I'm curious to hear about anybody experimenting with removing the back on their Code to see what it sounds like.
I'm not a big fan of the closed back sound, especially on small combos. I've noticed my Code vibrates like crazy even on low volumes and I swear I can feel air puffing out of the headphone and/or pedal jacks. The speaker seems stifled closed inside that little box like it can't move or "breath". I'm wondering if that is causing the boomy vibrating noises this amp likes to make.
I did find one forum where someone mentioned taking the back off their 50 and they were amazed at how much it opened up the sound and it removed some of the feedback these amps seem prone to. I'm a little worried about voiding the warranty on the amp, but am real curious about what it would sound like if I made a 1/3 back like a standard combo or something along those lines.
We cannot recommend running the CODE 50 without the back on as the mains socket is unsupported and the circuitary is exposed.
Okay, I couldn't resist. I first took the screws out of the back and leaned it back against the wall to try the amp with an open back.
I found that it didn't sound too bad, but it was quite a bit more bassy and boomy with the back off. Which is the opposite effect I thought "or hoped" it would have.
I then pulled the speaker and tried one I had laying around. It was a Celestion G12P-80, an 8ohm 80 watt speaker out of my old Line6 2x12. Thinking if it was designed for a modeling amp it should work well in another modeling amp. What I found was, the sound did seem a little tighter but it was real mid focused. I lost the highs and lows the stock speaker has. It kind of made every preset sound the same and sort of nasily like a wah pedal in the half way position. Other then the smaller magnet on the back of it, the stock speaker looked real similar in build as the Celestion.
In the end, I ended up putting the stock speaker back in it and screwed the back on again as that was the best it sounded. Probably with a differently voiced speaker I would be able to make an improvement, but I don't feel like spending the money and flipping through new speakers to get there when I'm already getting my $249 worth of fun playing around with it as it came.
I haven't played in a band for a couple years but am curious about the speaker and particle board box not mattering anyway if I were to run it direct to the mixer in a gig situation.
I want to take the back off and I’ve already got the screws out but I Cant get the actual cover off the back, how did you do it