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5 Ceramic 12" Speakers That Could Transform Your Amp

Don’t give up on your amp yet—a replacement speaker might be all it needs!

Before you retire an amp because the sound isn’t doing it for you, consider the component where so much of the magic happens: the speaker! A speaker swap can do wonders for a tired amp, so check out the five 12" ceramic drivers we’ve rounded up from a myriad of excellent options.

Raptor 100

Equally suitable for clean, crunchy, or lead tones, these speakers are said to offer vocal, rounded midrange, smooth top end, and a fat bass foundation.

JENSEN
$106

G12M-65 Creamback

If you’re looking for vintage sound, this speaker was originally developed in the mid ’60s and quickly adopted by players with aggressive blues-rock playing styles, from Hendrix to Page.

CELESTION
$145

CV-75

This 75-watt ceramic speaker taps into British-flavored tone with grunt and punch in the lows, warm and tailored mids, and clear, airy highs.

EMINENCE
$109

EVM12L Classic

These speakers incorporate a heavy-duty-cast frame for reduced low-frequency flex, provide 200 watts of power handling, and deliver classic, dark, and expressive tones.

ELECTRO-VOICE
$249

12VR16

Whether upgrading or repairing, these special-design 75-watt speakers are reported to sound much like a vintage Celestion, yet offer great value for a 12" replacement.

ELECTRO-HARMONIX
$45
The Return of Johnny Cash—John Carter Cash Interview
The Return of Johnny Cash—John Carter Cash Interview on Johnny’s New Songwriter Album

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This 1968 Epiphone Al Caiola Standard came stocked with P-90s and a 5-switch Tone Expressor system.

Photo courtesy of Guitar Point (guitarpoint.de)

Photo courtesy of Guitar Point (guitarpoint.de)

The session ace’s signature model offers a wide range of tones at the flip of a switch … or five.

Hello and welcome back to Mod Garage. Not long ago, I came home late from a band rehearsal, still overly excited about the new songs we played. I got myself a coffee (I know, it's a crazy procedure to calm down) and turned on the TV. I ended up with an old Bonanza episode from the ’60s, the mother of all Western TV series. Hearing the theme after a long time instantly reminded me of the great Al Caiola, who is the prolific session guitarist who plays on the song. With him in mind, I looked up the ’60s Epiphone “Al Caiola” model and decided I want to talk about the Epiphone/Gibson Tone Expressor system that was used in this guitar.

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Slinky playability, snappy sounds, and elegant, comfortable proportions distinguish an affordable 0-bodied flattop.

Satisfying, slinky playability. Nice string-to-string balance. Beautiful, comfortable proportions.

Cocobolo-patterned HPL back looks plasticky.

$699

Martin 0-X2E
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Embracing the idea of an acoustic flattop made with anything other than wood can, understandably, be tricky stuff. There’s a lot of precedent for excellent-sounding acoustics built with alternative materials, though. Carbon-fiber flattops can sound amazing and I’ve been hooked by the sound and playability of Ovation and Adamas instruments many times.

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The GibsonES Supreme Collection (L-R) in Seafoam Green, Bourbon Burst, and Blueberry Burst.

The new Gibson ES Supreme offers AAA-grade figured maple tops, Super Split Block inlays, push/pull volume controls, and Burstbucker pickups.

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