Dating fender speaker cabinets
In such cases we tend to favor British voiced speakers to give us a throaty and meaty tone where the treble is tamed and compensated for.
Such speakers may not be well suited for crystal clear and soft clean tones, but they match perfectly with our blackface AB165 Bassman with jumped channels and lots of preamp and power amp distortion.
In this case we prefer darker sounding speakers than the typical American Jensen C12n-style.
We want more bass and mids to smooth out the treble and high harmonic frequencies coming from the amp.
We use it to describe a “natural” tone, meaning a relatively flat frequency response.
Speakers can have different frequency response depending on materials and construction design, like cone shape, magnet weight and coil size.
Keeping the original speakers intact is important for the amps’ second hand value.
Players who gig with their amps regularly deserve new speakers and not 40 year old porous collector items that blow whenever you pluck your low E hard.
The term “American” speakers is wide and not a very precise term.A low power speaker will have better transparency, efficiency, sustain and speaker weight.High power speakers are stiffer and require more power to vibrate and operate in its sweet spot.There are of course exceptions to our preference of American speakers.
One is a heavily cranked amp with a bright single coil guitar.Modern speakers produced today have improved since the 60’s in terms of efficiency, robustness and clarity.