Review: Gallien Krueger 115MBE 1×15 Cabinet

Well I guess I must have the Gallien Krueger bug.  Ever since I bought my MB200 head I have been looking at all the new offerings that GK has been churning out.  While ogling all the new gear online I came across the Gallien-Krueger 1x15MBE Bass Cabinet and thought that it might pair nicely with my MB200.

The 115MBE is light weight (33lbs), 200 watt, 4 ohm cab with both Speakon & 1/4 inch inputs and has a horn that can be turned off.  To be honest the cabinet is not as fat sounding as I was hoping, but for the price I can’t complain.  The sound is clear and crisp, as you would expect from GK, with a bit of an airy sound to it.  The horn has a hiss to it when on, which is more noticeable with active basses, but if it really bothers you, just turn it off.   I was able to quickly dial in a decent slap tone with my Jazz Bass and an awesome mwah tone with my Carvin Fretless.  At 33lbs this cab is seriously light!  It is easily lifted with one hand.  Definitely a plus for us older players who are tired of lugging heavy gear around.  Construction seems somewhat rugged, I doubt it would survive a full on tour but it should hold up well for the occasional club gig.  Paired with my GK MB200 this might well be the ultimate bass combo I have been searching for.  On a random note, when I took the cabinet out of the box it was shipped to me in  I thought I heard something rattling around inside the cabinet so I shook it a bit more and sure enough something was in there.  Noticing that the lower left corner of the cabinet is ported I held it at an angle then tipped it forward to see if anything would fall out.  Well something fell out alright, a small, dead, dried out, lizard!! Now is that weird or what!?

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