What is the difference between open and closed-back cabinets?

As a rule of thumb, closed back cabinets tend to project the sound forwards and yield a punchier, more structured tone with crisper definition. Contrast that with open back cabinets that are much more inclined to fill the room they are in, providing a more natural and organic sound with a greater ambient quality. I have heard people say that the Vintage 30 ONLY works in open cabs, and others say it ONLY works in closed so ultimately it’s all down to personal taste, your tone and style, and how you set your amp controls.