There are a ton of great speaker shootouts on YouTube, but pretty much every single one involves a Les Paul and a ton of overdrive. Are there any good, comprehensive shootouts for speakers' CLEAN tone? Has anyone ever done their own?
Sure, over the years.
The best clean speaker is the old narrow gap JBL D130, by a ridiculously wide margin. Nothing even comes close.
The bad news is none have survived and they don't make a voice coil that fits that gap anymore.
So the D130F is the next best, everything else is in a 10,000 way tie for bronze.
I'd love to hear a professionally recorded shootout between the D130, an Altec 417, and some other speakers, both American and British voiced.
I just picked up an Eminence EJ1250 and dropped it in a Twin Reverb and it sounds absolutely lovely. It also sounds nice in a Traynor YGM-3 -- tames a bit of the out-of-control low end that these amps suffer from, but it retains that punchy Marshall-esque sound that makes these such sleeper amps.
The D130 and 417 are two speakers I often use together, they're very complementary.
They're a little tricky to compare directly, they do different things well in different cabs, and they're different sizes.
Probably make more sense to compare 12's to each other and 15's to each other.
Those are both great speakers tho.
after seeing that video i have the scumback bm75/65 in a suhr 1x12 now - amp is badger30 - i like it a little bit on the aggresive side (but not earbleeding) - so the perfect match for me - in general the scumbacks are very good speakers