What amps with the Celestion Classic Lead 80?

pete12string

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What amps are you using with the Celestion Classic Lead 80 and what type of music are you playing?
 

pete12string

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I have one that I was using with a Carol-Ann OD2R head, which I sold. Of the rest of my amps, I'm wondering if it would be a good fit, but instead of swapping it in and out of all these amps I thought I'd check around first... I have a Germino Classic 45, a Germino Lead 35, a Carol-Ann 67-18C, Li'l Dawg D-Lux (5E3), Li'l Dawg ChocoPrince (6G2) and a Li'l Dawg WonderDawg (like a Blackface Deluxe).
 

Joern Venaas

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Komet Ltd and Komet 60 basically. I think the classic leads are very diverse. Not much they won`t do well. They have lots of tone and less crunch than a lot of other Celestions. The UK made (not Chineese) CL80 are my favourite.
 

AA864

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I have one in a Mesa Thiele cab (Mesa C90 = Classic 80). I used it with a Mesa Studio .22+. I play blues-Rock, loud and proud. It does great IMO and gives a good mix with the Combo open back cab.

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Jab_Guitar

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I have one in a Mesa Thiele cab (Mesa C90 = Classic 80). I used it with a Mesa Studio .22+. I play blues-Rock, loud and proud. It does great IMO and gives a good mix with the Combo open back cab.

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C90 and Classic Lead 80 are different, not the same speaker. Always been a misconception for years. They are however both great speakers and I use both of them for different reasons.
 

mr zurkon

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I have the previous generation Suhr Badger 18 and it's hooked up to the matching Badger 1x12 with a Veteran 30 and an Avatar traditional closed back 1x12 with a Lead 80. Running both cabs together is awesome, well-rounded, classic to hard rock tones. Comparing between the two stand-alone, I actually prefer the Avatar cab/speaker because it sounds more full bodied and not as mid-focused as the Suhr cab/speaker combo.
 

Jaji

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I used the WGS version, British Lead (which I don't see on their site anymore), with my Mesa Electra Dyne and just loved the tone I got with that combination. It was the sound I heard in my head all my life. I had a pair in an open back cab and it was heavenly for the 80s-ish hard rock/metal we were doing at the time.
 

Vanyu

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Not a CL80, but I have an old Marshall 4x12 with two G12-80's (I've been speaker swapping lately and said cab is currently down). I play anything from the 60's through the 80's, think anything from Cream and Zep to Sabbath, along with some hair metal. Amp is either a Marshall Super Lead, or a custom BF Bassman (think JTM45 mixed with Ampeg B-15 tone), depends on the target volume I'm shooting for.

These are fantastic speakers, sounds great with any amp I plug into them. I can't wait to get that cab back into service, hopefully with two more G12-80's! Or maybe mix them with V30's if I can't find any more original Rola 80's. When I got the cab they were in, the previous owner had actually had two original Marshall Jubilee V30's and the G12-80's in there, but here's the kicker.... The 80's were 16 ohm and the V30's were 8 ohm... Yes, this cab was wired for 10 ohms... Why??? Beats me. But there was a hand written note in the cab confirming it was indeed a 10 ohm cab.
 




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