Hello from Vermont, USA - best 'grab and go' option for bass guitar ?

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Hello from Vermont, USA - best 'grab and go' option for bass guitar ?

#1 Post by Mr Freeze » Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:45 pm

Greetings,

I am here for a specific reason. I'm assembling a 'grab and go' bass rig and am searching for a suitable cabinet. When I asked my amp designer / builder friend for a recommendation, without hesitation and with great enthusiasm he pointed me here.

My goal .. one trip from the car into the gig / rehearsal. Cabinet in one hand, gig bag with guitar on shoulder, amp/vocal mic/cables/pedals in other hand. One trip.

We are a cover / original band. Drums, electric guitar (40W 1x12 + 1x15 gig rig), harp (15w 1x12) and bass (me). We have good dynamics, but can get loud when need-be. Think Gov't Mule/Allmans/Phish/80s covers/Stones/Originals .. bar band stuff.

My rig: GK MB200 - 200W @ 4ohm, P-bass, octave/env filter/synth pedals. Not my only rig, but this setup will be for rehearsals, jams, and small restaurant/bar gigs. Think 50-100 seats .. 100 ft to back of the room, 50 ft wide as an estimate of size.

While not an accomplished woodworker, I do have tools, a workspace and the ability to finish what I start. I have built 2 guitar amps from kits.

I've formed an opinion from cruising this forum's threads .. and am interested in your opinions on which of the designs will best meet these needs.

Thanks for your consideration .. and nice community you have here .. Otto Funke (aka Mr Freeze)

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Re: Hello from Vermont, USA - best 'grab and go' option for bass guitar ?

#2 Post by Bruce Weldy » Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:39 pm

Welcome aboard Chilly Willy!

A Jack 10 or 12 with the premium driver should fill the bill. A Simplexx would probably be a little lighter, but not as loud or low. A Jack 15 is probably too big, but the 10 or 12 should be manageable.

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#3 Post by Bruce Weldy » Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:40 pm

Oh....and by the way - like the choice of music....been playing ABB for 45 years...

6 - T39 4-25" 2-22" 3012LF
4 - OT12 2512 Melded/NSD2005
1 - T24
2 - XF210


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Re: Hello from Vermont, USA - best 'grab and go' option for bass guitar ?

#4 Post by Signalsdrone » Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:31 am

A Jack 12 is a bit of a one hand carry as it's not too heavy but is a bit bulky in dimension. If you strategically placed a handle or strap near an edge it would make the carry easier to manage.

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Re: Hello from Vermont, USA - best 'grab and go' option for bass guitar ?

#5 Post by Bill Fitzmaurice » Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:51 am

J12Lite is bulky, but weighs 25 pounds or less. J10Lite is smaller and lighter.

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Re: Hello from Vermont, USA - best 'grab and go' option for bass guitar ?

#6 Post by Charles Jenkinson » Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:27 am

Signalsdrone wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:31 am
A Jack 12 is a bit of a one hand carry as it's not too heavy but is a bit bulky in dimension. If you strategically placed a handle or strap near an edge it would make the carry easier to manage.
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The best handle position IMO is on the sides, vertically on the C of G plane. This puts your hand parallel to your body when carrying one handed with the cab back running down your leg. Also the C of G is of the order of about 6" in from the back - your hand is next to your leg - keeps the shoulder effort down to prevent leg rub. (....I also feel this orientation is good for getting on and off speaker stands / pole mounts if required.)
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Re: Hello from Vermont, USA - best 'grab and go' option for bass guitar ?

#7 Post by Mr Freeze » Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:00 am

Bill Fitzmaurice wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:51 am
J12Lite is bulky, but weighs 25 pounds or less. J10Lite is smaller and lighter.
Thanks all for your responses. I see dimensions/weights and SPL charts for J10 and J12.

Do similar dimensions/weights SPL charts exist for J10Lite and J12Lite on this forum ? I have not been able to locate.

Thanks .. Otto

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Re: Hello from Vermont, USA - best 'grab and go' option for bass guitar ?

#8 Post by Bill Fitzmaurice » Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:30 am

The external dimensions and frequency response of the Lite series is pretty much the same as the standard Jack series.

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Re: Hello from Vermont, USA - best 'grab and go' option for bass guitar ?

#9 Post by Mr Freeze » Fri Jan 17, 2020 3:03 pm

Super, thanks ..

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