What are Fender Utah speakers like?

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  1. gnugear

    gnugear Member

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    How do they compare to Oxford, Jensen, or Eminence (vintage only)?
     
  2. Boogie92801

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    My least favorite of all the fender speakers.

    I think they are considerd inferior.
     
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    I had these in a '68 Pro Reverb and man, were they horrible.

    I have Jensens in a '67 Pro Reverb and those sound fantastic.
     
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    I'm looking to replace my Utah in my old Del. Reverb. Not much good stuff from the 70's, I guess, except hair!
     
  6. gnugear

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    Well, I can cross the Utah's off my list!

    How about the Oxfords and 70's Eminence?

    I just picked up a '64 bassman with two of those speakers but I'd like to have a mathing pair.
     
  7. Matt H

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    haha i was waiting to see a one word post of "bad"
     
  8. wgs1230

    wgs1230 Fully Intonatable Silver Supporting Member

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    Why anyone would prefer Oxford 12s to the matched pair of mid-60s Utahs in my Bassman cab is beyond me- the Oxford is notoriously the weakest OEM 12" type pre-CBS Fender used, they can't handle bass freq's nearly as well as the other options and IME are the least common vintage type in circulation b/c of failure rates.

    Would I take the Utahs over a pristine pair of 50w Jensens? No. But they can handle the lows from the Showman as well as old Boogie and HiWatt heads at least as well as any of the others, and suffice to say, mine are still cooking after 40 yrs and many hundreds of hours at gig volumes.
     
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    One of the best Deluxe Reverbs I've ever heard/played through is at the local music store. It's a '74 with its original Utah...who'd a thunk?
     
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    Why are you considering used speakers?

    Eminence is making some pretty sweet speakers these days, but I haven't liked any of the Eminence speakers that've come to me installed in amps.

    I've liked all the Legend series speakers that I bought new, and the RedCoat Ramrod 10" speaker was very good too.

    Pete
     
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    I have the original Utah's in my 2X12 '68 bandmaster cab and they sound great.

    Never see 'em on e-bay and when you do they are pricey.

    That's gotta say something about them IMHO.
     
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    I'm unfamiliar with Fender speakers so I would characterize my vintage Oxford/Eminence combo as being bright and bass shy.

    I know a lot of people hate them, but I'm intriqued by the new Jensen RI line. They sounded good in the store and they're sure priced right.
     
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    Were the Utahs with orange baskets OEM in 70s Fenders, or were they the Radio Shack precursors?
     
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    super old thread i know, but I have a pair of original utah speakers
    in my twin reverb and they sound fantastic!
     
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    In the 70s most US speakers and probably those made elsewhere reached a low; a far cry from the speakers made in the 50s. So I would either go earlier or later than that.
     
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    They're ok, some are better than others. Give me a good ole jensen anyday though.
     
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    I had a Fender 2 x 12" Bandmaster. The Utahs sounded very smooth & warm. These were the silver dust cover speakers that looked a lot like JBL's they had giant magnets on the back. That was years ago, I don't remember the model. Reminded me of the tone the Allman Brothers got.
     
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    I have a pair out of a Fender Super Twin 180W that I cannot give away, probably not worth reconing. They were not great honestly, but with the massive magnets they would suit a body builder..
     
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    I've got a pristine stock 67 Bandmaster with Utahs. This thing was a closet special. Got played but didn't leave the house much. Just opened the cabinet tonight for probably the first time since it was built. Speakers sound bright but warm and plenty of punchy bass. Muy bueno!
     

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