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Reaper vs. Reaper 55Hz

If ya haven’t already, be sure to read last weeks blog on the technical details and differences between speaker cone and completed speaker Fs frequencies.  From over the internet I can already hear you all asking: "but what is the actual difference in tone?"  Glad you asked!  I’ll not make you wait, check out this video: email Vaughn     About Vaughn Skow My outside blog recommendation this week is totally off the wall!  Just in case you have not already, please check out the people of Wal-Mart photos.  Do it sometime when you really need a...

The Truth about 75Hz vs. 55Hz Guitar Speaker Cones

I’ll just bet that you have noticed that the WGS Reaper is available either with the (standard) 75Hz, or 55Hz cone.  Several other speaker manufacturers also offer this option.  But, what does it really mean in terms of tone?  Let’s talk about that. First, we need to understand that the natural response of the raw cone is not the same as the final natural response of the completed speaker, which is expressed as the speaker’s Resonant Frequency (abbreviated Fs).  Here is the textbook description of a speaker’s Fs: “Also called F0, resonance frequency measured in...

The Vox Pathfinder 15R

Every once in a while a guitar amp comes into our lives that totally exceeds all our expectations and/or preconceived notions as to how it will sound.  The diminutive Vox Pathfinder 15R is just such an amp.  The petite cutie is roughly the same size as a classic Fender Champ, and weighs in at a couple pounds less.  Like the Champ, she uses an 8" speaker to push air molecules around. The 15R is a VERY portable amp.  At an average new price of 120 bucks, she’s also very affordable. I plugged into one at a local pawn shop and was totally blown away.  The little...

The WGS Reaper vs Celestion G12H30

Hi lovely readers, this blog will pretty much be a "video blog".  I’ve had folks on the WGS forum asking for a good ol Vaughn shootout between the WGS Reaper (standard 30 watt, 75Hz) and the similarly voiced Celestion G12H30 Anniversary.  I’m not gonna give away the results, just watch this video (it’s the short version): Want the whole Vaughn demo experience?  Well then, check out the long version: Can’t get enough?  Well, check out my earlier blog, where I do a shootout between the WGS Reaper 55Hz and the English made Celestion G12H30 Heritage (55Hz):...

Paper or plastic? The Great Kapton vs. Paper Voice-coil Former Question!

First a little catch-up lesson:  What exactly IS a "former" in a speaker anyway?  It’s the tube that the voice-coil is wound around, that’s what.  And, like old Rodney Dangerfield, it just doesn’t get any respect.  In fact, most exploded-views of speakers don’t even LIST the former, giving the impression that the voice-coil is magically wound on nothing other than thin air!  Until about 1970, all speaker voice coils were wound on paper tubes.  Paper has a nasty habit of burning up when it gets hot.  The voice-coil is the part of the speaker that...

The Peavey T-15 Guitar, aka the “Mississippi Mustang”

Those of you who know me, or are regular readers of this blog know that nearly all of my guitars and amps came to me by way of a pawn shop, junk shop, dumpster, garage sale, craigslist, ebay, and so on and so forth.  I feel as though, just as rescue dogs make the best pets, rescue guitars make the best friends!  The Peavey T-15 that is the topic of this blog is typical: I found her sitting, unloved, in a dark corner of a pawnshop. A little history: like anyone who began their musical career in the late 70’s to early 80’s, I was an early Peavey user.  My high school...

Happy 4th of July From WGS

On this day more than ever we become thoughtful about two things:1. What a unique and truly great country the United States of America is.2. What exactly America stands for.America was, and is, a grand experiment; one based on the premise that the government should work for and answer to the people, not the other way around.  The premise, of course, was very sound ... that is, as long as the people remained "good".  Just as a Monarchical government can be either good or bad, based on the core "goodness" of the Monarch; so can the American system ... based on the overall "goodness"...

Not All Speaker Designs Are Good - The Styrofoam Speaker!

Innovation.  Good?  Bad?  Shucks, it can be either one, but mix a little "innovation" with a really stupid speaker design and what do ya get?  The Styrofoam speaker!  I am a vintage Fender amp guy through and through, but I gotta tell ya, the CBS nut-jobs made some downright appalling speaker decisions in the late 60’s/early 70’s.  The absolute worst of the worst: The Fender Bantam Bass Amp.  All I can say is that the designers of the Bantam bass amp musta been wasted outta their minds when they choose the Yamaha Styrofoam driver for the Bantam...

Vaughn Skow & WGS: 100 Blogs and Going Strong!

Dear fellow WGS guitar tone-heads, today I feel like throwing a party, for today we celebrate a milestone together.  This mark’s the 100th weekly installment of this blog.  If you’re one of those math geniuses, you will no-doubt figure out that this is a blog every week for about two years.   I’ve written to you in times of plenty and in times of famine; from far-flung regions, and from my own bed while nursing the flu; we have reveled together as my new daughter, Callie, came into the world, and we mourned together when my old doggie pal, Rosie, left.  I’ve...

Danelectro Corned Beef, it’s NOT What’s For Supper! You Too Can Sound Like a Rockabilly Legend!

Hold the presses!  I just hit a little pawnshop gem that is so cool I just had to feature it here.  Probably every guitar player on planet earth has at least played through a Danelectro pedal, most of us own a few; the darn little critters are sooo cute, and dirt cheap, too.  Sure long-term reliability on these inexpensive pedals might preclude mounting them to your board before leaving on a world-tour; but for the more common around town gig, studio overdub, or bonus room jam, they often fit the bill quite nicely. Most Dano pedals sell new for twenty to fifty bucks,...

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