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    Default open back vs. closed back cabs

    I have a Mesa/Boogie Mark IV head, but I'm unhappy with the tone that I'm getting out of my 1x12 open back cabinet. I'm thinking of selling the open back cab and getting a closed back 1x12 instead. I hear that the bass response with a closed back is much better. Do you guys think that this will help my tone?

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    Depends... a lot on the room you are playing in. Take your speaker cabinet and stick it in closet full of clothes mic it right and it'll sound like a beast. The key is the acoustic proerties of the room and how the speaker cabinet behaves.

    I prefer closed cabinets over-all. A properly ported box will drive majority of your sound forward. Open cabinets have a lot of bleed out the back and depending on if you place it up against a wall or in the open can significanty change the tone.
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    Buy an empty closed-back 2x12 and put your single 12" speaker in it. A poor mans 'Detuned' cab, and it sounds great.
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    My very next project is closing off my open back cab. I get an over the top tone with my set up. The only thing is that some of the chug exits via the back cavity. I am going to try and buy a piece of wood (fit to size) and apply foam padding (cheap bed padding via walmart) to the inside of the board. Then I will apply several screws around the outside back. If all goes well, I should improve my bottom end and sound push compression. Good luck to you.

 

 

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