#1
So I have a new amp!
After a 5 month long search for the amp with a massively changing budget and massively changing opinions I've found it.

My search initially lead me to the Cornford Roadhouse 30, til I was like "...no I can't afford it" so I was looking cheaper, like, the Laney VC30, Peavey Classic 30, Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, things like this.

Until I find a steal on Ebay just a matter of weeks ago that made me blind with intent.

Anyway, it takes a few days to get the money out of the bank due to limits on my bank and stuff, but then, Friday (yesterday) came. I took a train from Burton to Stoke, about an hour and a half, but it was worth it. Managed to get a lift back from my Bassist who happened to be picking a new amp up in Liverpool and was coming through Stoke and now this beast sits across the room from me.

I shall now take you back to the start of my mini-wall of text with the pictures:


Cornford...this is clearly going somewhere good...


...Roadhouse 30. The amp I initially wanted, superb!

But yeah turns out I got the Roadhouse 30 head for £480 used, in great condition. So a great day for me...but I have no cab for it...

Anyway, more pics (then after that I'll post my question on speakers which I need for two reasons, one cos I know nothing of speakers and two cos it'll keep this thread valid )


Full frontal pic.


The back of it.

But yeah, due to lack of a review as I don't have a cab to give an in depth review of it!

So I shall make this thread stay open by doubling it up with a question I would've made a thread about a bit longer down the line.
My plans with cabs is to order a cheap Harley Benson cab tonight which'll do me for now, but around October time (most probably funded by my birthday) I'm going to order a Flynn Amplification custom cab 1x12.

What I need to know, as I've relied on combos all my life without ever changing speakers, so right now I need to find out what speaker is right for me.
The cab cost is £350 with no additional charge if I use a Celestion G12 (...I think it was a G12 which was their stock speaker) though Stevie Flynn also recommended me two other Celestion Speakers, one being the Vintage 30 (which I hear good things about, and know that Guthrie Govan occasionally has these in his cabs) but I don't know what's right for me.

So I'd like to know which speaker'd be best when I get my custom cab. To give an idea what sound I'm after:

I play in a rock band, like average sort of modern rock but with occasional hints of stuff like Ska, Prog, Jazz, Blues thrown in.
In my own playing I do a lot of blues, but focus my playing and tone on Fusion and modern fusion players (for example, Guthrie Govan, Greg Howe, etc), I never really hit metal levels of gain or anything but I'd like a speaker which also can handle higher gain.

So I guess what I'm saying is I want a very versatile speaker! But one that probably sounds best within sort of modern fusion/blues playing. (cos even though my band does rock, my tone's always leaning towards that lead based fusion tone!)

Any help'd be greatly appreciated, otherwise, enjoy the light amp porn!
#4
Cornford Roadhouse's are really great amps, my friend has one, you can get a really nice crunch out of them.
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#5
Jealous of such a great amp. Congratulations.

Regarding cabs. If I were you I would definitely get an Orange PPC 212 Cab in BLack or a Blackstar 212 Cab. I think in your case the British stuff would work out best, price/quality wise.
#6
I'm getting a custom cab made so what I'm bothered about it what speaker to get.

Thanks for all the comments though! Can't wait to crank this up, can't wait to get it going live too!
#7
Not only does Guthrie Govan use V30's, hundreds upon hundreds of professional guitarists do. It's the industry standard (to a degree) for a reason. They're fantastic speakers, but it really depends on your style. If you want that hard rock sound, they're great. However, they're not the *best* for jazzy cleans or country, etc. If you want to emulate that boutique sound, look into an Alnico Gold (50W) or Blue (30W). These will sound fantastic, but if you're only getting a 1X12, it'll leave you with less than desirable headroom in most cases. Also take a look at Eminence or Jensen speakers. It'll be easier for people to recommend you speakers or a cab if you give us more information regarding your playing style.
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#9
Quote by Karlboy
Not only does Guthrie Govan use V30's, hundreds upon hundreds of professional guitarists do. It's the industry standard (to a degree) for a reason. They're fantastic speakers, but it really depends on your style. If you want that hard rock sound, they're great. However, they're not the *best* for jazzy cleans or country, etc. If you want to emulate that boutique sound, look into an Alnico Gold (50W) or Blue (30W). These will sound fantastic, but if you're only getting a 1X12, it'll leave you with less than desirable headroom in most cases. Also take a look at Eminence or Jensen speakers. It'll be easier for people to recommend you speakers or a cab if you give us more information regarding your playing style.


Thanks for your indepth response!
And it's almost essential that I have a 1x12 for space/price reasons (the band's traveling out of a Peugeot 206 and a Ford Focus right now I also have no room in the house really...I'm also very weak ).

And in regards to my playing style...well I try to keep it versatile, like, although I play a lot of blues, if a solo calls for harmonic minor played at stupid speeds, I'll do the Yngwie thing, so my playing style is a bit...all over the place.
But I guess that modern fusion style, sort of Greg Howe/Guthrie Govan yet with bits of blues (my blues style is probably most closely related to Rory Gallagher) is my "Ideal" playing style and the one I sit in most often.
#10
Well, since you're only getting a 1X12, I really suggest getting a speaker with at least a 60W power rating. Vintage 30's do actually have 60W handling and I have a set of them. I love them and they sound fantastic. Some other speakers to look at would be G12T-75s (think Marshall, 75W), G12K-100s (100W handing, ridiculous headroom, better suited for high-gain tones, but I've seen them used in low-gain boutique amps for a warm, full sound), Seventy 80's (80W, tight lows, defined mids), etc. A personal favourite of mine is the Alnicos, but as opposed to costing $100 apiece like V30s, they're $400. They'll give you earlier breakup, so if you ever want that skinny, sparkling clean sound I wouldn't order them in a 1X12 with a 30W head. They'll sound fantastic, but you'll find it hard to properly dial in settings that require massive headroom.
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#12
No problem. I suggest going to manufacturer's sites and checking out audio clips for each speaker, however. I wouldn't just spring ahead and order a speaker just 'cos someone on the internet told me. I wouldn't want to be responsible for convincing you to order a speaker you end up hating. However, I believe most manufacturers record their samples through 4X12 cabinets instead of 2's or 1's. This will significantly increase low-end response. When you order the cab, you may be able to get some advice from the manufacturer and see what they have to say about it.
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Custom Horiz. 2x12 (Commonwealth 12s)
#13
Dude. Bad ass amp.

Happy NAD, I'm cereal jealous
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#14
Karlboy, of course! I'll thoroughly research my decision, I have about 2 months if not more before I order this custom cab, so I'll make sure to get the speaker that's perfect for me, I just wanted some preliminary opinions on what'd suit me.

And CL/\SH, thanks! I've been going nuts over Cornford amps for a while now, while I've technically got their most "budget" model, it's still a beast of an amp!