Speaker voicings with the Cure amp Feb 21, 2017 12:50:19 GMT -7 doctorice, nmz, and 4 more like this
Post by slivjakm on Feb 21, 2017 12:50:19 GMT -7
So I was lucky enough to find a used (!) Cure on TGP last week and I jumped right on it. At this point in my playing days, my goal was the lightest, smallest, simplest amp I could find since the places I play always have great PA systems (i.e., low stage volumes required) and I get all my dirt and effects through pedals anyway. This is my 6th Dr. Z amp so I always trust they'll be good without having to play one. The Z-12 speaker sounds great with the amp, maybe a little brittle on the top end but I assume that'll smooth out as it breaks in. But I was curious how it would sound with other speakers...that said, I did not actually swap out speakers, just plugged the internal speaker jack into 1) A Bad Cat 112 open back with a Celestion V30, 2) a Dr. Z 112 closed back with a Celestion Blue, and 3) an Avatar 112 closed back with a Celestion Greenback. Guitar used was a PRS Brent Mason, which has a HSH configuration and both hums split. The Cure was run with the Master and Level wide open, and the volume around 9:30-10:00 and the pedals I use to simulate different amps are a TBIAC (Vox), Paisley Drive (Fender), a DLS v3 (Marshall) and a ZenDrive (Dumble). So, in this very unscientific testing, the only speaker that I liked a bit better was the V30, influenced of course by the fact it's a decent sized cab with a broken in speaker. The Blue got flubby on the neck pickup, and the Greenback was 'meh'. So of course the next step was to plug the Bad Cat cab into the external jack with the Cure sitting on top. Amazing how much air those 2 speakers moved in tandem. I started playing Doyle Bramhall's 'Problem Child' to push the bass and...dayum! Sounded great, as did all the amp pedals through the 2 cab setup. Definitely a keeper! Have fun and let me know what else you try through it.