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Likewise, Weber Speakers offers many units based on classic Celestion models, while Texas-based Kendrick has its own line of Blackframe, Brownframe, and Greenframe speakers. S.)As already mentioned, the quest for more volume also sent amp manufacturers seeking speakers that could handle the power.
Increasing a driver’s power-handling capabilities usually brings other performance changes along with it, however, so we can broadly characterize “modern” speakers not only as being able to take more of a beating, but also as having a tighter, clearer voice that is usually accompanied by firmer lows than the typical vintage speaker offers.
Indeed, early guitar amps rarely put out more than the higher figure, until the arrival of the 80-watt Fender Twin of the late 1950s, and a few others.
These speakers were fine when used singly in small venues or recording studios, or in multi-driver cabs at dance-hall volumes.
Whatever adjectives we apply to them, these performance properties combine to yield sweet, tactile clean sounds when driven a little, and gorgeous, rich, chewy overdrive when driven a lot.
Depending on availability, many of the same amp manufacturers also used speakers from Utah, Oxford, CTS, and others.
The smaller Indiana-based manufacturer, Weber Speakers, likewise offers a range of highly regarded vintage-style units—many of which are based on Chicago-era Jensens.
Swapping to a more desirable speaker—or replacing a faulty one—is not always simply a matter of installing a “better” unit, so knowing a little about the general characteristics of speaker types can prove valuable to any guitarist.
Any top amp tech, thoughtful manufacturer, or clued-in player will tell you that your speakers are responsible for an enormous chunk of your tone.
Despite this fact, the speaker is often the last thing a player considers in any quest to overhaul an unsatisfactory sound.
In the United States, Jensen was the big name in (lower-powered) speakers in the 1950s and early ’60s, and, in the years after, the company retained a reputation as the hottest vintage American make to own.
Jensen’s P10R and P12R (15-watt, 10" and 12" alnico speakers), P10Q and P12Q (20 watts), P12N (30 watts) and a few other models played a big part in the signature sounds of great American ’50s amps from Fender, Gibson, Ampeg, Magnatone, Premier, Silvertone, and others.