I swore off new guitars and amp heads / combo's almost 2 years ago. Retirement gets closer every day. Today I purchased my last cabinet and it had to be a 4 X 12" !!! In my youth they played a major role in defining the image of a rock guitarist. During my heyday I always had a Marshall 4 X 12" with Vintage 30's at my back. Not that I was a huge fan of Marshall amps. Mine always had a Mesa Mark III Blue Stripe head sitting on it.
I just finished placing my order for an empty Mojo Tone Grand Canyon straight 4 X 12" extension cabinet, (Killer specs. Thick Baltic Birch throughout and finger jointed cabinetry with excellent reviews), Two Fane A60 Alnico speakers for the top two spots and two Fane F70 Ceramic speakers for the bottom two placements. A true old fashioned back line cab. Something I can stand in front of and feel the pulse.
Yep. I know. Probably just a mid life / ever so slightly past mid life crisis. I don't care. I foolishly traded in my Marshall 4 X 12" maybe ten years back and have never stopped regretting it. My Mark III had given up the ghost and I figured it was just part of the deal. At the time I didn't realize how much more than a speaker cabinet it was to me. It was part of the definition of what made me who I am. When I traded it in I did so because I realized it really had no place in today's venues. Sound guys carried AK's just for guys like me. "You ain't bringing that in here". Lately .... the past has become very important to me. That which defined my youth should remain in my current period of life. I don't want to consider going out without it.
I admit ... this cab was all about me. For what I paid for all the parts I'll need to wire up I could have purchased a Marshall 100 Hand Wired 4 X 12". My version won't have anywhere near the resale value of the Marshall but it will be a true representation of my tonal desires. I've loved Fane speakers for 50 years yet never fulfilled the desire to include them in my rig. When their Ascension series came out a number of years back I instantly wanted their F70s. Pink Floyd out the $%^. More recently while listening to speaker comparisons on You Tube my wife came into the room and said the speakers currently being played might just be the best speakers she's ever heard. These were the Fane A60s. To my ears they had a little less definition than the F70s when pushed but, when played clean, definitely had a more soulful sound than the F70s. Engendering times past.
So. A brand new Mojo Tone Grand Canyon.
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Two Fane A60 Alnico speakers.
Two Fane F70 Ceramic speakers.
This is the backline amp cab of my dreams. I'll being increasing my life insurance policy to take in the larger hole in the ground required to bury this extension cab with me. This is nothing new. I've already done this for my Giffin Standard, Melancon Custom T, Gibson ES-336 and Les Paul Traditional with quilt top.