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Marshall 4x12

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by iPeter, Jan 22, 2017.

  1. iPeter


    Jan 22, 2017

    Suddenly it happened and I got to become an owner of a Marshall 1982B cab. It did happen in the exact moment when I got really really tired of my TC combo that didn't give me (lousy gitarrist transformed to bass player 5 years ago) any wibes at all. So tell me now what kind of a head I should connect to this rare thing? Would really appreciate descriptive comments of you who really tried a Marshall cab with a Aguillar, Ashdown, GK, or maybe a Marshall lead or a vintage Bassman head. Price range under 1k, since I (spoiling your day?) got this cab for free.
    The name of the most reavealing commentator will be written, in really small and with a poopy pen, at the backside of the cab, before the tolex will be redone.... ;-)

    One more thing: music type, kind of Bon Jovi, RHCP, G&R, Muse and alike.


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  2. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    It depends on the speakers used. As I recall, the early ones had Rola speakers and the cab was rated around 100W, they also had 30W Celestions at some point.

    Will you be using it for bass?
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2017
  3. Bassmec


    May 9, 2008
    Ipswich UK
    Proprietor Springvale Studios
    It's a great cab if it's got the original green backs in good order.
    I would see if you can find a decent old tube amp with 100 watts RMS output as that's all it will reliably handle.
    Don't assault it with a larger output solid state amp as you will blow it up for certain.
    If you need more power sell the greenbacks to a guitarist and get some Electrovoice EV12L drivers for it.
    Then you can get a 200watt tube amp.
    It will not have a huge low frequency output but it will have really great midrange tone onstage.
    The PA is best for sub bass enhancement via DI anyway.:)X
    scf4003 and Sartori like this.
  4. iPeter


    Jan 22, 2017
    Bass it will be, since my guitar skills stoped evolute some decade ago...

    There's no less than three guitarists offering to buy the cab, and I'm more of a Fender-believer. A Fender vintage head and cab would be my thing, you tell?

    The cab is dated in the 80's, 360W, Celestion 80w drivers some living wikipedia told me... And those drivers are more or less unused. Rescued from a school where it was just stored due to the loadness... :)
  5. Hi @iPeter, iPaul! :D

    Welcome to the ranks of TalkBass. :)

    in the late Sixties I had a 100W slant front Marshall 4x12, I forget it’s model number. It was fed by a high power, for the time, 50W HiFi power amp. It worked well for the gigs I was doing at the time.

    Your cabinet is a different animal but I wouldn’t go much above a couple of hundred watts with it and listen for any signs of distress.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2017
  6. basscooker

    basscooker Commercial User

    Apr 11, 2010
    cincy ky
    Owner, ChopShopAmps
    These guys can tell you exactly what you have. I suggest opening it up (don't be rough) and get good pics of the inside, preferably showing its wiring clearly, and ask about it here:

    Cabinets & Speakers
  7. primusfan1989


    Jan 17, 2005
    new jersey
    Sell that marshall and get a proper bass cab, Im sure the speakers in the Marshall will cook as soon as any significant amount of power is thrown into them
  8. BogeyBass


    Sep 14, 2010
    With bass they will fart way before cooking. But yeah almost same thing.

    Specially with celestions blahhh
  9. mmbongo

    mmbongo Five Time World Champion Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    If your goal is to toast the speakers in that cabinet in no time flat, definitely hook a bass amp to it!
  10. Substandard


    Oct 15, 2009
    if it's stock sell it and buy a bass cab. guitarists love those cabs and you can maybe get a pretty penny.
  11. SleazyB


    Sep 25, 2016
    Frankfurt a.M.
    What about the Marshall 1992LEM or the original version (SuperBass 100 or sth)? Lemmy used a 4x12" on a 4x15" Marshall cab.
  12. KA107


    Sep 22, 2006
    to get muse, you need the dbs 7400, and will be in your price range.... if you can find them.
    its also a super versatile head, capable of producing all the bands you listed.
    only drawbacks???
    if you crank it, it will swiss cheese your speakers, and it uses speakon connections.
  13. cardinal


    Jan 13, 2016
    I've used a similar Marshall 4x12 with a lead JCM 800 with a 5-string bass. My cab is from the same time period with the 65 watt speakers (G12-65s vs. the G12-80s that yours seems to have). Yours in theory will be a bit darker/deeper sounding. I thought the JCM 800 and the 65s sounded great with a bass, but I was terrified of blowing a speaker, so I opted to get a bass cab with speakers I knew could handle the excursion, etc.

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