I just took my RXES Head out on it's 1st 2 gigs with me... an outside event in front of about 1000 people and a 400 seater night club. The head came to me in a trade for one of my RIVERA DUO HUNDRED 212 Combos. Anyway, I had no speaker cab for the head. I found (craigslist) a Peavey 212 SX with Black Widow speakers. The Cabinet is a closed back, front loaded cab, that is open across the bottom-front.. i guess this is a bass reflex design. BTW, got the cab loaded for $40. The cab has 2 inputs on the back, each going to a single speaker,,.. odd. I wired it in series making it a 16 ohm load. So, I hook it up at the gig and WHOAA! This thing can peel the paint off the wall. I ran it on 1 and 3/4 (LOW INPUT & NO OVER DOSE) and the sound man (100 feet back) was whining about me drowning out the 20,000 watt Crown/JBL P.A. ... LOL. The tone was superb. Sparkling clean,... almost TOO CLEAN. On the chicken-pickin' stuff, it's gettng a little brittle, but I think I can dial it in better in time. This may be where lower wattage speakers could help. I have a pair of Celestion G12T-75's I could throw in there.
Any thoughts if those speakers would be better?
As far as the Rock-n-Roll overdrive sounds,... Sounded AWESOME. Never heard a Marshall, Boogie or Rivera sound this sweet.
FWIW: You can change power tubes and preamp tubes and that will affect the tone a little... but a speaker change is the #1 thing you can do to change your tone the most (for the better or worse).
The RxES is a very tweakable amp (with the treb-mid-bass knobs), so you should be able to dial in the RxES to your liking with your current cab. If not, I would recommend some different speakers. I like Alnico speakers the best, but Greenbacks sound awesome with this amp too. Back when I had the ES, I had to use an attenuator to get the tone I wanted at a reasonable volume. You may need to look for one of those in the future if you like a little grit in your cleans?
Congrats again, sweet looking rig!
Last Edit: Jul 30, 2012 19:53:13 GMT -7 by telejas
LOVES me some old BWs........I have always considered them to be, the poor man's JBL D120/130(15).
U simply can NOT blow those things up....OR make 'em break up. I have used them in a 1000 watt PA cab when things went bad during a gig. I still have a few from the 70's lying around here, & wud NOT hesitate to use one(or 2), if I was after high-wattage clean(speaker) tones.
NICE score for $40, man........
BTW.....replacement baskets for those, are STILL under $100 USD, and U can replace 1 in less than 20 minutes.
Last Edit: Jul 30, 2012 21:05:20 GMT -7 by T-R☼CK ♫
Ok,... I am starting to get a handle on this amp/cab. After 5 VERY different gigging situations.
I found that I had to lower the treble (3.5k and higher) frequencies by 8-10db on ALL my pedalboard patches. WOW. Apparently, my RIVERA amps are not even close to the brightness of the DR Z.
Also, I've patched in an attenuator (Weber Mini Mass). I have the Amp volume set at about 3.75 (VERY VERY LIGHT BREAK-UP), Bass at 7, Mid at 4.5, Treble at 5. Attenuator Volume at about 55%.
Tone is definitely HAPPENING. I am getting close to the Brad Paisley country sound, close to the Neil Schon Journey tones, but then nailing the Joe Perry Marshall "walk this way" tone,... This is all with a FMT Telecaster with Duncan Humbuckers.
I have never had an amp/cab combination THIS versatile. Truly Ama-"Z"-ing.
I bought 2-Vintage 30's (English made) and 2-G12H speakers to swap out the Peavey BW 12's and add another 2x12 cab I found, but I am not sure about ditching the BW's just yet...
I have gotten more compliments about my sound than with any other amp combination... and I am STILL tweaking it...... That's Encouraging. ;D
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