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Jensen C12N 50W 12" Replacement Speaker   

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Used by almost every major amp manufacturer of the '60s, this classic design has been sought after ever since. Sweet midrange coupled with quick, dyn...Read More

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THE definitive all-American rock 'n' roll tone!

Used by almost every major amp manufacturer of the '60s, this classic design has been sought after ever since. Sweet midrange coupled with quick, dynamic response throughout combines with incredible resilience to make it an industry standard. 50W handling, 1-1/2" voice coil, 28-3/5 oz. magnet.

FEATURES
  • A '60s cornerstone
  • Sweet midrange
  • Quick, dynamic response throughout
  • Amazing resilience
  • 50W handling
  • 1-1/2" voice coil
  • 28-3/5 oz. magnet
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JensenC12N 50W 12" Replacement Speaker
 
4.6

(based on 14 reviews)

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Cons

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Warm, round tone

I bought this speaker as a replacement for my 1964 Ampeg Jet (J-12D). It's a simple amp with a volume knob and a tone knob, which allows a speaker to be...Read complete review

I bought this speaker as a replacement for my 1964 Ampeg Jet (J-12D). It's a simple amp with a volume knob and a tone knob, which allows a speaker to be itself. Through a stratocaster, this speaker and amp combination offers a really nice clean singing tone, with more bottom-end than you would expect. In fact, I was expecting this speaker to be too bright and harsh based on the other reviews, but was pleasantly surprised how the lower frequencies in the amp came to life through this speaker. The heavy mids are the most present voice in this speaker, blurring individual notes together (think Jimi Hendrix's "Red House" or Led Zeppelin's version of "I Can't Quit You Baby")and really smoothing out chords. It is incredibly boomy, with a good amount of 3-D presence. The highs just aren't the most pronounced part of this speaker, which is not to say that it isn't capable of highs. I ran it through an equalizer and was able to produce a really nice boosted treble/cut mids lead tone through it... I admit, I opted for this speaker rather than the P12 (AlNiCo version) because of price, but after trying it out I have to say I wouldn't do a swap until it fails me. This thing is stable when the amp is cranked and has a nice amount of punch, though not ideal for that "listen to me play sixteenth notes for 30 minutes because I'm awesome" sort of player. This speaker is for a subtle player with a slow hand who really cares about the voicing and tone of a lick. Great for thick slide tones, smokey blues, and warm jazz riffs. A warm, round, smooth tone. Enjoy!

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Not for rockin'

I've had a pair of these speakers in my Fender Hot Rod Deville 212 for several years. During that time I have at no point been satisfied with the tone coming out of these...Read complete review

I've had a pair of these speakers in my Fender Hot Rod Deville 212 for several years. During that time I have at no point been satisfied with the tone coming out of these speakers. They won't get you any kind of warmth. Every note I played on every setting I tried felt like I was using an ice-pick. Also, these speakers break up incredibly quickly, so using the clean channel is pretty pointless-- basically, your tone is never completely clean. Using overdrive or distortion is depressing; these speakers can't handle any bass at all. They flub and fart the bass notes rather than punching. Trying to boost the midrange produces a "quacky" sound, it doesn't matter if you're using single-coil or humbucking pickups; Quack quack quack. I will note that I took one of these out of my Deville and switched it with the eminence texas heat in my blues junior recently. In the blues junior ( a 15 watt tube amp) this speaker is decent. All the negative things are lessened. But the texas heat sounded better, and I plan to replace the other speaker in my DeVille with another Texas Heat ASAP. In conclusion, if you play rock, don't touch these speakers with a ten-foot pole. If you play country or blues with scooped bass, this speaker is useable, but there's better speakers for those styles in the same price. Please realize that I have hundreds of hours of playing time using these speakers, so my conclusion about the jensen C12N speaker is not fore-gone.

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4.0

A new (vintage sounding) Replacement speaker!

By Rick

from Long Island, NY

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Well made, great sound

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Jamming

Comments about Jensen C12N 50W 12" Replacement Speaker:

It closely recreates the original sound of my Fender PR II

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5.0

Seriously Underrated

By Nathan

from Houston

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Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Jensen C12N 50W 12" Replacement Speaker:

      I can't believe how much of a bad reputation this speaker gets online, it's absolutely fantastic. I used this as a replacement in my Deluxe Reverb and I love it, it has all the characteristics of classic blackface sounds heard in recordings from the past. It's tight in the bass, has a bright high end and fairly transparent mid-range, but those descriptions alone don't do justice to the authentic and lively tone this speaker gives. This was like a hand in glove for my amp, not only that but the quality was absolutely spot on, the solder joints were absolutely perfect, the cone & construction as well were essentially flawless.

      Jensen is the way for Fender amps, Eminence, Weber, Celestion are all okay, but none of them do what Jensen does, and that's vintage Fender tone.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Jensen C12N

      By Bluto

      from WNY

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          Comments about Jensen C12N 50W 12" Replacement Speaker:

          Every amp/combo I have ever owned has the speaker replaced w/Jensens. They sound great after they break-in. I always run two together but not of the same size. It's usually a 12" and a 15". That combination gets very nice results. Both being Jensen Speakers. I've been using Jensen speakers for 35+ years with very good results.

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          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Tons of Mids

          By This Evil Ross

          from Topeka, Ks

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          Pros

          • Amazing Clean Tone
          • Dirty Blues Sound

          Cons

          • Breaks Up Quickly
          • Too Much Mids

          Best Uses

          • Backup

          Comments about Jensen C12N 50W 12" Replacement Speaker:

          I have this speaker in a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe that I use primarily with a funk band and for the open mic night I host. The clean tone is totally the Fender sound everybody wants, but it breaks up incredibly quickly and would be unusable in a band situation. Probably my biggest gripe though is that the speaker just coats everything in mids. I have tried everything and it's there to stay! This, in my opinion, makes it unusable for lots of situations. I would say if you're a jazzer, this is the speaker for you. If you play in an R&B group this is perfect. But if you want to have a tone that you can mold for whatever you're playing, this will not suffice.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This Is What I've Been Looking For

          By Fireman Curt

          from near Cincinnati

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            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Jensen C12N 50W 12" Replacement Speaker:

            I put these in a Frontman 212R and it is close to my old 70's Twin. These speakers added warmth, clarity and low end punch I've been looking for. I play clean with some reverb and love the tone.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            GREAT SPEAKERS!

            By Frank-PYE1h

            from Arizona

            Comments about Jensen C12N 50W 12" Replacement Speaker:

            If you like Fender cleans then Jensen old and new are simply the best sounding speakers there are and for the price you just can't do any better. Warm bright and articulate, with enough midrange to cut through and then some. SRV tones all the way with these and a tube screamer!
            Jensen has always made excellent speakers of highest quality and these are no different.
            Jensen has the best value out there for vintage sounding amp speakers. Nothing sounds like Fender like Jensen!

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Jensen C12N - Perfect with an Egnater Tweaker 15

            Comments about Jensen C12N 50W 12" Replacement Speaker:

            I played the fender blues jr. nos with this speaker in it. It sounded great. I played the egnater tweaker too, and was impressed with the versatility of the amp. In the end I decided to go with the Tweaker with the Jensen C12N I put in a cab I had, and I'm glad I did. It seems to get the Fender Blues JR tones as well as a lot of other tones. I was on the Morgan Amplification site today, and noticed that the $1800 Morgan PR12 uses one too. If it's good enough for them, it's good enough for me. The perfect speaker for 15 watt head.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Replacement speaker for Premier B-160 tube amp.

            By James James Shaver

            from South Georgia

            Comments about Jensen C12N 50W 12" Replacement Speaker:

            Was exactly what I was expecting, quality products made by a quality company.
            Looked at many speakers, then went with what came in the amp long ago. The Premier B-160 came equiped with a Jensen so... Great sound, clear, clean, but really gets the bluesy rasp when the tube a pushed.
            Top notch, what you'd expect in a Jensen

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            (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Warm, round tone

            By Jeff-j_QsA

            from Ann Arbor, MI

            Comments about Jensen C12N 50W 12" Replacement Speaker:

            I bought this speaker as a replacement for my 1964 Ampeg Jet (J-12D). It's a simple amp with a volume knob and a tone knob, which allows a speaker to be itself. Through a stratocaster, this speaker and amp combination offers a really nice clean singing tone, with more bottom-end than you would expect. In fact, I was expecting this speaker to be too bright and harsh based on the other reviews, but was pleasantly surprised how the lower frequencies in the amp came to life through this speaker. The heavy mids are the most present voice in this speaker, blurring individual notes together (think Jimi Hendrix's "Red House" or Led Zeppelin's version of "I Can't Quit You Baby")and really smoothing out chords. It is incredibly boomy, with a good amount of 3-D presence. The highs just aren't the most pronounced part of this speaker, which is not to say that it isn't capable of highs. I ran it through an equalizer and was able to produce a really nice boosted treble/cut mids lead tone through it... I admit, I opted for this speaker rather than the P12 (AlNiCo version) because of price, but after trying it out I have to say I wouldn't do a swap until it fails me. This thing is stable when the amp is cranked and has a nice amount of punch, though not ideal for that "listen to me play sixteenth notes for 30 minutes because I'm awesome" sort of player. This speaker is for a subtle player with a slow hand who really cares about the voicing and tone of a lick. Great for thick slide tones, smokey blues, and warm jazz riffs. A warm, round, smooth tone. Enjoy!

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            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Review

            By JohnnyCrash

            from California

            Comments about Jensen C12N 50W 12" Replacement Speaker:

            I built a '57 Fender Deluxe clone amp and used a C12N instead of a low watt AlNiCo style speaker. It has a nice range from lows to highs and has a forceful midrange. Great for rock. Depending on tastes it may be too bright or harsh for clean stuff, unless you like some brighter twang. I like it a lot for clean though. Break-in time is not too long warm up the sound a bit. I have several Jensens, including an AlNiCo P15N (a great speaker) and P10R, and a ceramic C10R, as well as their lightweight neodymium Neo12-100.

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