Closed back vintage Fender cabs... remove baffling, or not?

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Dear friends,
I just got an early 64 Fender Tremolux cabinet. I put a pair of Weber ceramic 10s in it, and have been happy with it, in the house. Took it to a gig tonight. First time in a band environment. Overall, I am happy with the Tremolux amp. I am wondering how much of a difference the cab would sound with the fiberglass baffle material removed. Have some of you done so, and if so, what were the results? Was there an improvement in the sound of your amp?
Thanks in advance.
 

Rumblur

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Not much. Take the back off the cab, THAT will make a big difference. It will sound more like a typical Blackface combo (Vibrolux etc) that way.
 

blackba

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Not much. Take the back off the cab, THAT will make a big difference. It will sound more like a typical Blackface combo (Vibrolux etc) that way.

+1 to taking the back off. I first removed the insulation, to me the cab sounds dead with the insulation in. I then created this new plywood opened back panel and love the sound of the cab. I find for vintage amps I prefer opened back cabs and for more modern amps I like closed back cabs.

Here is picture of my early 60's Fender Bandmaster cab, it was recovered before I got it, it used to be blonde at one point.

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Thank you, gentlemen. Sage advice. I will go with removing the insulation, AND creating an open back arrangement like you have done, Blackba. May I ask, what did you use for plywood?
Thank you.
 




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