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Out here on the West Coast I've been trying hard to track down another basket weave or checkerboard cab to go with my vintage Marshalls but I just don't see any around. I've tried Wanted Craigslist ads and nothing. I have a really nice '71 Cab with original Celestions (pulsonic cones) but I hate having too swap heads around when I want to play a different head. On the weekend I picked up a 1960ahw that sounds killer but I'd still like to have at least one more cab. Is it worth it to keep looking for something vintage or should I set some money aside for a more modern take on a vintage cab?

I'll grab another 1960HW if one comes up for sale, I really like the Heritage speakers! As I'm writing this it occurs to me that I could order 2 new 1960HW cabs for the price I was willing to spend on a late 60's cab...may have just answered my own question.:)

You guys have any other suggestions on more recent Marshall cabs that sound great and have vintage or unique look?

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I would just get one custom built, there are lots of builders around and it would probably be better than any marshall cab built since 1971
 

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I've thought about doing that but always think the shipping would make it too expensive. I'm only a ferry ride away from Vancouver so I'll check to see if there are any Vancouver custom cab builders.
 
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I just bought a really nice slant 212 from Derrick Bell in Belleville ON for <$400, I wonder how much it would cost to ship a cab via GreyHound or CanPar?
 

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I just bought a really nice slant 212 from Derrick Bell in Belleville ON for <$400, I wonder how much it would cost to ship a cab via GreyHound or CanPar?
It's certainly worth investigating if I can't find a B.C. builder. Thanks for the tip!
 

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What about the cab that came with the Marshall Jimi Hendrix signature amps? There is an extra tall cab and a normal one. Both come with the Celestion G12C speakers, the same speakers that are in the Vintage Modern combos and cabs.

They are obviously out of production, but maybe you can find a used one. Here is a link:

Marshall Limited Edition Super 100JH Handwired Jimi Hendrix Stack
 

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Those look amazing! I'd love to scoop one of those! :)
 

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For a Marshall cab alternative to the normal 1960A&B are the 1965A&B. I had a B that I particularly loved. It is a 4x10 cab full of balls but small in size. Its likely your heads would make it a T top setup though. Marshall did make a JCM800 in a smaller head size for these cabs and the old Traynor YBA's fit on it.
 

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A friend of mine recently grabbed a Marshall 4x12 to use with his mid '70s JMP and it had a vintage look. That amp through that cab gave vintage tones for days. Honestly, it was a near perfect combination. The two together absolutely nailed Van Halen I tones, to the point that friends of ours who work in the store came walking over while he was playing just to see what he was playing through.

I let him know that it was available, but damned if I can remember which cab it was. I can text him tomorrow to ask him though. Whatever it was, it wasn't super rare and was actually a fairly common cab so you shouldn't have too much difficulty finding one in your area provided you have a tiny bit of patience.

Another option that has served me well is to hit your local L&M and ask them to do a search through their used inventory nationally. I scored a Vintage Modern combo for a good price that way last week, and it is currently making its way from Edmonton to the GTA and my dirty little hands. I have had great success finding stuff this way. If you are lucky, they will have what you need somewhere in the chain. If not, check in regularly and have them do a new search. One is sure to pop up before too long.
 

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A friend of mine recently grabbed a Marshall 4x12 to use with his mid '70s JMP and it had a vintage look. That amp through that cab gave vintage tones for days. Honestly, it was a near perfect combination. The two together absolutely nailed Van Halen I tones, to the point that friends of ours who work in the store came walking over while he was playing just to see what he was playing through.

I let him know that it was available, but damned if I can remember which cab it was. I can text him tomorrow to ask him though. Whatever it was, it wasn't super rare and was actually a fairly common cab so you shouldn't have too much difficulty finding one in your area provided you have a tiny bit of patience.

Another option that has served me well is to hit your local L&M and ask them to do a search through their used inventory nationally. I scored a Vintage Modern combo for a good price that way last week, and it is currently making its way from Edmonton to the GTA and my dirty little hands. I have had great success finding stuff this way. If you are lucky, they will have what you need somewhere in the chain. If not, check in regularly and have them do a new search. One is sure to pop up before too long.
Absolutely, checkerboard early to mid 70's cabs are high on my list. I found a really clean one but the guy wanted $3,000. It was mid 70's and had Celestion Blackbacks. Great Cab but not $3,000 great.

L&M has served me well on used guitars, maybe it's time to talk cabs with them. Great suggestion!
 

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For a Marshall cab alternative to the normal 1960A&B are the 1965A&B. I had a B that I particularly loved. It is a 4x10 cab full of balls but small in size. Its likely your heads would make it a T top setup though. Marshall did make a JCM800 in a smaller head size for these cabs and the old Traynor YBA's fit on it.
I recently saw a 2204s head on Craigslist. A JCM800 2204 in small JMP head shell. Super cool!
 

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Absolutely, checkerboard early to mid 70's cabs are high on my list. I found a really clean one but the guy wanted $3,000. It was mid 70's and had Celestion Blackbacks. Great Cab but not $3,000 great.

L&M has served me well on used guitars, maybe it's time to talk cabs with them. Great suggestion!

Just to be clear, the cab I was referring to is recent but looks vintage (and sounds amazing).
 

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Well there's a vintage 1969 basketweave cabinet on reverb right now... from Victoria! Not my cab btw.
Thanks for the tip! I actually played through it yesterday. I'm thinking about it...
 

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I had a basketweave cabinet a couple years ago... sold it for $1600 plus a white marshall jcm 800 anni cab on trade. Awesome sounding cabs!
 

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Awesome! I'd have been all over that trade deal. Lol
 

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Yeah, I just couldn't get $2000 cash in the Vancouver market for the 1970 basketweave cab... had two guys come and look at it, but they were kinda particular and didn't want it.
 

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Really? 2k is cheap for a nice basket weave cab!
 

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There was a 1970/71 one owner full stack on Craigslist Vancouver. I told the guy I could come Thursday morning with his asking price ($4,250) but it sold Wednesday night. I was pretty disappointed but on the flip side it was really beat up and my wife wouldn't have wanted it in the house anyway.
 
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