In a previous review article we looked at how awesome Line 6 HD100 is. It has ability to pump out 100W of power into the speakers so we have to make a selection based on this. It is one great amp head that any guitarist would crave for and we would be doing a big injustice against it if we failed at selecting a good quality speaker cabinet. We need sounds that are loud and clear which do not get muddy with higher volume and power.
BlackStar Artisan Series 412 Speaker Cabinet
The usual choice for a 4×12 cabinet is Mesa Boogie 4×12 which is definitely loud and clear cabinet tuned to give that vintage feel. The high cost of Mesa is enough to put off many guitarists, especially the amateurs or those who go low on budget. But that does not mean there is no other speaker at lower cost which gives same quality of sound. The Blackstar Artisan series 412A/B cabinet is hand made masterpiece coming from the ex-Marshall employees. The same people who brought success to the well known high quality Marshall amps. If you are the kind of guitarist who goes on tours quite often to play gigs, then it is likely that you carry your stuff along with you. Many a times, good sounding cabinets are built with cheap material that easily wears down. Blackstar 412A/B is built with rugged birch plywood and strong metal chassis gives this cabinet durability and strength to survive while travelling.
The Blackstar Artisan Series 412 speak cab can definitely work with any good amp head. The Blackstar 412 and Line 6 Spider Valve HD100 makes a good combo. Many experienced users have suggested to use Celestion Vintage 30 speakers to get the best sound. These speakers are very popular for the quality of sound they output. The Blackstar Artisan series 412 A/B comes with 4 of these speakers fitted inside to give deep, dark sounds with edgy mids. Many users have also reported that the Blackstar out performs Mesa Boogie. If that is the case, then Blackstar is definitely worth buying. The efficient power handling of Line 6 coupled with high efficiency speakers in Blackstar make a perfect combo required to output loud and clear sounds with balanced lows, mids and treble. Being rated at 240W gives us enough room to slam the strings with no worries about blowing out the speaker’s voice coil.
240W / 16Ω extension cabinet
Fingerjointed birch plywood construction
Handwired with heavy gauge wire
Celestion Vintage 30 speakers
The Line 6 Spider Valve HD100 and the Blackstar 412A/B combo is enough to invoke the musical emotions in your audience.