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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / Blues Jr III Speaker Upgrade

REUS

USA

Jun 1st, 2016 08:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I purchased a BJ3 a few months ago as my 1x12 grab and go amp and want to upgrade the speaker. I was not really happy with the stock speaker so I tried it with an extension cab G12K-85 and the change was huge. G12Ks have been my go to across all my cabs for the last 20 years. Like the solid low end, wall of mids tha follows, some pleasant high end chime and late/no breakup. I know it is not entirely neutral and still has some of the Celestion flavor.

While I could buy another G12K, I was curious about Eminence and contacted Anthony. The following Eminence offerings made the short list: EM12, Delta 12a, Commonwwealth and Swamp Thang. I liked the sound clips of the EM12 but was unable to confirm if it would fit in a BJ3. Does anyone have experience with these 4 speakers and can confirm if they fit in a BJ3?

champster
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Oceanside, CA

Jun 1st, 2016 10:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Emi RW&B.

REUS

USA

Jun 1st, 2016 01:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the suggestion. The RW&B has many good attributes but I want more bottom.

champster
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Oceanside, CA

Jun 1st, 2016 01:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My mistake, I read it wrong and was thinking HRD. I have used Jensen C12Ns that sounded good in the blues jr. The WGS G12C is another good sounding speaker with good bottom and sweet highs.

REUS

USA

Jun 2nd, 2016 07:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had not considered WGS but will look at their G12C and G12C/S. Seems the C/S may have more bottom.

Does anyone ahve experience with EM12, Delta 12a, Commonwwealth and Swamp Thang and know if they fit in a BJ3?

Thank yuou.

champster
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Oceanside, CA

Jun 2nd, 2016 08:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The G12C has plenty of bottom end and better highs than the C/S model.

carsten

on the rhine

Jun 2nd, 2016 05:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi Reus!

I´m with champster on this one - the WGS G12C is a very, very nice sounding speaker for Fender-style amps, and it doens´t lack bottom-end at all ;-)

It´s quite loud and heavy, though, but it seems like that´s what you´re after ;-)

cheers - C.

REUS

USA

Jun 3rd, 2016 07:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the suggestion. I will try one this week end as a friend of a friend has one in a BD.

Pinetree
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NW Pennsylvania

Jun 3rd, 2016 10:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here's a good read.

External link

REUS

USA

Jun 3rd, 2016 07:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Pinetree. Great site. Now I know the Swamp Thang fits in a BJ3. Anyone knows if Delta Pro 12a, EM12 or Commonwealth fit?

REUS

USA

Jun 4th, 2016 08:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tried the G12c. It is an improvement over the stock speaker. It is breaking up earlier than I wish and lacks deep lows and fullness. So far Swamp Thang or another G12k are leading. Still interested in anyone's experience with EM12, Delta pro 12a or Commonwealth in a BJ3. Thx






REUS

USA

Jun 7th, 2016 05:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks you all. Tried a Wizard yesterday, liked it and found one on CL for $40. Installed it this morning and so far loving it. Great bass and presence in the mids. Rolling off the treble a bit and still chimes. Will stick with this one for a while.


DanL

Northern CT - USA

"We're not University material."
Aug 16th, 2016 09:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was swapping speakers around with some other amps and cabs and had a leftover Emi CRex 8 ohm speaker. Put it in my BJ and it sounds great. Nice upgrade over the stock speaker. Good balance. 50 watts so lots of clean headroom when needed. Nice low end and an overall warmer tone.
Got a CRex in my DRRI too. It may not be the perfect choice for the BJ, but it works well for me. She's stayin' in there.

Fritz_D_Cat
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Aug 17th, 2016 06:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Weber California - a favorite of mine for that amp and DRRI's, too. Edit to add: Choos a paper dust cover. Al is too bright for a Fender.

(This message was last edited by Fritz_D_Cat at 08:10 PM, Aug 17th, 2016)

pcalu

usa metro detroit

Aug 17th, 2016 08:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

having read a lot of people use a Canabis Rex I put one in.

50watts 12"
It's sensitivity is 101.5 (super efficient) and Usable Frequency Range of 80 Hz - 4.5 kHz its a pretty versatile speaker. (pretty wide speaker as far as frequencies goes)

IMO.. made of hemp, the CRex is a little on the bass side of things (I think that's good thing for that size cabinet) It's really articulate and clear doesn't have a harsh/brash frequency. I play with Telecasters which can be harsh/brash the nature of the Crex parred with my Blues Jr it's really hard to crank out harsh/brash tones, even if I try.

I'm satisfied. Maybe there is a better speaker but probably not much better, hence IMO not worth the search..I'm leaving it in, it adds to the character of the amp

I use the amp as a pedal platform for small coffee house gigs... which it does really well.

Really like them (i.e. speaker and amp)

(This message was last edited by pcalu at 10:21 PM, Aug 17th, 2016)

adkteleman

USA

Sep 7th, 2017 08:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have the NOS Tweed with the Jensen C12N in it and absolutely love the sound I get. I'm not changing a ting on mine! It's a tone machine for days!

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