Back in 1986 a new breed of hard rock player was on the rise. To meet the demands of the players and their increasingly ‘hot-rodded’ amplifiers, Celestion set out to develop a modern speaker, capable of handling much more power and overdrive. To achieve this, Celestion coupled their ‘H’ magnet (the closest in performance to Alnico) with a new cone and voice coil employing contemporary materials.
Celestion's most revealing speaker, the Vintage 30 features enormously detailed and complex overtones, a warm low-end, a famously rich vocal mid-range and a beautifully detailed top-end. Used singly to reveal the complexities in hand-wired boutique amps, or in quartets for a wonderfully intricate vintage 3D crunch, the Vintage 30 sound has been captured on thousands of recordings from a diverse range of notable players including Slash, Steve Stevens and Peter Frampton.
Nominal diameter: 12", 305mm
Power Rating: 60W
Nominal impedance: 8Ω and 16Ω
Chassis type: Pressed steel
Voice coil diameter: 1.75", 44.5mm
Voice coil material: Round copper
Magnet type: Ceramic
Magnet weight: 50oz, 1.42kg
Frequency range: 70-5000Hz
Resonance frequency, Fs: 75Hz
DC resistance, Re: 7.3Ω & 12.9Ω
Diameter: 12.2", 309mm
Overall depth: 5.3", 135mm
Magnet structure diameter: 6.1", 156mm
Cut-out diameter: 11.1", 283mm
Mounting slot dimensions: 0.31", 7.9mm Ø
Number of mounting slots: 4
Mounting slot PCD: 11.7", 297mm
Unit weight: 10.4lb, 4.7kg
Name: Obey G. Rating: 5
I also love John Lee Hooker Adrian Belew, Sonny Sharrock, Bill Frisell, Frank Zappa, Fred Frith, sometimes I live on the weird side of music and was worried about buying such a popular speaker. I also love John Lee Hooker, The MC5, early Ted Nugent, badass old school down and dirty Detroit rock 'n' roll, and I couldn't be happier. Coupled with a great guitar and tube head, this speaker takes my sound the rest of the way there.
Name: MuddeeWaters Rating: 5
This speaker is a game changer! If you read the other reviews you might think they're exaggerating .. Believe what they say, one reviewer mentioned John Lee Hooker, MC5 etc..(Kick Out the Jams's M*****************) That reviewer made the difference. My catalog of songs is mostly early electric.. My set up is Mogami from guitar to Kustom 4 watt amp head, Lion 12AX7 and NOS EL 84 NOS Groove. The same tubes I had in there already.. from the speaker to output of amp, Mogami, from guitar to amp Mogami. (same as before). Each one of my guitars sounded like "damn is this the same guitar?" in a good way.If your on the verge of purchasing this speaker, don't give it a second thought...
Name: A. Customer Rating: 5
They'll Supercharge Your 1960 Cab Bought two of these bad boys, and put them in the top slant of my 1960A cab. Disconnected the lower two 75s, and BAM! 100% improvement in tone. Really brought the cabinet to life. Had I known they would have made this much difference I would have done this years ago. The stock 75s are flat and lifeless by comparison. A real eye opener.
Name: William T Rating: 5
Most important guitar speaker of the modern era The Celestion Vintage 30 is perhaps the most important guitar speaker of the modern era. These come standard in the PPC line of Orange cabinets and many other high end cabs. Many people with Marshall 1960 A/B prefer to swap out the awful G12T-75 stock speakers for Vintage 30's. The G12T-75 sounds incredibly shrill with a really nasty boost at around 2.6 khz. As a result, people swap 'em out of their Marshalls for Vintage 30's, making them very popular in the aftermarket. You really cannot go wrong, and until you get into Creamback / Alnico Gold territory, it serves as a great speaker for the utilitarian guitar player.
Name: Scott C. Rating: 5
Upgrade to the Vintage 30 now! Quit putting it off because of the price. They are well worth it. What can be said that hasn't already been about the Vintage 30? I installed these in my Peavey JSX 2x12 combo (along with a total recap and fresh compliment of Mesa tubes) and could not be happier. These V-30s are what really made the difference though. If nothing makes you happier than achieving that satisfying Metal tone, then install these. And before you get rid of an amp because of lackluster sound like I almost did with a Marshall VS65R, install these first. I think you'll keep that amp around. These make that drastic of an improvement. They aren't cheap but life is too short to put up with crap sound because you want to save a buck. Save the money on something else like your spouses anniversary gift.
Name: Bonnie T. Rating: 5
Sound of Warm and Powerful I upgraded my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe with this speaker. I read all the reviews and everyone was right. This speaker gave my hot rod the powerful and warm sound that everyone said it would. I received it today via UPS and I could tell the difference right off. The change from the stock fender/eminence to the Celestion V30 was awesome.