Hi, Im going to take a stab at your question. Deciding what is best
is always subjective, so youll have to follow your instincts there.
But Ive gone with conventional wisdom out there.
The Laney is a great amp and since its a classic tube job Im
guessing you might be leaning toward a more classic cab with speakers
as well (and you mention going for a used item). So why not go for a
Marshall? Very well made! There are 4x12 Marshalls on ebay all the
time. Granted, they just push your spending limit, but its a long
term investment, and theyll hold their value. If you keep looking I
think youll find something just barely affordable.
Your amp is rated at about 100 watts and so double check the handling
of any cab outfit you go for, but usually the Marshall ones that I
know easily handle anything you can give it. Most (or all?) seem to
have Celestion speakers in them. The most revered is probably the 1960
series, which has been made for years and years. But I have no doubt
other 4x12 Marshall versions will be really suitable, too.
Heres one that was current as of this posting:
Dont just take my word for it about the Marshalls. Some user opinions
are viewable at epinions, and this link should take you right to a
list of Marshall 4x12 options (note the higher new prices than the
used ebay ones above):
Another possible option which uses Celestion drivers as well is the
Avatar. The company has listings on ebay that are almost half the
price of the Marshalls, and you might get similar sound overall.
A Crate cab with 4 Celestions is also on ebay, and a bit cheaper:
Obviously you cant go wrong with a classic Fender cab, and though
this one is going to go too expensive (its a beauty), other Fenders
have ended on ebay under $300.
Melody Exchange is a company with many used offerings that seem to be
linked through ebay, but might offer advice by email:
If you dont like the ebay idea, which is usually the cheapest option,
you can try any number of new/used guitar equipment shops on line (or
check locally where you live to avoid $50 shipping). Find a Marshall!
A Marshall 1960 copy of sorts, which might be much harder to find
but in case you run across one, is the Park G412, and a comparison
site is found here. The fact that the Marshall was copied is the
ultimate testimony to the Marshall:
Vintage Guitar classifieds, a hit-or-miss proposition worth some
browsing if you have extra time:
A nice site for used stuff is Chris Guitars:
Another on line guitar firm with a page on Marshalls:
Well, I tried to solve your answer by both giving what I would do,
based on some reading and a little experience out there. And Ive
listed a bunch of sites and options to do your own research if you
want to go further. Please let me know if you have a specific concern
Ive missed somehow. By the way, matching the amp to a particular cab
doesnt seem to be an issue (though Im sure if you talk to enough
people, youll find lots of favorite combinations they will swear
by!). Double check your impedances match and youre set.
My search strategy:
on ebay search (www.ebay.com) I typed: 4x12 marshall
I then clicked on the guitar category to the left and just entered:
on google: 4x12 guitar used
and: 4x12 marshall
on epinion: 4x12 marshall