Doping is the shiny goop you see on the surround of a speaker. Besides extending the life of the surround, it also acts as a shock absorber to help keep the cone under control at higher volumes. The downside is that it also dampens cone vibrations and therefore reduces the potential character and texture of the speaker. If you are going to bend/sustain notes in the area above the 10th fret on the high E string and at high volumes with heavy distortion, then you need the doping to help prevent ghost notes and cone cry that could result from the extreme cone vibrations. Many players prefer the raw, undamped tone of the undoped speaker and they learn to modulate their finger pressure when noting in the area that causes cone cry.
Pre-Rola Doping refers to the damping method used by Celestion in the 60’s before Rola took over the company and changed it. it is a heavy wide band of damping material around the outer edge of the cone, and a small band around the center of the dome. this is used to reduce the very high end attack of each note and to make distortion sound smoother. This is our heaviest doping scheme.
Put simply: the higher gain you use, the more dope you should have on your speaker.
Here is my doping analogy: imagine walking a dog on a leash – heavy dope = short leash, moderate dope = medium-length leash, light dope = long leash. no dope would be like having no leash, so if the dog sees a squirrel, it can take off running and you won’t be able to stop it. with the longest leash, your dog is still free to be a dog, but if it sees a squirrel you can keep it from taking off. in the same way, light dope allows the cone maximum freedom while still keeping control of it. -C.J. Sutton