The Marshall 1960AV is loaded with 70W, 12-inch Vintage 30 Celestion speakers. This cabinet has a thicker, warmer sound than the 1960A with a fat, well-defined midrange and a more rounded high end that sparkles nicely while not being overly bright. It also has a good low end chunk which never gets boomy. Some have called the Vintage 30's bass kick tuneful. Although the low end of the 75 Watt Celestion used in 1960As and Bs is more in your face (or should I say, chest?!) than the Vintage 30, it might interest you to know that the latter is the first choice of modern metal crunch masters such as James Hetfield (Metallica), Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) and Dino Cazares (Fear Factory)...all of whom use 1960BV cabs.
After the initial success of the Marshall 4x12, it wasn't too long before Marshall 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 8x12 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 8x12 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 literally invented the stack, Marshall 4x12's are the only true originals. Everything else is merely an imitation.
Stereo and Speaker Options
To ensure the ultimate in flexibility, four of the standard 4x12's are switchable from mono [4 or 16 Ohms] to stereo [8 Ohms per side]. These are the 1960A/B and 1960AV/BV.
All of the stereo/mono 4x12's are perfect for use with stereo rack systems.
Heavy duty castors are fitted as standard to all Marshall full size 4x12'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.