#171532  by lbpesq
 
A recent discussion on another forum detoured into the subject of using 15” speakers for guitar. I’ve been a 12” guy for half a century (geeesh, am I really that old!). The last couple of years I’ve tried 8” and 10” speakers with my Quilters and was pleasantly surprised. I know the former “Jerry” in a buddy’s GD band played through a 15 and sounded great. So I decided to give it a shot, checked out cabs at reverb, and found a used Weber X-Cab loaded with an Eminence 1518 that’s supposed to be similar to a JBL K130.

So, my question here is whether anyone has tried a 15” for guitar? Thoughts? Experiences? Inquiring minds want to know!

Bill, tgo
 #171534  by strumminsix
 
LOVE 15" speakers for guitar. Let's take the JG, BW, GD stuff aside and thin of the 15" speakers single best merit for guitar: super easy to dial when your desired tone is full, without bassy.

Most 12" guitar speakers struggle in the lower frequencies where you roll off too much and become anemic, keep too much in and are lost in the mix/fighting bass/no bite.

Best combo I ever owned was a 1964 Feder VibroVerb. Amazing amp. But needed some volume to hit magic that I never was able to use regularly.
 #171535  by Smolder
 
Yah… I love 15” speakers. You’re pushing more air… producing more sound. And, if we’re talking JBL ‘s, they’re the same 4” voice coil as the 12’s.

I also like 10’s. A pair of them. Though, they are not the same voice coil, and I think it’s harder to nail Jerry precisely with them.
 #171536  by Chocol8
 
15” JBL’s sound great for guitar, but a 2x15 cab is so much bigger and heavier than a 2x12 cab and the 12” speakers sound great as well. Also, the 15’s are louder with the same power which isn’t always desired.
 #171537  by lbpesq
 
A 2x15? YIKES! My back would take me out behind the shed and shoot me! This is a relatively light 1x15 cab that will likely live in my studio. It will have to sound damn good to make it to the gigging team.

Bill, tgo
 #171538  by Chocol8
 
lbpesq wrote: Mon Aug 30, 2021 1:09 pm A 2x15? YIKES! My back would take me out behind the shed and shoot me!
The dual showman cabs were/are lighter than a 4x12 but still not something you look forward to moving.
 #171539  by Smolder
 
That’s the thing. 15’s are great, especially for clean and loud. But I like guitar… sometime not clean, and prefer multiple speakers. So… 12’s if doing Jerry, 10’s if not for me.
 #171546  by TI4-1009
 
Smolder wrote: Mon Aug 30, 2021 9:40 pm That’s the thing. 15’s are great, especially for clean and loud. But I like guitar… sometime not clean, and prefer multiple speakers. So… 12’s if doing Jerry, 10’s if not for me.
One of each for me. :wink: