Taking Tone To The Next Level: Pt 2

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newspeakerIn a frenzy of tonal expectancy, I ordered the speaker. Scouring the warehousespeakers.com I decided on the 12” HM75 speaker because it was the closest speaker to the Celestion G1T2T-85 already in my R-55.

It felt like it took longer than it really did to be delivered. When it did arrive, I immediately texted my friend whom we’ll call Jason. I am the least handy person in the world so Jason offered to help me put it in. This turned into him putting it in and me watching and making wise-cracks about solid-state amps (thanks, Jason).

The first thing we had to do was give a proper A/B test of the old speaker vs the new. I set up my rig and let a nice E chord ring. The R-55 is a mellow, smooth-sounding amp and has always sounded a little shallow. The shallowness of the amp is partly due to the depth (or lack thereof) of the cab. From what I have been able to find out, this is also the reason why Rivera discontinued the model in favor of the Chubster which is the same amp with a deeper cab.

The other reason for the shallowness was my blatant neglect of the amp.

Jason and I got tired of hearing the old sound, so we (he) got to work installing the new one. It was a fairly simple process especially if you are just sitting watching someone do the work. It looked like it was pretty much just unplugging the old speaker, loosening a couple screws, pulling out the old speaker and then repeating the process in opposite order with the new speaker.

My friend whom we'll call Jason ripping off the grill of my Rivera R-55. His Epi and Traner in the back

My friend whom we'll call Jason ripping off the grill of my Rivera R-55

Getting that old speaker out of there

Getting that old speaker out of there

We (he) got the new speaker in and the sound was incredible. It really was power-stance-inducing tone. Everything sounded bigger and more expressive. Highs and mids were clear and distinctive and after messing with some dirty contacts in the EQ nobs, the bass came out like it had been hiding all this time.

Me doing an interpretive pose to express the magnitude of the power-stance-inducing-tone we were hearing after the new speaker was put in. This is also me committing the number-one sin for the internet: showing your face.

Me doing an interpretive pose to express the magnitude of the power-stance-inducing-tone we were hearing after the new speaker was put in. This is also me committing the number-one sin for the internet: showing your face.

Me, being so engulfed in the tone coming out of the new speaker that I forgot I was still in a power stance.

Me, being so engulfed in the tone coming out of the new speaker that I forgot I was still in a power stance.

Both my friend, whom we call Jason, and I were freaking out at this point. The combination of face-melting tone and the school-girl-like giggles that were coming from both Jason and me must have been a strange sound so Jason’s wife (whom we’ll call Shari) came up to investigate. After hearing the amazing sounds coming out the Rivera, this was her reaction.

Shari dropping her jaw after hearing the jaw-dropping tone from the amp. (All pics used with permission, especially this one. Thanks for being so cool Shari-if that’s your real name.)

Shari dropping her jaw after the jaw-dropping tone from the amp. (All pics used with permission, especially this one. Thanks for being so cool Shari-if that’s your real name.)

This whole experiment has proven to be the biggest single leap in tone advancement I have ever made. No pedal, no guitar, and certainly no instrument cable has made such a difference in the sound quality of my rig. My conclusion is if you really want to take your tone to the next level, research replacing your stock-tone-sucking speaker with a better quality one.

Keep sharp.

-Jed

4 Responses to "Taking Tone To The Next Level: Pt 2"
  1. Jason says:

    I would encourage all players to check out these speakers. Since then I have tried another “good” brand, eminence-Texas Heat. The warehouse guitar speaker blows it off of the map. For $70 it is a steal.

  2. admin says:

    Ditto. Whatever they are doing at warehouseguitarspeakers.com but they are doing something right. And $70 bucks isn’t much compared to what you can buy a pedal for.

  3. rhoy pamparo says:

    good info … btw, love the power stance :)

  4. admin says:

    Thanks. I really think there is something therapeutic about the power stance. I highly encourage guitar players to try it more often.

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