March 7, 2014

Gear Reviews: Splawn 4x12 Cabinet

Just the other day, I came across an awesome trade offer - my Vox AC4C1, a Dunlop Crybaby 535Q, and $40 for a Splawn cabinet! I've been hunting one of these down forever, but the prices have been a bit too much for me, so I couldn't turn this offer down. There are a few scuffs here and there, the 'Marshall' logo is a bit sideways (it came with the Splawn logo too, I just haven't put it on yet), but it's got some serious mojo.

First of all, this cab is built like a tank. It weighs considerably more than my Marshall cabinet, and is about 2" wider on the sides. This makes it extremely difficult and awkward for one person to transport, especially if you're moving up and down stairs. Bring a friend! There is also a locking 1/4" jack on the 16 ohm input, which is a neat feature I have never seen before. The handles on the side are metal, which feels a lot sturdier than the typical plastic that most cabs come equipped with. It's a pretty looking cabinet, but Splawn obviously built this for the road.

My cab came installed with Celestion Vintage 30's and G12T-75's in an x-pattern. The combo sounds great together, giving off quite a modern vibe compared to my G12C loaded Marshall cab. There are less mids, more bass, and an overall darker sound. I'm a self-professed Greenback fanatic, but the V30/G12T-75 combo is not too shabby. To truly test the speakers, I went straight to Drop-D and played some of my favorite Dream Theater riffs. All I can say is, wow! There was some extra "oomph" in bass that surely upset the neighbors, and the cab projected wonderfully no matter how I was oriented toward the speakers.

Splawn has never ceased to impress me, and their cabinets are no exception. These are road warriors (that is, if you can get past the trouble it takes to transport), but would sit just as comfortably in a home studio. Pretty much any head will look great with them, because there are a ton of customization options on the website. And last but not least, they sound awesome. Big, beefy tone that will make your bandmates jealous. For the price, features, and sound, these Splawn cabinets deserve far more attention than they are getting.

tonechaser score - 9.5/10

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