Subwoofer cabs convert to guitar cab?

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  1. BigD

    BigD Friend of Leo's

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    I have two super nice subwoofer cabs that are not being used and couldn’t sell last time I tried. I was wondering if some guitar amp speakers would work as an extension cab or for an amp head?
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    They might be fine with guitar speakers installed, as they aren't too deep.
     
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    My buddy and forum member, Hammerhead, has one of these lightweight setups- paired with a Quilter Microblock 45, that fits in his pocket.

    So portable, he could walk to some gigs, with his entire rig. :)
     
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    Aren't those made from particle board? Pretty heavy, I would think. I'd rather build a simple pine box. Less weight ......and I just hate (ok, strongly dislike) that gray felt/carpet stuff.
     
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    Yeah I would buy some guitar speakers.


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    Well they would just be used here at the house. And I’ve read that particle board is good for speaker cabs but what do I know? Yes they are heavy it’s just that I already have them ready to roll.


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    Particle board actually sounds fine. But yeah, not if you are carrying them around!
     
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    At least for the baffle board, I've heard that something w/o grain (running in one direction) is optimal.

    I've heard some folks argue that pine/birch/etc. are "necessary for good resonance," but I've never found that to be true when simply using my ears.

    Anyway, I can say that IME, sub cabs typically work at least okay, and usually better than just okay. I've got a sealed 1X12 that works almost as well as a 1X12 Polytone Mini Brute that I converted into just a cab. I've also got a 2X12 sealed (w/each "side" isolated from the other) w/a pair of Celestion Seventy 80s in it, that is decent for higher powered situations.

    Really the only big negative that I've experienced is that since sub boxes are sealed, you lose some of the (perceived additional) volume that you get with an open back cabinet. For that reason, I just don't prefer them with amps that have less than 20 watts or so.

    Also, if the cabs are ported, I'd take the ports out and seal them up. Those ports are tuned for very low bass frequencies, which you don't want to emphasize with guitar, and guitar speakers aren't good for that, anyway.
     
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    Now that is some useful information. TY
    I’m going to try it out and see how it goes. At the moment I just have combos but having a couple cabs will allow me to try some amp heads.


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    These are pretty heavy but I am not sure if it speaker weight, cab weight or both.

    I have a Quilter Aviator Gold combo and I will say it is one toneful beast. Love Quilter!!!


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    I think of it as a Layback Cab- that he doesn't have to lay back....

    :)
     
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