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Celestion Vintage 30 60W, 12" Guitar Speaker  8 Ohm

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The Celestion Vintage 30 Speaker recreates the sound of the original Celestion Blue with new cone and new coil assembly. Improved performance: rated at 60W capability, handles extra heat generated by higher power equipment. The Vintage 30 handles massive overdrive tones with ease.
A classic 4 x 12 loudspeaker.

Handles high output in vintage style.

FEATURES
  • Tone of Celestion Blue with more power handling
  • 60W power rating
  • 100db sensitivity
  • Round copper voice coil
  • Ceramic magnet

SPECIFICATIONS

Vintage 30 60W, 12" Guitar Speaker

  • Nominal diameter: 12", 305mm
    Power Rating: 60W
    Nominal impedance: 8 ohms and 16 ohms
    Sensitivity: 100dB
    Chassis type: Pressed steel
    Voice coil diameter: 1.75", 44.5mm
    Voice coil material: Rounded copper
    Magnet type: Ceramic
    Magnet weight: 50oz, 1.42kg
    Frequency range: 75-5000Hz
    Resonance frequency, Fs: 75Hz
    DC resistance, Re: 7.3 ohms & 12.9 ohms

    Mounting Information
    Diameter: 12.2", 309mm
    Overall depth: 5.3", 135mm
    Magnet structure diameter: 6.1", 156mm
    Cut-out diameter: 11.1", 283mm
    Mounting slot dimensions: 0.31", 7.9mm ¸
    Number of mounting slots: 4
    Mounting slot PCD: 11.7", 297mm
    Unit weight: 10.4lb, 4.7kg
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CelestionVintage 30 60W, 12" Guitar Speaker
 
4.5

(based on 57 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (42)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (2)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (14)
  • Good quality (13)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Functional (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (12)
  • Concerts (11)
  • Back-up (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

So controversial, but a solid performer

The V-30, love it or hate it - and I have done both. I won't get into Chinese v. UK, except to say I will buy a speaker made anywhere as long...Read complete review

The V-30, love it or hate it - and I have done both. I won't get into Chinese v. UK, except to say I will buy a speaker made anywhere as long as it sounds good to me. When I first tried out the V-30s I did not like them - the infamous bright/harsh/thin effect. I took them out of my amps and put them away - for years. Finally it was clean out time; they had to go. I decided to give one more shot a breaking them in using a sound wave CD that I burned specifically for breaking in speakers - and yes, insert all kinds of disclaimers here now. Nevertheless, after a very lengthy break-in the speakers changed rather drastically. They are sweet, full bodied and articulate, handling either cleans or distortion with perfect composure. They literally went from useless to favorite - all on the basis of break-in. I have tons of speakers and have never seen the need - or results - of the break-in process so pronounced in any speaker. V-30s are among the best, but you will never hear it unless you break them in very thoroughly.

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Horrible

I have an old V30, made in England. It is one of my favorite speakers. Rich and full. I bought a new made in China, thinking it would be the same. It...Read complete review

I have an old V30, made in England. It is one of my favorite speakers. Rich and full. I bought a new made in China, thinking it would be the same. It is brittle and high. Test before you buy this.

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5.0

Would buy again!

By John

from Colorado

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Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Live performances
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Celestion Vintage 30 60W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

    Replaced two of the four G12T-75's in an old 1960A cab. Put them in an X pattern which made a significant improvement in sound by bringing out the mid-range that the G12T-75's lack. Making the over all sound more rounded. Time will tell as far as longevity goes. Do take the time to break them in. Just like all speakers they improve as they break-in. Yes, they are made in China but they still sound good to my ear. Some say the old V30's made in England have a better tone. I cannot say one is better than the other they are just slightly different. I feel like the high are more pronounced with the Chinese version but they are not full broken in so this may change over time.

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    5.0

    Great service

    By James123

    from Stevens, PA

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Celestion Vintage 30 60W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

      The celestion vintage 30 speakers arrived on time as expected. I had previously experimented with these speakers so everything worked as expected. Everyone's sound preference is different but these definitely worked for me.

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      5.0

      THE best Celestion speaker on the market!

      By SJK5150

      from Columbia, MD

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Celestion Vintage 30 60W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

        Swapped out a G12H in a 1x12 for this V30.
        Couldn't be happier.

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        5.0

        Celestion V30 Guitar speaker

        By Redryder

        from Atlanta, Ga.

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        Pros

        • Improves Sound

        Cons

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            Comments about Celestion Vintage 30 60W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

            I usually play through a 1x12 Combo amp. My "A" rig is a Mesa 5:50 which is loaded with the V30 and depending on the venue, set it atop a Marshall 2x12 cab loaded with (1x)Celestion Vintage 30 and (1x) Celestion G12T-75. The bright crisp texture of the V30 against the deeper color G12T really gives a nice balance. My "B" rig is a Peavey Classic 30 loaded with a V30 and depending on the venue, set atop 1 1x12 cab loaded with a Celestion G12T-75. This setup lets me play anything from Country to Heavey Metal. What is really nice about the Vintage 30 is that it is an affordable quality speaker that can be a great foundation to build your sound on. It cuts through a live band very well and the more time you play on them, they seem to soften up a little bit making them sound even better. With any peice of music equipment, beauty is in the ear of the beholder. For my ear, the Celestion Vintage 30 has been a stable mate for long time because of the sound I'm able to produce from it.

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            4.0

            Great for certain things

            By LK

            from NJ

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            Pros

            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

            • Can Be Brittle Sounding

            Best Uses

            • Lead Sounds

            Comments about Celestion Vintage 30 60W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

            I'm not a big speaker enthusiast, and this speaker was my first foray into the aftermarket upgrade world. I installed it into a Blackstar HT20, which had a Celestion Rocket 50 originally. This speaker greatly improved the clarity of the sound, though added a grainy, brittle quality. Still, a huge improvement overall - especially when using humbuckers.

            While it was not ideal for the HT20, I have one installed in a Bogner amp, and it sounds fantastic for most applications.

            My main complaint is that the highs can be harsh, and the bass response is sometimes insufficient, especially with power chords and distortion. Also, it's much heavier than other speakers (not a big deal).

            Seems to be a great speaker for lead sounds, not so much for rhythm.

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            5.0

            great speaker

            By goldtop1961

            from sgf,mo

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            Pros

            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts

              Comments about Celestion Vintage 30 60W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

              replaced stock c90 in a rectoverb combo series 2 now its not as dark sounding !

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              5.0

              Best speaker on the planet!

              By ADAM ANDROID

              from Coeur D Alene ID

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Celestion Vintage 30 60W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

                Ahhh yes the V-30:) Ive heard them all and this is forever my favorite. If the midrange spike is not to your liking change the settings on your amp or guitar! This speaker can be dangerous when an un experienced artist isn't weary of the amount of presence and midrange as it can really pummel the listeners ears...The benefit is the clarity and the insane amount of harmonic overtones. The low end is unbeatable, warm and tight, and loud!!!. At one point when my ear had developed I wanted my tone to be warmer and more pleasing so I tried the greenbacks. But the low end wasnt tight enough for me...now Im rocking my cabs with greenback/v-30 in a x pattern. Its the best of both worlds. But if I had to choose one over the other the Vintage 30 always wins!

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                4.0

                Getting thru the mix!

                By Ron

                from Virginia

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                Pros

                • Being Heard
                • Cutting Through The Mix
                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                • Shill Piercing Tone
                • Shrill Piecing Hi Freq

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Lead Guitar
                • Practicing

                Comments about Celestion Vintage 30 60W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

                The Vintage 30 is a great speaker. It is ideal for the player who wants to be heard and cut through the mix. I think we have all experienced not being heard in the mix. Cranking the volume higher often just makes the tone more muddy but you're still not getting through the mix. I've experienced this with a Carvin MTS valve head with a 4x12 with G12T-75s. With the V30 you're sure to be heard without going to "11" and this speaker sounds better the more juice you give it. It handles high volume well. I have these mixed in an "X" pattern in two cabs now and like the tone in this configuration a lot.

                The V30 delivers a more modern spin on the classic sound. I play blues, hard rock and classic rock and this speaker works well. I see no reason why metal players would not like it either.. Cleans are articulate, lots of headroom and good crunch when you are in hi gain mode.

                As good as these speakers are for the gigging lead guitarist, they are not ideal in other applications. When practicing at home or jamming to backing tracks there are speakers that are better....have better tone. I find the V 30s can be piercing and hard to find the sweet spot. I'm not talking playing at bedroom levels, I'm talking giving it some juice. Not terrible, but certainly not the sweet spot. I'm able to tame it with the amp's eq but it still does not match the best tones my other cabs deliver. I solved this problem by mixing these In my two cabs with G12T-75s in one cab and G12H in another. Both resulted in great tones. I also mixed with Greenbacks and again, superb results.

                The Vintage 30 is a great speaker that handles hi gain hi volume well and is designed to cut through the mix and get you heard when playing in a band. Because of this it can sound brittle or piercing especially if noodling on your own. That can be tamed with the eq or cured by mixing it with a speaker that will complement its strength. Good choices are G12H, G12T-75, G12-65s.

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                4.0

                Getting through the mix big time!

                By Ron

                from Virginia

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                Pros

                • Being Heard In The Mix
                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                • Best Paired
                • Harsh Highs

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Lead Guitar
                • Practicing

                Comments about Celestion Vintage 30 60W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

                This speaker is ideal for the lead guitarist who needs to project well in the mix at gig volume in a band setting. It is not the ideal choice if you use it at home for practice and noodling. There are a lot better speakers that will enhance your tone at home -- think Greenback, Creamback or similar.

                I have these mixed in two 4x12 cabs. Alone, the V30's highs are shrill and will drive you nuts. To maximize the advantages of this speaker, I suggest you mix them in an X pattern. I have mine mixed with G12T-75s in one cab and G12H in the other. Both sound great at any volume and with the V30s cut through the mix at gig volume.

                In short, this is a great speaker for the gigging lead guitarist who must project his sound. Works best at high volume which it handles with ease. This speaker's harsh tone can be tamed when paired with another speaker which will improve your tone. It works well with every speaker I paired it with. If you're not in a band or looking for killer tone with lower watt heads or just lower volume, I suggest you look at another speaker as there are better sounding speakers. This speaker is all about the gigging guitarist cutting through the mix.

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                5.0

                These speakers sound great in my rig

                By Bluzpickr

                from Alabama

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound
                • Sound Best With Tube Amps

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Good With Clean Or Dirty
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Celestion Vintage 30 60W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

                  The first great cabinet I owned was a '60s Marshall 4/12 with greenbacks. Wish I still had it but that's another story. Not long ago I purchased a Carvin Belair 50 watt vintage tube combo with 2 vintage 30s. I used to play hard rock at louder volumes,but over the past few years I've gotten more into "aggressive" blues and cleaner tones. At first I was somewhat apprehensive about how the Vin30s would sound with a cleaner amp, but they absolutely kill in the Carvin. I bought a 2/12 extension cab with Vin30s(removable closed back),and added it to the Belair. I was almost shocked at how close the sound was to that old Marshall cab(with the old Marshall head). I ran the Vin30s cab through an old Sunn 100w solid state head,and although they sounded decent(with a Digitech RP1000),the Vin30s are definitely made for tube amps. I've become somewhat obsessed with tone over the years, and whether they're made in China or the UK, with a great amp tweaked just right, the Vin30s hold their own with any guitar speaker.

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