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Old 08-15-2014, 05:42 PM   #1
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If I put paper over the grill cloth

What effect would it have on my tone if I put a large sheet of paper over the speaker grill cloth of my amp/cab?
I can't try it for myself for a few days but if anyone knows then I won't have to.
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Old 08-15-2014, 06:00 PM   #2
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It will reduce the highs and add a "frrrrrrr" noise if you don't secure it properly to the grille.

If you want to reduce highs either put the paper on the speakers' cones 'cause it works better or turn down the treble control on your amp.
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Old 08-15-2014, 06:38 PM   #3
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I find construction paper (pink) gives my amp a great low end tone. Check out sandpaper as well
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Old 08-15-2014, 07:25 PM   #4
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I dunno but from what I hear, if you write "Vertex" on that paper it instantly makes your amp or cabinet worth more than double what it currently is
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Old 08-15-2014, 09:10 PM   #5
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Where does this idea come from? Never heard of anyone doing so and I don't understand the benefits/cons?
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Old 08-15-2014, 09:23 PM   #6
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You will be able to emulate comb and paper or kazoo, not a common feat on the guitar.

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Old 08-15-2014, 10:14 PM   #7
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I find construction paper (pink) gives my amp a great low end tone. Check out sandpaper as well

I only use white paper dyed in the blood of a virgin sacrificed on a blood moon at midnight.

It gives my amp the brutal, balls-out metal tone I need
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Old 08-15-2014, 11:14 PM   #8
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stick a snare right in front of your amp and crank the bass, sick fuzz
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Old 08-16-2014, 10:02 AM   #9
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Use the paper to fold origami birds instead and put them on the amp. Then crank the power and watch how your tubes discharge on the birds making them alive and fly away into the the night.
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Old 08-16-2014, 01:03 PM   #11
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lolz I thought if I don't get an amp endorsement I could endorse myself by turning my cab into a mini billboard
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Where does this idea come from? Never heard of anyone doing so and I don't understand the benefits/cons?

It's a pretty standard physics-of-sound idea, honestly. The high frequencies are more "fragile" and will get more caught in the paper and won't travel as powerfully, thus reducing the highs and giving a more mid range/bassy tone.

The benefits are just that. A very bassy tone (or simply one without a ton of highs [that guitarists seem to love for god knows why]) is prominent among a lot of genres, i.e modern jazz/fusion/prog rock/ambient artists.
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Old 08-17-2014, 09:16 AM   #14
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I would imagine grill cloth has the same effect, it's probably designed for some amps
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It's a pretty standard physics-of-sound idea, honestly. The high frequencies are more "fragile" and will get more caught in the paper and won't travel as powerfully, thus reducing the highs and giving a more mid range/bassy tone.

The benefits are just that. A very bassy tone (or simply one without a ton of highs [that guitarists seem to love for god knows why]) is prominent among a lot of genres, i.e modern jazz/fusion/prog rock/ambient artists.


Awesome thanks for the explanation!
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I would imagine grill cloth has the same effect, it's probably designed for some amps

it does, and they probably are.

the weave on an orange cab def tames the highs.
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