Hi fellow lovers of guitars, amps and … SPEAKERS, of course! This blog is gonna be a blast for me to write
and for you to read, too … I PROMISE!
Ever wanted a one-of-a-kind vintage rig that you and you alone
possess? Option A: spend BIG bucks
working with a custom manufacturer.
Option B: find some groovy 1960s home stereo speakers and make it
yourself BAYBE! (Imagine that last sentence in the shagadelic voice of Austin
Recently the always groovy Brad Sample took a pair of vintage high-end Fischer
stereo speakers and repurposed them into 1x12 guitar cabinets … and it got me
to thinking: why not? I mean, really … why not? Totally awesome vintage stereo speakers are available
everywhere these days. Garage sales,
junk shops, flea markets, and Uncle Albert’s attic; they are everywhere! Coolest part: they pretty much give them
away. Big speaker cabs just ain’t in vogue
anymore. Folks want cute as a button
little “satellite” speakers in there homes these days. But in the 60s, big beautiful cabs
ruled! The 1969 Fischer cabs Brad used
are a prime example of good quality vintage stereo speaker cabs. They were made of quality components and put
together in America by workers whose give-a-damn was properly functioning. These cabs left the Fischer factory sporting
CTS Alnico 12” woofers, a pair of cone midrange drivers in their own sealed-tube
compartments, and a big soft-dome tweeter.
Ah the joy of such speakers playing vinyl and powered by a McIntosh tube
amp. Sonic nirvana! And so it was a sad day that found these
previously glorious cabinets destined for the garbage heap. Until our hero showed up to rescue them.
If you don’t know Brad Sample, you should.
Having spent time on the road and in the studio with artists like Joe
West, Alice Cooper, Color Me Bad, Vince Gill, Kerrie Roberts, Ricky Skaggs, Brett
Eldredge, Kerrie Roberts, The Drew Davis Band, Sarah Davidson, The Peasall
Sisters, The Telecommunicators, and a bunch more, he’s a bona fide super-picker. BUT!
He’s also a seriously “outside the box” kinda thinker; his work with his
own band, Run With Bulls, is a prime example of this, check them out if you
have not yet done so.
So here is exactly what Brad did: 1. Removed all the original speakers and
crossover components from the Fischers.
2. Installed dual parallel 1/4" jacks in place of the original positive
& negative banana plugs, while retaining the original Fischer jack plate,
and its inherent vintage aesthetic mojo.
3. Installed a WGS Retro 30 in one cabinet, for a full-bodied well-rounded
cab with lots of highs and lows; and an ET65 in the other to add in some warm
and wholly vintage midrange.
4. As of this writing, Brad is experimenting with using the midrange and tweeter
baffle cutouts for various porting schemes.
The 4” tubes that previously housed the midrange drivers and the square tweeter
opening provide quite a plethora of options.
The rig, complete with the original Fischer grill cloth and logos and
powered by a Burriss Royal Blue, took her maiden voyage on a festival tour with
Kerrie Roberts. It made quite a splash,
too! Other artist’s guitar players also
choose to play through this unique retro-mod rig, with accolades abounding. Cool, huh?
Next week I’ll tell the tale of a super tone-tweakers Super-Reverb adventure. It’s a SUPER (get it) story, y’all come back