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Celestion G12M-65 Creamback 12" 65W Guitar Speaker 8ohm

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The G12M Greenback is perhaps the definitive vintage Celestion ceramic magnet guitar speaker. Developed in the mid-'60s, it was quickly adopted by pl...Click To Read More About This Product

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Unmistakable vintage Celestion tone with plenty of power.

The G12M Greenback is perhaps the definitive vintage Celestion ceramic magnet guitar speaker. Developed in the mid-'60s, it was quickly adopted by players like Hendrix, Clapton, Beck and Page, who typified the louder and more aggressive blues rock playing styles that came to characterize that era.

The G12M-65 Creamback produces the familiar woody G12M tone, but handles greater power making it ideally suited for today's amps, when a vintage tone is desired. The increased power handling brings with it low end grunt complementing the warm and vocal mid range, crunchy upper-mids and sweet, refined highs.

FEATURES
Power rating: 65W
Impedance: 8Î & 16Î
Sensitivity: 97dB
Diameter: 12.2"
Weight: 7.9 lbs.
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CelestionG12M-65 Creamback 12" 65W Guitar Speaker
 
4.2

(based on 5 reviews)

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Celestions Best for a Combo

By Ben

from Gainesville, FL

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Celestion G12M-65 Creamback 12" 65W Guitar Speaker:

    Very nice speaker. Warmer and smoother than a Greenback, with less midrange. In other words, a little more transparent than a Greenback. I much prefer one of these to a Vintage 30 in an open back combo. They are similar to an Eminence Private Jack but with a little more British character. They handle distortion particularly well, but also sound good clean.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Disregard Biff's review this speaker is the best period!

    By Tony

    from Lehigh Valley, PA

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      Cons

      • Difficult To Use

      Best Uses

        Comments about Celestion G12M-65 Creamback 12" 65W Guitar Speaker:

        This guy Biff went on every website which sells this speaker and copy and pasted the same review. He is spam and to be ignored. This speaker is the best I have tried including the G12M Greenback, Alnico Gold, and several Eminence speakers. I play clean. Fitted this 12" in a Blackface Princeton Reverb and it is smooth and balanced with even sound distribution throughout all frequencies. This speaker is perfect buy it and you won't be disappointed!

        (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Dull, Lifeless Speaker

        Pros

          Cons

          • Muddy, No Character

          Best Uses

            Comments about Celestion G12M-65 Creamback 12" 65W Guitar Speaker:

            A few years ago, I was searching for a "smooth" guitar sound. I had been using budget combo amps for several years (Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III; Peavey Classic 30) and was unsatisfied with the harsh tone I was getting. I figured a big part of the problem was in the cheap speakers that most manufacturers slap into their combo amps. Eventually, I decided to buy an amp head so I could easily pair it with a speaker of my choosing. Around this time, the Creamback was gaining popularity, and several reviewers talked about how "smooth" it was. I listened to many demos of the Creamback, and agreed that it was the "smoothest" speaker I'd ever heard. I bought one and put it into a Jet City 1x12 cabinet to pair with a couple of low-wattage heads I was using (JCA 22H, Blackstar HT 20). When paired with the HT 20, my first impression was that I'd finally found the tone I needed. The sound was dark and inoffensive with no trace of the fizzy shrillness that I hated in my combo amps. However, when I captured that smooth sound in my project studio, I discovered that it couldn't stand up to other instruments in a mix. Where the harsh fuzzy combo amps had punched fiercely through the densest mixes, the Creamback/HT 20 rig politely stepped into the background. At first I thought it was the Blackstar causing the lack of cut (as an amp, it's smooth to the point of muddiness), but the Creamback yielded the same disappointing results with other amps, including the Friedman Smallbox and Kemper Profiler that I purchased much later. My current cabinet of choice is a Hughes and Kettner TM 112 loaded with a Celestion Vintage 30; and no matter what amp I use, the Vintage 30 always works for me. Moral: "smooth" guitar tones actually come across in a mix as lifeless, muddy husks with no character. Recommendation: skip the Creamback unless you have a brutally harsh amp that needs balance.

             
            5.0

            Excellent response, very smooth

            By Xyrium

            from NJ

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            Pros

            • Excellent Midrange
            • Greenback Wmore Power
            • Nonfatiguing Highs

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Great For Home Use
              • Practicing

              Comments about Celestion G12M-65 Creamback 12" 65W Guitar Speaker:

              I have this in a 2x12 sealed cab, with a Vintage 30, and the overall response is very smooth. The amp is a Mesa Boogie Mk V in various modes and settings. Excellent pick response, and just perfection for home practice. You might want to boost the mids more to cut through in a live situation, as these are smoother than the V30s.

              I feel that these are good for all electric guitar, including Rock, Jazz, Metal and Blues.

               
              5.0

              Great tone minus the weight

              By Nathan B

              from Nashville

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              Pros

              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound
              • Rocks Hard
              • Warm Tones Of A Classic

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Live Rig
                • Practicing

                Comments about Celestion G12M-65 Creamback 12" 65W Guitar Speaker:

                I was using a Marshall 1960A for years and the size and weight was a bit much to acrry to practice and gigs. I purchased a 2x12 and loaded the Creamback speakers in and the tone was exceptional while still handling all the power my JVM Marshall could throw at it. It allowed me to have a great sounding portable rig that is loud enough to cover any venue.

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