That Pedal Show – Thoughts On Speakers & Cabinets For Guitar Amps

Published on Apr 6, 2018

In this video we take an overview of cabinets and speakers for guitar amps. Truth be told, we’ve been reluctant to get into this on TPS… because there areso many variables to the point that most comparisons end up being almost entirely academic, and are therefore not tremendously helpful.
Variables include your amp, guitar, gain type, pedals, strings etc etc etc… even before we get into the bigger stuff like the volume you’re playing at, the room, its acoustics in terms of size, shape and materials and of course mic’ing and recording choices.
Should we all strip it back to a ‘lab’ style environment and do some scientific comparisons? We think it's largely pointless, and has nothing to do with how you will experience – hearing and feeling – the speaker.
Then why do this video at all? Despite what we've said above there remains no doubt your cab and speaker will radically change the sound of your amp. So what we’re trying to do as always is to help you ask better questions that suit your own personal circumstances and preferences.
We expect this video to spark a tremendous number of questions and requests for follow-up speaker shows… so let’s have them!

• Amp controls set exactly the same when comparing cabs
• Sennheiser e906 placed in the same place on each speaker in terms of position and distance
• Mic preamps and levels set exactly the same
• Our room mics – a pair of AKG C414XL – are set higher in the mix than we would normally set them (3 or 4 dB - nothing drastic) so that you get a slightly improved sense of the room as well. It’s a long way from reality, but it is what it is!

Please enjoy the video…

Pedals in this episode…

• TheGigRig Three2One

• D’Addario Pedal Tuner
UK & Europe:

• Analog Man Sun Face NKT Red Dot

• Kingsley Page Boost

• Keeley D&M Drive
UK & Europe:

• Danelectro Billionaire Big Spender
UK & Europe:

• Longamp Roxanne
Watch this space…

• Dawner Prince Boonar
UK & Europe:

• Source Audio Ventris Dual Reverb
UK & Europe:

• TheGigRig G2
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Interesting bits and go-to sections…
- Intro playing: 00:00
- We’ve been asked for this a lot – questions: 1:14
- Too many variables: 2:20
- All things being equal, level playing field – rubbish! 2:35
- Ball tampering: 4:25
- Marshall 412 & 212 comparison: 5:00 (6:30)
- …Actual (mid overdrive) comparison starts: 7:00
- A preliminary closed and open-back discussion: 9:00
- …Cleaner sounds with the Marshall 212 & 412: 10:16
- 1x12, 2x10 & 2x12 cabs discussion: 13:58
- What speakers? 17:30
- 1x12, 2x10 and 2x12 sounds, Tele: 17:30
- 1x12, 2x10 and 2x12 sounds, ES-335: 20:05
- Celestion Creamback 75: 22:15
- WGS12L: 23:16
- Strat, no pedals, 1x12, 2x10, 2x12: 25:54 (26:20)
- … and with the Tele and no FX: 27:18
- WGS12L and Celestion Creamback 75 again: 28:47
- Relationship between sound & feel: 31:30
- Impedance questions and extension cabs: 35:00
- Volume? 36:40
- Efficiency/sensitivity, volume, loudness: 37:33
- Oooh – an actual speaker! 39:40
- Magnet material, voice coils, damping etc… 40:28
- Wattage, power handling: 42:00
- Resonant frequency? 42:40
- Phase?: 44:05
- Cab design? 45:43
- 1x12 cab or 1x12 combo? 48:00
- Mick’s moan – cheapo cabs: 49:35
- Open- and closed-back cabs? 52:20 (53:48)
- Comparison using Victory VX The Kraken: 55:18
- Have we learned anything? 1:02:00

Amps in this episode
• Marshall 1987x head
• Victory V40 Deluxe head
• Victory VX The Kraken head

Cabs in this video
• Zilla Custom 1x12 with Celestion G12H-75 Creamback
• Zilla Custom 1x12 with WGS12L
• Zilla Custom 2x10 with Celestion Alnico Gold
• Victory V212VV prototype with Celestion Vintage 30
• Marshall 2061cx with Celestion G12H Anniversary
• Marshall 1960AX with Celestion G12M Greenback

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