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Used small cab shootout

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by arca_tern, Jan 12, 2018.


Which cab?

Poll closed Friday at 3:16 PM.
  1. GK Neo 115 III

    24 vote(s)
    41.4%
  2. SWR Golight 112

    6 vote(s)
    10.3%
  3. Dr Bass 115

    9 vote(s)
    15.5%
  4. GK Neo 112

    19 vote(s)
    32.8%
  1. Hey all.

    Looking to buy my first cab since moving from a combo amp.
    Playing a MIM Geddy Lee through an MB500 head (love it!)

    Three used options I'm looking at, all basically the same price. There's no opportunity to play them ahead of time.

    I'd be using it for small church services, coffeeshop gigs, small bars, with varying FOH support. Playing rock, maybe some country, top 40. I don't slap (yet), use a pick on occasion.
    Only cab I've played through was a Rumble 115 which sounded fine, but didn't make me grin ear to ear

    1. GK Neo 115 III - 400w @ 8ohms, 40lbs
    2. SWR Golight 112 - 350w @ 8ohms, 36lbs
    3. DRB 115 (eminence kappa, no tweeter) - 500w @4ohm, ~45lbs

    My original intention is get something small but good tone, easy to gig with, and down the road get something louder as a secondary cab, not necessarily to stack with or make a tower.

    Initially leaning towards the SWR, kind of dubious of the whole Dr Bass debacle. But it would give full use the wattage from my GK head. The GK at least is current and I could add another cab to for a stack.

    What are people's thoughts around these as stand-alone cabs for volume and tone?
     
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2018
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  2. alembic76407

    alembic76407

    Apr 29, 2004
    Oklahoma
    Phil Jones. you should look at a Phil Jones Bass C8, the best sounding Box I've ever played , 800 watt at 4 ohms, it has wheels and a telescopic handle, and worth the money
     
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  3. I’d be interested if my budget wasn’t $250usd :p
     
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  4. alembic76407

    alembic76407

    Apr 29, 2004
    Oklahoma
    check out a Carvin BRX 10.2, that's a nice cab and around your price used
     
  5. If there was one in Canada maybe I’d check it out. Don’t wanna get stuck with duties etc etc :(
     
  6. I'd do some research on the Dr Bass and see if there's reviews that might indicate this would be a bad choice. I believe there's some love for the product. The GK I own but it is a mid-foreward cab which may not be what you want. Great cab, however.
     
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  7. Is the "mid forward" something that can be eq'd fairly easily? If I wanted more of a deep, smooth country tone vs brighter and more modern?
     
  8. I'd say you are getting a more modern sound with this cab. Hopefully others will chime in with their experiences.
     
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  9. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    the Intergalactic Mind Space
    Song Surgeon sofware
  10. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    the Intergalactic Mind Space
    Song Surgeon sofware
    Buy the two 8 ohm cabs.
     
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  11. I’d love to! You pitching in for one of them? ;)
     
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  12. Bodeanly

    Bodeanly Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2015
    Chicago
    Big fan of the GK NEO stuff here, but I would be more inclined to go with the Dr Bass since it’s 4ohms and I don’t know how to rewire crap (all of my cabs are 4ohms).
     
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  13. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    the Intergalactic Mind Space
    Song Surgeon sofware
    There's nothing to "rewire".

    Two 8 ohm cabs, plugged into the same amp that accepts two 8 ohm cabs, operate at 4 ohms together.
     
  14. Bodeanly

    Bodeanly Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2015
    Chicago
    Like I said, I know nothing about that kinda thing. I mean, I know two 8 ohms make 4, but that’s all I know and I’m otay with that, buckwheat.
     
  15. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    the Intergalactic Mind Space
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    No need to go gluten on me, Bo.:thumbsup:
     
  16. Bodeanly

    Bodeanly Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2015
    Chicago
    Gluten is a myth! There, I said it!
     
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  17. Typo. Properly it's "Otay, Buttwheat."
     
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  18. brianmharrison

    brianmharrison

    Oct 11, 2007
    Atlanta
    Not to take us too far off topic, but no, it really is not
     
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  19. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    the Intergalactic Mind Space
    Song Surgeon sofware
    Otay, Mr. Glute Gluten.
     
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