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.


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.



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.


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.



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.


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