Practice Amp Mod?
I picked up a Fender Frontman 15G amp (garage sale) recently for a very good price ($20) in as-new condition. I've been using it for home rehearsal to play along with my computer / Bose Companion 2 speakers since. It's perfect (well almost...) for learning songs without bothering my sleeping wife. I would however, like to juice up the bottom end "just a bit" - since, as a guitar amp, it isn't designed to put out decent low end.
Any ideas on a reasonably priced 8" speaker (neo would be cool) that would give me just a bit more bottom in a tiny cab? Or, do I need to live with it? It is a pretty cool amp!
Unfortunately the size of the amp really limits what a replacement speaker will do for you. Changing the speaker will probably have a very minimal impact on sound.
You're better off using an extension cab dedicated to bass. That will make a much bigger difference.
I would say leave it. My practice amp is a crate 10 watt job with 8 inch speaker. I just turn the bass knob all the way up and leave the others at 12 and it has a decent practice tone. I also don't crank it in which case I'm sure it would fart out and sound bad.
However, for the cost of neo speaker, you could buy a used Ampeg BA-108, or comparable bass amp, and be much happier.
My son has one of those Fenders. There is no volume control for Aux in, which is kind of a pain for play along practice. It really didn't like the lower notes on my bass much, so I went to the Ampeg BA-110 and 108s.
Those Fenders had a design issue. Ours had a buzzing problem, and I Googled for a fix. It turns out that Fender did not connect signal ground to chassis ground, so buzzing is a common problem. I ran a resistor from signal ground to chassis ground, and the buzzing went away.
If yours is buzzing, the fix is a resistor away. Good luck, and let us know how it turns out.
EMINENCE ALPHA 8 I put one in my ampeg b108. Made a distinct difference. But then I read this thread and changed the port and put in foam batting.
+1 for the $$ you'd spend on a new spkr, (which would not be much improvement), you could get a bass amp, like a BA108. I wouldn't waste the time or money to try converting a guitar combo- instead, just use that amp for guitar.
I'd play it while on its back on carpet. If sealing the cab makes a positive difference in tone, figure a way to seal it off while still allowing the amp to be ventilated. Should be cheap to do.
The cab is sealed. I'll try stuffing it with some batting first. I just can't ever leave anything alone :)
Put a speaker jack on the amp.
Cost a few bucks.
Get a bass extension speaker.
That way you could hear all
that the amp can produce.
Plus, the extension speaker
can come handy when you
finally give up on the
That can save you money in
the long run.
That's just me though,
Years ago, my first amp was some 50 watt 1x10 combo that sounded pretty bad. I pulled the speaker and put it into a larger (3 cu-ft?) ported box. Wired it up to the amp and boy did it sound good. It became full and rich rather than thin and wimpy.
It was never loud and was NOT portable but for home practice it was great.
- Keith -
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