Reid’s guitar rig had a much more modern vibe than the other players on the tour. In addition to his signature Parker guitar and Roland processor, it featured a Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier with a matching 4x12 loaded with Celestion Vintage 30s and mic’d with Sennheiser e906 (left) and a Shure SM57 (right).more
"I used a Marshall® Valvestate 100 watt head going through a model 1960A cabinet with Celestion® Vintage 30s in it, and that was killer. For effects, I used a Digitech® Whammy, an old Ibanez® chorus, and I also used a Line 6® Pod Pro for a lot of my effects as well because it has a wide variety of effects that I really like."more
> That went into an oversized Mesa/Boogie cab with 2005 Vintage 30s in - I’ve gotten really nerdy about ages of speakers. There was a period where V30s where sounding incredible in Mesa cabs, between 2000 and 2005. I mic up with an SM57 and, apart from the Maxon OD-808 boost in front tightening the low-end, that was about it.more
"I find it advantageous that a lot of sound guys are familiar with the Mesa Boogie 4×12 straight (standard sized) cabinet with vintage 30s. I often find myself wondering if people actually like the way the 30s sound or if they just trust someone else’s influence too much. This cab, however, does get the job done and I find that it responds well with the Rectifier. It lives on its side when I’m using casters."more
"Homemade Fender Tweed Deluxe 5E3 circuit with 6L6 Tung Sol JAN tubes, 4 ohm Vibrolux output transformer into two Vintage 30 Celestion speakers. Wood from a 100 year old house. I had the idea to use a bigger Output transformer for 6L6 tubes and put the chassis in on its side to make a head for years. Built the cabinet in my friend's car shop in about an hour. This time, the idea worked just like I had hoped. That is rarely the case."more
> So I put a little of that on the record. I’m running a Holbrook TS50 head and Holbrook cabinet with four Celestion Vintage 30s, then the Pod straight to the board. I run the amp clean with whatever amp modeler and effects I like on the Pod, then blend it in with the raw straight track from the amp.more
In a 2x12 can be a little congested in the mid range, but in a 4x12 they sit very nicely in a mix. Put two of these on the bottom and two Greenbacks on the top and you've got a killer cabinet.
the V30 cuts a mix and can sound quite good in a loud 4 piece... more cannot be said of it. Its entire reputation is based on the original 80s models. Those Marshall branded 'vintage' speakers you find in some mid 80s amps and cabs sound really, really good. Celestion branded ones are a crap shoot. I don't think its just that the older ones are really broken in. Celestion messed with the formula like they always do and created yet another collectible speaker that sounds great but cannot be replicated. Thanks guys.
Tossed this into my Blackstar Club 40 after a lot of research and it made a world of difference. It plays quiet for bedroom levels (which was almost impossible before) and has a lot more overall presence when cranked up. Great overdrive tones. Slash uses these, I mean come on.