Asher Guitars WD Music Products Amplified Parts Mod Kits DIY Nordstarnd Pickups
Asher Guitars WD Music Products Amplified Parts Mod Kits DIY Nordstarnd Pickups
Asher Guitars WD Music Products Amplified Parts Mod Kits DIY Nordstarnd Pickups

Cannabis Rex Review

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by boneyguy, Jul 6, 2008.

  1. boneyguy

    boneyguy Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 31, 2007
    victoria b.c. CANADA
    I just put a CR in my '74 Traynor Guitar Mate today. Compared to the original speaker and a Vintage 30 I had in for a while this CR is like a dream come true.

    I had done alot of reading and listening before I settled on the CR and I'm glad I decided to get it. Apparently the Guitar Mate is known to be a very bright amp (mine was) but the Eminence totally tames the excessive brightness. The highs are still there but they are rounded and not piercing or shrill. My Tele has a much stronger voice now. There's still lots twang, it's just thicker and sweeter.

    Prior to this speaker change I was intending to have a little mod done to the amp to reduce the amount of treble. Now there's absolutely no need to do that.

    In general the tone from my amp has become very warm and vocal-like and it handles the overdrive from my OD-3 very nicely. It is one of the nicer blues sounds I've played with. Harmonically rich, thick and singing.

    I would say there is no muddiness but a nice warm (how many times have I used the word 'warm' already?) clarity.

    These speakers are very reasonably priced as well.

    I'm really, really pleased with this speaker.

  2. JohnnyCrash

    JohnnyCrash Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 12, 2005
    Fullerton, CA
    Very cool!

    I have been wanting to try more new Eminence speakers... maybe a CR is in my future too.

  3. telel6s

    telel6s Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    I use a CRex with a Carmen Ghia head. I'd call it a modern, rock/country-rock kind of sound.

    When I got my CG I assumed I would get a Weber Blue Dog to go with it since I love the Blues in my Super Reverb and Princeton. But that speaker just didn't do it for me with the CG....too spikey on the high end.

    The CRex, however, is nice and smooth and works for clean and excels when things are getting pushed harder. I have no desire to try out other speakers with the CG.

  4. Doug Ferguson

    Doug Ferguson Friend of Leo's

    Jan 3, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    I have one in my Blues Jr. and love the tone -- rich, sweet, creamy. They're great speakers, and the price can't be beat for what you get. I'm considering one for my Windsor Studio to get a little more umph out of it.

  5. boneyguy

    boneyguy Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 31, 2007
    victoria b.c. CANADA
    I'm sure pleased with it. I'm very new to the speaker game and truly I had no idea the difference a good or at least a well matched speaker can make. In this case it's changed the nature of the guitar/amp combination entirely for the better.

    The Traynor always sounded good but it just wouldn't quite give me that rich, warm sound I wanted with the original speaker or the Vintage 30. I was always playing with the tone controls trying to get an Eq I liked. Now it's just "set it and forget it".

    Now the tone is basically dialed in from the speaker alone and the tone controls are there for fine tuning.

    I would say if you're trying to find 'your sound' by constantly messing with the tone controls then the problem and the solution are somewhere else. Like a speaker change in my case.

  6. Radspin

    Radspin Friend of Leo's

    Mar 7, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    I've been contemplating trying this speaker for a while in my Ampeg Reverbojet--I'm pretty well convinced, but wonder what a Celestion Gold would sound like (what a price difference though!)

  7. Billm

    Billm RIP

    Mar 26, 2008
    New Jersey
    I have a Cannabis Rex in one Blues Junior and a Texas Heat in the other. Both are great speakers, but the C. Rex is definitely sweeter. I love it.

  8. boneyguy

    boneyguy Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 31, 2007
    victoria b.c. CANADA
    Do you think there would be any benefit from mixing a C. Rex with a Texas Heat in a 2x12 cab?

    Is there another Eminence speaker that would pair nicely with the C. Rex in a 2x12" cab??

    It's pretty tempting just put in a pair of C. Rex's because they sound so nice.

    When I think I only paid $70 and some tax for my C. Rex it makes me even happier about it than I already am.

  9. trag-o-caster

    trag-o-caster R.I.P.

    Mar 16, 2003
    Flushing, Michigan

    I'm wonderin' what a C. Rex would do for a Deluxe Reverb?

    Anybody know???

  10. boneyguy

    boneyguy Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 31, 2007
    victoria b.c. CANADA
    The couple of DRRI that I've played have tended to be pretty bright amps. I would say that if you're trying to smooth out and warm up any sort of brittle , shrill, ice pick highs then the C. Rex would be a really good choice based on my very limited experience.

    One of the problems I encountered with my Traynor was that by trying to tame the very shrill high end by turning down the treble tone control I lost my high end. With the C. Rex I have my treble control up high but there's nothing but nice round, sparkly highs now. The high end is there but now it's pleasing to me ear. An easy and inexpensive fix I would say.

  11. EZchair Picker

    EZchair Picker Tele-Meister

    Feb 12, 2008
    Between the lines
    If you just put it in and like it, once it gets broken in you're gunna love it! For whatever reason, I remember it taking this speaker a little longer than most to get there.

    I agree with your analysis of the speaker 100% though. An added bonus for me was the added clean headroom due to the C-rex's efficiency (loud) and slow breakup.

  12. JKjr

    JKjr Tele-Holic

    Aug 24, 2007
    raleigh nc
    Gibson friendly?

    I've been looking at these for a while, wondering if they may be too dark. Have any of you tried these with guitars other than a tele?

  13. BrianF

    BrianF Friend of Leo's

    Apr 11, 2003
    Carlsbad, Ca

    I have one in my Tweed Deluxe clone and it sounds GREAT

  14. Billm

    Billm RIP

    Mar 26, 2008
    New Jersey
    Here's what the ToneQuest Report had to say about the Cannabis Rex:

    I think this description is a little over the top, but it's accurate. This is not a speaker for Jensen lovers. The distortion tone is more "bwoooo" than "bweeee", if that makes sense. I think it sounds great with humbuckers.

  15. EZchair Picker

    EZchair Picker Tele-Meister

    Feb 12, 2008
    Between the lines
    Yup, I've tried it with every guitar I own! :D

    FWIW, I like this speaker best with single coil pups as well as low to medium output favorite humbucker being the DH-1 Fender puts in their American HSS strats. The lester I owned had a 500T/496R pup combination in it. The guitar had a really thick and hot tone to it which I thought actually worked against the C-rex's natural strengths. My rex is in a C30, so another amp may yield different results and of coarse it's all in the listener's ear.

  16. Vol. Knob

    Vol. Knob Tele-Holic

    Mar 18, 2003
    Kansas City, MO
    I have a 2x12 cab loaded with Cannibas Rex speakers.

    Yup, extra sweet low mids according to the Eminence description that Tonequest reprinted word-for-word in the form of a review.

    I've used 'em with a '72 Pro Reverb, '50s Newcomb PA head (5E3) and a Teisco Checkmate 15 (AC15 wannabe). They're a good choice if you wanna tame the icepick highs. I like 'em best with a bright single coiled guitar.

    With the Newcomb PA head, already a very dark sounding creature, I have to keep the tone all the way on the trebble side or EQ the overdrive pedal to high, in order to keep it from being too woofy (until I added the BBE Sonic Stomp to my rig, that made the highs more audible and accentuated the lows in such a way that it was not woofy, but that's another review all together).

    The best thing about these speakers, and they're great speakers, is the jokes you get to tell. "Dude, I've got totally SMOKIN TONE!!!".

  17. Natstrat79

    Natstrat79 Tele-Meister

    Jul 28, 2007
    The cannabis rex is my favortie speaker for the YGM-3 guitarmate also. I came to the same conclusions. It tames the over the top treble without ever sounding muddy or dull.

  18. DavidS

    DavidS TDPRI Member

    Jan 19, 2008
    I've been using one for about 2 years now and it is the perfect speaker for my amp. Before that I used the original eminence blue label, Kendrick brownframe, Celestion Greenback, Celestion G12-65, EVM 12L, then the CRex. The search is over. It sounds great whether using my Tele or Les Pauls. Tightens up the bottom end, smooth solid high end that isn't too bright, and well balanced.

  19. boneyguy

    boneyguy Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 31, 2007
    victoria b.c. CANADA
    Wow!! Judging from all the responses there's alot of love for this speaker. It's nice to know my ears are actually working and I'm hearing the same sonic qualities that alot of other folks are.

  20. Canuckcaster

    Canuckcaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 12, 2006
    Calgary, Alberta
    I've been thinking of swapping out the speaker in my C30 as well. I wonder if the C Rex is what I'm looking for. The webber blue dog comes pretty highly recommended too, so now I have something else to think about.


IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.