Mesa Boogie Recto 2x12 Horizontal
Mesa Boogie Recto 2x12 Horizontal

Recto 2x12 Horizontal, 2x12 Guitar Cabinet from Mesa Boogie in the Rectifier cabinet series.

Hatsubai 03/16/2011

Mesa Boogie Recto 2x12 Horizontal : Hatsubai's user review

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The Mesa/Boogie 2x12 cabinet is a fairly standard 2x12 cab. It contains two V30 speakers, is completely closed back and is wired in 8 ohms. The Mesa V30s are a bit different from the regular V30s in that they’re a bit warmer and don’t sound as harsh as regular V30s. I believe that Mesa has since switched to regular wattage V30s, but I recall my cabinet having the higher wattage V30s in it. I can’t say for sure as I don’t own the cabinet anymore.

The overall construction of the cabinet is of very high quality. It’s made out of Baltic Birch and comes with a high quality tolex. Some tolex on certain cabinets can break and tear fairly easily, but the tolex that Mesa uses always seems to be able to withstand a good amount of abuse. This’ll help keep them looking more mint during touring. The cabinet is closed back, so it’s a bit directional, and it can be a touch hard to hear when it’s on the floor. However, the closed back helps keep the cabinet nice and tight. The rear loaded speaker design allows the sound to spread a bit more and sound just a touch fatter than normal. I tend to find front loaded cabs to be too directional and a touch harsh.

If you’re looking for a 2x12 V30 cabinet, this is something to consider. While it won’t fill the room like a typical 4x12 will, it will still deliver more than enough volume for gigging and home usage. It works quite nicely in conjunction with a 4x12 in delivering some nice spread. John Petrucci used the 2x12 in conjunction with the 4x12 for awhile. The 2x12 was mainly used for clean tones, and the 4x12 handled all the dirty tones. It was a cool setup that actually sounds pretty nice. If you happen to have both the 4x12 and the 2x12, I recommend at least trying it.