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Hi folks, I picked up a 1966 fender bassman recently. I need to add some decent speakers to an old cab I have to use this as my go to amp.

I have a pair of Celestion seventy 80s in a traynor combo amp I am not using that I was considering pulling and adding to the baseman's speaker cabinet - but before I go that route I wanted to seek the advice of this community. My goal here is not originality (i.e., NOS fender speakers) it's tone.

So...what would be the best options be for a pair of 12" speakers matched with a blackface baseman for surf? My seventy 80s? Other? Suggestions welcomed!!

thanks in advance. Smile Smile

the Undead Bureaucrats

Your Celestion Seventy 80's should only have 4 mounting holes on the speaker frame.
If your 1966 bassman has not been messed with it will have 8 studs for each speaker.
So that will be an issue that needs to be taken care account of.

A pair of Jensen RI C12N will give you back the Fender chime.


Thanks Bob, the 1966 baseman is a head only. The 2X12 speaker cabinet is not fender, but it is of that era. Thanks for the advice on the Jensens. I'll look into them.


the Undead Bureaucrats

Check out Weber speakers, alot of choices, many like old Jensens.

Thanks Wildkatt

the Undead Bureaucrats

Search the gear forum a bit. There are a ton of threads on speakers.

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I use a 1966 Bassman, my cab has 2 Electro Voice EVM12L which sound loud and fantastic but they are expensive (unless someone gives them to you) and heavy. My cab weighs about as much as a Twin Reverb now. The cab originally had Carvin speakers that were a copy of Celestion 12Gs and they sounded very good as well, I would have left them in if I hadn't scored the EVs.

EV-12L's........simple. WoodyJ and I both recently loaded a pair of these each of one our small 2-12 Fender cabinets and we agree, the sound is Massive. I also have the following small 2-12 Fender cabinets loaded as follows:

2 modern Fender Twin Reverb speakers. Nice and smooth early break up
2 JBL E-120's Damn loud but a bit raspy check out the Instro Summit Vid.
2 Peavey 1201-8's Brilliant loud and clean. JBL D-120's on steroids.
2 Stock 65 Bandmaster speakers. Nice, smooth but not very loud or robust
2 EV-12L' contest and they take NO prisoners. Wall of sound.

I had a pair of V-30s in one and they were awful.

eddie k.........EV-dude

Traditional........speak softly and play through a big blonde amp. Did I mention that I like big blonde amps? Hey, I dig this HD-24 too, it beats two XT-20's hands down.

I have a pair of Eminence Red White and Blues with my Bassman head and they do the business for me.

My Silverface Bassman runs 2 x 12" Weber Californians...they sound great!

Is there any speaker that doesn't sound great with a Blackface Bassman? I don't think so.

Last edited: Jun 14, 2012 11:36:09

Stormtiger wrote:

Is there any speaker that doesn't sound great with a Blackface Bassman? I don't think so.

you know, I think you are on to something here...

previously, I ran 2 x 12" Celestions and they sounded good and mean...and the original Utah 12s didn't sound bad either...

I do have to agree with you though, the ElectroVoice (EVs) sound monstrously beautiful!

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