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Old 12-10-2012, 03:21 PM   #21
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As long as the speaker screw holds line up you should be set.

Also- can your amp handle 4 ohms?
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:52 PM   #22
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Yeah, it can take 4, 8, or 16.

Egnater didn't f*** around when it came to compatability with this and the Armageddon. IIRC, the Armageddon has MIDI capabilities that this lacks, but I won't ever use that anyway.

I mean, the footswitch cable is XLR, which means you can just steal the vocalist's mic cable, as he's less important anyway.

Then, if you don't like their switch or want mulitple ones or just one small one for one function, it's got 3 quarter inch jacks in the back for different footswitch functions.

It'll take any power tubes, and the bias adjust is super easy.

It's also got an XLR line out on the back, although it's not a silent record function.

You could literally rig up just about anything and get this to work with it
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:55 PM   #23
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That's probably what I'll do at this point. I didn't expect it to be that complicated

I honestly wasn't sure of any difference, and I suspected snake oil, but you can never be too sure. In case you're in the know on this, is there a difference in sound between front-loaded or rear-loaded speaker cabs? I was reading on another forum sonthing about how they didn't like rear-loaded K-100's but front loaded was okay, which made very little sense to me. I mean, this doesn't apply here, I was just wondering while on the topic.

Is the only point of a stereo cab to be able to use two heads at once? I've honestly never understood the point.

Honestly, I opened it so that I wouldn't have any surprises. I just wanted to know what to expect to see when I go to put those in and be prepared. How do spade connectors work? Can I just pull those off of the JCA speakers, unscrew the speakers, screw the new ones in, and reconnect? Is it that simple? Also, the speakers only have 4 screws actually used around them, so every hole isn't in use. Is that good or bad?

Sorry for all of these questions I'm just curious about this stuff. I might get crazy and make my own cab at some point, so this is all good info to have.


no worries about opening it, it's definitely a good idea to be sure. Just because mine has spades doesn't mean yours will, kind of thing.

Yeah I've read there's a difference between front- and rear-loaded... i honestly don't know. I suspect there is a difference, but no idea how much. My harley benton cab is front-loaded, and my other ones are all rear-loaded, but it's impossible to tell how much of the difference is in the front-loaded/rear-loaded thing, because they're all different cabs with different dimensions, which also make a difference. From what i hear, rear-loaded sounds a bit more vintage while front-loaded sounds more "in-your-face". Whether that's true, I dunno. And I mean with vintage speakers my harley benton sounded vintage...

yep spade connectors make it very easy.

in theory anyway. I'm useless at diy type stuff and normally things find a way to screw me over

Anyway, first thing first is to make a note of where all the connections go (and take a digital photo too).

Then, yeah, it's just a matter of taking off the spade connectors. Sometimes they can be tight, in which case pliers (be careful with them that you don't wreck the thing!) are the thing to use.

Sometimes the speaker can be stuck to the front of the cab (I'm guessing because they put the speaker there before the finish had dried on the cab). As long as you're sure all the screws have been removed from the speaker, it's just a matter of brute force and ignorance... What i found best was to grab the metal frame of the speaker with one hand (maybe wear gloves so you don't get cut) and part of the cab with my other and then just lever the things apart until the speaker came loose. EDIT: that's the last resort, though, that i only had to do with one of the speakers in my black pearl. Odds are the speaker will come away just by using two hands on the speaker frame- the ones in my jet city cab certainly did.

the big advantage of 4 screws is it's a heck of a lot less annoying than having to unscrew and replace 8 screws. As long as they match up, i don't think it matters. Celestion only uses 4 holes on most of their speakers, and no-one says celestions suck.

another advantage of stereo cabs is that, if you have two different speakers in the cab, you can use them separately (to hear what they're like, to suit different amps, etc. etc.). But yeah if you have two of the same speaker in there, unless you only want to hear the one speaker (maybe if you were recording?), it's not much use other than using two heads, as you said.
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:40 PM   #24
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Thanks, Dave!

I usually fail at DIY also, but I'm trying to prepare myself as much as possible. I mean, easy connectors, and 8 screws. Not to hard in theory

Also, part of the reason I took these pics was to have reference

I'll probably take a few right before I do it, too that are close-up on the speaker connectors.
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:48 PM   #25
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good point. yeah i reckon you can see enough from those pics of the speakers to be good to go (i can see which wires go where and what colour they are). Though closer up wouldn't hurt, either, i suppose.
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Old 12-12-2012, 01:11 AM   #26
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I just ordered my two Retro 30's from WGS a few minutes ago, and now I'm ready for Christmas to be here any day now

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Old 12-12-2012, 12:03 PM   #27
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let us know what you think when you get them
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Old 12-12-2012, 03:40 PM   #28
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You think for a second that I would pass on reviewing something?

I love doing reviews. Especially on Guitar-related shenanigans. Plus, I won't be able to resist a NSD. I might combine it and my Zakk Wylde wah into one for a NWASD/NSAWD. I'll probably do that.
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