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Using just a single 1x18 cab

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by insomniac2295, Sep 13, 2008.

  1. I'm thinking of just using a single 1x18" cab for my hardcore/metal band. I can't decide if I like to play finger style or with a plectrum. Anyone wanna tell me what you think? I really really like the tone that I get from 18" speakers.
  2. Thump Jr.

    Thump Jr.

    Jun 8, 2008
    SW FL
    Do what you want.
  3. i'm just worried about the 118 being too slow i guess. think i would have any problems with this?
  4. Thump Jr.

    Thump Jr.

    Jun 8, 2008
    SW FL
    Slow? Does it sound "slow" to you? If you like the tone, use it.
  5. You might have more luck if you placed your question in the correct forum (this is the bass guitar forum - not the amp/cabinet forum).
  6. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    Moved to Amps.
  7. oops. sorry. could have sworn i put it in amps.
  8. deepdown

    deepdown Guest

    Aug 9, 2008
    I loved the sound I use to get from an old Peavey bass bin w/a 18" Gauss driver, however, by itself it was a bit to undefined. It was great for five strings, you could just "feel" the lows. I found that using the 18" with an old JBL passive X-over and a "top" cab w/ 2x10 or 4x8 Altec drivers make for a great overall sound, crisp highs, low down lows.
    If all you want is to use the 18" cab, then I would consider using a pick to pluck with, to help get a clean defined sound.
  9. Guest043

    Guest043 Guest

    Apr 8, 2008
    theres nothing wrong with that, wasent jacos acoustic rig only 18" speakers?

    a club i play at regularly has a backline with a 4x10 and 1x18, i usually turn off the 4x10 and just crank the 1x18. sounds great, especially from a distance. up close it can be a little too much though
  10. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    The way it was explained to me is that all speakers respond at the same speed, but the largeness of the driver can have a big impact on mids and highs due to a phenomenon called "beaming," where a larger driver causes the highs and upper mids to be more directional and harder to hear off to the side. That's what causes larger speakers to sound "slow."
  11. Rick Auricchio

    Rick Auricchio Registered Bass Offender

    The 18 may be deficient in mids, which will result in you not being heard. You might feel the bass on stage, but the sound may not project to the crowd.

    As Thump said, "Do what you want." Nobody here knows what tone you want, nor are we going to care if your tone sounds great or lousy.
  12. joegeezer


    Mar 9, 2005
    Northern Wisconsin
    Avatar Club#12 Eden Club Lucky# 13--USA Peavey Club#37 Carvin Club#5
    Entwhistle used just 18's for a few years. Jaco used just one. It's all in what sounds good to your ear. I use just an 18 and a 10 at home for practice, and they sound better to me every day.
  13. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Slight correction, Joe...Jaco used two 360/301's.
  14. Jimmy, Is there anything you don't know? you constant knowledge just keeps amazing me.
  15. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Wish I could turn it into something that makes me money ;)

    But what I know is mostly superficial stuff. I have no clue about how amps work, but I know how to get a good tone, and and I'm learning a bit about how audio works for the first time in my life. Plus I know a lot of useless trivia like Jaco using two 360/301's.
  16. billfitzmaurice

    billfitzmaurice Commercial User

    Sep 15, 2004
    New Hampshire
    Owner, Bill Fitzmaurice Loudspeaker Design
    There's no such thing as a slow driver. The terms 'slow' and 'fast' are applied to speakers by laymen who don't know what it is they're trying to describe or what the correct technical term is that describes it.
  17. Listen to Bill ;)
    Why not - some people like 15's / 18's. I use a 115 + horn as a standalone. I also use a pick ... since day one, and it sounds great if you like that sound. If you get an 18", and don't like it you can always add a 210 cab.
  18. Red Planet

    Red Planet

    May 29, 2005
    I have been playing music and working on amps longer than some of you have been alive.
    Many moons ago I used a Trayner Bass Head on top of a 1x18 Cerwin Vega folded horn Cab. I put a tweeter in the front of the Cab at the top and it rocked. If I didnt have the head on top of the cab the cab would walk across the room. :eek:
  19. +1
  20. AngryJason


    Feb 23, 2006
    Sacramento CA
    I play through a single 18 (vintage Cerwin-Vega folded horn) that I gratefully received for free from a fellow TB'er, currently pushing it with an SWR Workingman's 4004 head.

    Best cab I've played through, hands down. At almost 160 lbs it almost outweighs me, so it's a b**** to haul around, but the tone and projection are phenomenal.

    That being said, all of my neighbors hate me.

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