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Re: speakercabs

12/29/1998 12:32 AM
Dan Dissault
Re: speakercabs
Excellent response. You're right, it's all so subjective. One could ponder materials, construction and design criteria untill the cows come home and all that really matters is how does it sound in your mind's ear? First off, I consider myself to be guitar player that embraces a growing facination with all the related gear. I just got on line and was lucky enough to discover this site. What a wonderful addition to merely devouring every guitar magazine that I can get my hands on. I also appreciate people like you who I sense are highly experienced and knowledgeable and yet willing to share what they know with a neophyte. Very cool.  
Your feedback would be much appreciated.  
I'll try to be concise.  
I am a broker by day and play guitar in a blues/funk/jazz band by night. In my past life I was a media producer with a fair amount of studio recording experience. I currently play a bright sounding customized strat-plus, soon to be joined by a Don Grosh custom with vintage DiMarzio PAFs. My last amp was a 4x10 BluesDeville. Got some okay sounds but couldn't cure the somewhat harsh or brittle bite when I play hard. (Even with THD 10's and rectifier mod) I hate brittle highs but I still want plenty of upper-end clarity, shimmer and note/string definition. I have tried dozens of amps and only recently found one that I think I could "fall in love with". I am about to purchase my buddy's Bruno Underground 30 head w/reverb. (he caught the Chieftan bug) The Bruno loves my Strat. Clarity without being brittle. Up until now, that has been a major challenge. As far as setup goes, I prefer to get a really good clean tone and then use a pedal for overdrive. (currently a Full Drive II) At this point, I own just two 1x12 cabs that I like fairly well. They're a "compatible cube stack" from Mesa/Boogie. (90wattBlackShadowCelestion/1/2 open-back) and 200wattEV/Thiele-ported closed-back) To my ears they are very different but complimentary. The EV has a very smooth low end and in a sense acts almost like a subwoofer in conjunction with the 90watt which has much more high end clarity. The Bruno sounds very good through them although I recently heard a 3x10 combo version of the same exact amp and was very impressed! Famous sounds?  
Carlos Montoya (strat/fralins/super?) Larry Carlton, Smokin'Joe Kubek(sp?), Stevie Ray, Robin Ford, Wedermeyer, Jeff Beck.  
Tried and liked amps? Bruno, Chieftan, Clubman, Victoria (bassman & Deluxe). Have not warmed up to any Mesa/Boogie yet except maybe the Maverick. Haven't explored Marshall. (one-trick pony with reliablility problems?) I currently use a Sundown Head (got killer deal) which is just okay. (fairly good "Twin" essense anyway)  
Here's the formula I'm pondering:  
Bruno+4x10open-back+my Thiele 1x12 (or possibly some 2x12?) What do you know about the 2x12cab of Buzz Feiten's that I read about in 1996 Guitar Player?  
Last but not least, I realize that getting the PAF equipped Grosh will probably have an impact on the way I perceive amps in general, although I'm more naturally a "strat guy".  
Thanks for letting me ramble. I look forward to your responses.  
P.S. How do different magnets effect tone?

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