Speaker upgrade for Fender Pro reverb 1979?

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  1. Jussi

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    Hey!
    I would be interested to know what speakers have you upgraded to 70 w Fender pro reverb SF amplifiers?

    I have a 1979 Fender pro reverb SF and am thinking of good price / quality fender type speakers for it.

    My thoughts have been e.g.
    -Eminence swamp thang or texas heat
    -Jensen tornado
    -WGS G12C/S
    -something else?

    What is your choise and why?
     

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    I had one of these. Very clean and loud. What are you seeking from it?
     
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    Cleanliness and more warm at the same time.

    I would also say that more blues tones, but yes this is more of a country amplifier than the actual blues combo.
     
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    I like the Em8nence Gb128 in a pro Reverb.....good low end, sparkly high end that is smooth when pushed, and an overall warm and woody Tone.
     
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    Like Wally sez... the GB128. Mix that with the EMI Legend 1258 and you have it all.
     
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    If it's got whatever Fender was using for speakers in 79 still in it, new speakers might make it louder. Maybe a lot louder depending on what's in there now. If you really don't want more volume Maverick FDM speakers might be worth a look.
     
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    Thanks for the recommendation guys. Let’s take this speaker a closer look...
     
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    Very good point to keep in mind, thanks!
     
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    I tried some Greenbacks in my Pro while my Oxfords were being rebuilt. They weren't bad at all! They would be a little marginal on the wattage though. I think the GB128 has more wattage...?
    Pro's have some big bottom. Speaker a touch warmer on the top? hmmm. Wonder how a C Rex would do?

    Many of the speakers I like... like the GA SC64 add a bit of bottom. Not sure you need that. But it may work well. RW& B maybe too.
    The louder thing could be an issue though... can you live with louder.
     
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    My main problem with the Pro Reverb is the weight- very close to that of the Twin Reverb, and the OP's ultra linear version not withstanding, about half the power. I obtained a Pro Reverb, MV, not Ultra Linear, equipped with JBL K120s, that tipped the scales a bit north of 60 lb. Replaced the JBLs with Jensen neos, and saved about 12 lb. The sound was excellent, as well. _563.JPG _566.JPG
     
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    This is also an important point.
    It is fact, that Pro reverb is really a weight amplifier and if that weight can be lightened by choosing a speaker, then it’s definitely not a bad thing.
    Thank you for the reminder!
    Jensen neo tornado was one option, what I had already considered.

    Your pro reverb is a really good cosmetic condition!
     
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    Thanks! When I got it, one of the JBLs was blown, a power tube was shot, and the grill cloth frame was cracked. I rebuilt the JBL (put the pair in a mid 70s Twin), retubed it, and built another grill frame and put new grill cloth on it, so it looked almost new.
     
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    I have noticed with the original speakers, that they aren't very good platform for any drive pedals. All modulation and echo pedals work perfectly though.

    I’m talking now about my own 1979 model only...
     
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    This is a pretty good description of the Eminence Texas Heat. I've become a big fan of this speaker.
     
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    Texas heat is still one my speaker option. I just have to think first about whether this amplifier will stay with me.
    I tried the fender blues junior III model a while ago and I was very convinced of its blues sounds with Squier classic vibe stratocaster. This pro reverb is of course a 'point-to-point' amp and the blues junior is not, but the sounds were honey in the blues junior still.
     
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    The Blues Junior has a hotter preamp amp which is loosely based on the 5F6A. The Pro Reverb can be made into a more versatile amp with one channel hotter and with more mids.
     
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    Of course, it could be one idea or an addition. Thanks for the tip.
     
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    Finally, I would like to make an exhaustive question ...

    Pro reverb is not my head amplifier if I want overdrive sound, but have you others got a drive pedal to work in front of a 70 w pro reverb amp? If so, are you updating the speakers or what is your secret?
     
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    I have a couple of old Celestion greenbacks in mine, for no other reason than the original speakers had had it and I found them in an old cab I bought.
    I don't go over 3 on the volume for gigs and they sound great.
     
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    Many recommend and adjust Fender pro reverb (eq) bass down to-->point 2. I used that reference for a long time, but I found that I think bass 3 - 4 works much better at least on my telecaster and single-coil pickups.

    I might still upgrade the speakers, even though it sounds better now.
     
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