Speaker for Vintage Fender Deluxe Reverb - Which and Why?

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  1. Unadan

    Unadan Member

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    Of the following three speakers, which would you choose for a vintage deluxe reverb and why?

    WGS G12C, WGS G12C/S, or Weber California 12"?
     
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    slider313 Silver Supporting Member

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    Let's see how many folks can actually pick from those three.
     
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    G12C/S because I like vintage Jensen and CTS tones but I like to use a lot of drive and fuzz pedals.
     
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    What kind of sound are you going for? I have the Weber 12F150, but you don't have that one listed. So I'll sit back and see what others have to say about the choices you listed. Good luck.
     
  5. Unadan

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    Yeah the 125150, being one of the most popular speakers for a DR - should probably be in the poll.
     
  6. ES330

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    Tried all 3... wouldn't pick any of them.
     
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    The Jensen C12N is also very common.
     
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    ChampReverb Silver Supporting Member

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    I had a California years ago and I thought it seemed kind of sterile and flat. My DR sounded less Fendery.

    -bEn r.
     
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    I have a Celestion blue in my '65 BFDR...... No need to explain why..... :)
     
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    The question is which "vintage" Deluxe Reverb? Personally I would never put in those speakers you've mentioned.
     
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    Neither would I, which is ... awkward.
     
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    are you going for a jensen type sound, or rather JBL, EV or celestion?
     
  14. Unadan

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    Which speakers do you like for a DR?
     
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    Jupiter Condenser...supposed to be like the WGS, only more vintage/authentic.
     
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    After 40 years of BFDR use and at least 15 different speakers, I can tell you this:
    you need to ask what you are trying to obtain.
    Bedroom use?
    Gigging with a full band?
    Do you use pedals much?
    For small gigs not too loud a band the speaker will be different than with a 5 piece band at rock and blues gigs
    I've come to the conclusion for my 5 piece band that I need a clean speaker, I don't want speaker breakup with the DR as it starts to "give it up" tone wise just from the amp itself.... and I use OD pedals, which makes the DR breakup by over "pre-amping" it. My goals for that amp are basically smoothing the highs and staying clean at the gig.

    Probably the most "musical" speaker I had was an old C12N Weber (12F150). A/B ing that speaker with others it just had a sweet voice. Unfortunately I've tried other 12F150's since and not go that sound. I think that speaker needs tons of break in maybe.

    Strangely I've settled on an old Jensen C12K right now....Aluminum dust cap... but that may change. It's very clean, a bit boxy, takes pedals real well etc... a lot like a JBL actually without the "plink" on the top end.
    PM me if you have a particular speaker you are considering and I will try to explain how it sounded to me.... like I say, I've tried at least 15 maybe 20...
     
  17. DaveKS

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    Wow, tough crowd.

    Not any real time with any those myself but ....

    WGS g12c=c12n according to WGS site.

    G12s/c a smoother version.

    But forces that be here turn around and rec a Jensen in the next breath?

    Are they not good "Jensen" sounding clones? Think I'm just as confused now as OP.
     
  18. silver surfer

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    I have a 66 Deluxe Reverb and my favorite speakers of the many I have tried so far are the Reverend Alltone and the Celestion Gold. I have had my eye out for a vintage Jensen C12N for a couple years now and have read alot regarding current speakers that compare with vintage Jensens. Based solely on what I have read, the WGS speakers are well liked for this, but the Jupiter seems to get even closer to an authentic copy - that's the one I might buy soon.
     
  19. smolder

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    IMHO - the WGS speakers in the poll are about as close to a fender Jensen sound as I've heard. I have that pair in my twin. If you have an old Jensen, Gordon Speaker seems to do a very good re-cone. Both are closer than either the Jensen reissues or a weber re-cone do.

    In the end, I'd rather have an alnico JBL in my deluxe, regardless of the volume I need.
     
  20. Oatie

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    This is the sound your looking for from the WGS?
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