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Archive for April, 2008

Genz-Benz G-Flex 2×12 with Celestion Vintage 30 retrofit

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

I’ve been using the G-Flex 2×12 speaker cabinet for about 2 years.  This cabinet has the best low frequency response of any guitar cabinet that I have ever owned, and I have owned many.   Most 4×12 cabinets sound good when standing very close with the cabinet on the floor, but quickly “thin out” as you step only a few feet away, and they almost never sound good when elevated.  The G-Flex produces respectable lows even when elevated to ear level, and with greater projection than any 4×12 that I have ever heard.  I have posted  my previous review on another post.  In short the only other way to get this much low frequency push from a guitar cabinet would be to use  a powered sub-woofer system.

But as they say “nothing is perfect” and there was one nagging problem with the G-Flex that bothered me.  While the low frequency response is beyond compare the high frequencies, while very present, have a harsh quality.  After about a year of use I decided that a possible solution to this was to change the speakers.  I hesitated to do this.  After all who buys a new cabinet and then changes the speakers?  I assumed that Genz-Benz loaded their cabinets with the highest quality speaker possible.  But the harsh high end was starting to really bug me, and from prior experience I new that different speakers  had a marked effect especially in the high frequency range.    I had another cabinet that was sitting in my studio not being used out fitted with Celestion Vintage 30’s.   Changing the speakers was relatively easy.  The Vintage 30’s dropped right into the G-Flex with no problems and in about 15 minutes I was ready to test drive my “new” cabinet.   I could tell in less than a minute of playing that I had found what I was looking for.  The cabinet now has a much more smoother high end …more detail in the mid-range too, and without sacrificing any of that low end push. 

This is the best cabinet that I have ever heard.  It makes every amp that  I own sound amazing.  The Vintage 30’s were the “missing link”.  One question remains.  Why doesn’t Mr. Genzler outfit his cabinets with these or something similar?  I haven’t emailed the company yet, but I am going to.  Stayed tuned!