Eminence GB128

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  1. gibson11

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    How would this sound paired with a Legend 1258 in a cab? The price is right and my Celestion Rocket is not cutting it.
     
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    um, how would what sound...?
     
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    Stratocaster w/Egnator Tweaker into a carvin cab for Rock, blues, and jazz
     
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    I own one that. And I really like it. I guess "GB" means "greenback"... It's pretty loud.
     
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    it will sound awesome

    I don't see how this could suck
     
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    That's an excellent pair of speakers. In fact it's marketed as the "crankin' country'" set. I put the pair in a '66 Band Master that I customized with a partial open back. It's Fender with some added midrange thickness from the GB. The 1258 is what you would expect from a good original C12N.
     
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    I would think awesome. I own both. 1258 has tight lows and great sparkle. GB has rounder, looser lows, fantastic grit bit with a chimey clarity. To me they will compliment each other very well.
     
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    Thanks for the input, just bid on a GB128, it will be awesome
     
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    I don't have any direct experience with a GB128. But, I have a Celestion Creamback 65 (that people kinda equate/compare with Greannbacks) paired with a 1258 in my old '58 Twin. It sounds quite good. It was a much better pair than I anticipated! I was most worried about the disparity in efficiency, but it seems to have worked out fine.

    I love pairing different speakers - magnets, tonal range, etc. As long as both speakers are good at something, I think you end up with the best of both speakers a lot of the time. I haven't put two weird things together yet and not been happy with the end result.
     
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    The band master was my first amp, sold it off years ago, loved the smell as it warmed up.
     
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    The GB128 has a high efficiency but to my ears (1x12 open back cab), it has a wide midrange band (300Hz to 800Hz), big boomy low and less cutting high mids (1kHz to 2Khz) which requires a healthy dose of EQ to make it cut in a band situation.
    with my particular bass heavy amp I need to lower the bass pot to 9 oclock, mids 10 o'clock (low center frequency on the midrange control) and increase the treble to at least 2 o'clock.
    When doing this you loose a bit of sensitivity because i need to lower the mids and bass and increase the treble to cut through.. It might be slightly an effect of the undoped nature of the speaker.
     
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    My experience with the GB128 was the same. It sounds great when playing by yourself or recording, but it disappears in a live band mix. I never could EQ my amp to make it work on a gig. A V30 replaced it for performances.
     
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    The GB128 is a great speaker and doesn't break the bank. I one in a Randall 12" combo and it makes the amp.
     
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    I think it fairs better in a small closed back cab where the trapped air can act as a spring on cone movement raising the speakers Rf and giving it a tighter bass response and a sligtly different mid response
     
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    This has been my experience as well. I was surprised by how dark it is. I much prefer the Celestion G12M Greenback, G12M-65 and G12H-75 Creambacks. But, with a bright amp the Eminence could work well. I’ve had many Eminence speakers and they’re all great.
     
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    I think it's more likely that GB stands for "Great Britain"
     
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    Maybe. I can’t say for sure if that’s true, but this speaker definitely lacks the upper mid/high end sizzle and bark one would expect from a British-voiced speaker.

    I’m not knocking Eminence. They make great speakers, but this one is not an alternative to a Celestion in my opinion.
     
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    After being a Celestion guy all my life, I've found that the GB128 or V12 is all I need. Either one is fine. Changing to Eminence took the fizz out of my tone. And that's good.
     
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    I have a 68 silverface drip-edge twin that I bought new that year. Recently replaced original blown speakers with GB128 plus a 1258 Legend.

    Works really well but due to weight it's my living-room amp now so still haven't used it at gig volume levels in a club and probably never will again.

    Downsized... Am a tube nut but have to say the new Champion 40 I just bought sounds just like that old twin and weighs nothing.
     
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