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A Very Merry Christmas to all!

Howdy folks!  It's Christmas eve; I've been under the weather and wrapped up in bed for the last few days ... but that's not been an entirely bad thing; it's given me some time to reflect on just how blessed I am.  First, when I get sick, it sure is nice to have a warm house with indoor plumbing and a comfy bed; and my wife is an absolute angel,  bringing me chicken-noodle soup and the like.  And of course there are the other wonderful members of my immediate family, my two precious redheads, my daughters Ashley and Callie; though separated by nearly two decades, those...

ET-65 ... Plays VERY well with others!

Man oh man does the ET65 mate well with other speakers!  There have been a few great conversations on the Q&A forum concerning the ET-65.  So good, in fact, that I believe they warrant a quick mention and review here!  I won’t reprint the entire threads, just a summary and a link.  Let’s get started with a brand-new conversation concerning a pairing of 2 ET-65’s and 2 Reapers in a 4x12 cab. Here is the quote that sums it up: “I am blown away at how DELICATE and SENSITIVE the combination is!  Even at high gain settings, notes and chords are still articulate...

Smooth Cone vs Ribbed Cone Speakers

Smooth or Ribbed, Where Will You Find Pleasure? Hi-diddly-ho fair neighbors!  I’ll just bet that you all have noticed that WGS is now offering the 10" & 12" American speakers with "smooth cones".  Here is a pic of a young naked smooooth WGS gal wearing nothing but her pretty lil ohm rating. Pretty, no?  So, anyway, if you have been wondering if a smooth-cone may be the right gal for you and your amp, READ ON! First, the history:  If this were 1949, we would not be having this discussion, because up until about that time all speaker cones were smooth....

Peace, Love, & Unicorns

Yesterday I walked into the luxurious WGS command center and found Daniel, resident guitar maharishi, drawing what can only be described as one seriously kick-ass Unicorn on a WGS shipping box.   As it turns out, a patron had included a request for a Unicorn to be added to their speaker order.  For any other speaker company this would be an impossible request, but not for WGS!  This proves what we all already know; WGS isn’t your typical company.  Some folks may wonder why WGS speakers consistently sound better than the other brands; well, here is your answer:...

American Welterweight Match: Vintage Jensen C12Q vs, WGS G12C !

Last year I sold my early 1965 (pre CBS) Deluxe Reverb.  My amp had a factory Jensen C12Q in it, and it totally kicked butt on the vintage DR’s with the factory Oxfords.  On several occasions I’ve wished I had kept that amp long enough to compare it’s Jensen to the WGS G12C.  I actually have both a vintage P12Q (Alnico) and C12Q, but both are blown, and alas, their inch and a quarter voice coils have rendered them tough to recone.  That’s a problem with the old Jensen’s, they were never very high-wattage speakers to begin with, and after 30-50 years of service, many...

Those Rose Colored Glasses of Yore

There is an old saying that goes like this: "youth is wasted on the young".  And seriously, it would be awesome to have that uber-responsive 18 year old body that could be used and abused and bounce right back ... matched to a seasoned brain capable of rational thought and not subject to whims of fancy.  Or would it?  We’re going to take a trip back to my world, as it existed about 30 or so years ago, when I was a bright-faced teen just starting to chart my musical path.  Please, join me for this little trip... So, if you have read this blog from its inception...

(Another) Ultimate 2-Minute Guitar Lesson

Howdy folks!  I received some pretty nice emails from folks who enjoyed last weeks little quickie-lesson.  You have spoken, and I have heard you!  So, back by popular demand, is my buddy and well known Nashville Guitar Slinger Brad Sample with another installment of "two minutes to a cooler you".  This week he's talkin' about getting all them fingers on your right hand in the game, and sounding like a Nashville player.  enjoy! email vaughn     About Vaughn Skow

Andy Rooney 1919-2011

Friends, you probably remember that a few weeks ago on this blog I paid homage to my writing mentor, Andy Rooney. It is with a heavy heart that I add my voice to the many who are expressing condolences upon the Death of Mr Rooney.  When Walter Cronkite died last year, Rooney stood alone as a living example of the great journalists of the WWII era; now there are none.  Please take the time to travel over to youtube and WATCH THIS VIDEO (CBS dose not want it embedded).  Farewell Andy.

The Ultimate 2-minute Guitar Lesson

Howdy fellow tone affectionados! If you caught yesterday’s blog where I whined like a little girl about my current crop of audio students, consider it similar to the Beatles butcher cover.  If you got to see it, good for you!  If not ... well, tough luck ... it ain’t coming back. I decided to yank it because it might have left the false impression that ALL of my students were terrible, and that isn’t the case.  So, instead, I’m going to feature a clip from one of my favorite former students, a young man who was a blast to have as a student for three semesters: Brad Sample....

Amp Rx Part 2 - The Gibson GA-20RVT

Howdy do tone brothers and sisters.  This week has been really fun for me.  I recently acquired a Gibson GA20RVT amp.  Gibson has made amps with this model designation several times over the past 40 years or so; I’m talking about the latest incarnation ... from around 2001-2007.  These quality hand-built amps can be had cheap, so they qualify as a "sleeper" amp.  This model sports 12ax7’s in the pre amp and a pair of 6V6 tubes in the power section and is (very conservatively) rated at 20 watts.  She’s a real looker, and her beauty ain’t just skin-deep;...

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