Why 15" speakers?

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  1. theHoss

    theHoss Member

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    Howdy,

    I have a heritage liberty, and was thinking about getting another cab for it. I was considering trying out a 1X15. Can someone fill me in on what a 15" speakers brings to the table? Thanks!
     
  2. stratzrus

    stratzrus Philadelphia Jazz, Funk, and R&B Supporting Member

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    IMHO 15" speakers are not ideally suited for guitar.

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  3. jpervin

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    You can hear more low end. Seems to be a bit louder than a 12".
     
  4. rwe333

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    Well, they certainly suit some amps - Fender Vibroverb, Victoria Regal... I would say they suit big cleans tones over say Marshall grind. That said, they can do a nice Keef-type crunch. Good projection. Didn't Nugent use 2x15 cabs in his glory days?
     
  5. hogy

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    15" speakers are horrible for guitar. Don't do it.

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  6. axpro

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    :Devil SACRILEGE!!!!!!!

    While I admit they are not for everyone, they do sound good to my ears!

    Great for thick chunky sounds and F A T clean tones!

    not thebest if you want high pitches and sparkle... but I find them amazing.

    (See earlier thread on 15's where i mention my Z-28 into Stone age 1x15)

    For my $2.00 theres nothing sweeter for cleans... try out the fender 1x15 equipped twin.

    they even sound good on production stuff!
     
  7. theHoss

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    I guess I should have been more clear on what I was looking for. I love my liberty. I like it for loud, clean, warm, Jazzy(be-bopy) type leads. I was thinking it might be a nice addition for that?
     
  8. Jim L

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    I have a Peavey Delta Blues 1x15 combo that does the clean thing very nicely. Some good tubes and an Eminence Big Ben speaker. I guess some folks here don't like 'em for guitar, but my Heritage 535 sounds great thru the Delta Blues and Big Ben speaker. Sure it's a bit different, but that's not a bad thing. (my other amp is a 1x12 Holland Lil Jimi with a Celestian, and prior to that I had a 2x12 SF Pro Rev)
     
  9. Flyin' Brian

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    SRV sounded pretty good with one. Go ahead and try before you buy.
     
  10. lanesmat

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    Well, I completely disagree that 15"s suck. I think that would depend on what kind of tone you're looking for, cab type, AND what kind of 15" you use. I have gigged a 1x15 setup for years.

    I have owned two 1x15 cabs with late 60's Altec Lancing alnicos (one closed cab, the other open) for 25 years that I still use. I also owned a brown face Fender Pro with the same speaker. I guess my tone sucks - maybe I'll figure it out one of these days...

    FWIW, my Altecs are very open and midrange friendly; which is to say that they don't have midrange and high end harshness that plague many "british-rock" speakers. If you want a marshall/vox speaker, I'm not sure which 15" speaker would work for that. Also, if your wanting speaker distortion in the mix, mine don't work well for that either. I think they sound killer for a Fender or a clean circuit. No icepick, killer midrange with thump, and sound huge. Sound great with distortion as long as it comes from the amp and/or pedalboard. Really though, you have to try it for your particular rig in order to really know how it works for you. That's my advice for any speaker though. But hey, what do I know?

    Good luck,
    Scott L.
     
  11. rockindillo

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    Hell, looks like I started something there with my post about 15s! As a newcomer, I'm sorry if I rattled some posters' cages a little... it was a genuine inquiry and sadly, I'm still none the wiser about my personal query... Presumably there aren't too many Brits on here right now.

    We Brits often find ourselves green with envy at the sheer range and variety of equipment and specialist items such as speakers that's available Stateside.

    Some things, like pickups and tubes, we can ship over (though we have to keep our fingers crossed HM Customs don't hammer us too heavily!), but 15-inch drivers are a bit beyond the pale, wen it comes to shipping, I reckon!
     
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    The Eminence Big Ben is a great speaker, full warm sounds big etc. Not too expensive. If you go the Big Ben Rout and you don't like it, I will buy it from you.
     
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    Eminence Big Ben is a great speaker, full, deep tone sounds big, not too expensive. If you go the Big Ben rout and you don't like it let me know and I will buy it from you, but I think you will dig it.
     
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    I used to own a 1964 blackface Fender Pro 1x15 combo and it was one of the best sounding amps I've ever owned. It's the only 15" speaker I've ever used for guitar but it left a very positive impression on me.
     
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    Santana and SRV seem to like their 15's :)
     
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    I made a detuned, single 15" cabinet and installed a JBL D130 and replaced the aluminum dust cap with a paper one. I tried it With a 1983 JCM 800, 50 watt, a Emery, Super Baby, a Marshall Studio 15 and a Fender Princeton Reverb II etc. I have had many speakers, 10", 12"s and 15"...Weber, JBL, EV, Jensen, A Brown Soun (Hemp Cone, AlNiCos) etc. I put in a lot of time listing to speakers. This was one of the best combinations I have ever heard. If anyone tells you a 15" speaker have too much bass or not enough trebble, they are wrong, wrong wrong or have a very limited range or EQ control on their amp. 15's can easily produce the entire frequency range of a guitar. This combination was, sweet, warm, full and large. It has the added bonus of (all things being equal) being louder, and moving more air. The ONLY drawback for me was that this makes for a cabnet that is a bit bigger than a 4 X 12" cab.
     
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    Supro Thunderbolts sound great with 15"s and Neil Schon use them a and gets exceptional tone.
     
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    I recently picked up a 61 Fender Vibrasonic with the 15" JBL D130 in it and I gotta tell you I haven't heard or I should say played a better sounding amp for cleans. Except for maybe a Super Bass 100 I had with 4 12's but that's not a fair comparison and I actually prefer the feel and sound of the clean tones of this amp. Sultans of Swing to the tee.:dude

    I think 15's are a nice alternative if you want something different. But this is just an opinion from the only time I have owned or played through an amp with 15 inch spkrs so I can't comment on any other brands. Got me curious though. Nahh I should just leave well enough alone.

    Cheers
     
  19. Boogs

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    Word!

    I hate these generalizations..."15" speakers suck", "10" speakers suck", etc., etc. There are so many model variations within each size, and so many different target tones, that it is just silly to slag off entire categories of gear!
     
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    If you have an amp that farts out when you turn the bass knob up, a 15 will help big time. It allows you to keep the bass control low for a tighter bottom, and fills in the lows big time to make up for it, IMHO.
     

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