Gibson Thunderbird bass.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated and i hopefully the information I've given will help on giving me advice.
  2. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    From the Mesa website:
    750 Watts @ 2 Ohms (550 @ 4, 280 @ 8), Simul-State Power / 12 Tube Driven Power MOSFET's, 4x12AX7

    It looks like 550w total, 275w to each cab @ 4 ohms. The 600w cabs should be fine since you'll get peaks a lot higher than the 275w.

    Still should be a great amp.

    I would go with the 1x15 to round out the tone.
  3. JessyB96


    Dec 14, 2008
    Alberta Canada
    I thought when you ran 2 cabs parallel they both got the full wattage at those ohms in this case 550 at 4 and they would only get 275 if they were ran in series. At least that's what i gathered from the manual but i could very well could be completely wrong
  4. Implosion

    Implosion Guest

    Oct 19, 2007
    Nope. In 4 ohm parallel the amp puts out a total of 550 W and that splits into 275W for each cab. If you were to connect your cabs in series you would have a load of 16 ohms and with that the amp would put out about 200 W and that would split into about 100 W for each cab.
  5. JessyB96


    Dec 14, 2008
    Alberta Canada
    thanks for setting me straight