I remember way back in the early-mid 90s when I got my 1st gig as a lead guitarist. This was back when I was in my late teens & barely had enough money for gear. I always had some type of Peavey or Crate 1x12 SS combo that only cut through if you cranked it, but at that point, it sounded like a pile of crap. From them on, I stuck to 1/2 and full stacks because I never wanted to not be heard again & I didn't want my tone to suffer.
As I'm getting older, I've definately been embracing today's technology by making my live rig more and more portable. In the last 15 years, I went from....
1x12 combo >
Full stack (2 4x12 cabs) >
Half stack (1 4x12 cab) >
Half stack (2 2x12 cabs for easier transport) >
Head/rack into either 2 1x12 cabs or 1 2x12 cab
So on Monday, my band rented a rehearsal space to gear up for an upcoming show. Rather than getting 1 of our usual "easy to load-in" rooms, we ended up with a room where load-in is a pain. So, instead of bringing the 70# mesa 2x12 I normally use, I decided to bring along my 33# mesa 1x12 that I use for home practice. I paired it up with my EVH 5150iii 50w head. I wasn't sure if I was going to cut through given this band gets very loud. BOY, WAS I WRONG! This was the 1st time I'd used a 1x12 setup in a live environment in nearly 20 years. I had my amp volume set to about 9-10 o'clock & my setup was screaming loud! I honestly never thought a 1x12 setup would keep up with a band like this & it made me gush when the entire band was amazed with the setup as well. While still loud, the tone was there & sounded glorious! Anyway, I'm pretty happy that I have a smaller option when load-in for various gigs are a pain.
I guess an old dog can learn a new trick.
My 30-watt F-30 and ONE Mesa Thiele cab is crazy loud.