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Background:
This instructable is a direct implementation of the "Mitchell Doughnut" guitar speaker directivity modifier proposed by Jay Mitchell from The Gear Page discussion forum. The most relevant discussion can be found in the Speaker Directivity thread.

Purpose:
A typical guitar amplifier with a 12" speaker will seem to have accentuated higher frequencies when listening directly on-axis with the speaker cone. Listening to the speaker "off-axis" will have the converse effect. This phenomenon is commonly referred to as "speaker beaming". The directivity modifier is an attempt to mitigate this on-axis beaming effect without affecting the off-axis tone. Refer to the above gear page thread for background on the principles involved.

End Result:
A 3/4" foam "doughnut" that will be affixed behind the grill cloth in front of the speaker cone. See pics.

Materials:
-Guitar Amplifier (this projects specifies a 12" speaker)
-12"x12" polyurethane foam sheet
-Large sharp razor blade
-Ruler
-Sharpie
-3M Super 77 contact adhesive spray from Lowes (optional)
-Black Clothing Dye (optional)
 
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Step 1: Foam Acquisition

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Order a 12"x12"x3/4"polyurethane foam sheet with a #4 firmness rating.
These can be found for $5.72+ship - part#85735K72 from McMaster-Carr.
I ordered 4 sheets for good measure and the box arrived the next day!

It may be worthwhile to buy a few sheets of varying thickness or firmness to experiment with. Several people have reported positive results using #3 firmness foam. Using 1/2" thickness foam (McMaster #8643K511) may be better for use with thinner baffles. Note, the 1/2" foam is white in color, and you will probably want to dye it black before installation so that it will not be visible through the grill cloth. Black RIT Dye is likely available at your local supermarket.
Eddie_Bowers2 months ago

I tried this and it works great. I tested it at home first, then at band rehearsal. I was satisfied enough to keep it in place for two gigs so far. It worked well on stage and from what I'm told the micd cabinet sounded good/normal in the audience.

rsf19776 months ago

It works! Great trick.

One note: you may want to leave your favorite speaker unmodified so you can mic it traditionally when you play live and or in the studio. Best of both worlds ;-)

An easier method would be to tie a string to your marker and tack it at the center hole. Make the string whatever length radius you require!
Bluesman715 years ago
Very interesting stuff, great instructable. It looks to be straightforward and simple to implement and cheaper than a new speaker. I'm a blues harp player, and I'm going to try this in one of my harp amps to see if it helps reduce feedback.
gmjhowe5 years ago
Nice!