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Wiring a 4x12 cab- UPDATE!!

Hi everybody!  I decided I needed to post this update to my earlier blog about wiring a four-speaker cabinet.  Sometimes a man has got to admit when he's wrong - and this is one of those times. An extended member of the WGS family has done a fantastic job of dissecting the pros and cons of the two methods of wiring a 4-speaker cabinet ... and I want to share it with you!  In a few days I’ll be bringing you the best Marshall sleeper amp of all time - this is the amazing deal you all want!  Until then, read on for some valuable, and extremely well thought-out info on...

A Thanksgiving Blog

Okay gang, I’ve been keeping my wandering little artsy-fartsy brain in check and doing a pretty good job of keeping this blog on the topic of speakers, tone, guitars, amps, and that kind of stuff.  But it is Thanksgiving this week after all, and Dave just posted a blog on Hash brown Casserole ... so I figure I deserve a little poetic license to blog about whatever in the heck I feel like this time around.  I feel like talking about Thanksgiving.  Let’s go! I darn sure don’t act like it, but I’m more-or-less what you would call a middle-aged man.  I’ve lived long...

Dean's Secret Recipe

You may not be aware that a very dear member of the WGS team is our production manager Dean.  He's a great guy and we wanted to introduce the blog readers to him.  Dean has decades of experience cooking up great speakers like all the WGS crew.  As it turns out, he also has a few tricks up his sleeve in the kitchen!  Last year about this time I convinced him to share his hash brown casserole recipe with all the WGS staff.  Everyone went home and made some for their family's Thanksgiving feast.  This year I twisted his arm even harder and convinced...

The not-so-standard pairing!

Hi fellow tone seekers!  This week I received an email from a WGS devote who was putting together a cabinet with a 12" and a 10" driver; he wanted my input as to which 12 to pair up with the G10C he planned to use in the cab.  That question really got me to thinking!  Now, we often respond to questions about loading up 2x12, 4x12, 2x10, and 4x10 cabinets and combos, but I hadn’t thought about a more unusual pairing like this in a long time.  In the golden amp days of the 1950’s and 60’s there were a number of 10/12 combos made, and even a few 10/15 models.  I...

Sleeper Amps part 1 - the Randall RG80ES

Hi amp lovers everywhere!  This week I want to start a discussion about "sleeper amps".  This is the crusp of what WGS is all about.  We are folks who really love to take the road less traveled, and we are often rewarded with aural nirvana not known to the masses.  We’re not going to waste our time saying all the same old stuff about all the same old amps - no way, baby!  We’re talking about diamond-in-the-rough amps that can really deliver some serious tone, yet have largely managed to fly under the tone radar up to this point.  I hope this will become...

How to properly wire a 4x12 speaker cabinet

So, this week I received an email from Scott, a WGS aficionado who was inquiring as to how he should wire his Marshall-style 4-12 cabinet.  To be honest, I hadn’t given that one any thought in a couple of decades, and it made me think.  In essence, there are two ways to wire up a 4 speaker cabinet that both wind up with the cabinet having the same impedance as any one of the individual drivers, or in other words, a cabinet with four 8-ohm speakers that ends up with a total cabinet impedance of 8-ohms. The two main methods of arriving at this means are as follows:...

The Fender Champ Amp & the WGS G8C

Hey ya all!  This week I’m doing something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, audition the G8C in my Fender Champ Amp.  I’ve been excited about this speaker ever since I found out that WGS was making a speaker specifically for the Champ.  I tell ya what, I won’t waste any of your time, lets get right down to the video!  I hope you all appreciate that I set up some good mics for this little shoot-out.  Panned to one side is an AKG 414 as a distant mic and on the other side is an Audix D1 close up to the grill.  Read on for the video shoot-out! Here is...

Capitalism and Market Economics

Amp designer and manufacturer Bob Burriss and me.For more than a few weeks now, I’ve kept this blog pretty much on the topic of speakers and guitar tone.  I warned ya all that every now and then I’d be off on a wild tangent, and I think I’m overdue.  Let’s talk about American vs. World manufacturing, and just so as we don’t stray too terribly far, we’ll keep it in the arena of guitar and amp manufacturing.  This will be kinda like a David and Goliath story; pitting a huge multi-national company against an American micro-manufacturer (what we in the guitar biz like to...

Make Your Reissue ROCK!

Hi everybody!  Several of last week’s testimonials were by folks who had purchased modern reproductions of classic amps.  As folks warm-up to the sound of vintage tube amps (sorry, couldn’t help the pun), both Fender and Vox have re-issued some of their most sought after models.  As long as we don’t get into a big discussion on point-to-point hand wiring and stuff like that, I think we can all agree that the modern repros are some pretty decent amps.  The weak link, as is usually the case these days, is that they cut corners on the speakers included with the amps....

Latest "FREE SPEAKER" Contest Over! We have chosen "The Ultimate Story"!

Wow!  We WGS users really are a bunch of certified tone freaks, and I’ve got the stories to prove it!  Deciding on a winner for the "best WGS story" was really tough, but there was one that stood out above the others.  It proved that we, the WGS bunch, think outside the box and come up with tone solutions that are, in most cases, way better than some lame "off the shelf" combo amp.  Plus, this guy sent some great pictures, and we all know that a picture says a thousand toneful words.  So, straight from gorgeous, but often chilly Sweden (the home of my distant...

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