Mills Acoustics Afterburner 412B
Mills Acoustics Afterburner 412B

Afterburner 412B, 4x12 Guitar Cabinet from Mills Acoustics.

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ibanez4life SZ! 11/04/2011

Mills Acoustics Afterburner 412B : Recensione di ibanez4life SZ! (content in English)

"Proving it's not just another cab..."

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The Mills Acoustics Afterburner 412B is an oversized cabinet loaded with a quad of Celestion Vintage 30s. Seems like a fairly standard set of features for your modern 4x12 cabinet, but the Mills cabinet is anything but just another quad box.

First off, the construction and attention to detail with the cabinet is second to none. Dave Mills works hard on his cabinets, and it really comes through. They are built to survive just about any sort of abuse, though with how much the cabinet weighs, I would worry about what it will do to the ‘contender’ should you get in a tussle with one. Hit up the gym or bring a friend to get these in and out of the gig van.

Sound wise, the cabinet speaks for itself. The Mesa Boogie Oversized 4x12 has been a big contender in the high gain market for a long time, but many complain of ice pick treble, and a loose, muddy low end, especially when turned up high. The Mills takes what we love about the oversized design, and perfects it. The Afterburner 4x12 sounds HUGE and CLEAR. It makes your standard 4x12 cabinet honestly sound small in comparison, no matter what style of music you are playing. The cabinet handles and throws low end like I never thought was possible from my previous experiences with guitar cabinets. I am a big advocate of the Mesa Rectifier series, which is well known to have a ridiculous amount of lows. The Mills cab can take the most bass heavy setting of the amp, and not break up or flub out. Though these extremities are not always necessary, it is nice to have the additional range in the amplifier’s knobs. The same can be said for the highs. The Mills cab, though very present, allows me to run more treble without getting an obscene ice pick or fizz. This extended range really helps with dialing in your specific amount of clarity/cut.

Getting my first Mills cab made me replace numerous Mesa and Marshall cabs without hesitation. It really opens up a whole new tone and level of performance in each and every one of my amplifiers. Those that don’t like Vintage 30’s…you may want to give this cab a shot before you judge. The Mills design optimizes these speakers and makes them run better than I’ve ever heard!