Celestion Gold - Where Have You Been all My Life?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Unadan, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. Unadan

    Unadan Member

    Mar 25, 2009
    Portland Metro
    I ordered a 12" Celestion Gold from Avatar Speakers yesterday (single day service!) because I'm way to heavy with Vintage 30s (two 2x12s with V30s - closed back, plus a single Avatar 1x12 semi open back). I decided to make a change and ordered the single Gold for the 1x12. Popped it in and...Holy Cow!!! I've played other alnico speakers before but this one just takes the cake.

    It sounds: sweet, softer, all those cliches, but just there. A high quality sound coming from the amp. I especially love the overdriven tone - I can use the second and fourth positions on the 5 way switch of my Strat with overdrive now. Prior to this with the ceramics it just didn't sound right. Total Voxy Brian May tones all over the place. I wish I had gotten one of these speakers earlier but better late than never!

    Right now I'm using it with an inexpensive VHT Ultra Special 6 head - sounds fantastic and makes this inexpensive amp sound like a top shelf boutique amp. I will have to try it with the Orange TH30 head next.

    Question - How do the Celestion Golds do in a closed back cabinet? Does a closed back cab muffle to much of the sweet chiminess of the speaker? Or is it better to keep them in an open/semi-open back cabinets?
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2012
  2. mcdes

    mcdes Member of no importance

    Oct 9, 2007
    New Zealand
    I laugh!!! because........ if you think its good now! wait till it breaks in!! seriously GOOD!

    never tried closed back sorry.........
  3. Gretsch&Vox

    Gretsch&Vox Member

    May 12, 2006
    Congrats on the Celestion Gold. I'm sure it's a great speaker. I've never tried one; I've been a regular Celestion Blue user and as you may know, the Gold is a higher power version of the Blue.

    To my ears, a Blue sounds best in an open-back cabinet. I am guessing that the Gold would fit the same mold. I had some V30s ('87-'90) in an AC30. They were the best substitute before the Blue was reissued ('93). To my ears, the V30s sounded a little ragged in an open-back cabinet and are better suited for a closed-back cabinet.
  4. ken374

    ken374 Member

    May 4, 2011
    South East Michigan
    I like to hear a clip of your VHT i have one also, want to do a speaker change next. The ultra channel with boost really cranks when turned up!
  5. MRscratch

    MRscratch Member

    Oct 10, 2005
    vancouver canada
    i think they sound just fine in a closed back cab. i have them in a DR z Z best cab and while its a ported cab it still closed. The speakers are crisp and tight. i love these guys.

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