Kustom The Defender 1 x 12 Guitar Extension Cabinet for 5H Head
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As I need a lot more power than this can provide when I play live, I haven't really gigged with it, so I can't attest to it's durability on the road. But it seems substantial enough, and has been great in the studio.
I'm a glutton for low end response, and there's plenty of low end for me with this, so there should be plenty for most anyone else. Highs are open and smooth. I'm honestly not sure what make of speaker they use, but I certainly haven't felt any need to upgrade.
While I got this to pair with the aforementioned Defender head, I've found myself using it with my other lower wattage heads as well, and it's even found use as an extension for a combo or two. It's just a great sounding, flexible cab. I'm hoping they make a 50+ watt version because I kind of want one.
And as I don't see it mentioned or photographed, it's a 2/3 closed, 1/3 open cabinet, with panels on the top and bottom thirds with the center open.
Update: I now have the second cab - this time with a Texas Heat speaker, and it does sound entirely different from the Man-o-War cab - a lot warmer, much less bite, but not muddy. The combination of both cabs really gives dimension to the sound, my high expectations have been met. And it will get better as both speakers get broken in... Swapping out the speakers was super easy btw: remove the two small panels in the back for easy access. The 8-hole eminence speakers don't line up with the holes for the stock speaker, except for two of them, so just use two additional wood screws (or more if you insist) , and you are done.
One space for improvement, though: the wimpy 8" speaker!
As a little experiment I hooked the Vibro Champ's speaker out to my VHT special 6's speaker (that one's a 10"). Instantly it sounded MUCH better! OK that's it! I'm getting the Kustom cab! It was either that or some sexy tube-amp-safe switching box, which would have cost more than this speaker. Easy choice, then :-)
I had to remind myself on initial tests that new speakers often sound tight and stiff. Almost unmusical. After even two hour's use (at my usual gentle volume) it's already settling in nicely. The obvious increase in bass is very welcome, but not overpowering (something Fenders seem to exhibit - limited bass, and there's no way I'm going to a 15"!!), and the larger speaker seems to have smoothed out some of the fizziness / raspiness of the stock speaker. I've found myself using voice number 2 ("fat tweed") rather than my previous fave voice 6 (bright blackface) since switching the speaker, so you might want to anticipate some eq adjustments if you're making a similar switch in size of speaker and/or cabinet.
It site nicely underneath the Vibro Champ, and doesn't take up too much room. Build quality is just fine, weight is totally manageable, packaging was more than adequate.
One thing - the two wires connecting the input jack to the speaker were disconnected. Just make sure to check this before switching your amp on :-)
Great cab. Highly recommended, particularly at this price.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sounds great to me. Improved the sound of my Vox AC4TVmini, which has a small 6.5 inch speaker and sounds way too tinny. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Sasha E. Z.
Great cheap little extension cab. I have mine paired to a 3W Brugera head for my practice amp and I get great tone from the pairing. Good build quality too. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Juice Box
Fantastic sound, looks great! I agree with other commenters about not being road worthy, but If you're a church or home player, it will be more than sturdy enough.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The best cab you can get for 100 bucks! Really nice quality! Would buy another one. Stock speaker sounds good! Easily upgrade-able down the road if you desire! Seriously great buy! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I ordered this cabinet on Nov. 5 and was using it two days later (today). What a great deal!. I did not buy the amp head; I have two amps that will both drive a 16 ohm external... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dennis Hawley
I've been playing guitar for 25 years now. Perfect amp for jamming and recording. I use the kustom defender 5w head. It's simple, it's reasonably priced and most importantly... Read morePublished 3 months ago by dutybot
Excelent! It really exceeded my expectations in sound quality and loudness. I just wanted a petite light weight speaker for a small head I own and very small venues, but it can... Read morePublished 5 months ago by JULIO
I can't ask for much better, especially considering the price. I may at some point in the future replace the speaker, but for now it serves me well.Published 9 months ago by Nobody