TimeToPretend!
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This might sound really stupid but let's say there are combos like vox or fender that are designed to get good clean sounds and there's combos designed for metal that usually have high distortion. Is it the same way for cabinets? I guess what im really trying to say is if you can get a nice clean sound for let's say indie rock with a really clean head and a cabinet designed for metal?
Carl21221
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The cab doesn't really dictate the sound as much as the head does. The main thing you need to think about for your cab is what speakers are in it. Some speakers are better for certain applications. For example, a Celestion V30 is regarded as the "go to" speaker for metal, but it doesn't mean it can't do cleans. Also, whether it is open or closed back affects tone to. Closed back cabs tend to have more bass response.
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Quote by Carl21221
The cab doesn't really dictate the sound as much as the head does. The main thing you need to think about for your cab is what speakers are in it. Some speakers are better for certain applications. For example, a Celestion V30 is regarded as the "go to" speaker for metal, but it doesn't mean it can't do cleans. Also, whether it is open or closed back affects tone to. Closed back cabs tend to have more bass response.


First off, I think your advice is good, but a little cloudy, so let me clear it up:

You cabinet certainly dictates a good portion of your sound, but the speakers are the integral part here. I've never really heard of speakers that are "better for cleans", but speakers certainly have headroom, just like an amp. For example, the classic Celestion Greenback is a 25w speaker that was often used with cranked 100w heads in a 4x12 (so that cabinet would be rated at 100w also) meaning that the speaker would start breaking up, which gives a certain character to the sound. Now, does that mean you need 300w speakers on a 30w amp to get a good clean tone? Definitely not. Many people use a 60w Celestion V30 for a 60w amp and maintain fine cleans, but they also aren't cranking the amp like would have been the case with the Greenback.

Now, speakers certainly have a specific frequency response to them, which is kinda like a set EQ for the speaker. Vintage 30's have a big upper-mid spike, whereas T75's are a bit more "scooped" in the mids. Now, that means that you might like your cleans more with certain speakers, due to their response, but it's not going to give you a more clean tone.

Also, he's correct in saying that closed back cabinets give more bass response. They also generally have a tighter bass end than open back cabs.