Stock speakers in a Guild Thunderbass cab??
Hi, all... First post here.
I just recently acquired a 60's Guild Thunderbass 2x15 cab. It's in relatively good shape considering the age. Quick question: What were the stock, baseline speakers installed in these cabs?
I got it as part of a trade and was hoping for EVs or, better yet, that someone had installed JBLs in it at some point (I intend to use this cab for guitar more than bass). Alas, they are neither (AFAIK) and only had what appears to be part numbers ink-stamped onto the magnet. No brand name was visible. Google searches have yielded no relevant info. I am happy to report, however, that the inside of this cab is *very* clean.
What are the numbers on the magnet? They will at least identify the manufacturer. Can you post a picture?
Yes a pic and or the numbers will help. They should have a EIA code in one of those numbers.
Please post a pic -- they originally came with a sweet two-tone grille cloth.
I have a Thunderbass head, they are sleeper amps (maybe a little underpowered for today's rock bassists, but great for guitar and less-loud bass situations)
At the moment, I don't have a pic of the whole speaker, just the magnet and the number on the cone... but hopefully that'll help.
I'll post a pic of the whole cab when I get over to my studio again.
Let me know if these two pics don't appear.
I tell you... sometimes, all you need if for someone to say something in a certain way and it'll give you an idea of what to Google. I was typing the entire codes in, start to finish. That didn't work...
So I Googled "speaker manufacturer codes" and found this link:
So... they're Oxfords. Now I just need to know the specs on 'em... Thanks for pointing me in the right direction! :)
It would seem each speaker is rated for 60 watts peak. Not RMS, but the highly optimistic "peak".
I would not try to put more than 50 watts or so into that cab (even though it's a 2x15). Evidently those speakers do not handle much high power.
Thanks very much for that link... Good info.
I'm not worried about hurting the cab. It'll be used more for guitar than bass (honestly, it'll probably NEVER be used for bass). That's actually why I got it. I prefer 15's for guitar and 12's for bass (yeah, I'm weird like that).
My favorite guitar amp is a Fender Dual Showman, if that tells you anything. So I'm actually planning to eventually pull the Oxfords in favor of a pair of JBL D130Fs, or the Weber JBL clones. But that'll be some time down the road. I first need to get my amp back up and running, which is a '66 Ampeg Gemini I. It only pushes around 20-25W of power to begin with. I'll run the Thunderbass cab off of that and just disconnect the Ampeg's internal 12" speaker when doing so.
Cool story about the cab... I got it from a guy who got it off of a member of the Allman Bros family. It was reportedly originally owned by Billy Cox but it's passed hands so many times and no one ever documented anything, so there's no proof. It may or may not be true. I know Cox was playing Fender Dual Showman amps through Thunderbass cabs at one point during his tenure with Hendrix, but...who knows. At this point it's just a cool old cab with a neat story to go with it.
Even if there were concrete proof, I'd still gig with it. I like playing, not collecting... ;-)
Thanks again for all your help!
I have a Guild Thunderbass head I'm going to sell PM me if you're interested.
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