Speakers & Components
Speakers. The last opportunity to modify your tone. Unlike hi-fi speakers which attempt to create sounds that are true to the musical source fed them, guitar speakers impart their own tone. Your amp/cabinet pretty much determines three things about what speaker to select; speaker size, impedance and power rating. (See our tech corner article on Speaker Impedance, Power Handling and Wiring). But the tone is up to you! Speaker replacement is probably the easiest mod you can perform.
JensenJensen Loudspeakers have a long history. Founded in 1927 by Peter Jensen, one of the co-inventors of the loudspeaker, Jensen began producing commercial amplifier loudspeakers in the 1940s.
Speaker - Jensen® Vintage Alnico, 10", P10R for Fender®, 25W, 8Ω
Not a strict reissue, the P10R-F was born as a special edition of the P10R, developed in cooperation with Fender®, for the Custom Shop ’57 BandMasterä and the 20th Anniversary Vibro-Kingä amps. By means of a different cone membrane, the P10R-F has a warmer, ‘aged’ tone, and breaks up in a sweet, progressive manner. A very unique speaker for true Tone-Connoiseurs.
Speaker - Jensen® Vintage Alnico, 10", P10R, 25W
The P10R is very important in the history of Jensen speakers. Its shimmering, yet throaty and vibrant tone is one of the signatures of the Tweed era and inspired the start-up of the British tones. It was the first speaker reissued by Jensen, presented to a restricted panel of partners at the 1999 Summer NAMM show. The P10R is the speaker that contributed to the magical tone of the 4x10 Bassman® Tweed amps, the 4x10 Super Tweed Amps and the equally mythical 3x10 Bandmaster® amps.
Speaker - Jensen® Vintage Alnico, 12", P12R, 25W
The smallest powered AlNiCo 12” in the range, the P12R is the classic choice for the lower powered combo amps of the tweed era. It was very common in Fender®, Epiphone® and Ampeg® amps until the early ‘60s. The P12R is bright and colorful, has excellent cut and sparkle, and breaks up easily.
Speaker - Jensen® Vintage Alnico, 8", P8R, 25W
One of the archetypical speakers in the range, the P8R has been installed in thousands of Champ and Princeton style amps for decades. Slightly clearer sounding than the C8R, its ceramic cousin, the P8R shines in clean and slightly crunch applications, where the typical chime of the AlNiCo magnets helps the sparkling harmonics to bloom.
Speaker - Jensen® Vintage Ceramic, 10", C10R, 25W, 8Ω
Developed as the ceramic version of the P10R, for low-powered studio amps, the C10R is revered for having been the speaker of the Blackface Princeton®, the Princeton Reverb® and many others. The combination of the warm sounding circuit of the Princeton and the bright, colorful tone of the C10R delivers magical tones in any recording session.
Speaker - Jensen® Vintage Ceramic, 12", C12R, 25W, 8Ω
Typically used in the lower powered 12” amps for studio or practice, the C12R is a clear sounding, sparkling speaker, very sensitive to the character of amplifier. When paired with a stout, rich and warm electronic design it can do wonders. Ampeg® Jets and Reverberockets are just some of the most revered amps that carried C12R as their factory choice.
Speaker - Jensen® Vintage Ceramic, 8", C8R, 25W
The C8R is the little gem in the Jensen Vintage series. It delivers a solid compact tone that defies its size. Extremely versatile, it finds application in small home and student amplifiers; but with a microphone in front, it is capable of transferring on tape some of the biggest tones ever. Not by chance, the vintage Fender® Champ® amplifiers produced with the C8R speaker are treasured by many players as a great studio tool.