So this week finds me once again
looking for YOUR advice! I’m just now
putting the finishing touches on the first “production-run” of ten of my Vaughn
Skow amps. Four of them will be 1x8
combos, and they will, of course, be outfitted with WGS G8C’s … there has NEVER
been an 8” speaker that sounds this HUGE, juicy, and NOT BOXEY! So, that’s an easy decision … but, what about
in the 1x12 combos, where I have SO MANY choices?
First, it was an easy decision to go
with WGS speakers exclusively (except for a possible true vintage speaker on
special occasion); no other company even comes close! American made speakers with impeccable tone
at unbelievable prices! But which
specific models should I offer?
Because of my lengthy and thorough
time spent with all the speakers … and in a great number of amps … I was able
to narrow the field down to my perennial favorites in 1x12 tube combos.
First, the Black & Blue, which seems like a perfect fit for a 15-watt
combo. But it’s not, really, because
this combo has a lot of filtering and can easily push the B&B out of its
comfort zone … so I’ll stick to only offering this in my 10-watt versions.
So, the logical choice is the Blackhawk! My, oh my how I love this speaker in nearly
all applications. If only AlNiCo
material were not so very expensive! So,
for ceramic (ferrite) options…
The ET-90: My new favorite all-around winner in the ceramic category …
everything the ET-65 is, but with a little more … for lack of a better word, “balls”.
The G12C/S: This smooth-cone speaker brings out uber-warm smoky
twee-tones in spades, but also has a very tight bottom end, and a silky (but
somewhat muted) top end.
The Retro 30: A clear winner for having both Fender-ish top-end chime
and a VERY solid bottom end!
So, this little video was really just
for me … but boy, oh boy would I LOVE to hear you all’s thoughts. So, please, comment away! I’ll take it all into consideration, I