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Best Drivers for Overdrive Projection

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by BassJunkie730, May 3, 2006.

  1. BassJunkie730


    Feb 3, 2005
    This subject has been hinted at, but never directly addressed I think.

    So guys - In your opinion, what's the best driver to reproduce overdrive in a punchy way. - let's say the box is optimized for the particular driver and for punch as well.








    which one? or for what type of overdrive is each one suited - onomatopedic responses are always appreciated.

  2. Using my peaveys

    10's = grrrrrrr-gangganggang-grrRRRrrrrrrr

    15's = cu-oh-ah-eh-oh-ouch

    Basically what im saying is with my peavey 410 overdrive works great, but unfortunatly my peavey 215 tends to not handle overdrive well at all, which is a pity because its an awsome sounding cab otherwise!

    Altho, this isnt true to all 15's because the marshall 215 i use at our practice room handles overdrive really well
  3. arbitrary

    arbitrary Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2005
    Boston, MA
    My bergie 6/10 loves the od.
    Nice and dirty.
  4. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    Double ditto. My Bergantino NV610 sounds great even when I cruise my SWR Interstellar Overdrive out to Planet Fart.

    The NV610 works so well because it's sealed (non-ported) and tweeterless. Tweeters and overdrive don't mix: first, because the sound is buzzy and harsh, and second, because they don't handle clipped waveforms well: pop goes the tweeter.
  5. BassJunkie730


    Feb 3, 2005
    I'll flesh this out a bit.

    I'm asking this specifically because I'm toying with the idea for LDS to make a tweeter less sealed cab to match up with a schro 1212R to handle overdrive exclusively. and I'm wondering about drivers and number of.

    For example.

    a nice bag endish 115 - super punchy and loud - cool overdrive.

    a 212 using neos

    or a neo 210 or 310

    Which brings up another question does anyone have opinions about overdrive through neo drivers?

    Of course low end is not necessary because the same rig has the 1212

    I just figure driving the 1212 with 500w should be sufficient and I've go an extra 300 to 700w (depending on the second cabs ohms. to play around with.

    Personally I think a sealed (or maybe ported I dunno) 310 loaded with the new Eminence s2010 would be bad ass. punchy, 450w at 2.67 ohms, loud enough to keep up with the 1212. and light!

  6. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    If the cab is going to do nothing but overdrive, you're best bet is to use a speaker with a short x-max. It will run out of suspension travel nice and early and therefore start distorting nice and early. As long as it has a nice presence in the high-mids above 1K, if should work a treat.

    For protection against damage, make sure it also has a large X-mech.

    Guess what, we've just re-invented the typical rock guitar cab!

    The good news is that short x-max drivers are much cheaper than large x-max drivers. The bad news is you might have to add some sort of low end filtration because these speakers aren't designed to handly low frequencies in abundance and could be damaged.
  7. BassJunkie730


    Feb 3, 2005
    thank for the advice Pete bass.

    I don't know if I am in to actual speaker distortion - but if I do want it then 10s are a must to keep everything tight.

    However it would be intriguing to find a 10" driver that could do double duty as a stand alone and with the help of a filter to roll off lows at about 100hz - I may have a nice hybrid cab.

  8. BassJunkie730


    Feb 3, 2005
    Bump for thoughts

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