'Sweetest' speakers for the big V? Blues/Classic, not metal.

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'Sweetest' speakers for the big V? Blues/Classic, not metal.

Post by The Mink » Sat May 09, 2015 11:56 pm

Huge speaker question for you V gurus...

I've been renting MK V amps for awhile for sessions and I think I'm in love. The only thing is, I'm not 100% v30s are going to work for me. I'm looking for deep, glassy cleans on Channel 1 (think Lonestar, Silverface Fenders etc), great bluesy rhythm and light lead on Channel 2 (Clapton, Gilmour, probably Edge mode) and creamy 70s era Santana leads on Channel 3.

I don't play metal. When I need tons of gain it's gonna be a Fuzz Face.

What speakers do I want in a vertical slant 2x12? Golds maybe? I really don't need to shred faces off when I play; I want to use the V more as an amp library for more classic tones with a 335 and a Strat.
Lonestar Special, Mark V 90W, Vertical slant 2x12 cab.
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Re: 'Sweetest' speakers for the big V? Blues/Classic, not me

Post by screamingdaisy » Sun May 10, 2015 10:50 am

Have you tried it with an MC-90 (the stock speaker in a Lonestar)?
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Re: 'Sweetest' speakers for the big V? Blues/Classic, not me

Post by fr0sty » Sun May 10, 2015 1:42 pm

My favorite speaker with the V is a celestion gold.

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Post by The Mink » Sun May 10, 2015 1:56 pm

fr0sty wrote:My favorite speaker with the V is a celestion gold.
I've heard this with Mesas in general, and I'm definitely curious! Can you describe what makes the Gold a bullseye?
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Re: 'Sweetest' speakers for the big V? Blues/Classic, not me

Post by Tucker44 » Mon May 11, 2015 6:49 am

I don't play a lot of metal and I'm quite happy with the stock speaker in my combo. C90 I believe. However, I set my combo on top of a lone star 410 with Jensens. It sounds really good. I have what I call surgical cleans lol. I also have a RK412 cabinet I have run the combo thru and I do like it slightly better. I would like to get a MV head for the 412. The c90's in the RK412 are my favorite but i do like the combination. Good Luck.

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Post by himmelhund » Mon May 11, 2015 8:44 am

Multi-speaker cabs with a mix of alnico/ceramic and paper/hemp. or, skip the paper entirely.
sound breaks down this way:
1/3 guitar
1/3 pickups
1/3 speakers
1/3 amp and that is mostly the transformers
Tonetubbys are the sh!t.. too bad they're so expensive, but I figure what the heck, if you're buying good equipment to use 20 years or so.. the price averages out over time.
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Re: 'Sweetest' speakers for the big V? Blues/Classic, not me

Post by fr0sty » Mon May 11, 2015 9:50 am

I like how that the high's are strong, but not harsh. It also doesn't get too congested/honky in the mids. Lastly, the bass stays nice and tight. I have a single gold in an open back avatar premier vintage 1x12.
The Mink wrote:
fr0sty wrote:My favorite speaker with the V is a celestion gold.
I've heard this with Mesas in general, and I'm definitely curious! Can you describe what makes the Gold a bullseye?

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Re: 'Sweetest' speakers for the big V? Blues/Classic, not me

Post by 4406cuda » Tue May 12, 2015 2:39 pm

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Re: 'Sweetest' speakers for the big V? Blues/Classic, not me

Post by fjs1962 » Wed May 13, 2015 7:52 am

For the tones you're going for the first thing I'd do is look at open back cabs instead of closed back. The Lonestar 212 with C90 speakers would be a good place to start.

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Post by The Mink » Wed May 13, 2015 11:23 am

Well, I do have my LSS 1x12 with a C90 nicely broken in, so I guess I'll try the Mk V head through it. I know I need to move more ait than a 1x12, but at least I'll know the basic sound.
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Re: 'Sweetest' speakers for the big V? Blues/Classic, not me

Post by babow2 » Fri May 22, 2015 11:53 pm

I found that a gold paired with a G12h30 in a dumble-style open back cab was really sweet. My favorite though is an open back with a Cannabis Rex on top of a widebody closed back with an MC90. That is a delicious sound with my mk V.
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Re: 'Sweetest' speakers for the big V? Blues/Classic, not me

Post by thunder100 » Mon May 25, 2015 5:20 am

4406cuda wrote:EV-12L
YES THIS

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Re: 'Sweetest' speakers for the big V? Blues/Classic, not me

Post by Dreamtheaterrules » Wed May 27, 2015 12:47 pm

himmelhund wrote:Multi-speaker cabs with a mix of alnico/ceramic and paper/hemp. or, skip the paper entirely.
sound breaks down this way:
1/3 guitar
1/3 pickups
1/3 speakers
1/3 amp and that is mostly the transformers
Tonetubbys are the sh!t too bad they're so expensive, but I figure what the heck, if you're buying good equipment to use 20 years or so.. the price averages out over time.
No point in buying crap - only the best.
I'm not a math genius, but.... :?: :D

(Edit: Thank you Yogi Berra for that breakdown. :lol: )
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