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Celestion Rocket 50 50W, 12" Guitar Speaker   8 Ohm

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Look inside the back of a standard 4x12 and you may well find Rocket 50s bolted inside.

Celestion Rocket 50s sound great with any playing style and won't break the bank!


SPECIFICATIONS

Rocket 50 50W, 12" Guitar Speaker

  • Nominal diameter: 12", 305mm
    Power rating: 50W
    Nominal impedance: 8 ohm
    Sensitivity: 95dB
    Chassis type: Pressed steel
    Voice coil diameter: 1.5", 38.1mm
    Voice coil material: Round copper
    Magnet type: Ceramic
    Magnet weight: 17oz, 0.48kg
    Frequency range: 85-5000Hz
    Resonance frequency, Fs: 90Hz
    DC resistance, Re: 6.74 ohms

    Mounting Information
    Diameter: 12.2", 309mm
    Overall depth: 4.8", 122mm
    Magnet structure diameter: 3.9", 100mm
    Cut-out diameter: 11.1", 283mm
    Mounting slot dimensions: 0.31", 7.9mm
    Number of mounting slots: 4
    Mounting slot PCD: 11.7", 297mm
    Weight: 4.4 lbs., 2.0kg
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CelestionRocket 50 50W, 12" Guitar Speaker
 
4.4

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (6)
  • Improves sound (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Functional (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Back-up (5)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Break it in and it's great.

This is not the best Celestion you can buy, it's the cheapest 12 inch Celestion you can buy. I have a Peavey ValveKing VK112 combo and I replaced the stock speaker with this Rocket...Read complete review

This is not the best Celestion you can buy, it's the cheapest 12 inch Celestion you can buy. I have a Peavey ValveKing VK112 combo and I replaced the stock speaker with this Rocket 50. I wanted the cheapest way to have a Celestion "British voiced" speaker. It was a bit harsh at first but I expected a break-in period and finally this speaker warmed right up to me. It can get very loud. It's not a Vintage 30 or a Classic Lead 80 but it's a real Celestion with tight lows, plenty of mids and just enough highs. I love recording this speaker with a good instrument mic. It's seems to work well with many genres. I play a Strat and an SG through it. Sounds great once it's broken in. For "British Voiced" on the cheap you can't beat it. It brought my cheap tube amp to life.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

like a blanket over an amp

This speaker came with my Blackstar HT20 Amp. Let me say right away that in 20+ years of serious playing, I've never before changed a speaker in an amp, and was never even...Read complete review

This speaker came with my Blackstar HT20 Amp. Let me say right away that in 20+ years of serious playing, I've never before changed a speaker in an amp, and was never even tempted to. After getting the Blackstar amp, I was initially going to return it. I was convinced to try installing a different speaker first, and man, oh man: the sound changed completely. The Rocket is neither articulate when playing clean, nor can it handle distortion well. Someone before me described is as a blanket over your amp, and I think that's a great way to visualize it. Stay away, unless you need a cheap replacement, or are using it for a practice amp, only.

The two good things about are: it's cheap, and it's significantly lighter than the Celestion Vintage 30, which replaced it.

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5.0

Good Inexpensive speaker

By The Fez

from Out there

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Celestion Rocket 50 50W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

    I put two of these speakers in a sealed back extension cabinet for a Fender Mustang III and they work very well. In this application the Rocket 50's performed very well and the harshness sometimes attributed to these speakers does not seem to come through with this cabinet. I've also used this cabinet with my 78 Music Man with the same result. I have performed and rehearsed with both these rigs and had no trouble or negative feedback for the Rocket 50's.

    Now obviously these are not top of the line speakers. But that being said, they work and sound just fine in the right application. And can give you good results for a budget price. I would recommend the Rocket 50's to anyone.

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    5.0

    killer speakers

    By nathan of the seven seas

    from boston

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    Pros

    • great quality
    • loud
    • rock solid

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • practice
      • rock concerts
      • studio

      Comments about Celestion Rocket 50 50W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

      i have been playing guitar and in rock & roll bands for 30 years. i put these speakers in my fender amp and they blew my socks off. there's no need to spend any more money on speakers.

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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      like a blanket over an amp

      By LK

      from NJ

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      Pros

      • Cheap
      • Light

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup

        Comments about Celestion Rocket 50 50W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

        This speaker came with my Blackstar HT20 Amp. Let me say right away that in 20+ years of serious playing, I've never before changed a speaker in an amp, and was never even tempted to. After getting the Blackstar amp, I was initially going to return it. I was convinced to try installing a different speaker first, and man, oh man: the sound changed completely. The Rocket is neither articulate when playing clean, nor can it handle distortion well. Someone before me described is as a blanket over your amp, and I think that's a great way to visualize it. Stay away, unless you need a cheap replacement, or are using it for a practice amp, only.

        The two good things about are: it's cheap, and it's significantly lighter than the Celestion Vintage 30, which replaced it.

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        5.0

        Nice driver

        By Bronobulax

        from Boone, IA

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Guitar Amp

          Comments about Celestion Rocket 50 50W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

          I used this speaker as a replacement for a Jensen in a Peavey Classic VT100. It was a perfect match. The amp sounds better than new! Shipping was next day! WOW!

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          NOT EXPENSIVE, BUT A CELESTION SPEAKER!

          By Noone

          from Albuquerque, NM

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound
          • Works In A 2x12 Cabinet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Birch Plywood Cabinet
            • Practicing

            Comments about Celestion Rocket 50 50W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

            I have purchased four of these speakers for use in a couple of birch plywood cabinets, with a 2X12 baffle, similar to the Pre-CBS Fender Bandmaster cabinet. The plywood responds much better than MDF, and it weighs much less. Probably works just as well in a pine cabinet. Since I no longer have any 4X12 cabinets, I can not offer any information, but, I have a positive feeling about using these Celestions in this type of cabinet. I have tested these speakers with a number of different amplifiers, all tube, and find that they work well, even better than the stock speakers. These are not inexpensive tube heads, and the one that I am using the two cabinets with, is a Fender Super amp head from the mid 1990's. The amp was originally in a 4X10 combo, but, the cabinet was damaged beyond repair after it fell off of the back of a truck. The amplifier still worked, so, it was installed in a Fender style head enclosure, after the local amp technician worked on it, which included new tubes, and a different power chord. Fender rated the amplifier at 65 watts with 8 ohm speakers. That has to be taken into consideration, and one should check out which configuration works for an 8 ohm output. Speaker installation is simple, in an existing cabinet. Be sure that speakers are wired to the cross-over identically. Just use the existing fasteners, that are installed, already. The frame of the speaker is sturdy, but, be careful not to damage the cone, otherwise, your new speaker(s) will be useless. The two cabinets were sealed with porting,front loading, so I can not say how the speakers will sound in an open back cabinet. In a closed cabinet, the speakers perform very well. Even though they are inexpensive, consider that they are genuine Celestions, and have better quality control than some other speaker manufacturers. This is not a slur against Emminence, but directed toward cheap imports. Some of these imports are more expensive than these Celestion speakers, even though these speakers are manufactured overseas, but, with strict requirements.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            use them correctly

            By JC

            from ALBANY NY

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Celestion Rocket 50 50W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

            these drivers are wound for hybrid and solid state amps

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Break it in and it's great.

            By pocketknife

            from Oklahoma

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Celestion Rocket 50 50W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

              This is not the best Celestion you can buy, it's the cheapest 12 inch Celestion you can buy. I have a Peavey ValveKing VK112 combo and I replaced the stock speaker with this Rocket 50. I wanted the cheapest way to have a Celestion "British voiced" speaker. It was a bit harsh at first but I expected a break-in period and finally this speaker warmed right up to me. It can get very loud. It's not a Vintage 30 or a Classic Lead 80 but it's a real Celestion with tight lows, plenty of mids and just enough highs. I love recording this speaker with a good instrument mic. It's seems to work well with many genres. I play a Strat and an SG through it. Sounds great once it's broken in. For "British Voiced" on the cheap you can't beat it. It brought my cheap tube amp to life.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              NIGHT AND DAY!

              By ACOUSTIC RESONANCE

              from SYRACUSE NY

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              Pros

              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Celestion Rocket 50 50W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

                  I put one of these in a acoustic g35fx lead series amp and it greatly improved the sound the stock speaker is rated at 35 watts but could not handle the amp past 4 and was lifeless i owned a marshall mc412 cab and it had these in it (not the mg412) put everything into it from clean and bright to full on death core and it shined thru the spectrum yes get it! and yes ive played thru the vintage 30s and they are not three times as nice just 3 times the price

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                  (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Ok, but a tad harsh.

                  By Tony-b4ZBp

                  from South Dakota

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Light weight
                  • Tight Bass
                  • Tight Cone
                  • Well built

                  Cons

                  • Harsh Highs
                  • Slugish Mids

                  Best Uses

                  • Dark Amp With Dull Highs
                  • Open Back Cab
                  • The Garbage

                  Comments about Celestion Rocket 50 50W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

                  This speaker is ok. With the right amp and cab Im sure it sounds nice, but it is a bit harsh. This sounds nothing like a vintage 30 if thats the sound your going for. Overall, harsh highs, tight but quiet lows, buzzy mids. Still a quality speaker, not the right sound for me.

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                  (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Not Bad

                  By VROD6

                  from HorsesAss, NY

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Celestion Rocket 50 50W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

                  ordered two and they came packed in different boxes with different id tags.... almost as if they were re-packing nos speakers and selling as current new

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