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Celestion Vintage 30 60W, 12" Guitar Speaker   

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In the '80s, Celestion set out to develop a modern speaker capable of delivering classic Alnico Blue-style British guitar tone, but able to handle mu...Read More

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Handles high output in vintage style.

In the '80s, Celestion set out to develop a modern speaker capable of delivering classic Alnico Blue-style British guitar tone, but able to handle much more power and overdrive. This was achieved by coupling a Heavy 'H' ceramic magnet (the closest in performance to Alnico) with a new cone and voice coil.

The result was the Vintage 30, Celestion's most revealing speaker. It features enormously detailed and complex overtones, a warm low end, a famously rich vocal mid-range and a beautifully detailed top end. Use on its own to reveal the complexities in hand-wired boutique amps, or in a 4x12 for a wonderfully intricate three-dimensional crunch. Over the past 25 years, the Vintage 30 sound has been captured on thousands of recordings from a diverse range of players.

FEATURES
  • Tone of Celestion Blue with more power handling
  • 60W power rating
  • 100db sensitivity
  • Round copper voice coil
  • Ceramic magnet
  • 70-5kHz frequency range

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 ø
  • 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 53 reviews)

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    (38)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (11)
  • Good quality (10)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Functional (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (10)
  • Practicing (9)
  • Back-up (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (6)

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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4.0

Great for certain things

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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

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  • 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!

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    from Coeur D Alene ID

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    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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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Getting thru the mix!

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      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!

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      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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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      These speakers sound great in my rig

      By 

      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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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love at first chord.

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        from Oklahoma

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing
          • Recording

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

          I fell in love with this speaker's tone as soon as I played my first chord on it. It's not broken in yet and I already love it. It came stock in an Ampeg GVT112E and I'm using my Ibanez TSA15H with it and it rules. Definately a speaker for hard rock and metal. I've played many Celestions and could never get the sound I wanted until using this Vintage 30. It's the perfect hard rock/metal speaker for me. I can't wait until it breaks in and sounds even better. This is a wonderful speaker. Now I know what all the fuss is about. It sounds great clean and even better with whatever boost, overdrive, distortion or fuzz you have.

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          (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good Speaker-COSTS TOO MUCH!!

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          from Long Island,New York

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          Pros

          • Good Quality
          • Has It's Own Character
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

          • Too Expensive

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • In 50 Watt Or Less Combo
          • Practicing

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

          This speaker is TOO EXPENSIVE.Look into other 75 watt speaker options.You'll be glad you did.I have two of them,but I wouldn't pay for a third.There are more economical speakers of comparable/equal value.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great for any genre

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          from Monterey California

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

                I replaced those HORRIBLE stock Eminence speakers in my Diezel oversized 2x12 cab with V-30's, and the difference is like night and day. It can cover a wide range of tones, from crystal clear clean tones for Funk and Pop, to slashing high-gain Rock tones similar to Guthrie Govan. Even highly skilled Jazz players would have no problem with these speakers. My Ibanez GB10 and GB200 (George Benson signature archtops) sound just as good, if not better, through my V-30 loaded Diezel cab (with Peavy JSX head) than any of those little Fender combos Jazz players use. All in all, a great speaker for any genre of music.

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                (10 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Horrible

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                from So Cal

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                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Poor Quality

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

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

                  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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