Have you ever tried going for a particular sound, but weren’t able to get your tone quite right? Allow us to lend a hand. The focus is on the difference a speaker cabinet can make.
You can look at many different components of the guitar itself, consider parts of the amplifier, and even discuss how different speakers can alter your sound. Now it’s time to take it a step further and examine speaker cabinets themselves which add resonance and color to every note you play.
In combination with the speakers themselves, the cabinet into which they are mounted contributes enormously to an amplifier’s overall tone. The size and construction of the cabinet influences resonance, low-end content, projection, and even frequency content; closed-back cabinets sound very different from open-back; multi-speaker cabs sound different from single-speaker cabs; solid hardwood sounds different from solid pine, plywood or chipboard.
Broadly speaking, plywood and chipboard offer less cabinet resonance than do solid woods. The resonance is usually described as contributing to “warmth” or “texture”.
The top choice for high-end cabs is Solid Baltic birch, which offers a tight, muscular performance while still sounding fairly musical. RossTone cabinets are made of perfectly crafted solid in whole cut Baltic birch lumber with high-end lacquered finish. RossTone cabinets offer woody warm and tight powerful musical vintage tones ideal for louder and more aggressive blues rock playing styles. The beauty of RossTone solid wood guitar cabinets lies not only in their tones but also in their visual warmth and natural magnificence. You can expect professionally kiln dried solid timber, top quality joints and high end lacquer finish - the most critical properties of solid wood construction relating to strength, appearance, and dimensional stability.The unique mechanical and acoustical properties of Birch wood and its aesthetic appeal still make it the material of choice for musical instruments. Solid Baltic birch with its higher speed of sound is often preferred over alder, hornbeam, maple and pine. Baltic birch is among the most sought-after wood in the manufacture of speaker cabinets. Birch has a natural resonance that peaks in the high and low frequencies, which are also the hardest for speakers to reproduce. This resonance compensates for the roll-off of low and high frequencies in the speakers, and evens the tone. Birch is known for having "natural EQ".
Why Not Birch Plywood?
Plywood is made from thin sheets of low quality birch held together with relatively thick glue layers - due to production cost optimalisation. The glue layers in plywood damp and adsorb vibration. Each layer of wood can have different moisture content, low quality thin layers of wood very often have holes and dents - all these lower quality of sound. The best choice is solid wood.
RossTone semi-open-backed cabinets accentuate the higher frequencies and present a wider, more “surround-sound” style of sound dispersion. They offer a broad, round, and fairly realistic frequency response, partly because the sound waves escaping from the back of the cab are blending with the sound waves escaping from the front—but in reverse-phase, being produced from the rear of a speaker cone pumping backwards, rather than the front of a cone pumping forwards—and as such are helping to tame any low-end boominess or woofiness the cab might produce otherwise.
The board at the front of the cab to which the speakers are affixed is called the “baffle.” A firmly affixed baffle in RossTone cabinets made of thick, 3/4-inch Baltic birch, it makes for extended punch and projection, and gives you more of the characteristic speaker sound.