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 Alnicotens, and then with a quartet of WGS Veteran 10s. I know, this is kind of like Sampson going up
against Goliath, but you all remember how that story ended, right?? So, anyway,read on for the results!
For this test I went to my buddy Todd Tillemans, who owns
Anything Audio in the Nashville area.
Todd makes his living installing sound systems, refurbishing and
re-coning vintage Tannoy monitors, and well, doing anything related to
audio. In his spare time he collects
cool vintage guitars, basses, and amps.
I knew he had a Super Reverb repro sitting there, so I thought it would
be a perfect opportunity to do a little A/B comparison. Todd and I had already compared the repro
Super to my ’67 model, and we came to an agreement that the original sounded a
lot bigger and warmer on the bottom end and had a much smoother top end, while
also offering a larger and more open soundstage. Since the repro’s circuitry is in fact nearly
an exact copy of the originals (aside from the PC board construction, of
course), we felt fairly certain that the speakers were largely responsible for
the tonal difference.
I’ve been hearing from builders that the WGS Vet 10’s sound
warm and "vintage" right out of the box, so Todd and I were eager to see if
they could warm and soften up the Super Reverb Repro - you know a little less ice-pick, and a little more sweetness. We did take the time to video our tests, but
just in case you don’t want to take the time to watch the two-part video
series; here is the synopsis:
Yes, the WGS Vet 10’s did in fact bring the tone of the Repro
Super closer to the tone of the ’67 original.
Was it 100% there? No, but the
amazing thing is that those WGS Vet 10’s did produce a very notable tonal
improvement over the stock Italian made Alnico Jensen P10R’s ... which cost more
than twice as much as the WGS speakers.
Give the Veteran 10s a little break-in time and they’ll probably close
the gap even more. That’s some cool
stuff; the fact that the WGS speakers were made in the same town, and on some
of the same equipment as those glorious CTS speakers in my ’67 Super, well,
that’s just icing on the cake!
Now, on to the videos!
First, the ’67 Super Reverb Amp up against the Repro with its factory
Jensen P10R speakers:
And then The ’67 against the Repro with the GS Vet tens: