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Celestion Gold 50W, 12" Alnico Guitar Speaker 8 Ohm

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Many other manufacturers have tried to recreate the Celestion Blue sound in a higher powered driver, and some have come close. But only Celestion has the experience and know-how to emulate the tone an... Click To Read More About This Product

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Many other manufacturers have tried to recreate the Celestion Blue sound in a higher powered driver, and some have come close. But only Celestion has the experience and know-how to emulate the tone and response of its own Alnico classic in a modern driver that's perfect for single or multiple applications in cabinets or combos.

The power handling of the Original Blue speaker was limited by the material used in the construction of the voice coil. After hundreds of hours of testing and countless prototypes, Celestion has developed a coil that can withstand higher levels of power but leaves the tone unaffected. Such a relatively simple, yet important, development lies at the heart of a truly remarkable new guitar loudspeaker.

Specifications
  • Nominal diameter: 12", 305mm
    Power Rating: 50W
    Nominal impedance: 8Î and 15Î
    Sensitivity: 100dB
    Chassis type: Pressed steel
    Voice coil diameter: 1.75", 44.5mm
    Voice coil material: Round copper
    Magnet type: Alnico
    Frequency range: 75-5000Hz
    Resonance frequency, Fs: 75Hz
    DC resistance, Re: 6.4Î & 11.8Î
    Diameter: 12.2", 309mm
    Overall depth: 6.5", 165mm
    Magnet structure diameter: 5.0", 128mm
    Cut-out diameter: 11.1", 283mm
    Mounting slot dimensions: 0.31", 7.9mm ˜
    Number of mounting slots: 4
    Mounting slot PCD: 11.7", 297mm
    Unit weight: 9.3 lb.; 4.2kg
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CelestionGold 50W, 12" Alnico Guitar Speaker
 
4.8

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (1)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (6)
  • Improves sound (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (4)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sick! Sick! Sick!

I bought this speaker to replace the stock Mojotone speaker that came in my Savage Macht 12. Mind you, the Mojo was happening but had a little too much Greenback raspy breakup tone going...Read complete review

I bought this speaker to replace the stock Mojotone speaker that came in my Savage Macht 12. Mind you, the Mojo was happening but had a little too much Greenback raspy breakup tone going on. This Gold Alnico is kind of like a '54 Cadillac. It's big, heavy and about as vintage cool as you can get. It's rated at 50 watts, but whatever you throw at it, you'll be pleasantly surprised. The only drawback if you are considering using it as a replacement speaker in your combo. Make sure you have rearward room. This thing is a fat speaker, the bell is huge and sticks out about 2" more than a regular Celestion. The plus side is that the clarity is unbelievable and the break up comes on right when you need it and sounds phenomenal. It's way expensive, but if you are into vintage, boutique tone. This is like having two Alnico Blues in one package. Oh yeah, it takes a little time to get used to it, about the time you are going to put your guitar down, you realize. Wow! This is bad to the bone. Hah! I got a Gold Alnico. This is somewhere in the middle of a Vintage 30 and a 25 watt greenback with Fender smooth. Go ahead, get it, stick it in your Matchless or your Orange or your Dr.Z or even your Marshall. Bottom line, it's warmer than the blue and can handle more watts. Go for it, you know you want it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Don't Buy Into the Hype

First the standard background info... I play rock covers in a gigging band. My gear is EVH Special guitar, Soldano SLO, and various closed back cabs. I have been playing guitar...Read complete review

First the standard background info... I play rock covers in a gigging band. My gear is EVH Special guitar, Soldano SLO, and various closed back cabs. I have been playing guitar for over 20 years and 15 of those as a gigging guitarist.

I really like the Celestion Vintage 30 speaker, but it seemed to be missing something. So I read the reviews on this speaker and took the plunge thinking that you get what you pay for - right?

I was really looking forward to trying this speaker. I played it through three different closed back cabs (4x12 Mesa Rectifier, 2x12 Soldano, 1x12 Mesa Thiele. I was not impressed. In fact it didn't come close to comparing to the Vintage 30 speakers.

The Gold is supposed to sound like an Alnico Blue. I don't know if that is true because I have never played an Alnico Blue. If it does sound like a blue, I don't understand why there is so much hype for this speaker. The Alnico Gold isn't a bad speaker, but in my opinion, it has no character at all. I've heard terms such as "bell like", "chimmy", "creamy". The only one that fits is "creamy" (and not in a good way). The terms I would use are "compressed" and "fizzy". Maybe it sounds better in an open back cab, but it did not impress me in any of my closed back cabs (4x12, 2x12, 1x12).

Note to those with smaller combo cabs... I tried to install this in my Fender Blues Jr, but it didn't fit. The 'bowl' that covers the magnet sticks out farther then a regular speaker and I couldn't fit the electronics chassis back in place because the speaker was too big.

I would have given this speaker 3 stars if it was reasonably priced, but it's so over priced that I had to knock it down another star. Sorry Celestion.

Save your money and buy a Vintage 30. The Vintage 30 has rich overtones and harmonics, and doesn't sound fizzy like the Gold and most other speakers.

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5.0

Great Sounding Speaker

By CB

from Madison, WI

About Me Experienced

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Pros

  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Celestion Gold 50W, 12" Alnico Guitar Speaker:

      This a great sounding speaker. Be aware however that if you install this in a small combo amp the bell cover of the magnet can rattle or vibrate. I consulted some online articles wherein people removed the bell in order to fit the speaker in a small space. Celestion suggested that I return and replace the speaker but I felt there was nothing intrinsically wrong with it so I removed the bell in my Swart AST and it sounds great!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great upgrade!

      By Reddeezy

      from Cedar Rapids, IA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts

        Comments about Celestion Gold 50W, 12" Alnico Guitar Speaker:

        These sound like butter. Best upgrade ever! Extremely easy to swap out. Switch out G12-75T speakers in my 1960A cab with these golds and it is epic!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Worth it

        By pbrooks

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Chime
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Combo Amp

          Comments about Celestion Gold 50W, 12" Alnico Guitar Speaker:

          I've considered alnicos for different amps, but generally I like a warmer sound so I've stuck with ceramics. That said, I just bought the new Fender Custom Deluxe Reverb (silverface, modified 68) for a small portable amp. I've owned a deluxe reverb reissue before, but this amp is different. To me it didn't sound anything like a deluxe reverb. And the stock Celestion V12 speaker was harsh when overdriven. This Celestion Gold really brought the amp to life. Well worth the money.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great replacement speaker for the blues deluxe

          By Werner

          from Oakdale Minnesota

          Comments about Celestion Gold 50W, 12" Alnico Guitar Speaker:

          I replaced the stock speaker in my fender blues deluxe nos with this alnico gold. It is a very big speaker but it fitted just fine. This speaker sounds as advertised both clean and dirty. It will handle anything thrown at it. It's quite the expense and it took me a while before I went for it, after all I read about it. But it was worth every penny. This speaker will take a lot of effort before breaking up. Very clean bass and all the headroom I need. And it does sound great straight from the box. I can only imagine what it will sound like when I break it in after a while.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Terrific Speaker!

          By Alutok

          from Greenwich, CT

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Great Ampy Feel And Sound
          • Improves Sound
          • Light weight

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Great For All Uses
          • Practicing

          Comments about Celestion Gold 50W, 12" Alnico Guitar Speaker:

          This speaker sounds great - it feels great. I am using it in a 1x12 open backed cabinet. It must be amazing in a 4x12!!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Perfect!

          By John Melby

          from North Dakota

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Everything
          • Practicing

          Comments about Celestion Gold 50W, 12" Alnico Guitar Speaker:

          got this for my cab... The sound is much smoother as opposed to a rougher vintage 30 sound. It is quite heaver with a large alnico magnet on the back... so be sure to mount it well.

          (8 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Don't Buy Into the Hype

          By Mark

          from Maryland

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Celestion Gold 50W, 12" Alnico Guitar Speaker:

          First the standard background info... I play rock covers in a gigging band. My gear is EVH Special guitar, Soldano SLO, and various closed back cabs. I have been playing guitar for over 20 years and 15 of those as a gigging guitarist.

          I really like the Celestion Vintage 30 speaker, but it seemed to be missing something. So I read the reviews on this speaker and took the plunge thinking that you get what you pay for - right?

          I was really looking forward to trying this speaker. I played it through three different closed back cabs (4x12 Mesa Rectifier, 2x12 Soldano, 1x12 Mesa Thiele. I was not impressed. In fact it didn't come close to comparing to the Vintage 30 speakers.

          The Gold is supposed to sound like an Alnico Blue. I don't know if that is true because I have never played an Alnico Blue. If it does sound like a blue, I don't understand why there is so much hype for this speaker. The Alnico Gold isn't a bad speaker, but in my opinion, it has no character at all. I've heard terms such as "bell like", "chimmy", "creamy". The only one that fits is "creamy" (and not in a good way). The terms I would use are "compressed" and "fizzy". Maybe it sounds better in an open back cab, but it did not impress me in any of my closed back cabs (4x12, 2x12, 1x12).

          Note to those with smaller combo cabs... I tried to install this in my Fender Blues Jr, but it didn't fit. The 'bowl' that covers the magnet sticks out farther then a regular speaker and I couldn't fit the electronics chassis back in place because the speaker was too big.

          I would have given this speaker 3 stars if it was reasonably priced, but it's so over priced that I had to knock it down another star. Sorry Celestion.

          Save your money and buy a Vintage 30. The Vintage 30 has rich overtones and harmonics, and doesn't sound fizzy like the Gold and most other speakers.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Smooth, big and punchy

          By king

          from toronto

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Improves Sound

          Cons

          • Pricey

          Best Uses

          • Combo Amps

          Comments about Celestion Gold 50W, 12" Alnico Guitar Speaker:

          I have yet to hear a better speaker.
          I installed one in my mark 5 boogie (90 watt amp), so far, after many small to midsized venues, I've never had to push it beyond its 50 watt rating. It is hard to justify the cost, but one should not underestimate the tonal improvement a high quality speaker can make. I want another.

          I kind of wanted to keep it a secret, so that only I and a few other gold owners could sound this good.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best tonal purchase I have ever made

          By Shawn Fussell

          from Dallas, TX

          Comments about Celestion Gold 50W, 12" Alnico Guitar Speaker:

          Let me first start this review by saying that as of the date of this review, I have been playing guitar for a total of 21 years. And over half of that time I have been blessed with being able to play professionally. Everything from Metal to Country, and anything in between. Obviously, tone is everything and sometimes can be the deciding factor in an audition your hoping to land, and even the crowd your trying to please. Even though everyone in the crowd doesn't know why things either sound good or bad, they still know what does and doesn't. Shamefully I say it took me all of those years to decide for a speaker upgrade in my Marshall 800 1x12 combo that is my 'go-to' amp I have used since I bought it 12 years ago. I thought this thing sounded fantastic just by itself. I play a custom built Telecaster and I tell you I never 'heard' it until I put the Celestion Gold in my amp. After all the fancy pedals, pick-up upgrades, best cables, etc., no other addition or modification made more of a difference than replacing the vintage 30 with the Celestion Gold. I instantly heard the rest of the money I invested in my rig when I fired it up for the first time. I think another review of this speaker said it was like 'taking a blanket off of your amp...", and I strongly agree with that statement. The highs were cleaner, and the lows were tight. Anyone who plays guitar has heard that muddiness that builds up on the heavier top strings when you do any palm muting or when chunking up an open string chord. This speaker cleaned all that up to recording studio quality even in our practice room. The tones are balanced and brings out every nuance of your favorite guitar rig. It made me enjoy and WANT to practice more on my off time because of the clarity and the ear pleasing upgrade to my already loved gear. My only warning to anyone looking at this speaker is that if you have anything in your signal chain that DOESN'T sound good, this speaker will tell you all about that, too. I replaced my tube screamer with something more cleaner and less noisy because I heard the 'cheap' in the mass made pedals, no true bypass, stuff.that was hidden with the Vintage 30 (which is a great speaker, too. but nowhere as clean as this one. Another interesting fact about this speaker is that where I was usually running my pre-amp gain on my Marshall combo (50 watt) anywhere between 12 and 2 o'clock, I now run at about 11 and get a much better sounding overdrive. It made the overdrive more transparent and instead of disguising your guitars natural tone, it enhanced it. It can also make a note feedback as fast as you want it to. I can probably say that if your a sloppy player your not going to like this speaker much. But if you have spent hours perfecting that riff or that super lead, you really haven't heard just how good you are until you hear it through a Celestion Gold in my opinion. Before you spend the money on the cable of the month, or the fancy pedals...you might of only needed your axe, a good cable, and a great amp talking through a Celestion Gold. You'll want to match the speaker as close to you amplifiers output that you can. The Marshall I use is a 50 watt combo so I obviously took the 50 watt version of the Gold. They also have a 15 watt for smaller Fender combo's, etc.

           
          5.0

          Gold is Great

          By JIMJAM-CUa34

          from columbia sc

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Celestion Gold 50W, 12" Alnico Guitar Speaker:

            I cut the back of my Marshall Mc212 cab in 2 parts so it had a top and bottom with a 8' gap in betreen so its now a semi open back. With the stock speakers it had a full,grainy rich tone but not as defined as I wanted it. I just installed 2 of the golds and I am impressed. I had to back the master volumn back a bit so its a loud speaker. Very sensitive so my pick dynamics are really coming out. With my Orange 30w head and a touch of OD, its got a wonderfully complex tone consisted of a grainy texture with definition and sparkle. My other cab is a Mesa with V30s. It weighs a ton,closed back and has more punch but the golds even not broken in will melt your face off. I play 80s rock,VH even some blues and imo this is the TONE alot of us have been chasing. Orange Dual Terror+open back+ Celestion Gold = TONE Heaven. Also hooked to a Mesa minirectifier = eargasm. By most accounts my Mc212 is a low end cab. If the Golds make this lightweight cab that I opened the back on sound like a million bucks, I can only imagine that they would make most any cab sound alot better. Bottom line if you like your current cab and its a keeper,throw down the xtra cash and get a speaker that hopefully will only sound better with time and be a longterm investment.

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