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Need replacement for Emi Priv. Jack in an Ampeg RR

s360guitarist

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I know we have all seen these threads before, but I have done some extensive research through previous threads and must say, I am just a bit overwelmed with choices for 12" cost effective replacement speakers.

I have a 90's Ampeg Reberberocket RI which is currently loaded with an Eminence Private Jack and powered by EL34's. I am a bit unhappy with icy highs and some looseness in the bass, and was wondering what a Cannabis Rex would sound like in the amp. I am just not a pronounced mids kinda guy. I am open to other speakers as well and have checked out samples of several of the Eminence line.

I play rock, modern rock, ambient - usually just OD, mucho reverb, and some delay. It should be noted that my main guitar is a modded MIM Tele with a SD Lit'l 59 stacked humbucker in the bridge and a SD Jazz humbucker in the neck. In addition to the HB in the neck, I play with 12-56's which can make things boomy.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
Thanks.
 

s360guitarist

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these speaker rec' threads get no love, huh?
Right, for sure no group hug!

These threads work better when you ask in broad terms, just about the speaker. If you put the amp in the title it is not as much fun for people cause they don't get to talk about their amp.

Anyway, I meant it broadly. Really just looking for some ideas.

Oletric, I dig the G12H30 description and sample off of their site. My Ampeg is a 50w amp, but with lower output than other amps of equal wattage. Thanks for the heads up.

Also a friend recommend the Veteran 30 from Warehouse.
 

rawkguitarist

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I think I have some decent insight into several points brought up in this thread. Specifically I have a Private Jack, an English made G12H and G12M Greenback.

IMO, the Private Jack doesn't sound exactly like the Greenback, but they're close. I"d say the Private Jack has more clarity and is an overall great speaker. The Greenback has a nice smooth, gritty midrange and smooth highs. For distortion, it's about the best speaker I've heard. That said, I have to make a key point here.

*Any*, single speaker amp is going to have extra highs compared to a 2x12 or 4x12 cab. There is a smoothing of high frequencies in a multi speaker cab. It's a phenomenon I noticed when I got a second identical TopHat in a 1x12 version. Later I read an informative artical, I believe in Guitar Player magazine, about speaker cabs. They even described it as a type of phase cancellation of the highs. I tried everything to tame highs in my second TopHat Club Royale 1x12. I changed the actual amp between it and my 2x12 Club Royale, switched speakers, etc., same *more piercing* highs. The only variable left was the fact that it was a 1x12 cab instead of a 2x12.

What I ended up doing was putting a Weber Silver Bell in the 1x12 amp. Due to the single speaker, it *still* has more highs than the 2x12 but its better. But the Silver Bell, Weber's "Greenback" has much tamer highs yet retains the nice midrange in a good G12M type. I also have a Weber California JBL type that's even darker and for distortion tones, might work even better for a bright amp. I'm actually in the process or selling the California cause it's a bit dark for my taste.

Regarding the G12H, it's probably my least favorite of the 3 mentioned here. It's a great speaker for lead guitar, cause it has an extra upper mid bite. But it's not real pleasing to my ears, especially in a brighter amp like an EL84 TopHat.
 

s360guitarist

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Since you posted this reply Aaron I have done the math on picking up your Weber Cali...but pushups may be out of the question.

Thanks for the reply.
A.
 




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