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David Nugent


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Gum Spring, Va.
Post Posted 17 May 2017 1:57 pm     Reply with quote

Would anyone know the tonal difference (if any) between a 'D-130' and a 'D-140' speaker. There is a D-140 available locally that I may be considering and was wondering if it compared favorably with the 130...Thanks.
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Tim Marcus


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San Francisco, CA
Post Posted 17 May 2017 3:01 pm     Reply with quote

look at the spec sheets - its my understanding that the 140 was meant for bass guitar, and does not have the sweet top end that the 130 has
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Dave Campbell


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Nova Scotia, Canada
Post Posted 18 May 2017 1:46 am     Reply with quote

140 has a thicker/heavier cone that's meant for bass, and it really reduces the highs for pedal steel guitar. i recently bought a d130, but someone had reconed it as a 140. it sounded terrible for steel. i reconed it as a d130 and it sounds great.
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David Nugent


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Gum Spring, Va.
Post Posted 18 May 2017 2:55 am     Reply with quote

Thank you both for the replies and evaluations. The '140' is presently available on the local Craigslist at a fairly reasonable price but upon reading the reviews, believe that I will pass..Thanks again.
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Tim Whitlock


From:
Colorado, USA
Post Posted 18 May 2017 7:23 am     Reply with quote

If you like the JBL D-130 keep an eye out for an Altec 418b as well. Not as well known but they are just as amazing and sometimes sneak under the high price vintage radar. (I picked up a pair of them for $150!)
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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 18 May 2017 7:37 am     Reply with quote

There are a lot of steelers who play through bass amps.
I would assume that those amps would have bass speakers in them.
I played through a Fender bass amp for quite a few years before I got a Twin Reverb.
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Steve Sycamore


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Sweden
Post Posted 18 May 2017 12:34 pm     Reply with quote

If you have a vintage guitar with lower impedance pickups and a good quality amp then in my opinion the D-140 will give you sweeter and more balanced highs plus the full, rich bass that a pedal steel guitar needs. If you're playing a guitar with pickups greater than 14k ohm output or so then maybe you are better off with a D-130.

But really, any of the vintage JBL's are outstanding speakers. I'd put it this way: it's far easier to dial in ANY amount of treble you want from the D-140 versus dialing in any amount of bass you want from a D-130 or D-120.

If you have serious problems getting a good tone with any you may have a serious problem elsewhere in your signal chain.


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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 18 May 2017 12:55 pm     Reply with quote

I've got a D140F that I'm going to put in a 1973 Fender Vibrosonic amp and see if I like it.
If I don't, I'll try a D130F speaker that I've got. Very Happy
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Johnie Helms


From:
Oklahoma, USA
Post Posted 18 May 2017 5:00 pm     Jbl 140 Reply with quote

I'm currently using a JBL 140 reconed to 4Ohm in My 71 Fender Twin... I will say it sounds good to My ears... I thank you can always add high end. Maybe not always the case with low end..

If I 'm not mistaken here (correct Me if I'm wrong) but I beleive the Nashville 400
Was using the same BW speaker that what was used in the Combo 300 bass amp
Back in the Day..

And really it all comes down to what sounds good to you.

JH
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Erv Niehaus


From:
Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 19 May 2017 7:47 am     Reply with quote

I might be wrong (and usually am), the 1501 was the guitar speaker and the 1502 was the bass speaker.
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