If one thing personifies the image of rock ‘n’ roll more than anything else it’s the Marshall 4×12. Though often imitated, nothing compares with the original. The first 4×12 cab was designed and built by Jim Marshall in 1962. Since then Marshall has made many thousands, which have appeared on stages both large and small all over the world.
After the initial success of the Marshall 4×12, it wasn’t too long before they designed and built the first stack, where an angled cabinet sits on top of a straight fronted cab, with the amplifier placed on top. This came about after discussions with Pete Townshend of The Who. Pete and Jim Marshall sat down and discussed The Who’s requirements for an 8×12 cab with an angled top. This was designed and built, but due to this awesome cab being somewhat cumbersome, only six were ever made.
As a result, Marshall came up with the more practical idea of stacking an angled cab on top of a straight fronted model. Thus the famous Marshall stack was born. What happened to the six 8×12 cabs do we hear you ask? Well, two went to Pete Townshend, two went to John Entwhistle and the remaining two went to the Small Faces. The Marshall stack on the other hand has stayed in production ever since and has gone on to become the most recognisable rock ‘n’ roll icon.
As they invented the stack, Marshall 4×12’s are the only true originals. Everything else is merely an imitation.
Stereo and Speaker Options
To ensure the ultimate in flexibility, four of Marshall’s standard 4×12’s are switchable from mono [4 or 16 Ohms] to stereo [8 Ohms per side]. These are the 1960A/B and 1960AV/BV.
Heavy duty castors are fitted as standard to all Marshall full size 4×12’s to ensure that these cabinets are ready to roll without rocking.
No sharp metal edges or rough fittings – the smooth ABS plastic Marshall corner fits perfectly and offers excellent protection to all eight cabinet corners.
Marshall’s highest quality woodwork includes the ‘corner locking’ of each and every joint. This helps give Marshall cabinets the incredible strength and durability which has become as legendary as the Marshall sound itself. Heavy-duty Grab Handles are fitted to all Marshall cabinets. Their tough, ergonomic recessed casing design gives easy access to the bar of the handle without affecting the cabinet’s smooth lines.
• Black Grille cloth/white piping
• Large white logo
• Black Elephant grain vinyl
• Cabinet type: Straight, flat front
• Speaker Type: Celestion G12T-75
• Power: 300 watts
• Selectable: Mono/Stereo
• Impedance: 8 ohms in stereo mode; 16 or 4 ohms in mono mode
• Dimensions: 760 x 830 x 360 mm
• Weight: 37 kg
Configuration 4 x 12" Speakers 4 x 12" Celestion G12T-75 Power Handling 300W Impedance 16 ohms/4 ohms (Mono), 8 ohms (Stereo) Cabinet Type Angled Open/Closed Back Closed Construction Material Birch Mono/Stereo Mono, Stereo Inputs 2 x 1/4" Height 32.68" Width 29.92" Depth 14.17" Weight 80.25 lbs. Manufacturer Part Number M-1960A-U