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Celestion Gold 50W, 12" Alnico Guitar Speaker 15 ohm 

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Emulates the Celestion Alnico Blue but with higher power rating.

Many other manufacturers have tried to recreate the Celestion Blue sound in a higher powered driver, and some have come close. But only Celestion has the experience and know-how to emulate the tone and response of its own Alnico classic in a modern driver that's perfect for single or multiple applications in cabinets or combos.

The power handling of the Original Blue speaker was limited by the material used in the construction of the voice coil. After hundreds of hours of testing and countless prototypes, Celestion has developed a coil that can withstand higher levels of power but leaves the tone unaffected. Such a relatively simple, yet important, development lies at the heart of a truly remarkable new guitar loudspeaker.


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Gold 50W, 12" Alnico Guitar Speaker Specifications:

  • Nominal diameter: 12", 305mm
  • Power Rating: 50W
  • Nominal impedance: 8Ω and 15Ω
  • Sensitivity: 100dB
  • Chassis type: Pressed steel
  • Voice coil diameter: 1.75", 44.5mm
  • Voice coil material: Round copper
  • Magnet type: Alnico
  • Frequency range: 75-5000Hz
  • Resonance frequency, Fs: 75Hz
  • DC resistance, Re: 6.4Ω & 11.8Ω
  • Diameter: 12.2", 309mm
  • Overall depth: 6.5", 165mm
  • Magnet structure diameter: 5.0", 128mm
  • Cut-out diameter: 11.1", 283mm
  • Mounting slot dimensions: 0.31", 7.9mm Ø
  • Number of mounting slots: 4
  • Mounting slot PCD: 11.7", 297mm
  • Unit weight: 9.3 lb.; 4.2kg
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CelestionGold 50W, 12" Alnico Guitar Speaker
 
4.6

(based on 8 reviews)

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80%

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  • Improves sound (4)
  • Good quality (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts (3)
    • Practicing (3)
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    5.0

    Terrific Speaker!

    By Alutok

    from Greenwich, CT

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Great Ampy Feel And Sound
    • Improves Sound
    • Light weight

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Great For All Uses
    • Practicing

    Comments about Celestion Gold 50W, 12" Alnico Guitar Speaker:

    This speaker sounds great - it feels great. I am using it in a 1x12 open backed cabinet. It must be amazing in a 4x12!!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect!

    By John Melby

    from North Dakota

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Everything
    • Practicing

    Comments about Celestion Gold 50W, 12" Alnico Guitar Speaker:

    got this for my cab... The sound is much smoother as opposed to a rougher vintage 30 sound. It is quite heaver with a large alnico magnet on the back... so be sure to mount it well.

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    2.0

    Don't Buy Into the Hype

    By Mark

    from Maryland

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          Comments about Celestion Gold 50W, 12" Alnico Guitar Speaker:

          First the standard background info... I play rock covers in a gigging band. My gear is EVH Special guitar, Soldano SLO, and various closed back cabs. I have been playing guitar for over 20 years and 15 of those as a gigging guitarist.

          I really like the Celestion Vintage 30 speaker, but it seemed to be missing something. So I read the reviews on this speaker and took the plunge thinking that you get what you pay for - right?

          I was really looking forward to trying this speaker. I played it through three different closed back cabs (4x12 Mesa Rectifier, 2x12 Soldano, 1x12 Mesa Thiele. I was not impressed. In fact it didn't come close to comparing to the Vintage 30 speakers.

          The Gold is supposed to sound like an Alnico Blue. I don't know if that is true because I have never played an Alnico Blue. If it does sound like a blue, I don't understand why there is so much hype for this speaker. The Alnico Gold isn't a bad speaker, but in my opinion, it has no character at all. I've heard terms such as "bell like", "chimmy", "creamy". The only one that fits is "creamy" (and not in a good way). The terms I would use are "compressed" and "fizzy". Maybe it sounds better in an open back cab, but it did not impress me in any of my closed back cabs (4x12, 2x12, 1x12).

          Note to those with smaller combo cabs... I tried to install this in my Fender Blues Jr, but it didn't fit. The 'bowl' that covers the magnet sticks out farther then a regular speaker and I couldn't fit the electronics chassis back in place because the speaker was too big.

          I would have given this speaker 3 stars if it was reasonably priced, but it's so over priced that I had to knock it down another star. Sorry Celestion.

          Save your money and buy a Vintage 30. The Vintage 30 has rich overtones and harmonics, and doesn't sound fizzy like the Gold and most other speakers.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Smooth, big and punchy

          By king

          from toronto

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          Pros

          • Improves Sound

          Cons

          • Pricey

          Best Uses

          • Combo Amps

          Comments about Celestion Gold 50W, 12" Alnico Guitar Speaker:

          I have yet to hear a better speaker.
          I installed one in my mark 5 boogie (90 watt amp), so far, after many small to midsized venues, I've never had to push it beyond its 50 watt rating. It is hard to justify the cost, but one should not underestimate the tonal improvement a high quality speaker can make. I want another.

          I kind of wanted to keep it a secret, so that only I and a few other gold owners could sound this good.

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          5.0

          Gold is Great

          By JIMJAM

          from columbia sc

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          Pros

          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Celestion Gold 50W, 12" Alnico Guitar Speaker:

            I cut the back of my Marshall Mc212 cab in 2 parts so it had a top and bottom with a 8' gap in betreen so its now a semi open back. With the stock speakers it had a full,grainy rich tone but not as defined as I wanted it. I just installed 2 of the golds and I am impressed. I had to back the master volumn back a bit so its a loud speaker. Very sensitive so my pick dynamics are really coming out. With my Orange 30w head and a touch of OD, its got a wonderfully complex tone consisted of a grainy texture with definition and sparkle. My other cab is a Mesa with V30s. It weighs a ton,closed back and has more punch but the golds even not broken in will melt your face off. I play 80s rock,VH even some blues and imo this is the TONE alot of us have been chasing. Orange Dual Terror+open back+ Celestion Gold = TONE Heaven. Also hooked to a Mesa minirectifier = eargasm. By most accounts my Mc212 is a low end cab. If the Golds make this lightweight cab that I opened the back on sound like a million bucks, I can only imagine that they would make most any cab sound alot better. Bottom line if you like your current cab and its a keeper,throw down the xtra cash and get a speaker that hopefully will only sound better with time and be a longterm investment.

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Possibly the best speaker ever1

            By The Walrus

            from Los Angeles, CA

            Comments about Celestion Gold 50W, 12" Alnico Guitar Speaker:

            I was familiar with how great the alnico blues sounded, I had a Vox AC30 with them, and a Matchless Clubman with them. I recently got a Highwatt C100 with a matching 2x12 cab and wasn't really impressed with the sound. I opened the cab to discover they were loaded with Celestion 70/80s. Not a bad speaker, but I think it's one of Celestion's lower end speaker. I installed 2 12' Alnico Golds and my expectations were surpassed. I could not belive how good these speakers sounded. They have a great frequency range, great low end, and crisp high end. They can be very bright, but that's what the EQ is for. I belive these speakers would be a compliment to ANY amp, no matter what you're style is. I play alot of high-gain dirty sounds with plenty of low end, and the Golds work perfectly. One thing that suprised me is they sound alot different in a closed cabinet - but that should be expected. They are very loud, with 100db sensitivity. I can't recomend these speakers highly enough. They are a little pricey, but it's a great investment.
            You usually get what you pay for - worth it.
            A++

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            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Chimes.

            By MainManAlex

            from Houston, TX

            Comments about Celestion Gold 50W, 12" Alnico Guitar Speaker:

            Like a bell. A big bell that you need to hit harder to get a proportional amount of chime out of it. That's how I'd sum up the relationship of the Gold to its brother Blue. That being the first question on the tip of everyone's tongue, let's talk the speaker proper.This is the most expensive speaker I've ever used. It's also the best. There's a certain amount of harmonic content that means, with a good ear, you'll hear things you don't from a heavy magnet ceramic speaker. It's what most folk would call "pretty:" real sparkly touch-sensitive like nothing I've ever used. It has fairly early cone breakup, which tacks on a smooth compression that works with a driving power section to make some beautiful noise. Mind the fact that the magnet assembly is a good inch or so longer than most speakers. Might present a problem with some open-back combos, but if you gotta take a saw to your amp to get it in you'll be glad you did when you hear it. It's that good.

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            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Celestion Gold

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Celestion Gold 50W, 12" Alnico Guitar Speaker:

            These are one of the best sounding speakers with a tube amp. The tones are full and complex. They make any amp sound good. Clean or crunched. Only drawback is that they are very pricey, but if you want the best...If your into modeling amps and tons of foot pedals than these might not suit you, you'll be better off with any cheap speaker. But if you want quality tone that brings out all the dynamics of a nice tube amp this is it.

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