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Curious - when did celestion switch from solder to spade tabs?

Discussion in 'Amps/Cabs Tech Corner: Amplifier, Cab & Speakers' started by Tidewater Custom Shop, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. Tidewater Custom Shop

    Tidewater Custom Shop Performance Enhancing Guitarworks Supporting Member

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    I couldn't find the answer on the web in a cursory search, so I thought I'd bring it up here before I go to Celestion for the answer.

    Anybody?

    Reason? I'm trying to get an approximate year my nicely broken in G12 Alnico Gold was made. There are no visible stamps on the frame or gasket...

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    Spade cable connect tab

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    Solder cable connect tab

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  3. MKB

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    I'd go straight to Dr. Decibel at Celestion. From what I've seen, it wasn't a clear switchover from one to the other. They might have used the hook terminals on some of the Heritage reissues to keep them looking original, however I know for a fact the G12-65 Heritage has spade lugs while the originals had hook (wired up a cab with one of each a week or so ago).
     
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    Yah I had a heritage model with the old ones.
     
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    April 22, 2007 @ 11:46 AM
     
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  6. Tidewater Custom Shop

    Tidewater Custom Shop Performance Enhancing Guitarworks Supporting Member

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    Ah thanks! It’s the helpful people who are the best!
     
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    Sorry - I just couldn't resist ;)

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    I did contact Dr. Decibel at Celestion. Thanks for that advice.

    In his reply, he said that the Gold was first launched in 2006. They made the change to the solder panel the following year due to popular demand. The push on tabs would've taken a while to reach consumers in the supply chain.

    That said, the oldest my speaker could be is a 2006 model.

    Here's the funny thing... to me anyway. Although I've owned and have played electric guitar since 1976, it wasn't until about 2003 that I got into the 'gear of it all', so to speak. I thought the G12 Gold was a much older model. I was expecting an earlier 1990s date of release.

    Still learning!

    And, give credit where credit is due... @Kyle B - your answer was pretty accurate! However, it's unclear whether your response is given in Greenwich Mean Time (aka zulu), or ET, CT, PT.

     
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  9. MKB

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    To the OP: that's some mighty lovely wiring in that cab. Did you do that? It is refreshing to see good wiring in this forum, often amp innards are shown with questionable workmanship. But that cab is awesome.:aok
     
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    And you thought I was just pulling that date out of the air.... (I should go buy a lottery ticket)

    It's a Celestion, so of course I was referencing Greenwich Mean... :p
     
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  11. Tidewater Custom Shop

    Tidewater Custom Shop Performance Enhancing Guitarworks Supporting Member

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    Thanks and yes, it’s my work. I take pride in all facets and details of cab building. This cabinet is a unique one I put together. Due to its design, the wiring was quite complex, incorporating a Marshall stereo/mono jack and two chambers with a removable partition.

    If you’re interested, the build was documented in the Amps & Cabinets forum - search on TROIKA.
     
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