Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Northern California
Why can't Celestions handle 7 and 8 string guitars?
I don't know what typical Celestions in a 4x12 are rated at, but they kind of get "floppy" sounding with the 7th and 8th string instruments and detuned stuff. It's what has kept me from going into extra strings.
Is there a good speaker for those lows? Before I tried a lot of that 7 and 8 string sounding stuff (even six string tuned to a gothic C#) I got some 100w Jackson speakers with Marshall and they handled big sounding stuff well but I still liked the vintage Celestions for softer music and they had subtlety. The Celestions seem easy to push over the top and that sound of almost being overtaken is amazing on six string guitars with moderate or lower output. When introduced to 7th string, it gets overtaken but in a bad, floppy, farty way. I know Korn records with gain really low and then boost it up from there in studio, but for just practice and live, I like that gain tone but then the speakers can't take that low C#, C, or B. I guess if I had a major PA I could go low gain, mic the amp, and then get a sound but I would rather have right amp or right speaker if there is anything out there. Someone I talked to said only guitar amp that could handle those frequencies and hold together is the Fender Bassman, which makes sense since it can handle even the bigger strings found on bass. Of course, with heavy distortion, which was not present in the days of the Bassman, it may still be too much for extended range strings and/or tuning.
There's no mystery to smaller guitar amps not doing well with the big 7th and 8th strings, but is this more a speaker issue and not an amp issue for amps of all sizes?
That being said I know plenty of players who like that raggedy Ann slashed speaker sound. There's kind of a delay in a floppy speaker that is its own effect but I don't like it for everything.
Last edited by 63Blazer; 05-04-2013 at 08:31 PM.