Advice on 1960a JCM900 cab

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Advice on 1960a JCM900 cab

Postby jab996 » 12 Jan 2018, 13:47

It's for sale in my city, $400. I'd consider buying if it's a good matchup with my 1959HW.
What y'all think ? Or should I hold off until I can afford a better cab like the BX OR BHW ?
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Re: Advice on 1960a JCM900 cab

Postby jeffsmusic4919 » 12 Jan 2018, 15:03

Kind of a loaded question. It is all about personal style here and how the two will be used. $400 is about the right price and it looks in good shape. You could resell for $350 or $400 later. If this will be used with at home playing, there are better options. I have had mine for over 20 years and it sounds great. I had to change out the speaker wire, replace the handles and tighten the screws inside and out. Bare minimum with this one will be to tighten all screws. The louder you turn up these cabinets the better that they sound. If this cab hasn't ever seen a bass guitar run through them, 100 watt amp or better yet, two 100 watt heads, you will have to break the speakers in some. These cabinets can be a bit bright when played at low volumes and some of my settings have a considerable amount or treble stripped out and the mids boosted. The sound clips available that I have heard with this combo seem to have a very 80's metal type of sound which I like.

Greenbacks will give a more vintage sound and would sound fantastic. It really depends on what sound you are going for. I am personally chomping at the bit to hear my rig with the speakers that SteveD used in the Jimi cabs and the Vintage Modern.

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Re: Advice on 1960a JCM900 cab

Postby Dave W » 12 Jan 2018, 20:15

IMO the cab price is fair but not great for the condition.
I am sure it would sound fine as any cab with a 1959HW would, but those really are not the ideal speakers for your amp to get the most out of it.
Greenbacks of any variation would be a better match.
If you are patient on craigslist you can often find JCM 900 cabs for 300 or at least 350.
Greenbacks would be a better option IMO or G12-65's or generic versions of those speakers by WGS(warehouse guitar speakers)
400 for a maybe is a lot of cash to me.

If it were me for a 1959HW I would be patient and for 100-200 bucks more get a JCM800 with G12-65's or a Vintage Modern with G12C's or get a used empty cab and put some WGS speakers in it for closer to 400.

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Re: Advice on 1960a JCM900 cab

Postby Anitoli » 12 Jan 2018, 21:04

I like the G12t-75's and $400 isn't all that bad. I would prolly jump on that if i needed a cab. I tend to look at gear with a usage point of view and less of a resale point, and those cabs can take a beating at 350w load rating. You wont kill a speaker. And i agree with Jeffsmusic those speakers NEED to be pushed a bit to loosen them up and then they sound stellar.

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Re: Advice on 1960a JCM900 cab

Postby Sigi M » 13 Jan 2018, 01:57

It´s like always a question of personal taste. I am running my 1959 HW ( left in pic) with G12 T75 and I like it very much.

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Re: Advice on 1960a JCM900 cab

Postby Roger » 13 Jan 2018, 02:43

I'm not speaker expert . I have from Celestion of 12" the G12 75T and the Vintage. My favorites are G12 75T. It's really versatile If it are very used.
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Re: Advice on 1960a JCM900 cab

Postby surfnorthwest » 13 Jan 2018, 04:14

Okay I will be the one to spoil all this. The G12 75T is very much a darker speaker which is great for metal and shred, if that is what you mainly play then I would say you might like them. Yes, I would wait and pair with a BX OR BHW.

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Re: Advice on 1960a JCM900 cab

Postby Sigi M » 13 Jan 2018, 07:07

Surf, with a ´71 Superlead I am with you. But you can´t compare a 1959HW with the old ones. The Handwired is much more warm sounding. So it´s a good choice for the T75. Not saying the Greenbacks are not good sounding. :Cheers

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Re: Advice on 1960a JCM900 cab

Postby burnsy » 14 Jan 2018, 05:02

I side with the Greenback camp- particularly with that amp. Not a great lover of the G12T-75.
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Re: Advice on 1960a JCM900 cab

Postby Green Manalishi » 14 Jan 2018, 09:45

Go with better speakers, or be prepared to swap them out. Once you hear how your Marshall sounds with better speakers like greenbacks, 65s, vintage 30s, Creamback, or my favorite golds, you'll realize how much a compromise those 75s are.
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