11-oz. alnico magnet 20 watts
Clip 1—Schecter Bridge + Fuzztite & Vibro Champ - Vol, Treble And Bass - Max
Clip 2—Tele Bridge & Vibro Champ - Vol, Treble And Bass - 5
Clip 3—Tele Bridge & Vibro Champ - Vol, Treble And Bass - Max
Clip 4—Tele Bridge + Neck & Vibro Champ - Vol, Treble And Bass - 5
Clip 5—Tele Neck & Vibro Champ - Vol, Treble And Bass - 5
Spend some time on forums where avid gearheads discuss the best speakers for Champ-style amps, and you’re bound to come across a lot of players singing praises to Weber’s 8A125. Like its sibling in this roundup, the Alnico Signature 8S, it features a seamless cone and vintage-Jensen-like construction, but with an even heftier design—from all appearances, the most robust in this roundup.
But despite its visual similarities to the Signature 8S and P8R, the 8A125 has a decidedly different voice. In fact, the pricier Weber’s sound is significantly different from all the speakers in this roundup in that it has the richest, mellowest overall response. This darker shading enables it to handle a wide range of pickups with minimal harshness, regardless of volume. Even with my Tele’s bridge pickup and the Vibro Champ cranked, it was virtually impossible to get the 8A125 to sound piercing—yet it still had a nice, elastic snap that worked wonderfully with hybrid-picked country-ish lines. And with a brutal attack, it howled and groaned deliciously. Meanwhile, neck and middle positions had a warm roundness that actually made the amp sound and feel a little larger than its humble dimensions. The darker, bigger sound also enabled me to get looser, meaner, and more grooving sounds out of my Schechter’s humbuckers.
In all, the 8A125 is a fine choice for a variety of applications, provided you’re looking for a little more fatness and body and don’t mind sacrificing a little brightness and spank.