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Best Speaker Replacement for Deluxe Reverb

Bluesman1956

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Looking for a replacement speaker for a Fender Deluxe Reverb. I’d like one that doesn’t break up as early as the original and let’s me crank the amp with more headroom if possible. I know the amps know for early breakup but would like more cleaner tone until that point. Is it the characteristic of the amp or is the sound I’m looking for possible? Any recommendations?
 

renderit

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JBLs
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corpse

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I think a much more reliable mod is to change the tube on the input channel you use to a 12ay7- 12au7 or a 12at7- they all gradually drop in gain and have a wonderful impact on the tone in your amp. As far as speakers go I used a Warehouse C12 on mine and they are cleaner as they are more efficient. This is fun the search- it is how we all learn!
 

tonar8353

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I tried several different speakers in a 68 deluxe and the JBL was the ticket for me. I think Ren is hording, maybe you can talk him out of one of those 120's.
 

marshall1987

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JBL D-140...I think it's the 12 inch model. There is no finer guitar loudspeaker IMO.
 

bern1

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It’s characteristic of the amp. It is built “lightly”, with a smallish OT. I’ve never been happy chasing power with speakers. Done it even after I should have learned. It’s a dilemma. But it’s a pretty big step in power from 6v6 to 6l6. Then comes the “right” attenuator or the “right” boost pedal. On and on it goes!

My go to ”Fender” amp is an Allen Encore, which is a Vibrolux Reverb based amp. I’ve put 6v6’s and a 5u4GB rectifier in it, so it’s now basically a beefier Deluxe with the heavier iron. Does the trick for me.
 

Wally

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A Weber 12F150 will pump out some volume...very efficient. I like the Eminence Allesandro a DR.
If I wanted to carry weight, I would choose an EV ...or an Altec with a dust cover that was other than metal. I know of no guitar amp that needs to have the high end emphasis that a metal dust cover brings to the equation.
 

Big Al

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I have no use for aluminium dust caps and agree fully with Wally. Cerwin Vega also made a killer 12. EV 12L, Altec, D or K series JBL with cloth caps. Eminence makes some excellent high power 12s.
Also, Corpse suggestion about lower gain higher current preamp tubes, V1, V2 with 12AY7 etc can be real helpful. Works great for me. I'd stick with a 12AT7 pi too.

Why would some knuckleheads post about a higher power alternate amp in this thread? How is that an answer to the op?
 

corpse

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Also, Corpse suggestion about lower gain higher current preamp tubes, V1, V2 with 12AY7 etc can be real helpful. Works great for me. I'd stick with a 12AT7 pi too.

Straight from the Al P school of amp knowledge... I never realized how many of those I actually had...good NOS RCA ones...
 

Stef

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If you have a Deluxe Reverb RI, try C-Rex for later breakup.
I have had C-Rex before with good results, now I have a Tone Tubby red alnico in my DRRI
 
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