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    Why are guitar cabs 12 inch and bass cabs 10 inch?

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    Guitar rig half stack... 4x12...

    Bass rig half stack.... 4x10...

    Obviously there is good reason, what is that reason?

    My guess is because of distortion levels

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    I don't know, no idea, so I'm just gonna guess:

    Maybe guitars naturally need low end help, so they get a 12" speaker?

    Maybe bass naturally needs a tamer low end and tighter response, so they get a 10" speaker?
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    i think you're onto something... but then wth with the 1x15!?!?!? AH! madness

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    Just generalizing..
    4-10's have more surface area than an 18 (wrong.. make that 15
    Add the relative depth of these cabs need for the range they work in -even for 4-10's the bass is deeper then the guit cabs..
    I.e.. A 4-12 bass cab would be a frickin beast cart around..?

    I always thought the silliest config'?.. was those early bi-amped rigs back about 15 20 years ago -the highs went to the 4-10 ..and the poor little 15 got the subs
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    i would find it hard to believe that professionals would sacrifice tonality and quality and power because it would add 30 pounds to your rig.. especially compared to the standard 8x10

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    Quote Originally Posted by CMB Studios View Post
    i think you're onto something... but then wth with the 1x15!?!?!? AH! madness
    You'd want to use a 15 in conjunction with some tens. A bass rig only going thru 15s sounds like mush.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fat_fleet View Post
    You'd want to use a 15 in conjunction with some tens. A bass rig only going thru 15s sounds like mush.
    well yea thats a well known fact... im talking about the OP

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    All that plus, a 10" bass speaker is not the same thing as a 10" guitar speaker, or a 12" guitar speaker. Magnets are bigger, voice coils are bigger, resonant freqs are lower, throw is longer.

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    Does this in anyway explain the 4 ft. speaker in Back to the Future?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CMB Studios View Post
    well yea thats a well known fact... im talking about the OP
    I don't get it. You didn't mention anything about 15s in your original post.

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