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post Mar 15 2009, 04:21 AM
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Hi I'm kind of back. Had to take some time of from guitar but try to find some time now. But first I tried to mod my cheap Vox modeling amp. I think the Vox modeling line is much better than Line6 and other competitor amps. At least when you look for a more tube like sound. These things have a real tube in the, so called, Valve reaktor preamp circuit. The model I have doesn't work for metal but everything else sounds great. But they have a line that can definitely serve you metal heads. Anyway I was at a jam session and a guy there had the exact same amp I have. A couple of people came up to him after the gig and asked him where he got this great sounding amp. He told them it's a 200$ modeling amp that he just modded a little by swapping the speaker. He put a really expensive Celestion greenback in. I went home and got myself a Jensen C30Q because it's half the price of the Celestion and had great reviews on some forums.
Ok now the result. The amp sound great, at least 10000 times better. I also put a better tube in too, but that didn't change too much. The speaker swap however transformed that little thing into a tone monster.
So all owners of a cheap vox modelers. Get yourself a better speaker.

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post Mar 15 2009, 04:29 AM
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This advice is great man, swapping a speaker or a cab with a more quality one can make more difference than putting new pickups in the guitar. Great to hear your amp sounds great with new speaker! smile.gif


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post Mar 15 2009, 09:21 AM
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Cool advice that mate, I have the 15w version and might just try this swap, is it difficult to do? Also how much is the speaker and where would i get one etc?

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post Mar 15 2009, 10:08 AM
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It's fairly easy to swap a speaker imo; if you can solder your own pickups in, youcan also swap a speaker.
It's sad that most combo amps have bad built in speakers which cuts doen an amps true potential - You will get an even better tone if you use a seperate cab instead of the combo speaker!!


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post Mar 15 2009, 10:24 AM
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I've the vox AD 50 VT wink.gif But atm it's my main amp, so I don't wanna break it wink.gif

EDIT: why don't just plug in an 8 Ohms External speaker?

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post Mar 16 2009, 12:05 AM
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the 30 watt version doesn't have an speaker out so I put a better speaker in. You need and 8 Ohm speaker for that. The Jensen was 40 $ but it was on sale. You don't even have to solder because the cable that goes to the speaker just slips on the speaker contacts.Takes about 2 minutes to do the whole swap. I thought of adding a speaker out myself and connect my orange 2x12 cab. It's easy to do and I have all the parts already. Just no time


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post Mar 16 2009, 12:35 AM
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this is a very good suggestion!


on my mesa mark I,

it has a 90 watt black shadow speaker...i loved the sound, but it didnt have enough bottom seeing that it was a 1x12 and open back! (yuck) the tone though was amazing,

what i did was i tried out a marshal 1960 cab with v30s in them...i "kinda" liked the sound, but i did not like the fact that the v30s colored my tone!

i then tried a peavey cab loaded with gk-85's (known as gk-100's now) and i fell in love with them, they do not color your sound AT ALL and they give me a lot of bottom!

however im still curious to see what a 4x12 of black shadows would sound like with this cab, i heard that the gk-85s were really rebranded black shadows considering they have the same cone shap, dynamics etc..


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post Mar 16 2009, 05:49 PM
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Mmmh I haven't played a speaker that does not colour your tone, every speaker does but some do it less than others. Is it possible that the black shadows sound similiar to th gk-85s while the V30 sound completely diffrent?


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