Greenback or Alnico Blue?

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  1. RebL

    RebL Member

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    Which one would you say is better in a Vox AC15 with JJ Tubes?

    I can get one with either for the same price, which one would you choose??

    Any input helps! Thanks! :)
     
  2. Truxton Spangler

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    If it was for the same price i'd get it with Celestion Blue.. If you don't like it you can sell that speaker for the price of 2-3 greenbacks

    Best regards -T
     
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  3. es137p

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    the Greenbacks are warmer than the Blues, depends what your looking for.
     
  4. ES330

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    the Celestion Alnico is very much part of the VOX sound.
    I've tried new VOX amps, and they sound best with the Blue.
     
  5. fiveightandten

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    For the same price, there isn't a decision to be made. Like the guy said above...get the blue. If you don't like it (and you will), sell it.

    You can buy a used Greenback for under $100 shipped all day long. Grab one and compare the 2...see which you like best and go from there.

    I have an AC-30TBX (loaded with blues), and a 2x12 loaded with Greenbacks. I have my AC-30 set up so I can use it as an extension cab, so i've done a lot of messing around with plugging different amps into both sets of speakers. They both sound great. For a Vox, the blues shine. The blue is also more efficient...good for a 15W amp.
    I don't really agree with that. Blues have a smoother top end, which is arguably more muted at that.
     
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  7. ken374

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    I just put my blue back in lastnight and played at low volumes, sounded warmer and not that tight middy sound i didnt care for in the greens. i can really hear it on the cleans also, warmer, balanced. greens are brighter though which I kind of dug on the cleans:) This weekend i will rock out and decide more better. Alnico's rule! smoother distortion.:munch
     
  8. 19jmm68

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    blue all the way........with that amp. But, let it break in for a long time
     
  9. RebL

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    Thanks for all the input guys! The alnico blue will be mine! :)
     
  10. Blanket Jackson

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    +4

    A good choice
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  11. ken374

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    I dont see any stamped markings on my alnico cone, older one?
     
  12. RocksOff

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    Should be stamped somewhere.
     
  13. solitaire

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    Though some did indeed come with Fanes. I think it's safe to say that the Celestion alnico Bulldog emphasizes the midrange jangle quite a bit. If that is the intention of the OP then go for it. Should you however want something a bit broader and warmer go the M Greenback route or for even more warmth then perhaps the Fane Axa
     
  14. mattymel

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    more like depends on your definition of "warmer" is. i feel the exact opposite. the G12M is undeniably a very mid-centric speaker. this could work well in a vox. the blue, while still very mid-centric has a slightly more "rolled" sound. a little smoother sounding overall.

    but both would sound good in a vox.

    neither i would say sound especially warm, but thats mot necessarily a bad thing. depends on where you want to sit in the mix.
     
  15. 72Telecaster

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    Bumpin an old thread with a couple related questions:

    Will a Blue fit in the newer AC15C1's?

    Also, it seems like there are mixed descriptions. Are the highs of the Blue smooth or harsh? I love the U2/Edge Vox chime/chirp for lead stuff...but can't stand fizzy/harsh highs.
     
  16. ken374

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    should fit, hit U2 easy. Not harsh on my hw
     
  17. gulliver

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    I have a weber Alnico blue dog 50 watter, very nice, flatter than a Celesion greenback, voiced more like a Scumback M75. The greenback has rounder highs IMHO.

    Greenbacks are better for higher gain IMHO, the alnicos will get soft with hi gain, but with cleans and OD, has those accurate and distinct highs and compresses in a classic way. Both have vintagey lo-fi qualities to their voicing that get you to that sound.
     
  18. Chas

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    Here is my question, where do you get a Blue alnico for the same price as a Greenback? I want in on that action. As to which is better, file this under what sounds better to you. IMO I go old school with the alnico as I do not play high gain. The new Vox, which I have, is very capable of high gain though. I add a treble boost to the normal channel and it rips.
     

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