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Build Thread 5E8A Build - Speaker Question

Discussion in 'Amp Building/Technical/Repair' started by _Knighthawk_, Jan 11, 2020 at 2:41 PM.

  1. _Knighthawk_

    _Knighthawk_ Gold Member

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    Hey everyone,

    I am just sourcing all of the parts for a scratch 5E8A build. As always, I am very interested in people's opinions on various things and also as always, I will be posting updates and pics throughout the build. Here are the basics that I am moving on atm:

    MM trannies, Weber chassis/boards and brass plate, CTS pots (1 MEG pots are pricey), switchcraft jacks. Still working on tubes (I have sourced some vintage - NOS - GE tubes for the preamp and will be trying to find some NOS tubes for the power section) and speakers....which takes me to my first question in this thread:

    I wanted to open with a question about speakers. What speakers would you recommend for the Fender Twin? I am aware that the Fender re-issues use Eminence 'Special Design' Weber alnicos. I have also read that EC had his Twin outfitted with a couple of vintage Jensen Gold labels. Other sources recommend Weber 12A150A.

    Your considered opinions would me most graciously appreciated.

    Cheers to all.
     

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  2. tonenut

    tonenut

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    If you like clean and sparkly, check out the Weber California with aluminum dust caps. Any particular sound you are after?
     
  3. _Knighthawk_

    _Knighthawk_ Gold Member

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    Aluminum dust caps? Interesting...

    Tonally, I'd like to go after something like what Clapton was getting from his Twin (post-mods).

    Please don't misunderstand - I am not Eric Clapton - nor do I think I am Eric Clapton - just love the tone he got out of his Twin.

    I am using stratocasters and Les Pauls.
     
  4. tonenut

    tonenut

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    Here are a couple of Youtube videos with the Cali. The aluminum dust cap can be a bit harsh sounding for some people, others like the bite and clarity. Eric's amp sounds bright, but not that bright.


    The British voiced speakers from Weber are probably a bit closer to Eric's sound, like the Weber Blue Dog or the Thames, as they are pretty bright but not overly so.

    A combination of a Weber Blue Dog and a Silver Bell sounds excellent too. The Blue Dog is bright and the silver bell has a bit more bass, so the combination balances out nice.
     
  5. _Knighthawk_

    _Knighthawk_ Gold Member

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    Very cool, man. Thanks!

    I do like the blue dog/silver bell combo. Would never have come up with that one on my own. That said, I have no idea what buddy meant when he described it as 'woody'.

    The California in the ToneKing sounds pretty awesome too. Not sure how that would translate to the Twin.
     

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