Standard Oversized 4x12 Cab review by Mesa Boogie

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.8 (4 votes)

Price paid: $ 350

Purchased from: Used

Sound — 8
I'm using this cab with a Diezel VH4S head. Honestly, I not very impressed with this cabinet. Don't get me wrong, it sounds really good with a Mesa head like a Dual Rectifier or Mark IV, but with pretty much any other amp I have the same problem: too bassy, muddled midrange and it farts out at high volumes. The cab sounds better than any Mesa Boogie that I've heard or used so far, however. Personally, I think that Bogner cabinets sound much better. The Uberschall cab just kills this one for rock and metal, and the other cabs sound woodier and punchier. It sounds like the Mesa is just trying to hit you as hard as it can, and not really thinking about it, if you know what I mean. It doesn't sound very 3-dimensional, and for the price of a new one you could easily get a better sounding cab (like a new or used Bogner or Orange).

Overall Impression — 8
Overall, it works but it doesn't breathe like a cabinet should. A cab can still sound punchy and roar like the devil but sound organic, tight, 3-dimensional and huge, most of which this cab and others after it aren't. With a Mesa Dual Rec, it sounds much better, seeing how they were voiced for each other, but with other amps like my Diezel it just sounds muddy.

Reliability & Durability — 10
The cab is built like a tank. It's solid, just too solid. It doesn't breathe very well. It's gone through a couple of tours from the guy who owned it before me and the tolex hasn't even ripped anywhere. This was from an era when Mesa was using quality parts and hardware, rather than cutting corners and charging an arm and a leg like they do right now. Its a very strong, sturdy cabinet. And heavy.

Features — 10
This is a very, very early model Mesa Boogie 4x12, built for the Rectifier series right when it premiered. Most came with Custom 90's, but this one came stock with Vintage 30's. The tolex is just elephant grain, before Boogie started tolexing everything in leather. It will handle 280 watts combined power and will take a stereo or mono signal.

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