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Best replacement 12" speaker in a vintage gibson amp?

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by brianswindall, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. brianswindall

    brianswindall Tele-Afflicted

    I just picked up a 1960 tweed Gibson ga-6 Lancer. Great tone but it needs a speaker change. Can I get a few suggestions or pointers for buying a period-correct 12" speaker?

  2. t-luxe

    t-luxe Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 23, 2009
    so. cal
    Basically a Tweed DeLuxe. Probably came with a Jensen P12R. There's usually some used ones on EBay.
    For new, and cheap, an AlNiCo Weber Sig12S. A little more spendy-Weber 12A125A.

  3. waparker4

    waparker4 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 9, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA
    I picked up an old alnico speaker probably from an organ that had been reconed by a seller / artisan on ebay. I don't have any experience with Jensen p12r but the speaker sounds great. Maybe this could be a direction you could look into

  4. kydog

    kydog Tele-Meister

    Sep 3, 2008
    SLC utah
    check ebay for a vintage C12Q alot of the old amps came with these

  5. mabley123

    mabley123 Friend of Leo's

    Aug 21, 2011
    ashland kentucky
    +1...this amp did come originally with a Jensen P12R

  6. uriah1

    uriah1 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Feb 12, 2011
    Plopped an old CTS 12 in a gibbie...
    Gave it a nice american V30


    SPUDCASTER Poster Extraordinaire

    There's a 50's Jensen P12P in our classifieds. $65/$15 shipping.

  8. homesick345

    homesick345 Poster Extraordinaire

    Jan 20, 2012
    Beirut, Lebanon
    I think Weber Signature 25 S alnico speaker preserves that vintage, early breakup mojo, wih lots of sweetness on top

    THe price is perfect

  9. TNO

    TNO Friend of Leo's

    Apr 25, 2003
    Another vote for the Sig12S

  10. 6942

    6942 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 15, 2006
    Santa Fe, NM
    I'm using a reconed 1960 Jensen P12R with my Fender 5F1 Champ head amp clone.....sounds awesome!!

    I do agree with the Weber Sig 12S suggestions.....decent speaker for NOT a lot of $$$.

  11. t-luxe

    t-luxe Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 23, 2009
    so. cal
    If you go with the Weber Sig, ask Weber to break it in for you before shipping(it's free).


    SPUDCASTER Poster Extraordinaire

    You stated "period correct". Did you mean actually period correct or period correct by specifications?

    The one in the classifieds doesn't have the bell cover.

    Does the amp currently have the original speaker? If it does, could it be reconed? Weber could do that for you.

  13. mad dog

    mad dog Friend of Leo's

    Jun 27, 2005
    Period correct is only one approach, as there are any number of better speaker choices now then there were then. My '58 GA40 came to me with a no name Eminence ceramic. Have tried any number of different speakers. The R and Q Jensen alnicos are pretty much what you could have found back then, but aren't much to my taste due to early breakup, mushiness in this dark, hot amp. Using a WGS Blackhawk 50 watt alnico now, and that's a whole different deal. An excellent match with this amp ... much more clean now, and you can really hear what the amp is all about.

  14. brianswindall

    brianswindall Tele-Afflicted

    I meant period correct by specification. The amp currently has the original speaker. I may, in fact, have it re-coned. However, I wanted to get some opinions on replacements so that I could cost it out and figure which way will be most economical and the best for the amp's original tone. It's basically a 5e3 circuit so breakup is what I'm after and staying true to Gibson's original intent is of importance to me. It sounds like the Weber Sig 12S is something I should look into.

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