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Hey,

I've been looking for the best '67 era speaker (late 60's is fine) and I have seen the Eric Johnson EJ1250 but I don't know speakers too well and I'm hoping someone can tell me which are really good vintage speakers?

I should clarify, I like the Eric Johnson tone, very vintage but I'm also open to vintage plus kind of speakers, like vintage plus a tighter low end or smoother highs or whatever. Thanks guys!!

Cody
#2
Celestion Blue, G12M25 and G12H30 are all good choices. But it makes a big difference depending on the amp they are paired with and the cab they are loaded in
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When I think vintage tone I think Celestion Greenbacks.
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I don't think there are just good vintage speakers. There are good speakers for certain amps. If you tell the forum what kind of amp you are trying to match them with, surely that would help a ton.
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Going off the Greenback comment, I was doing a little research into it about a year ago (never pulled the trigger), but apparently the newer greenbacks (Celestion) aren't nearly as good as the old ones.

Austin Speaker Works does a model called 'Crossroads' that's modeled after the old greenbacks you'd find in a 100w half-stack from the late 60s/70s but as a 70w. Apparently they're pretty dope. Might be worth checking out.
#7
Depends on where you are. There's a speaker manufacturer in Melbourne that makes an accurate clone of the old greenbacks. Might even be worth it anyway with the AUD being worth so little atm.

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maybe take a peak at weber.
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Jensen alnico's.
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I don't think there are just good vintage speakers. There are good speakers for certain amps.


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Hey,

I've been looking for the best '67 era speaker (late 60's is fine) and I have seen the Eric Johnson EJ1250 but I don't know speakers too well and I'm hoping someone can tell me which are really good vintage speakers?

I should clarify, I like the Eric Johnson tone, very vintage but I'm also open to vintage plus kind of speakers, like vintage plus a tighter low end or smoother highs or whatever. Thanks guys!!

Cody


there area bunch of cool speakers from that era,

JBL (D-120)
CTS (squarebacks and cheap alnicos)
Rola
sunn transducer speakers (lots of styles that are cool)
utahs
oxfords
cerwin vega
fane
and of course, celestion
jensen even had some neat ceramic speakers from that era as well.

those are just the ones off the top of my head. it would be very hard to give an accurate answer based on the information provided.

greenbacks are great for a classic rock tone, i find them pretty narrow in application though and prefer something with a bit more versatility. honestly i think a G12M-25 is pretty boring, if you want a greenback styled speaker with more versatility then i'd recommend some kinda scumback or a weber silver bell or blue dog.

i prefer the alnico 1228K style sunn speakers from around that era (this was more a mid 70's speaker), had a lot of range with great cleans and dirty tones when pushed, though wasn't quite as aggressive as a green back.

i think eminence still makes a 1258K speaker that might be similar (i think it is a ceramic version of that 1228K speaker).

if you want something more geared to a clean tone then a JBL D-120 was the upgrade speaker of that era. great sounding speakers, very rich. weber makes some clones and versions called the California 12 or Chicago 12.
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