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 owned a Gibson GA30RV for a
little while, which is probably one of the more well known of the 10/12 amps
out there. As I remember, the amp was
very sweet sounding, but I think the actual drivers were Chinese cheapos; too
bad I didn’t know about WGS back then, I might still own that amp today! I’d like to share my e-conversation
concerning the 10/12 match up - sound good?
Okay then, read on!
Here is the
Vaughn , first of all your blog and video are pure
entertainment and helpful. I would say we have the same taste. I'm an
American Fender clean sound guy. I have a 2x12 now with you Reaper 55 watt and
a Celestion G12-65 Heritage that covers my British tone. I'm ordering the G12C
from you for my 1x12. I am also going to order a G10C for my 10/12 cabinet out
of pine. My question to you is what 12" to pair the 10" with for that
cabinet. I have a Jensen P12N, but is that the right choice? My band covers Stone to ZZ Top. -Romey
I had to sleep on
it and really give it some thought! Here
is my reply:
The G10’s flat out defy the
laws of physics ... absolutely perfect! They are actually the speakers that
brought me into the WGS family. If your Jensen is a vintage one that’s
still in serviceable condition, or has been re-coned with the right stuff, then
yes, that should be a good mate to the G10. However, if it’s one of the
new repros, then sell it on eBay for what ever you can get out of it!
I’ve done a lot of comparisons, and the repros sound very stiff, sterile, and
harsh by comparison ... even after an ample break-in period.
Generally speaking, the
overriding sonic difference between WGS speakers and those of our competitors
is that our speakers sound sweeter and warmer - more vintage and
broken-in. This is especially true when comparing our American series to
the current Jensen reproductions and when comparing our British series to the
modern Celestion and Eminence repros. Our speakers sound like they were
made in 1959 (and, in fact they were made exactly as they would have been made
in 1959), and theirs sound like modern-day mass-produced products (which they
So, having said that, I’d go
with the G12 as a mate to the G10 for the ultimate in vintage Fender tone,
make the 10 an Alnico for a little extra smooth sweetness on the top.
If you just happen to want
something that mixes in a strong dose of classic Marshall tone, go with (in
order from most "marshallesque" to least) a Green Beret, Veteran 30, or Retro
If you want a cab that has
some real brute-force whollop on the bottom end, pair an ET65 with the
G10. The ET65 is not an overly touch-sensitive speaker, but the G10
will have you covered on that end. Generally, the 65 is always a good
choice to add to a cabinet if you’re looking for more solid meat in the low
you already own one, you already know that the Reaper is an amazing in-between
speaker for all around coverage of all your basses - part Britt, part Yank.
Kind of a jack of all trades. A perfect choice for a 1-12 combo or cab that will be
required to produce a wide range of tones.
This would be a fine choice to add to the G10 if you are not really
wanting to take the cab too far in either the vintage American or Vintage
So, what did Romey choose? Well, drum roll please, here is the choice:
... I will be
ordering the G10C & G12C tonight. Your email was so helpful. I'm going for
that classic American Fender sound fro yester year!
COOL! In my heart of hearts, that would probably
have been my decision, too. Of course, I
am a Vintage Fender amp fanatic. I want
to hear this cabinet so bad; I bet it will sound intensely sweeeet. Romey, be sure to let us know how it turns