Greenback is just so right!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by HHB, Apr 5, 2008.

  1. HHB

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    funny, everytime I start using some oldschool gear a piece of the classic rock tone falls into place. I'm using a Tophat CR112 and the greenback is just awesome, that low end growl , the focused mid, awesome! Gigged a nice room w/ a pro PA last night, man it's fun when your tone is just pumping in the room, this is a trio plus singer so I can really hear myself super good, just had to ramble about it
     
  2. Calloway

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    I'm with ya on that one man! My favorite 12'' speaker!
     
  3. KLB

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    Of the many new greenbacks I've played in the past 10 years, some of the best sounding ones have been made in China. British made speakers aren't automatically superior.
     
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    with the right amp, Greenies can sound fantastic...one of my fav speakers.
     
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    does Angus use greenbacks in his cabs?
     
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    I've read all kinds of things about what he's used in the studio and live - GBs or G12H30s usually in the studio. Live I've read he used GBs or sometimes V30s. Hard to say. I think the GB or G12H30 is the closest to his tone.

    Anyway - +1 on GBs. One of my personal favorites as well.
     
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    Would a metro 50 watt plexi blow 2 greenbacks when it's cranked (high volume + overdrive pedal)?
     
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    Love Greenbacks!!
     
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    That amp would probably reach 50W clean at 2 on the volume knob and can be good for 90W distorted when dimed. Any such experimentation should be done on your own hazard.
     
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    My guess would be yes becuase his amp tech for the past 25 years, Rick St. Pierre of Wizard Amplification fame, uses Greenbacks exclusively in all his cabs and combo...his amps are designed around the Greens...and Rick mods all the amps for Angus and Malcolm...even the ones that say "Marshall" on the front. Part of the "magic" of the AC/DC-Wizard tone is that the amps are very bright, very aggressive with bite, and very un-compressed...the greens are really essential in order to roll off the top end so that the amp doesnt sound too harsh and shrilly and to soften the edge on the amps to give just a hint of vintage vibe and bounce to the tone.
     
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    Any alternatives to celestion greenbacks with the same tone but more power? I just don't have room for a 4-12 cab and cannot carry one of those around.....
     
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    I agree. I'm currently running a quad of the standard RI Greenbacks in a 4x12 with my old Marshall heads and they sound great! I even prefer them over Celestion's more expensive Heritage version.
     
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    I just mentioned these in another thread. And I think most think Im nuts. But try the Jensen Mod 12-70. Its one of the few Jensens I like. Its like a greenback just handles more power. I used one in an Ampeg that had space restrictions in the cab and it was just beautiful. A really pleasant surprise. Check out H-C for reviews.....
     
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    I thought the Heritage G12-65's were exactly that: greenback tone but with a 65 watt rating
     
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    Interesting, could anybody confirm this?
     
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    It's true. The 65's were Celestion's offering of a higher wattage Greenback.
     
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    if you like the greens you really need to hear the scumback m75's...
     
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    I have an '83 Marshall 4x12 with the 65s, and A-B testing between that cab and another Marshall 4x12 with Greenbacks revealed that they sound nothing alike. The 65s are much more aggressive, whereas the Greenbacks are sweeter and bluesier.
     
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    If that's true then I'd say they failed. The 65s are nice, but they don't sound like a G12M to me.
     

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