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10" Shoot Out Finale - The BIG GUNS!

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is it, this is what you have been waiting for! The great finale.  This week I conclude the ultimate 10-inch shootout. If you caught the last two blogs, then you know that the diminutive little  WGS Veteran 10 has been doing amazingly well, sounding richer and warmer and beefier on the bottom end and smoother on the top end than either the Jensen P10R Alnico or the Eminence/Fender blue-frame Alnico ten .  In this last shootout, I’m going to pull out the big guns, the WGS G10A and G10C. As before, we used a pair of matching Custom Vibrolux...

More about the big ten-inch! (Shoot-out part duex!)

Twelve-inch speakers get all the glory, but personally, I love ten-inch transducers.  Many of my favorite amps of all time produce their magical sound through either a quartet or a duet of ten-inch speakers. So, last week we did a little shoot-out of tens in Super Reverbs, trying to see just how close we could get a modern Reproduction Super Reverb Amp to sound like a vintage ’67 model ... and darn if the little WGS Vet Tens didn’t almost do it!  Okay, so this week I’m doing another great speaker shoot-out involving the WGS Veteran 10.  In this shoot-out, I aim to...

Shoot-Out at The Super Reverb Corral!

Hi fellow tone junkies!  This week I’m doing another great speaker shoot-out involving the WGS Veteran 10.  I’ve been hearing from amp and cabinet builders out there how amazing these diminutive little transducers are in 4x10 cabinets and combos, and I wanted to thoroughly investigate the claims.  The benchmark tone is my beloved ’67 Blackface Super Reverb Amp with its original CTS Alnico speakers.  Going up against the grand old gal is a modern Fender Super Reverb Repro Amp; first with the factory Jensen P10R Alnico tens, and then with a quartet of WGS Veteran 10s...

A Few Of My Favorite Things

I need ya all’s help.  I’ve had a bugger of a cold the last week, and for the most part, I’ve been banished to the spare bedroom in what will probably prove to be a futile attempt to keep the cold from spreading to the rest of the family.  So, I’ve caught up on a lot of reading, and watched way too much television.  I fellow can get a little blue in this state if he ain’t careful.  Okay, do you all remember the song from The Sound of Music that goes "I simply remember a few of my favorite things, and then I don’t feel so bad"?  Well, let’s all put a list...

The Fender Champ II - one Rare Bird!

Ya all know me well enough by now to know that I’m a big fan of vintage Fender amps.  Primarily, I like the tweed and blackface era amps ... they rock, and in their day, no other amp could touch them in performance, quality and value.  However, things really began to change at fender in the late 1970’s.  The CBS bean-counters had cut corners again and again, and basically ran the Fender name straight down into the mud.  Right about that time, a fellow named Randall Smith was really shaking things up with his new Mesa-Boogie amps, which began life as souped-up Fender...

A "Sleeper Amp" from New Zealand

It’s been a miserable day today ... cold, rainy, just plain yucky.  I know, those of you in the mid-west and northern states are right now wondering what the heck I’m wining about, right?  And those of you who are reading this from Nordic and Scandinavian locations must just plain think I’m a whimp!  But, let’s face it, this winter, for most of us in the US, has been a long and dreary one.  As I sat down to start this blog, I was all prepared to give myself a little pep-talk to get my attitude in the right place for ripping out an awesome blog.  But then the...

Update from Latest Speaker Winner:

Howdy Vaughn!  Just a quick note to inform you that I received the Green Beret speaker(s) from your giveaway and...once again... I am pleased to sing the praises of  WGS speakers. These speakers are exceptional!!  In a side by side comparison with their contemporary...WGS has thwarted the undesirable aspects of the Greenback and have achieved tonal bliss. The 2x12 configuration I'm testing them in is tonal ecstasy. I'll have to get busy and build a 4x12... and buy more speakers. I believe I have finally found the tone I've been striving...

Amps That Don't Exist - Part Two!

Okay, so in last weeks blog I started out this little series with my 1959 Brown Fender Super Amp, which was featured in the October issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine, and will be featured in Dave Hunter’s upcoming vintage amp book.  Yea, yea, I know even though that amp never "officially" existed, it obviously was made by Fender and so, it sorta does exist.  This week’s amp really never has existed anywhere ... except for the one I have, of course!  Ladies and Gents, I present to you the 1965 blackface Fender Bassman 1-12 combo, most definitely the best sounding 1-12...

Our latest FREE SPEAKER Winner!

Congrats to our latest speaker winner,  Ed Dewit of Chuckey, TN (such a place could only exist south of the Mason-Dixon line).  Ed is an amp builder and a hard-core tone aficionado - in other words, he’s one of us!  Chucks main rig is a JTM45 style amp he built for himself (my favorite of all Marshall’s).  Chuck is getting a free Green Beret, and chose to add a second one to the one we are giving him. The JTM 45 through those Green Berets will be pure vintage Britt tone!  Ed sent us a brief note, that I’d like to share with you all, so read on! From Ed:...

Amps That Don’t Exist - Part One: 1959 Brown Fender Super Amp

Amps that don’t exist, you ask?  Yea, sorta.  I’m starting out this little series with my 1959 Brown Fender Super Amp, which was featured in the October issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine, and will be featured in Dave Hunter’s upcoming vintage amp book.  Fender didn’t officially release any of the "Browns" until 1960, but this one bears a 1959 tube chart circuit designation, and all 1959 dated components ... so, officially, it doesn’t exist.  Interested, then read on! With its 5G4 circuit designation, this particular amp, with a serial number of 00031 has one...

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