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Speaker for Deluxe Reverb

Postby rogera on Wed Jun 01, 2016 8:22 am

It's time to choose what speaker I'm going to fit into my Deluxe Reverb clone that is nearing completion.

I'm looking for a speaker that will give good headroom and won't start breaking up early. I will be playing old guitar instrumental stuff from the 60s like Shadows and Ventures.
Any suggestions would be great.
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Re: Speaker for Deluxe Reverb

Postby stratele52 on Wed Jun 01, 2016 8:57 am

I heard good comments about this one.

http://www.kendrick-amplifiers.com/mm5/ ... ry_Code=12

GWS made good speakers too.
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Re: Speaker for Deluxe Reverb

Postby slider313 on Wed Jun 01, 2016 5:46 pm

An American voiced speaker with a decent size, 34 oz.- 40 oz., magnet. This version of the Weber 12F150 is my favorite.


http://www.tedweber.com/12f150-w
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Re: Speaker for Deluxe Reverb

Postby Unit_1 on Wed Jun 01, 2016 5:51 pm

I put a Jensen P12N in mine. The improvement over the stock speaker is amazing..... at full volume it sounds *exactly* like Neil Young's rock and roll can never die. At clean levels it is so loud the drummer asks me to turn it down, lol...
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Re: Speaker for Deluxe Reverb

Postby stratele52 on Wed Jun 01, 2016 6:23 pm

Unit_1 wrote:I put a Jensen P12N in mine. The improvement over the stock speaker is amazing..... at full volume it sounds *exactly* like Neil Young's rock and roll can never die. At clean levels it is so loud the drummer asks me to turn it down, lol...


Since Jensen are made in Italy, they are not as good as they where before. That is why many amp's owners put another brand in their amps.

Like many things, it is also a mater of taste.
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Re: Speaker for Deluxe Reverb

Postby Dean Jr. on Wed Jun 01, 2016 8:23 pm

Vintage C12N. EVL. Altec 417H. less expensive....Eminence Legend GB128.
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Re: Speaker for Deluxe Reverb

Postby keithb7 on Wed Jun 01, 2016 10:41 pm

If you are planning old instrumentals and you don't want break up, you want a very efficient speaker. A JBL K120 or an EV speaker comes to mind.
103 db sensitivity rating. What that is, is 1W is amplified through the speaker. 1 meter away the sound was measured and the speaker produced 103 db SPL. A difference of 3db, is perceived by the human ear to be twice as loud. Sound is not linear.

WGS Speakers are very good and I also highly recommend them. The G12C is a good one. So is the ET65. Both are rated at about 99.5 db. I have both and quite enjoy them. However none are as loud and clean as my JBL K120 speakers. Putting a 103 db rated speaker in your 22W Deluxe Reverb clone would be sort of like turning it into a 35W amp with a standard run, less efficient speaker. A real life example is a stock Deluxe Reverb, when turned up to 6 to be loud enough to play in a 4 pc will most likely start to break up. If you put a high efficiency speaker in the amp, at 4.5 or 5 on the volume knob, you are at the same loudness as the other lower rated speaker. Except at 4.5 or 5, the amp is not breaking up yet. You get louder cleans.

You want loud cleans? You want JBL. Been there. Done that. It works.
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Re: Speaker for Deluxe Reverb

Postby spidey66 on Thu Jun 02, 2016 2:07 am

I've had the original Oxfart, original reconed Oxfart, Gordon Speakerman reconed original Oxfart, Old mid 60's reconed C12N, Weber 50 watt ceramic, and Emi Cani Rex in my 1966 BFDR. The Cannabis Rex has a nice tone, not too shrill (my DR is bright), and has plenty of clean headroom. I'm pretty happy with it. Just my .02. There are so many great speakers out there now that it is hard to go wrong.
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Re: Speaker for Deluxe Reverb

Postby pdf64 on Thu Jun 02, 2016 11:54 am

keithb7 wrote:A difference of 3db, is perceived by the human ear to be twice as loud.

Just to note (and not to detract from the excellent points made), I think a 3dB change represents a doubling / halving of the power level; twice as loud require a tenfold increase in power level, and is represented as 10dB.
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Re: Speaker for Deluxe Reverb

Postby keithb7 on Fri Jun 03, 2016 6:45 pm

You are right on the mark PDF. +3 db is like twice the power, not twice the volume. My mistake.
Doubling the power from 22w to 44w for example in a DRRI, theoretically would provide +3 db in volume.
Hard to believe but yes I believe 22w needs to go up to 220w to double the volume. Crazy.
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Re: Speaker for Deluxe Reverb

Postby Baron Von Machinenmann on Fri Jun 03, 2016 9:39 pm

rogera wrote:It's time to choose what speaker I'm going to fit into my Deluxe Reverb clone that is nearing completion.

I'm looking for a speaker that will give good headroom and won't start breaking up early. I will be playing old guitar instrumental stuff from the 60s like Shadows and Ventures.
Any suggestions would be great.



You could try this one, if it doesn't flip yer skirt you should have no problem getting your money back out of it. :wink:

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Re: Speaker for Deluxe Reverb

Postby mr tom on Mon Sep 26, 2016 4:11 am

Jensen C12K is even better than the C12N. It takes time to break in - 50+ hours - but it can't be beat in a Deluxe Reverb.
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Re: Speaker for Deluxe Reverb

Postby Dean Jr. on Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:25 pm

I have replaced a modern Jensen C12K with an Emi GB128 for a fellow, he grinned and never thought twice about putting the C12K back in....smoother, richer....better speaker imho. YMMV....
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Re: Speaker for Deluxe Reverb

Postby drewleslie on Wed Oct 05, 2016 11:45 am

JBL D120F work really really well in old fenders for that clean and loud vibe. I like the Emmi's too.
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Re: Speaker for Deluxe Reverb

Postby Perorum on Sat Jan 07, 2017 1:02 pm

I use a Tone Tubby Alnico hempcone, 50 W.

the best speaker I have ever heard in a Blackface Deluxe Reverb.

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