Upgraded Speakers For Fender Amps
Your amp’s speaker is an extremely important ingredient to consider when modifying or upgrading your tone. There can be some complex concerns when swapping out a speaker. This will depend on the speaker cabinet’s size and wood, also the type of tubes, and transformers in the amp.
Fortunately Fender has configured speaker upgrades for you, in a number of amps that they released. These upgrades have been chosen to compliment each individual amp featuring these upgrades. Many of these speaker upgrades have been the culmination of years of players experimenting with swapping out speakers. Some of these alterations have become industry standards. The following article will explain many of the characteristics of the speaker upgrades in the following amps.
The Fender 65 Deluxe Reverb Vintage Reissue
The 65 Deluxe Reverb Vintage Reissue was designed for rock, country and blues players. This is a moderately powered amp that can be crank up on the gig. The upgraded speaker is a Jensen P12Q ‘ALNICO’ 12-inch speaker. The Jensen P12Q is a more traditional Jensen speaker. lower powered with a smaller magnet it gives off a classic “wine glass” clean sound. You can push it into distortion and it’s got a classic rock aggression. It is not as harsh as some of the other Jensen higher powered speakers. The Jensen P12Q is a classic. This speaker is a perfect compliment with the Fender 65 Deluxe Reverb Vintage Reissue. It delivers a very warm tone that brings the color of mid-focused bite with clear, bright high frequencies. The sound remains well balanced, even when you dial up the overdrive distortion.
65 Princeton Reverb British Green
Princeton Reverb amps are prized collectibles, and becoming harder to find. This limited edition amp has a Celestion Greenback 12 inch speaker as an upgrade. The robust 12-Watt platform is a wise choice for creating tube tone in a small space. The Princeton provides enough output for small gigs and rehearsals. From its inception to today, countless guitarists have chosen it as their go-to studio amp. The Celestion Greenback is their classic speaker for English crunch and bark. It’s what is considered the perfect match to Marshall plexis. In the Princeton, it adds warm low end, smooth mids and breaks up sweetly when the amp is pushed.
The handsome limited cosmetic treatment includes emerald green covering with wheat grille cloth, oversized pointer knobs with the Fender block logo. The Bassbreaker 15 is a great amp for rehearsals, gigging and recording. The upgraded speaker is a Celestion Greenback Speaker. The Celestion Greenback is their classic speaker for English crunch and bark. The Greenback adds warm low end, with smooth mids and breaks up sweetly when the amp is pushed.
The Blues Junior III
The Blues Junior III is a 15-watt warm-toned, perfect grab-and-go tube amp for stage and studio. Loaded with EL84 power tubes, it is known for its fat mids and real spring reverb. The upgraded speaker is a 12 inch Cannabis REX, by Eminence. The Eminence Cannabis REX is a hemp coned speaker that tends to sound warmer and rounder than a lot of other speakers. It’s a very mid-centric speaker that has smooth highs and highlights the classic Fender sound with an “American” feel that rounds out any brittle highs.
The Fender 65 Twin Reverb
The Fender 65 Twin is a historic staple in the amplifier industry. To accurately recreate the
tone of an original ’65 Twin Reverb, Fender went right back to the original schematics and original parts. It includes a pair of upgraded Jensen C12K ‘Vintage Ceramic 12-inch, 8-ohm speakers, delivering straight forward tone. The C12Ks are true powerhouses, with strong and bold mid-range frequencies. As you ramp up the overdrive distortion, they will power right on through with consistent sound anchored by bold and heavy lows. The Jensen C Series provides pristine vintage tone coupled with the cost and weight advantages of ceramic magnets. Originally developed in the 1960s to meet the ever increasing demands of the emerging pop music industry, the ‘C’ series has remained influential ever since.
65 Deluxe Reverb Fudge Brownie
This 22-watt ’65 Deluxe Reverb amp in Brown covering with a Brown face-plate and a wheat grille cloth is perfect for rock, country or blues players who want a moderately powered amp they can crank up at the gig or in the studio. Fender has loaded this amp with an upgraded Jensen P12Q ALNICO 12-inch speaker for a very warm tone that brings the color of mid-focused bite with clear, bright high frequencies. The sound remains well-balanced even when you dial up the overdrive distortion. The Jensen P12Q is a classic. It is a more traditional Jensen speaker that has the classic “wine glass” clean sound. It is lower powered with a smaller magnet so you can push it into distortion. The P12Q has a classic rock aggression to it that’s not as harsh as some of the other Jensen higher powered speakers.
65 Princeton Reverb with Blonde Tolex
Countless hits over the years, have historically featured the Princeton reverb. The reissue 65 Princeton Reverb is easily versatile enough to go from the living room to the recording studio to the small gig. The upgraded speaker is the Jensen P10R blue ALNICO 10-inch speaker. This speaker has a rich, warm tone. It really accentuates the higher frequencies in crisp, sparkling detail. Jensen P10Rs have a great sparkle with a brash crunch when over driven. Countless vintage amps used Jensen P Series loudspeakers. These speakers are an important contribution to the sound of rock ‘n’ roll. The P10R uses lightweight, efficient alnico magnets, copper voice coil windings, and seamed paper cones to create that pure vintage tone.
65 Princeton Reverb fudge Brownie
This Princeton speaker upgrade is a Jensen P10Q blue ALNICO 10-inch speaker. It emits a warm tone with just a bit of mid-frequency bite and a fierce response to overdrive distortion. The Jensen P10Rs have a great sparkle with a brash crunch when over driven. They were important to the sound of rock & roll. The P10uses the same lightweight, efficient alnico magnets, copper voice coil windings, and seamed paper cones to create the pure vintage tone loved by guitarists throughout the world.
Hot Rod Deluxe III Tweed
The Hot Rod Deluxe III pumps out the unmistakable Fender sound that is perfect for Punk, Rock, Country, Blues and more. The Hot Rod Deluxe responds amazingly to stomp boxes making it an incredible canvas for designing your tone. The Fender Hot Rod Deluxe pushes 40 watts into an upgraded Jensen C12N Vintage Ceramic 12-inch, 8-ohm speaker for a smooth and straightforward tone, clear chime in the highest frequencies, and some serious bite in the mid-range when you crank up the overdrive, the Hot Rod Deluxe III pumps out unmistakable Fender sound that is perfect for Punk, Rock, Country and Blues.
Major amp manufactures in the 60s used Jensen C12N speakers. This one is a true classic design. Sweet mid-range coupled with quick, dynamic response throughout combines with incredible resilience to make it an industry standard.