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Cabbone™ USING & APPLICATIONS

Adding a Cabbone to your rig is really very simple, however, it is important to follow certain precautions as outlined below. For complete details, download the manual by clicking on the icon on the left.

Overview

The Cabbone is a specially designed switcher than enables you to connect two cabinets to the same head and safely switch between them. You connect your guitar and pedals as usual, but instead of connecting your head directly to the speaker cabinet, the amp's speaker output connects to the Cabbone. This in turn connects to your two different speaker cabinets. You can then switch between them using the footswitch or via a remote control.

Before making connections, always turn your amplifier off for safety. As you will likely be switching a high power guitar amplifier, you should always use heavy 12-gauge speaker cable. Heavy gauge cable is more robust, will have less signal loss due to heat and will improve the tone quality of your setup by delivering more punch. There is no power switch on the Cabbone. As soon as you connect the power supply, it will automatically turn on.

The basic Cabbone setup

The Cabbone speaker cabinet switcher is laid out simply and logically. With the most basic setup, the head connects to the Cabbone and the Cabbone connects to the two speaker cabinets. Assuming your amplifier is set to 8 Ohms and your two speaker cabinets are also 8 Ohms, the set up is straight forward – once connected, all you do is hit the footswitch and you can now toggle from one speaker to the other.

Managing different speaker loads

The Cabbone is also equipped to handle setups where you have two speaker cabinets where each one has a different impedance. For example, the first may be a 4 Ohm cabinet while the second is 8 Ohms. As most heads also have separate outputs to match the impedance, simply connect the 4 Ohm output to the Cabbone's first input and the 8 Ohm output to the Cabbone's second (alternate) input. When you switch cabinets, the Cabbone will also toggle the input to accommodate.

Different loads affect the performance

In situations where your amp does not have different outputs for different speaker loads, you will have to make some choices. Different loads will yield different output levels or tonal variances based on the type of amplifier you are using. As a rule of thumb, lowering the load on a solid-state amp will yield a higher output. On tube amps, lowering the impedance increases the workload on the tubes, which often makes the amp sound fatter but does so at the expense of reducing the tube's lifespan.

Using the Slingshot™ Remote

The real fun begins when you start playing with the Cabbone's Slingshot remote control. Slingshot is a ¼" guitar cable interface that enables you to connect almost any type of footswitch or contact closure to the Cabbone to cause it to switch. The primary benefit here is being able to hide all of the cables behind the amp, out of harm's way. Since the Cabbone is also equipped with a Slingshot 'thru' connector, you can simultaneously send a contact closure command to another device and have it perform a function. You could for instance have it switch channels on your amp, toggle effects on or off, or even have it switch heads via another Slingshot equipped device like the Headbone.

Three top panel switches can be set to ensure compatibility with as many switching systems as possible:

  • EXT / INT
    Setting the Cabbone's footswitch assign to external allows a device like a footswitch or MIDI controller to activate the switching. When set to internal, the built-in footswitch will perform the task.
  • LATCH / PULSE
    Lets you toggle the switching command so that it works with vintage contact closures or newer pulse type commands found on today's amplifiers.
  • TIP / RING
    If you have an amplifier that uses a TRS type connector to remotely switch channels or turn on the reverb, you can set the Cabbone's Slingshot to toggle either function.