“For this review, I plugged my Custom Heritage archtop guitars into a Fender Ultralight
Jazzmaster head and tested a Redstone Audio 8 cabinet. An initial impressive feature is
the beautiful response of this unit, providing a sound that is clean and clear. The bass
response is full and rich and the woody tone of the guitar is conveyed perfectly in all
registers. Not being a technically inclined, I can only judge this product by what I hear.
This cabinet rivals any product through which I have ever played. Amazing to me is that a
speaker this size can produce the volume and character required for live performances.
Redstone cabinets are without equal when it comes to physical design and ease of transportation.
This 18-pound dynamo is just the ticket for moving around with minimal effort. The special
sprayed on finish is considerably more durable than the traditional Tolex covering. It is also
more attractive and appears to be basically indestructible.”
Vince Lewis has made some wonderful CDs including collaborations with guitarist Steve Abshire.
“Well today was the first day I put your 10 inch speaker [RS-10] through it's paces. I am blown
away! My clean sound is my bread and butter and boy does your speaker deliver clean. It is
balanced and smooth throughout the entire tonal range of both my Archtop guitars as well as my
335 style instruments. For perhaps the first time, I did not have to fiddle with a lot of knobs
to get a great sound. I set my power amp flat and that was it.
The quality and craftsmanship of the cabinet is fantastic and it is light in weight. It is ready
for any gig. It is almost
art even before you plug it in!
I am happy to endorse your amazing product and to lend my voice to the pros who already know about
Redstone. Anyone that is considering purchasing a jazz cabinet should listen to your speaker 1st
or last. It really doesn't matter because once they hear it, they will have to have it! That's my
story and I'm sticking to it!”
Check out Rodney’s latest CD, “Soul Manifesto”
"In a word, wow! I the RS-10 with an Acoustic Image Clarus 1R, a Crate
Powerblock, a Polytone Fusion 100 watt tube combo and a Carvin SX-200. I
unplugged the speakers on the combos to do an A/B - I wouldn't use them
like that, I was just curious what they would do if they were separate
heads. I did that test with my Abe Rivera carved seven string, while I
tried all my guitars through the Clarus and the RS-10. (By the way, I
did a gig with the Abe, the RS-10 and the Powerblock, and I had more
comments on my tone than I've had in a long time - and this was from
'normal people', not musicians. People made the point to come up to me
and tell me how nice the guitar sounded.)
First up, a comment on that guitar - the Abe is DARK; it has a Benedetto
S-7 pickup which reproduces it exactly. I usually have to roll a lot of
bass off and boost treble to get the sound I want.
The Abe tends to feed back a LOT through the Carvin and the Polytone -
if I give it any volume at all, it literally howls. It's so bad that I
bought a Carvin solid seven to play gigs at louder volumes, which means
anything with a drummer. When I pulled the Carvin speaker and ran the
head through the RS-10, the sound became more defined - the stock sound
was somewhat "blurry around the edges" and a bit muddy. The RS-10 is
MUCH clearer, and it can run at a louder volume before feedback starts.
The Abe through the Polytone Fusion is what you'd expect from an archtop
through a Fender Twin/Mesa Boogie type amp, but a bit darker due to the
Abe's construction. I've never been happy with the low A through that
amp - quite muddy. The RS-10 cleaned up the bottom a LOT - I'd
definitely consider using a tube head with the RS-10 when playing the
Abe, which says a lot.
The Powerblock was a COMPLETE surprise - I seem to have gotten one of
the good ones, since I can run it at a reasonably loud volume
(DEFINITELY playing with a drummer level) without any distortion at all.
I roll the treble up to 3 o'clock, and the bass down to 9 o'clock; the
Abe sounds VERY nice through that combination. I'd make the
recommendation that if you can find a GOOD Powerblock, get one and an
RS-10 for the best value in jazz amplification. (Let me emphasize that
I'm saying value - my recommendation would be an AI and an RS-10, but
the Powerblock is good until you can get the bucks for an AI, and it's
great as a backup for gigging.)
On to guitars - I tried an Aria FA-70, a Carvin DC-747, an Eastman
AR805-CE, the Abe Rivera seven string, and an Abe Rivera scroll guitar
(a chambered thin line hollow body - the neck is 11 pieces, carved
hollow in the body to allow more resonance). The Eastman sounded as you
might expect, very clear, very balanced, and with little need to tweak
the controls - I rolled a little treble on and a little bass off, but
that's mostly because I have flatwounds on it now. If I had my normal
roundwounds (I use TI strings, btw) I'd run it flat. It's exactly the
sound I want - very balanced, with no feedback. Perfect, and better than
any set up I've used for it before - the only other amp I've used that
comes close is the AER combo. The Abe seven string was duplicated
EXACTLY - I mean, EXACTLY. I have to bump the treble up and roll the
bass down because it's a dark guitar, but the sound flat is PRECISE.
I've NEVER heard this guitar reproduced this well before - I know it's
the combination of the AI and the RS-10, but I've tried the AI through
other speakers, and it wasn't as nice as this.
The Rivera scroll sounding perfect - once again, duplicated the acoustic
sound exactly. The guitar is capable of a lot of punch - the Bartolini
pickups are killers - and the RS-10 can do that. The treble pickup is
VERY cutting - it would be excellent in a rock setting, or in an R&B
band with horns. You can still hear the 'wood' in the sound - I'd like
to try this with some pedals to go for a Larry Carlton sound. (Not my
style, but I can hear this set up doing it.)
The Carvin seven string has an "in your face" presence as well, but more
so - the Carvin pickups are LOUD, but they're still nicely balanced. I
can still get a very nice jazz tone out of them, but at huge venue
volumes (good thing I'm in Vermont now, and not in the old apartment in
NYC...); I was very surprised that I'd be happy with the sound of a
solid body in this set up, but I am - so much so that I'm going to get
rid of the other amps that I'd use for higher volume work.
The big surprise? The Aria FA-70. I've always been a fan of this guitar,
since it's FAR better than it's under $500 price would lead you to
believe. I plugged it into the Clarus/RS-10 with the guitar wide open
and the amp at 12 o'clock on all tone. Wes. Seriously. It sounded
EXACTLY like Wes' tone. I was stunned - the Aria sounded nice before,
but through this set up? PERFECT.
The upshot of this review, if you haven't guessed yet, is I'm 100% happy
with the RS-10. I was happy with it using the Crate Powerblock, but I'm
ecstatic when it's paired with the AI Clarus 1R. I'm going to seriously
unload all my other stuff and keep this - although I'll probably pick up
another Redstone. I think Dave was mentioning a new cab that they're
planning to make...
Dr. Frank Dibussolo
"I have an old Heritage Golden Eagle custom, there are only 2 like it,
Johnny Smith has the other, I never play it because of terrible feedback
problems. Just for the heck of it, I hooked it up using a Fender PA amp
to the Redstone [RS-10] and, man, I could play really loud with no
feedback at all. And the redstone sounds great with all my guitars, even
using the Fender PA head!"
--Dr. Frank Dibussolo
"Amps are like guitars, every one sounds different. And every amp sounds
different with every guitar. Perhaps that explains why I have so many of
each. When Dave of Redstone Audio, a new jazz guitar-centric speaker cabinet
manufacturer (www.redstoneaudio.com) asked me to audition one of their
products, I couldn't resist. After all, another color in my musical palette
is always welcome.
I play jazz guitar; sometimes modern, sometimes old fashioned. I perform
Django style jazz on both archtops and Django style guitars with my band Hot
Club Pacific (www.hotclubpacific.com). Hot Club Pacific has performed at
major International festivals. My main amp is an Acoustic Image Clarus head
paired with a Raezer's edge stealth 12 ER. The RS-12 was going to face some
After unpacking the new cabinet, the first thing that struck me was its good
looks. Kind of like a vintage Polytone. Visually, I like it better than the
Raezer's Edge. And it's lighter (27 lbs. vs. 33 lbs. for the Stealth 12).
For us Boomer musicians, lighter is better.
Plugged in, I found that my humbucker equipped archtops sounded brighter and
more focused than the Stealth 12. My floating pickup archtop sounded more
"acoustic" and my Django guitars (which use piezo pickups) sounded warmer
(not what I like for these guitars). The RS-12 is very much for archtops
with a magnetic pickup.
I took the RS-12 to Djangofest Northwest where Hot Club Pacific performed
two shows. The sound in the large venue was excellent. I used my vintage
ES-175 and had the sound engineers, mike the RS-12 with a Shure SM-57. Crisp
tone (excellent for the "Django" sound and no feedback issues. And did I
mention it was easy to carry being 6 Lbs. lighter than my Stealth 12? I had
a lot of guys come up to during the festival to tell me that I sounded
great. While I believe that tone is largely in the fingers, I have to give
the RS-12 credit for my excellent tone.
Last week I played a modern jazz gig using my L-5 paired with rhe RS-12.
This gig had me playing a medium sized restaurant with no PA. The drummer
was aggressive. I had to turn up. No feedback issues (with my Stealth 12, I
would have had to avoid many notes on the sixth string) and a crisp tone.
Kudos to the RS-12 once again.
Last night I used the RS-12 on a gig where I played electric bass. I don't
think the dual cone Eminence speaker in the RS-12 could handle an electric
bass at high volume, but for a quiet straight-ahead gig in a small room it
worked fine. And sounded good. And did I mention that it was easy to carry?
Bottom line, I heartily endorse the Redstone Audio RS-12 for archtop guitars
with a magnetic pickup. They look good, sound great, are incredibly feedback
resistant and are easy to carry (I may have mentioned that). And they are
priced reasonably. What more could you want?"
Check out Marc Schwartz's band, “Hot Club Pacific”
“Another Plug For My Redstone: I have to say I really like this cab. mine's the
8 inch. I did a concert tonight at a small theater. My trio- guitar bass and
drums. Clarus SLR for the amp. I used my buscarino cabaret nylon for most of
the night and a few tunes I used my buscarino gigmaster archtop. I didn't even
have to fiddle with the eq knobs when switching guitars. Both guitars sounded
great amplified- I didn't touch the amp once after we hit the first note. All
night I wasn't worried about the amp or the tone,I just played and it sounded
good. So I do like the cab a lot. For my ears and my music, this thing does better
than the RE”.
Check out Nate’s latest CD, Swinging With The Nate Najar Quartet