What are the best speakers for a Fender ‘63 Vibroverb RI?

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  1. blues Bird

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    Today I got my ‘63 Vibroverb RI. The seller had already changed the speakers to new Jensen C10R’s. The highs sound a bit harsh to me.

    Now I wonder if this is the best choice or are there other speakers which could make the amp sound more like the original ones back in the day.
     
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  2. Dacious

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    A pair of Alessandro SC64 GC10 would be perfect. They handle the power, sound pretty dead on for a 60s Jensen. The only thing is they're a fair bit more efficient than the stockers.

    They are warm, articulate and handle overdrive terrifically. Not expensive either.
     
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    I agree with Dacious! The amp will sound very different.
     
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    I replaced the stock faux Oxfart...erm, Oxfords in mine with some generic Eminences and itbsounds great...the only thing I’d replace them with would be Webers...
     
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    I replaced mine with some generic Eminences and sounds great...the only thing I’d replace them with would be Webers...
     
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    I’d start with the Alessandro’s. They sound great out of the box and only get better once broken in. I have a GASC64 in my BF Deluxe Reverb and I’ve had people tell me it is the best sounding Deluxe that they’ve ever heard.

    Other great options are vintage Jensen’s, CTS’s, or Weber’s versions one these speakers.

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    D110s? I do like JBL's in a Fender.
     
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    Mine has Eminence 1028K’s. I love ‘em.
     
  9. gridlock

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    I had this and a Tone Tubby San Raphael in my ‘63 VVRI.

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    I ran a C10R and P10R for years in mine. It was a great combo. But, I do get the slightly harsh highs... I had 4 P10Rs in my Bassman Ri and found this to be the case. I swapped in two Eminence 1028ALKs and that really helped the Bassman.

    I currently have a pair of Weber P10Qs in my Vibroverb. I got them back from reconing and stuck them in there as an experiment. They sound nice, a little punchier than the Jensens. I haven't spent enough time to really give a good evaluation. But, the Jensens probably won't be going back in.

    A pair of Celestion Gold 10's would be something I'd be interest in. If Celestion comes out with a 10" Creamback Neo or Alnico, I'll be all over that.

    I will say, I like mixing speakers, when I can. Ceramic/Alnico, American/British voiced, etc. I will probably do something similar again with my VVVRi before too long.
     
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    Celestion did just come out with a g10 creamback. Been wondering about those in my vibrolux
     
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    Has it come out? I remember seeing the announcements that it was coming.

    But, it's still a ceramic speaker. I would wager an alnico 10" might be come eventually. Maybe? Or, maybe that's just wishful thinking from me.
     
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    Alnico and ceramic. Your choice. Imho
     
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    Weber 10F150T & 10A150 is magical -- had this pair in my SFVR for over a decade now.
     
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    I had JBLs in mine years ago, but it was definitely for the cleans. They made the amp a third again louder but also cranked up the gravity ;)
     
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    IMO this is just a matter of taste. I am fortunate to own 2 VVRIs and it's a great sounding amp in general. One of them has the original speakers, which are fine, and the other I couldn't resist tinkering with and it has a pair of Weber alnico speakers. I never worried too much about replicating the sound of an actual 1963 Vibroverb, I just want an amp that has a beautiful sound. If money were no object and I could keep experimenting with speakers, I think a pair of Celestion gold alnico speakers would be a good bet. For more punch in a band setting, consider ceramic magnet speakers.
     
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    I have a pair of 10 inch Alnico Weber Californias replacing the bottom 2 Celestions in my Trace Elliott Bonneville 4X10 and the combination of Alnico and Ceramic magnet speakers sounds magnificent. I recommend Weber speakers but maybe consider Alnico/Ceramic combination in your amp cab.
     
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    sure its ceramic, but its a 10, and still weighs less than the 12" Neo
     
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    Interesting. I love my 12" Neo!
     
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    I didn't replace the speakers in my amps and the world didn't end. Who knew.
     
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