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 please you, the loyal WGS
fan, by addressing several concerns you had with last weeks shoot-out. This time around, we used a pair of
Vibrolux Reverb amps, and man was it a serious shoot-out, we got down in
the dirt, baby. Read on for the nitty
First, I addressed all of the reader
comments I received:
Yes, I used good mics and mic prees
I used no reverb, so we could just
hear the straight tone of the speakers.
I kept my playing even simpler so
the tones could be more easily discerned.
I correctly identified EVERY
Here is the deal on that last point,
when we were listing to the stock Jensen
P10R Alnico tens in the re-issue Super Reverb, I held up a speaker as an
example. The speaker I held up was
actually an Alnicio Ten made by Eminence; hey, it was an honest mistake, those
are the speakers Fender sent as OEM replacements for the Jensen P10R’s
(interesting huh), and they do look very similar. Okay, let's get moving forward ... So, the first shootout we did was between the
"stock" Jensen P10Rs and the "OEM" Eminence blue-frame Alnico Tens. I know we’re starting out kind of boring here, but it gets good in
the end, trust me! Quick synopsis: The
Jensens sounded a tiny bit sweeter on the top and warmer on the bottom, with a
little less ice-pick highs; but they were very similar to one another! Here is the video:
Next we tested the Stock (made in
Italy) re-issue Jensen P-10R’s to those wonderful little WGS Veteran 10’s. The synopsis: The Vet tens definitely warmed
up the tone and removed even more ice-pic.
Here’s the video:
Then, just for the fun of it, we
compared the stock re-issue Jensen’s to a pair of vintage CTS Alnico tens from
the mid-sixty’s (ie: some damn fine speakers). The result was even warmer and sweeter than
the Vet 10’s. But hey, that really
wasn’t a fair comparison. So my
suggestion is to get the real-deal vintage speakers if you can afford them (and
if they are still in good functional condition), otherwise, there ain’t nothing
out there that can beat those little Vet 10’s!
Here is the video:
So then my dear chitlins things got
plumb crazy! I decided to really up the
ante on this little ten-inch comparison, next we put a pair of WGS’s awesome
G10’s in a Vibrolux (one G10A and
one G10C). The results were surprising, even to me, and
I kind of knew what to expect; but I’m gonna leave you this week with a
cliff-hanger. To hear the tone of a
stock Vibrolux with the two best sounding ten inch speakers man has ever
produced ... TUNE IN NEXT WEEK. (hint:
it’ll be worth it!) Oh, and for those of
you who requested some high-gainspeaker shoot-outs, your times a commin’!
Next we’ll use Marshall JCM 900’s and pit the usual Celestion suspects
aginst our very own WGS models. It’ll be
a smoking good time, and its coming up soon!