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If you have a bass head, you need a bass cabinet. But not all bass cabs are created equally. For larger venues and outdoor stages, a classic Ampeg SVT 8x10 or similar bass cab will push out tons of air and an awesome sound, but is likely overkill for the studio or smaller clubs, where a single 15-inch speaker is more practical.

A 4x10 bass cabinet (like the Fender Rumble 410) is arguably the most versatile, providing a great mid-sized option that can work with higher- and lower-powered heads depending on the size of the show. Plus, different bass cabs work with different bass heads, so make sure to do your research to find the best bass guitar speaker cabinet for your rig.

What is a bass cabinet?

A bass cabinet is essentially a box with a speaker that connects to your bass power amp head. It really is that simple, but it plays an enormous role in your sound. It’s what takes the signal that goes through your bass amp head and converts what you’re playing into audible sound.

Do I need a bass cabinet?

Unless you plan on going directly into a board (either live or in the studio), you probably need a bass extension cabinet. The bass cabinet enables your bass to be heard out loud without being routed through a mixing board.

How do I know what bass cabinet to get for my bass amp head?

When it comes to matching bass power amps and bass cabinets, you’ll want to look to your power amp manufacturer for their recommendations. Mainly, we’re talking about ohms and wattage.

  • For ohms, first look to the back of your power amp. You’ll likely see a number (usually a 4, 8, or 16) with a horseshoe icon that stands for ohms. Make sure your speaker cabinet is one of the numbers mentioned there.
  • Next, you’ll want to look for wattage. A safe bet is to use a speaker that has twice the wattage of your amp—i.e., a 200 watt speaker for a 100 watt power amp.
  • Finally, you’ll want to research speaker types. This part is less of a math equation than watts and ohms but is just as important. We highly recommend reaching out to your power amp manufacturer or other reviews to see what’s often recommended with your bass amp head, but this is a decision that’s totally up to you and your ears.

Popular Bass Cabinet Brands on Reverb

Shopping by brand is a great way to start your search into the world of reliable bass cabinets. Here on Reverb, some popular bass cabinet brands include Ampeg, Peavey, Mesa Boogie, Vox, Fender, and more.