Wooo-hooo! What an awesome day to be alive and playing electric guitar!
I’m so jazzed to announce the formal release of a speaker that has been in the rumor-mill for quite some time: The WGS12L.
Yes, this is the WGS take on the fabled Electro-Voice WEVM12L. Rreleased way back in 1973, this was the speaker that allowed folks like Randall Smith to build amps like his Mesa-Boogie 1x12 100-watt combos. Before this time, that amount of power was strictly the domain of multi-speaker rigs. In its day, the EVM12L was a real game-changer. The 12L was a direct descendant of speakers designed for high-power PA use, but it was re-engineered to sound good as a guitar speaker while retaining its extraordinary (for the time) power handling ability. I’ve called Tennessee home for for nearly the last 30 years, and I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for the EVM12L because it was made exclusively at the E-V plant in Newport, Tennessee from its inception in 1973 until that plant was closed in 2002. Yea, that was a sad day; and it could be argued that the EVM12L (and its big sister the 15L) have never been quite the same since. This may be a small part of the impetus behind the development of the WGS12L.
To this day, some contend that no one has ever made a guitar speaker capable of over 100-watts RMS that can hold a candle to the tone of the EVM12L. That may have been true YESTERDAY, but not TODAY! Enter the WGS12L. The WGS12L can compete head-to-head against an authentic Newport, TN made EVM12L on any possible level, and boy-howdy is the WGS12L a looker! Sporting a hammered black & silver powder coat finish on its massive frame, this speaker is one serious sight to behold. Like the E-V, the WGS12L is massive, but it’s also GORGEOUS at the same time; no one’s ever said that about an EVM12L.
So, how does this bad-girl sound? Well … it just so happens I’ve got a video to answer that question! You all saw that one coming, didn’t you? I’ll give you a quick summary: clean, they almost can’t be told apart … they’re THAT close; dirty they start to sound just a LITTLE different … with the WGS12L having just a SLIGHT bit more upper “edge” than the EVM. But shoot … y’all take a listen & let me know what YOU think. Keep in mind that the WGS12L is straight out of the box with zero break-in time.