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Celestion G12M Greenback 25W, 12" Guitar Speaker

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The Celestion G12M-25 Greenback 12" Speaker is a reproduction of the early ceramic magnet version of the G12, now referred to as the "Greenback." Del...Click To Read More About This Product

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Classic '60s tone!

The Celestion G12M-25 Greenback 12" Speaker is a reproduction of the early ceramic magnet version of the G12, now referred to as the "Greenback." Delivers the raw sound of '60s rock, ideally suited for twin combos or 4 x 12 cabs. The Celestion G12M-25 Greenbach Speaker handles 25W.


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CelestionG12M Greenback 25W, 12" Guitar Speaker
 
4.8

(based on 40 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (16)
  • Improves sound (16)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Functional (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (10)
  • Concerts (8)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

INCREDIBLE

I've spend more money than I should have chasing that quintecennial Hendrix "Magic Boy" tone. I've had a Fender Blues Junior for a while (Excellent amp with a very competent...Read complete review

I've spend more money than I should have chasing that quintecennial Hendrix "Magic Boy" tone. I've had a Fender Blues Junior for a while (Excellent amp with a very competent speaker) and I haven't been able to get that EXPERIENCED tone. Then I bought a Marshall Class 5, good amp for the price but no dice. Changed my Fender CS 69 Pickups for Klein 65, great pickups but I was still missing that glassy piano like texture in the G and D strings. Then I saw a video of a Blues Junior loaded with Greenbacks (G12M-25) and then I discovered what I've been missing!!! it's pretty obvious once you know it. Had I known this before I would have saved myself a good $US (400-800). Sure enough, got it yesterday and installed it right away, sounded hair raising at apartment volume, but I needed to give it a drive test. Went to the country club, turned the volume to 11 and it was jaw dropping!!! it's absolutely what I've been searching, it takes fuzz very well too, way better than the stock speaker!! If you are any like me don't be wasting thousands of bucks in stacks that you'll never be able to crank. Get a Blues Junior, change the stock speaker for a G12M-25, learn from my mistakes and people listening to you will be looking behind the wall searching for Plexis. Hope that helped.
The most important one. Tone, Hendrix Tone.
Has exceeded expectations!!
It's half the price of a Celestion Heritage and I couldn't be any happier with the results.

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Just Average.

I got these after hearing a 70's Greenback speaker. I was very pumped to get it. Instantly when I heard the sound I wasn't disappointed but it sounded more like a mellow Vintage...Read complete review

I got these after hearing a 70's Greenback speaker. I was very pumped to get it. Instantly when I heard the sound I wasn't disappointed but it sounded more like a mellow Vintage 30 (which I was replacing). I'm happy with the purchase but if you are unlucky enough to have played the real thing you wont be happy until you find some Vintage Greenbacks.I would know, I am looking for some now! Overall nice sounding speaker but more of a modern take on a greenback. These are now Made In China BTW like most Celestion's. I would try to find them at a cheap price, I'm sure the mark up price is crazy. If you are looking at the Heritage you might as well get the real thing cause they problem have the same modern vibe.

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(10 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Can't Recommend This Speaker

By PartialtoMarshall

from New Mexico

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Comments about Celestion G12M Greenback 25W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

Very unhappy that I made this purchase of the Celestion G12M-25 Greenback 12 inch speaker. Although the tone is satisfactory, the quality is not. This speaker developed a buzz after playing it a few hours at very moderate levels - repeat, no excessive volume! The "Greenback" of the speaker is just a green plastic cap attached to the magnet with adhesive tape - yuck. I have other Celestions that I do like: older Vintage 30's (when broken in) and an Alnico Blue. I have always liked Celestions but I am super-wary now - especially of the cheaper Chinese products.

(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

INCREDIBLE

By Stratophonic

from Santiago, Dominican Republic.

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Comments about Celestion G12M Greenback 25W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

I've spend more money than I should have chasing that quintecennial Hendrix "Magic Boy" tone. I've had a Fender Blues Junior for a while (Excellent amp with a very competent speaker) and I haven't been able to get that EXPERIENCED tone. Then I bought a Marshall Class 5, good amp for the price but no dice. Changed my Fender CS 69 Pickups for Klein 65, great pickups but I was still missing that glassy piano like texture in the G and D strings. Then I saw a video of a Blues Junior loaded with Greenbacks (G12M-25) and then I discovered what I've been missing!!! it's pretty obvious once you know it. Had I known this before I would have saved myself a good $US (400-800). Sure enough, got it yesterday and installed it right away, sounded hair raising at apartment volume, but I needed to give it a drive test. Went to the country club, turned the volume to 11 and it was jaw dropping!!! it's absolutely what I've been searching, it takes fuzz very well too, way better than the stock speaker!! If you are any like me don't be wasting thousands of bucks in stacks that you'll never be able to crank. Get a Blues Junior, change the stock speaker for a G12M-25, learn from my mistakes and people listening to you will be looking behind the wall searching for Plexis. Hope that helped.
The most important one. Tone, Hendrix Tone.
Has exceeded expectations!!
It's half the price of a Celestion Heritage and I couldn't be any happier with the results.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Smokey Tone

By Goobie Caro

from Rome, NY

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Comments about Celestion G12M Greenback 25W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

Have Greenbacks in every cabinet I own, even replaced my Mesa Boogie 2x12 Vintage 30's with them. Recently put one into my Fender Tweed Blues Junior NOS. Put the Jensen to shame. Fuller tonal range and presence. Added character and soul to liven up the sound. Highly recommended.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Just Average.

By AC-CfeEi

from MA

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Comments about Celestion G12M Greenback 25W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

I got these after hearing a 70's Greenback speaker. I was very pumped to get it. Instantly when I heard the sound I wasn't disappointed but it sounded more like a mellow Vintage 30 (which I was replacing). I'm happy with the purchase but if you are unlucky enough to have played the real thing you wont be happy until you find some Vintage Greenbacks.I would know, I am looking for some now! Overall nice sounding speaker but more of a modern take on a greenback. These are now Made In China BTW like most Celestion's. I would try to find them at a cheap price, I'm sure the mark up price is crazy. If you are looking at the Heritage you might as well get the real thing cause they problem have the same modern vibe.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great vintage tone machine

By Deep Purple Fan

from Alexandra, Virginia

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Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Celestion G12M Greenback 25W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

    This is a great speaker. I have them in a 2x12 and use it with a Marshall JCM 800 50 W head and a Orange OR 15 head. The vintage tones are great. Really, off the map great. I see why Hendrix, ACDC, EVH and others rave about this speaker. I've experimented with lots of speakers, mixing different speakers and the Greenbacks give me a wow moment everytime. The cleans are crisp and clear. The distorted tone is vintage, very natural, and pure magic. Glorious! Sounds great with my les paul and strat -- any guitar and any head. Best for classic rock vintage tones, blues, country or jazz. Metal players should look at something else. The only thing is they are rated 25W which can limit how you use it. Still, well worth the trade-0ff.

    If you like your amp but are struggling finding that tone we all search for, look at trying these speakers before you buy a new amp. The impact to your tone by adding these speakers is huge. This will upgrade any rig. Highly recommended.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice midrange voice

    By Kiki

    from Norfolk, VA

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    Pros

    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

    • Breaks Up At Lower Freqs
    • Difficult To Use
    • Limited Power Handling

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Celestion G12M Greenback 25W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

    Great speaker if you want huge midrange.
    Good for mixes where you want really thick guitars without multiple mics and tracking multiple takes. Not a dark speaker as sometimes believed. Plenty of highs. Not tight enough to do modern metal, but excels at modern and vintage rock.

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wonderful Match To a Tubemeister 18 Head

    By Charlie McLean

    from Kansas City Area

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Quality

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      Best Uses

        Comments about Celestion G12M Greenback 25W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

        I put this in a custom cab the same size as a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe. The mounting holes don't have any support under them, so it is easy to over tighten the screws and distort the frame. Other than that it is a swell sounding complement to the Tubemeister head.

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Classic Rock with 80's tone.

        By Gonzo

        from Pasadena, MD

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        Pros

        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Celestion G12M Greenback 25W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

          If you are looking for that warm classic rock sound with lots of mid range then this is it. For a more rounder brighter sound go with the Vintage 30.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          a good sounding speaker

          By bedroom picker

          from kentucky

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          Pros

          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Celestion G12M Greenback 25W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

            a very good sounding low wattage speaker, great buy, has great all around voicing, with all types of pickups, especially with single coil pickups.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great speaker

            By Nicknamed

            from Wa

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            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

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                Comments about Celestion G12M Greenback 25W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

                Every body knows Green backs are very good speakers. I just wanted to add, Vox ac30vr owners must replace the stock speakers. Before I did this, I looked for info to see anyone had comments about replacing the stock Celestion VX12s comes with the amp. I couldn't find any info. These speakers make the amp sing. A whole new world.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                just what you might need

                By dick tracy

                from Tupelo

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                Pros

                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

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                    Comments about Celestion G12M Greenback 25W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

                    put it in a 1 x 12 open back cabinet with Marshall DSL15H on top....this speaker gives me the exact sound i wanted to hear from the Marshall......full, rich. warm and just plain good....

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Awesome tone for anyone.

                    By rocknroller1960

                    from Los Gatos, CA

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                    Comments about Celestion G12M Greenback 25W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

                    This speaker is great for those who are looking for a classic 60's British tone and sounds great for those high-gain tube amps! Rock on!

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Celestion 25-watt Greenbacks Are Great

                    By Sound Underground

                    from Valencia, CA

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                    Comments about Celestion G12M Greenback 25W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

                    I play a Gibson LP Standard into a Marshall JCM800 #2204 50-watt head with EL34 Groove Tubes and a custom made open back 2x12 cab loaded with these Celestion 25-watt Greenbacks. These speakers have held up great after 10 years of use in blues rock, alternative and progressive rock bands at loud volumes with gobs of distortion. The tone of these speakers is fantastic - far better than the 75 watt speakers in my 4x12 Marshall cab. My bass player asks me to bring the 2x12 cab instead of the 4x12 cab all the time just because it sounds so much better. Check out Bogner's website and the various .mp3 samples of the Shiva running through 25, 30, 75 and 80 watt speakers and you'll find the 25-watt Greenbacks sound the best, IMHO. Note there are 16-ohm and 8-ohm versions so be sure to get the one you need. (Mine are the 8-ohm ones.)

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Guitarist since 77

                    By Rocker-R3L7B

                    from Missouri

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                    Comments about Celestion G12M Greenback 25W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

                    I had been looking for that fat 70's classic heavy rock sound forever. I always heard it on the old recordings, but never could nail it on my recordings. Big fat mids, countoured bottom end, and that magical "ffff" sounding peak in the upper frequencies. What I was hearing the whole time were these Greenbacks. One word of warning however.. I replaced my Celestion K-85's with these and I nailed the sound I wanted, but If you like a bright sound (which the k-85's are noted for), you may be very surprised on how much more high end eq you need to compensate for the difference. But, I love the sound of these things and recommend them to all of you old school guitar rock folks like me.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Last speakers i'll ever need

                    By david cowell

                    from Undisclosed

                    Comments about Celestion G12M Greenback 25W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

                    don't know how i got along without them, changed the way my amp sounds (vox ad100vt)
                    sounds excellent, clean, gritty and more
                    by far the lowest price i could find

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Very Impressed

                    By Steve-hZ1eN

                    from Santa Barbara, CA

                    Comments about Celestion G12M Greenback 25W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

                    This is a great reissue. I have owned originals, but unfortunately sold them some time ago.I was slightly doubtful before I ordered mine, but now I am very suprised and impressed with the sound quality.I use mine with a Marshall 1987x reissue and the classic rock tone jumps right out.I have used many different types of speakers and I am not impressed very often.

                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great speaker

                    By tonefreak-lfiLx

                    from Wisconsin

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                    Comments about Celestion G12M Greenback 25W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

                    I run a quad of Greenbacks in my Marshall 1960A classic cab, with my DSL 100. sounds incredible. now I'm looking to get another 1960 cab loaded with Vintage 30's to complement my current cab.nice warm tone, lots of punch, and no problems so far! Gotta love that!

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great sounding speaker

                    By Blues Legend

                    from Nashville,Tennessee

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording

                      Comments about Celestion G12M Greenback 25W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

                      I put a 16 Ohm Celestion G12 "greenback" in an old Epiphone Valve Jr. 1 x 12" cabinet I had and my Marshall DSL1 head sounds fantastic through it. Does it sound exactly like the originals? Probably not, original vintage greenbacks have had decades to age, but it sounds like the perfect match for what I have going on. I like blues, classic rock, hard rock and 80's metal, this speaker (and amp) covers all that with ease. If you have a low watt tube head or combo amp and you like classic "British" tones this speaker is a great choice.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Excellent speakers! The sound of rock-n-roll

                      By Teleman76

                      from Asheville N.C.

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup
                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Celestion G12M Greenback 25W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

                        Bought these under the recommendation from Greg Germino. He said he really liked these reissue G12M speakers best. I see why. They are great out of the box and only get sweeter with time. If you're after the tone of rock-n-roll, this is your speaker.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Greenback cures Seventy80 woes.

                        By Ed

                        from Tennessee

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                        • Improves Sound

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Concerts
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Celestion G12M Greenback 25W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

                          The Greenback was purchased to in stall in a tube combo that came with a Seventy80 speaker. The stock speaker had too much fizz sound with OD or Distortion. Greenback filled in the frequencies in the right place to immediately improve the sound. I know the Greenback will only get better as it breaks in. Definitely recommend for upgrade.

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