Rickenbacker B16D Cabinet info

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Rickenbacker B16D Cabinet info

Postby (mico888) » Fri Nov 27, 2020 1:26 pm

Hello All,
I have an old B16D cab I bought locally with white tolex with black grille cloth. It's loaded with 4 Jensen C10Q. I've had trouble finding the matching head and have found they are extremely rare! My question is if you were in my position, what head would you use with this cab? fender? Whats the wattage? Also any information on this cab would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Rickenbacker B16D Cabinet info

Postby (scott_s) » Fri Nov 27, 2020 2:29 pm

I'm curious what that cutout in the baffle is for... looks too crude to be original but I'd welcome correction.

Looks like the Jensen C10Q was a ~15 watt speaker back in the day, and I suspect the B16 was meant to compete with Fender's 4x10 Bassman/Concert amps. The closed back on the cabinet might nudge it a little in the Marshall direction, which would be cool!

I can't really follow everything that's going on in the Rickenbacker B16D schematic, but if you are into building amps, a cathode-biased 2x6L6 amp with the tone circuit of your choice would be pretty hip. Tremolo, too, if you're into it. 8)
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Re: Rickenbacker B16D Cabinet info

Postby (domspii) » Sat Nov 28, 2020 11:33 pm

scott_s wrote:I'm curious what that cutout in the baffle is for... looks too crude to be original but I'd welcome correction.

Looks like the Jensen C10Q was a ~15 watt speaker back in the day, and I suspect the B16 was meant to compete with Fender's 4x10 Bassman/Concert amps. The closed back on the cabinet might nudge it a little in the Marshall direction, which would be cool!

I can't really follow everything that's going on in the Rickenbacker B16D schematic, but if you are into building amps, a cathode-biased 2x6L6 amp with the tone circuit of your choice would be pretty hip. Tremolo, too, if you're into it. 8)



Some years ago I posted about the cab with pictures on the Rickenbacker website forum and John Hall confirmed it was a B16D Cabinet.

I don't know much about building amps that's why I was asking about a head that would complement the cab. Thanks for the information you provided!


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Re: Rickenbacker B16D Cabinet info

Postby (scott_s) » Sun Nov 29, 2020 12:14 am

Here's a link to the schematic on the RIC page, if you're interested: http://www.rickenbacker.com/pdfs/19338.pdf (The voltages on the schematic seem high to me, perhaps due to modern wall voltages?)

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