Question is: 18x12 or 18x14?
What do you think?
I play mostly jazz. Low volume. Had a lot of 18x14 from different brands, always been happy with that size. My thinking was to get something different. Maybe the 18x12 will be too different. A bit too quick response and lacking depth.18x14 is the classic postbop size. What kind of gigs do you play? You could also do the small band gigs with the 16" and move up to a 20" for big band etc. Some people play practically all kinds of gigs with the 12/14/20 set. A 20" can easily be set up for a padded/ported sound, with an 18" that's a bit more tricky.
Thx. Yep, also love 18x14 I’m prepared to wait - my dealer said 7 months...around midsummer.Ive found that the 2" doesn't seem to matter much when it comes to 18" shell depths. It's mostly a visual thing. I love the vibe of a 12x18 but it's not really "the" Gretsch thing. I might go for either 14x20 or 14x18. But that's just me-- I have always been something of a traditionalist when it comes to Gretsch.
Also, be prepared: Gretsch takes a while. When they say "four months" it's meant to make you feel OK about the purchase, not to actually indicate a time frame.
I mostly play gigs that doesn’t require too much punching However, I do like a long decay. But tastes/gigs change, and who knows when I will be in the need for something larger than a 18?Get a longer decay with a 20 and have to punch it hard- to overdrive it.
So how hard do you want to punch?
SO true. Great analogies. I love playing an 18" for my lower volume gigs. Even if I mash the pedal, it doesn't overwhelm.But an 18 is like a lower powered 4 cylinder fiat car; you can drive it flat out on the street - and no one notices (they just feel it's coming) doesn't threaten 'the community' (ha
Try that with a large V12 Aventador and a well..you get it.