<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"> I'm also starting to think it may be my guitar. It's a Washburn USA Custom Shop. Mahagony body, pao ferro fretboard, and an SH-5 in the bridge. Possibly a combination
<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"></font id="quote"></blockquote id="quote">Hi Adam123. Possibly, but the SH5 on a good mahogany bodied guitar should be a hottish 'warm and biting' sound rather then harsh I'd have thought. If the sound is a bit toppy at times you can always roll a little off the guitars tone control (if it have one.)
A lot of people do underestimate the difference that speakers / cabs can make to the overall sound. Since you are asking about that I guess you know their importance though. And as Nick says it depends a lot on which speakers are actually in your Carvin cab.
Also a big contribution to the overall sound will be the type of valves in the amp. If they are the originals then you might find you prefer trying different valves first. Something like JJ EL84 power valves might well fill the sound out to your liking too. That's where I'd tend to start. Do see if you can try your head with other cabs too to see what they can do for your sound, but first things first - no point in changing cabs until you have tried the easier options.
I agree with Nick saying that V.30 or G12-H speakers are good bets with Orange amps.
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