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Celestion Vintage 30 60W, 12" Guitar Speaker  

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Overview

  • Tone of Celestion Blue with more power handling
  • 60W power rating
  • 100db sensitivity
Description & Specs
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    $215.00
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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

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Vintage 30 60W, 12" Guitar Speaker Specifications:

  • 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 48 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (6)
  • Improves sound (6)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts (6)
    • Practicing (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (5), Professional musician (4)

    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.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    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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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love at first chord.

      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 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 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good Speaker-COSTS TOO MUCH!!

        By Toomanyguitars

        from Long Island,New York

        About Me Experienced

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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

        By Eddie B

        from Monterey California

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              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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              (8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Horrible

              By Ratmonger

              from So Cal

              About Me Professional Musician

              Ask me a question

              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.

                Comment on this review

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Sounds Great!

                By Little Nasty

                from Chicago, IL

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound
                • Really Warm Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

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

                  I got a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe with a V30 in it. It really sounds incredible. With the tube amp it sounds incredibly warm and really clear. Add distortion or overdrive (Fulltone Fulldrive I've used) and it adds a really nice tone to it. I don't think this speaker would sound as good coming out of a solid state amp. A friend of mine also has 2 V30s in a Mesa Boogie 2X12 30W and it is by far the best sounding Mesa Boogie I have heard.

                  Overall I would suggest getting this product. It really sounds amazing, especially coming out of a tube amp. I absolutely love it.

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Best guitar speaker for all styles

                  By kash

                  from MD

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Quality
                  • Improves Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts

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

                    I've been running these speakers in my 4x12 for about 5 years now. I chose them because I was looking for the throaty midrange progressive metal sound, and these speakers are used in Mesa and Orange cabs, so I knew they were the answer. Later on, I found out that they are good for just about any style of music. They are clear, precise, and provide just the right amount of all frequencies. They are perfect in my opinion. Use a quality tube amplifier, and these speakers won't let you down.

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Vintage 30 Speaker

                    By BigDaddy

                    from Belle Vernon, Pa

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Practicing

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

                      Speaker works great and sounds great.

                      Comment on this review

                      (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      So controversial, but a solid performer

                      By PartialtoMarshall

                      from New Mexico

                      About Me Experienced

                      Ask me a question

                      Pros

                      • Articulate powerful
                      • Good Quality
                      • Improves Sound

                      Cons

                      • Break-in a MUST

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts

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

                      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.

                      Comment on this review

                      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Celestion Vintage 30 Speaker

                      By Philip Smith

                      from Midwest-KY

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

                      Pefect balance of sounds. Loved the tonal chacteristics.
                      Perfect across the board! Plenty of Bass response without muddying the notes. Great mids-Excellent Tonal quality. Biggest plus is it is like a high wattage Greenback.
                      Perfect!
                      Comparable to other similar speakers

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