Front Mount or Rear Mount Guitar Speakers

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by Undercool_J, Jul 7, 2007.

  1. Undercool_J

    Undercool_J Guest

    I've searched with little success. I just finished the grunt work on an Avatar Vintage Premium-inspired 2x12 cabinet. I have a rear mounted 1x12 and a front mounted 1x12, both are satisfactory.

    Do any of you have (well based) strong opinions on this? I'm mounting clones of V30 and ClassicLead80s (wired in parallel if you care)

    Anyway, I'm just looking for the YAY and NAY of the two.

    note: I already mounted the baffle board, so pounding T-Nuts is most likely not going to happen.


    Pics of cab. Built with 11ply plywood and whatever I had on hand. Will cover with tolex and a Bluesbreaker-style grill.



  2. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Distinguished Member

    Dec 12, 2001
    Oberlin, OH
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    Most speakers can be used either front mounted (if I understand what you are asking) or rear mounted just by using different mounting hardware. For most speaker applications mounting the speaker with the speaker either flush mounded to the front baffle board or mounted on front of the baffle board gives the rest results. The thickness of the baffle board can do some strange things to the sound coming off the cone if you rear mount them especially if you are using a 1" piece of plywood for the baffle board.
  3. Undercool_J

    Undercool_J Guest

    Yeah. Thats 3/4" plywood for the baffle. Didn't have 1/2" around, and I wanted to get it finished. Front mounted them today. I also figured that front mounted gives move volume to the cabinet, but that may be a trivial amount. I plan on making the back 2/3 or fully closed with the addition of a center piece (on the back of the amp, not a center piece like mom would make for the table at Easter...... :lol: )

    Just finished playing thru it and my 5w amp has never sounded so loud.

    So front mounted it is.

  4. tifftunes

    tifftunes Active Member

    Jan 13, 2003
    Front mounted gives better dispersion. Rear mounted is okay too, but can sound a bit more focused in certain circumstances. It is easier to find a good mic position w/ front mount as well.

    Nice looking cabinet, BTW! I have built a few myself, and have MANY hours with a speaker CAD program... so I feel qualified to answer... FWIW.
  5. cathode_ray

    cathode_ray Active Member

    May 3, 2007
    West Palm Beach
    Mount 'em from the rear for protection if you travel - add some beam-blockers(mandantory. Make them yourself. You're creative!)
    You can "press" t-nuts with a pair of channel-locks or use the bolts to pull 'em down.

    Nice cab. I made one with a Private Jack and a Cannibas REX - love em both!
  6. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    How long will a 5 watt amp run these speakers before it, you know, burns out?
  7. Undercool_J

    Undercool_J Guest

    Burn out? Won't. Well, unless one of my mods goes bad or I mis-wired the new OT. Which, I assure you, isn't impossible :roll:

    The speakers combined are 140w, so the 5w really isn't pushing them. They are very efficient (sensitivity is 100) so they crank. I'm going to be running an 18w head thru them in the longer run. But the modded ValveJR is there for now.

    As for the beam blockers- yeah, I was thinking the same thing. The V30 can be a bit harsh- esp in a smaller basement where it will be when not out on a stage.

    My biggest concern is covering it. I've got no experience with doing that. I'll do some practice runs and get it worked out. There's some good tutorials out there.

    And yes, for those who noticed, I didn't put in holes for the handles. Not sure what I'm doing there, yet. Probably a single steel one one top (not a strap, a bar-type one). Thoughts? I didn't think a strap would be strong enough.

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