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Having a separate guitar amp head and speaker cabinet unlocks a world of tonal variety, versatility, and options for playing shows in differently sized venues. If you're on a festival stage or a huge hall, one or more 4x12 cabs is definitely what you want. For smaller stages and club gigs, a single 1x12 or 2x12 cab will suffice.

Be sure to match the impedance of the guitar cabinet with the impedance of your head, and experiment with different power ratings, and speaker configurations to get the tone you desire. Whether you're building a stack or looking for that perfect match for your amp head, you'll find what you need within Reverb's massive selection of guitar speaker cabinets—from the iconic Marshall 4x12 to oversized Mesa Boogie cabs to smaller, more portable and studio-friendly 1x12s and 2x12s.

What Is a Guitar Cabinet?

A guitar cabinet, also known as a speaker cabinet, is a (typically) wooden box that contains one or more speakers. It’s connected to a guitar amp head and takes signal from the amp head to convert it into audible sound.

How Do You Match Guitar Amp Heads To Cabinets?

The only requirements of matching guitar amp heads to guitar cabs is to make sure that:

  • The impedance (ohms) match
  • Your speaker (or speakers) is at least the wattage put out by your amp.

For example, if you have The Amp by Milkman Sound, you have an amp that has an output of:

  • 25 watts and 16ohms
  • 50 watts at 8ohms
  • 100 watts at 4 ohms

If you went any smaller with the watts to ohms, you risk blowing your speakers—e.g., a 25 watt speaker would not be recommended at 8ohms. Once you have a selection of guitar cabs with speakers that fill those criteria, experiment with speaker configurations, sizes, open vs. closed back, and brands to find the exact tone you’re chasing.

How Big Of a Cabinet Do I Need?

How big of a cabinet you need is largely based on personal choice. If you're on a festival stage or a huge hall, one or more 4x12 cabs is probably what you want. For smaller stages and club gigs, a single 1x12 or 2x12 cab will suffice. In the past, bands performing in large arenas would use multiple 4x12 cabinets (four twelve-inch speakers) or bigger to help their sound travel through such a large space. However, these days much of the sound for live shows is sent through a PA system, making large cabinets less necessary.

As a general rule, more speakers (i.e., a bigger cabinet) will be louder. It will also weigh more. So keep in mind the size, weight, and volume concerns that you have when deciding how large of a cabinet to purchase.

What Are the Benefits of Purchasing Guitar Speaker Cabinet Kits?

If you’re the DIY type, you might want to consider purchasing custom guitar cabinet kits. These typically come with an empty guitar speaker cabinet (either pre-assembled or assembled by you), any necessary hardware (e.g., input jacks), and a speaker.

If you have specific wants when it comes to your speaker, you might want to consider a kit that doesn’t already include a speaker. Kits often do offer some choice in speaker, but the choice might be limited to a few brands.

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