Two GK neo cabs dying at the same time?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by mpacey, Jan 3, 2015.

  1. mpacey


    Nov 14, 2003
    Kingston, ON
    After decades of playing ... I've had my first cab-death experience. I was playing New Year's Eve and heard some distortion from one of my GK Neo 112 cabs, which was then quickly replaced by silence and what smelled like cooked wiring. Disheartening, to say the least -- the cabs are fairly new, and if they can't adequately handle my current rig (GK MB500; Fender 5 string Jazz Deluxe) at a moderate volume I'll have to find other alternatives.

    I'll have my dealer check them out to find the issue, but the question I have in the meantime is what circumstances would cause both cabs to go at the same time. Like I said, I've never had one cab blow, much less two, so I'm scratching my head on this one.
  2. Sadly I think you may have gotten speakers with bad voice coil leads... It's a known issue with the neo 12's. Had to replace both drivers in my 212neo. There's a thread on this somewhere....

    Or I could be completely wrong, just a guess related to my similar experience. Still love my gk cabs
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2015
  3. Excessive DC offset could also cause this, but the MB500 should lock out (go into protect mode) if this happens.
  4. tjh


    Mar 22, 2006
    I have been considering these cabs, so just bumping this older thread to learn of the resolution ... if there was one ;)
  5. mpacey


    Nov 14, 2003
    Kingston, ON
    Thanks for reminding me, tjh. Posting a resolution is a good thing.
    In any event, I brought the cabs back to my dealer and both drivers were replaced under warranty. I got them back about three weeks ago, and so far so good.

    Like nogoodwithnames, I really like these cabs (despite the bump). They're just the right size for the gigs I play, easy to transport and sound great. I'm really happy to have them back.

    On a side note, I find that I end up using these cabs quite differently. In the one band where I use them the most, I stack them them on-end on top of each other, and rotate the bottom one towards the drummer because he's a bass glutton. The louder the better, from his perspective. Because we use the PA for support, not much is lost out front by doing this. A bit different, but it really helps him and I lock in together.

  6. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Inactive

    It could simply be too little speaker to play the gig. A pair of twelves will not cover every gig.
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