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Fender Vibro-Champ XD, the Ultimate Bedroom Amp?

Hi-diddly-ho fair blogeriffic frinds.  I’m an amp guy, I don’t try to hide it.  I’d rather play an average guitar through a fantastic Amp than the other way around.  Can I get an "amen" from anybody out there?  The problem is that syrupy, smooth, warm tube-tone usually only comes once an amp is at a fairly high volume.  Even my smallest of tube amps, a silver-face Fender Champ, needs to get fairly loud before it finds its voice. My little Vox Pathfinder 15R sounds decent at low volume, but it is kind of a one-trick-pony, and even it sounds pretty...

Ultimate 5-pickup Fender Stratocaster, Worlds Most Versatile Guitar?

I’m sub-titling this: "Vaughn’s Halloween Blog: The Frankenstrat Gets Even Creepier"!  (Frankenstrat v2.0) My #1 electric is a 1995 Fender ’62 RI, and for the record, it came to me already quite ... well, shall we say "modified"?  When I found it at Nashville Used Music, it had a Seymour Duncan Hot Rails in the Bridge & a Seymour Duncan mini-humbucker in the neck position, a "swimming pool" cavity route, Graphtec string-saver saddles, and a roller nut & accompanying string tree.  After just a year or two, I put a Custom Shop Texas Special Strat pickup...

Our Fearless Leader!

Everybody needs to release a little preasure now & then.  Here, WGS founder & President shows us one potential answer.As David put it:"40 rounds of .50 cal ammo. Everybody should do this once in their life."

Proper Size Speaker spade Lugs: The Definitive Answer!

If, like me, you are ALWAYS swapping speakers around, you have no-doubt grown tired of constantly soldering and re-soldering the connections.  Properly done, a solder connection is an awesome thing, but man, what a pain!  The fumes, the hassle, ugg. Not to mention that most speaker companies will only accept a speaker return if the lugs have not been soldered on. And so it is that I have begun to put lug connectors (female spade disconnects) on all my amps & cabinets that don’t already have them.  There seems to be a bit of confusion on just what size the...

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...

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