Dr Bonkers Guitar Cab-Oddities™ Volume 6: POLY 1X15 + 2X8 Guitar Cabinet IR Collection
Dr Bonkers presents the Dr Bonkers Guitar Cab-Oddities™ Volume 6: POLY 1X15 + 2X8 Guitar Cabinet IR Collection based upon a 1970’s Polytone® Pro Series™ 1X15 + 2X8 Guitar or Bass Amp Cabinet. This cabinet included the original Polytone® Proprietary 15 inch and two 8 inch Speakers for Guitar and Bass.
Dr Bonkers impulse response file tribute to this cab is featured in both Fractal Audio Systems® file format, WAV format, and a buy both bundle. Pull down on the menu below to see details on each.
Both Guitar and Bass were recorded using these impulse response (ir) files, Please see video description for more details.
All tabbed information is for both WAV and Fractal Syx format Cab IR Packs unless otherwise noted.
WAV version is available for immediate purchase. Fractal Syx version is available for immediate purchase. Combo is available for immediate purchase.
Please click above to hear sound samples or on the arrows or tabs to see more information.
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Inspired Model Recorded as Impulse Response (IR) Files: 1970's Polytone® Pro Series™ 1 X 15 + 2 X 8 Guitar or Bass Amp Cabinet
Speakers Loaded in Model Captured: Polytone® Proprietary 15 inch and two 8 inch Speakers for Guitar and Bass
Microphones Used in This Cab Impulse Response (IR) Cab Pack:
AKG C414 XLS
AKG 451 EB
AKG D-12vr (used in passive mode)
Audio Technica AT4033
Blue Electronics “The Ball” (used in “active mode”)
David Bock Audio – Soundelux U97
Sennheiser MD 421 II
Sennheiser MD 441
Past Brand Cabinet Users
Here are some famous players who were rumored to have historically used a similar type of cabinet in the past as reference and educational purposes for your tone quest or inspiration:
Joe Pass - Jazz Guitar Legend
Jim Hall - Jazz Guitar Legend
George Benson - Jazz Guitar Legend
This list should be taken with some skepticism as these players seem to be associated with all Polytone® amp and cab models with little photographic evidence to support these internet claims.
Speaker Photos of Polytone® Proprietary 15 inch and 8 inch Speakers for Guitar and Bass
1X15+2X8 Polytone® Proprietary 15 inch Speaker and two 8 inch Speakers for Guitar and Bass loaded in a 1970's Pro Series™ 1X15 + 2X8 Guitar or Bass Amp Cabinet
Polytone® was founded over 40 years ago in California, USA, and was making amp combos that people used for accordion, keyboards, jazz guitar, electric bass, and upright bass.. Interestingly, the company was founded by a jazz accordion player of fame for that era.
The large format, gently angled closed back cabinet is heavyweight, deadened with what looks to be fiberglass insulation, but the cab sounds pretty stark and revealing- dark at lower volumes and with a bit of a bite at louder volumes. This seems like Polytone® was attempting to make the Polytone® Model 101™ into a road worthy touring stack configuration in order to compete with the other amp manufacturers' products hitting the big stages of the early to mid 1970's.
The speaker design is way over-engineered for strictly guitar use, as it doesn't bottom out or fart like most guitar speakers when you try to play bass guitar through them at gig volume. But the Polytone® also doesn't sound like a blanket is over the speaker when playing guitar through it, unlike some prominent bass speakers sound when playing guitar through them. Impulse responses made with this cab can really sound great with many different types of digital amp models using clean up to mid gain, even bass amp models. If you try to play black metal or djent with these impulse response (IR) files, you will probably be very disappointed in them just as you would be with the real cabinet.
Very little historical data exists on the web about these Pro Series cabinets. Please contact me if you have any more information that could be used to fill in the gaps.
Wav & Combo Pack File Compatibility Info
Please check the documentation of your Yamaha® THR-100™, Kemper® KPA™ (Kemper Profiler Amp), Line 6® Helix™, Two Notes® Torpedo™, Atomic Amps® Amplifire™, NuX® Cerberus™, Digitech® GSP 1101™, Mooer® Radar™, AMT® Pangaea CP-100™, Positive Grid® Bias™, or other hardware or software based Impulse Response (IR) loader to see which WAV file format is correct to use.
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