I drilled two holes in the chassis so that I could move the transformer in mine to accommodate a different speaker (the transformer prevents the installation of speakers with larger magnets), and swapping out the speaker made no difference. Opening the back will likely yield better results.I'll be the odd man here and say that I like mine. Stock was fine but I removed the back and it opened up the low end a bit. It's also a stiff speaker that needs a bit of time to break in.
Funny you should mention that - when I was gigging with us, our drummer kept telling me it looked like a 1960's flight suitcase for a stewardess.Personal taste, but I have to say that reminds me of an old aunt's luggage
I like my little AC4TV, but only since I fixed the excessive hum. It has no perceptible low end but then it's a 6" speaker in a tiny box. Great amp for sitting on the sofa jamming though.
That sounds EXACTLY like what a drummer would say. You could have skipped mentioning “drummer” and we’d all still know it was either a drummer or a roadie.Funny you should mention that - when I was gigging with us, our drummer kept telling me it looked like a 1960's flight suitcase for a stewardess.
..to make it clear that nothing with "AC4" in the name is going to have adequate bottom-end.
at home, we like really great full range tones from our amps, but in a live setting with bass, drums, keys(?), the guitar is a mid-treble instrument, otherwise it won’t cut through the mix
Coming in late here. Another thread hidden by time zone differences.
Not everything with “AC4” in the name. As others have mentioned, the hand wired AC4 (AC4HW-1) is more than adequate. I’ve played both side by side (the ‘regular’ 12 inch speaker AC4C1-12 & the HW-1) and the HW-1 is miles better than the regular one. That’s why I own the HW-1.
It is a bright amp. It is a loud amp. It doesn’t have much headroom, but maybe more than you’d expect. It does edge of breakup fantastically. It sings when pushed. It’s glorious when pushed. It sounds superb with Teles with traditional type pickups, Teles with TV Jones Classics in the neck and late 50s styled LPs. All of this I know. All of this is subjective.
Nothing subjective about the price difference though. That’s why I own a secondhand HW-1.
I’ve never used my HW-1 out of the house. I’m really curious to see how it would go at a practice or jam, if it would hold up in a low volume setting, etc. Because, tone wise, I think it might just be fantastic. But the realities of living in urban Japan mean I’m taking the train (& a bus too, often). So, nuh.