Speakers & Components
Speakers. The last opportunity to modify your tone. Unlike hi-fi speakers which attempt to create sounds that are true to the musical source fed them, guitar speakers impart their own tone. Your amp/cabinet pretty much determines three things about what speaker to select; speaker size, impedance and power rating. (See our tech corner article on Speaker Impedance, Power Handling and Wiring). But the tone is up to you! Speaker replacement is probably the easiest mod you can perform.
JensenJensen Loudspeakers have a long history. Founded in 1927 by Peter Jensen, one of the co-inventors of the loudspeaker, Jensen began producing commercial amplifier loudspeakers in the 1940s.
Speaker - Jensen Punch Bass, 10", BP10/150, 150W, 8Ω
The Punch BP 10/150 is a 10" ferrite speaker with 150 watts of power. Punch Sound speakers offer great dynamics and super-fast response, giving the player an extremely solid bass sound. Equipped with ferrite magnets and steel baskets, they are ideal for classic styles where a clean, tight and bright sound is required. The 10'' bass speaker provides good projection with minimal effort especially in a two or four 10'' cabinet. The sound is powerful in either a single or multi speaker combination.
Speaker - Jensen Punch Bass, 8", BP8/150, 150W, 8Ω
The Punch BP 8/150 is a 8" ferrite speaker with 150 watts of power. Punch Sound speakers offer great dynamics and super-fast response, giving the player an extremely solid bass sound. Equipped with ferrite magnets and steel baskets, they are ideal for classic styles where a clean, tight and bright sound is required. The 8'' bass speaker provides a tight bass tone with crisp mids. The tone is very clear overall.
Speaker - Jensen Smooth Bass, 12", BS12N250A, 250W, 8Ω
The Smooth BS 12N/250A is a 12" neodymium speaker with 250 watts of power. Smooth Sound speakers are extremely clean and round with superb headroom. Equipped with neodymium magnets and aluminium baskets, they offer great linear excursion and dynamics. They are ideal for modern styles where extended low end is required. Neodymium magnets offer a 50% reduction in weight guaranteeing very light systems. The proprietary aluminium basket was specially designed to avoid sound wave reflections on the rear side of the cone, thereby allowing for faster and better cooling of both the voice coil and the air moved by it. The 12'' bass speaker provides a good upper mid range tone.
Speaker - Jensen Smooth Bass, 15", BS15N350A, 350W, 8Ω
The Smooth BS 15N/350A is a 15" neodymium speaker with 350 watts of power. Smooth Sound speakers are extremely clean and round with superb headroom. Equipped with neodymium magnets and aluminium baskets, they offer great linear excursion and dynamics. They are ideal for modern styles where extended low end is required. Neodymium magnets offer a 50% reduction in weight guaranteeing very light systems. The proprietary aluminium basket was specially designed to avoid sound wave reflections on the rear side of the cone, thereby allowing for faster and better cooling of both the voice coil and the air moved by it. The 15'' bass speaker provides a full and warm low-end that will fill the room.
Speaker - Jensen® Vintage Ceramic, 10", C10Q, 35W
Adopted primarily in the Vibrolux® and Vibroverb® amps of the Brownface and Blackface era, the C10Q is a very easy to drive speaker that breaks up nicely with straightforward biting character. It was also very common in many Silvertone® and Valco® amps. It loves the 2x10 configuration and the floating baffles.
Speaker - Jensen® Vintage Ceramic, 10", C10R, 25W, 8Ω
Developed as the ceramic version of the P10R, for low-powered studio amps, the C10R is revered for having been the speaker of the Blackface Princeton®, the Princeton Reverb® and many others. The combination of the warm sounding circuit of the Princeton and the bright, colorful tone of the C10R delivers magical tones in any recording session.
Speaker - Jensen® Jets, 12", Nighthawk, 75W
The Nighthawk – together with its Neo sibling, the Tornado Stealth 65 – is the only Jensen speaker fit with a 44mm (1 ¾”) voice coil. We selected this unique voice coil size as it is one of the key factors for a true rock-oriented tonal character. The Nighthawk lends itself greatly to any kind of classic and modern rock including focused, bright cleans, pushed crunch chords and singing lead tones.
Speaker - Jensen® D-Series, 12", C12D, 150W
The C12D is able to return the powerful, organic, warm tone and character of a classic guitar amplifier, but also the treble content and the complex harmonics of the overdrive, modulation, delay and reverb effects, as well as the crisp, natural tone of an amplified acoustic guitar.
Speaker - Jensen® Vintage Ceramic, 12", C12K, 100W
While not strictly a vintage reissue, the C12K is the first design that Jensen developed in the early ‘90s. It is tonally inspired by the classic vintage ceramic Jensen, but with a substantially stronger voice, full bass and smooth top end. The C12K became one of the speakers of choice for Fender®, used in a myriad of world-selling models. Vintage tone with modern power handling and dynamics are the key virtues of the C12K.
Speaker - Jensen® Vintage Ceramic, 12", C12K-2, 100W
The C12K-2 is a step forward from the C12K. It has a different cone membrane which grants a more extended treble response to increase the detail and the shimmer of the tone, yet retains a well contoured smoothness. Equally at home with clean and mid-gain crunch tones, the C12K-2 offers an outstanding response to the player’s touch. When used with higher gain tones, it offers a powerful, rounded, organic tone that delivers a full-bodied thickness to single note lead runs.
Speaker - Jensen® Vintage Ceramic, 12", C12N, 50W
The C12N is one of the most important speakers in Jensen’s history. It is the top 12” speaker of the ‘Blackface Era, used by many American manufacturers in the mid ‘60s for their upper range models when the price of AlNiCo became unsustainable for the manufacturers. Clear highs, solid mids, and powerful basses, it epitomizes the tone of that decade, from the surf, the rock n’ roll, the electric blues and the West Coast inspired music. It was used in Twin, Bassmanä and Bandmasterä style amps, and many others.
Speaker - Jensen® Vintage Ceramic, 12", C12Q, 35W
Following the heritage of the P12Q, the C12Q is one of the most versatile speakers in the Vintage range. Powerful enough for a cranked Deluxe-style amp yet balanced and warm, it surely is not lacking in bite. It has been used in both single and twin configurations by countless manufacturers including Fender®, Ampeg®, Silvertone® and Supro®, just to name a few.
Speaker - Jensen® Vintage Ceramic, 12", C12R, 25W, 8Ω
Typically used in the lower powered 12” amps for studio or practice, the C12R is a clear sounding, sparkling speaker, very sensitive to the character of amplifier. When paired with a stout, rich and warm electronic design it can do wonders. Ampeg® Jets and Reverberockets are just some of the most revered amps that carried C12R as their factory choice.
Speaker - Jensen® Vintage Ceramic, 15", C15K, 100W
The C15K is the contemporary version of the C15N and offers one of the fullest sounding tones in the entire range. With powerful basses, rich in the whole midrange and smooth but extended in the treble range, the C15K is a first choice for traditional jazz players, as well as for fusion and roots rock styles.
Speaker - Jensen® Vintage Ceramic, 15", C15N, 50W
The Blackface era sibling of the P15N is a powerful, open sounding speaker with a cutting presence on the full range of frequencies. The C15N is very efficient and delivers dynamic, high-headroom and punchy tone from bass to trebles. It is the first-choice speaker for many pedal steel and blues players. It is very commonly found in Pro® and Vibrolux® amps in the ‘60s and is used in the low frequency drum of the Leslie® 122 and 147 amplifiers.
Speaker - Jensen® Vintage Ceramic, 6", C6V, 20W
The smallest ceramic guitar speaker in the Jensen range, the C6V has a smooth tone with rich midrange, excellent detail on the top end, and a convincing bass range for its size. The 20W power handling ensures good headroom, dynamics and articulation, even with mid and high gain tones.
Speaker - Jensen® Vintage Ceramic, 8", C8R, 25W
The C8R is the little gem in the Jensen Vintage series. It delivers a solid compact tone that defies its size. Extremely versatile, it finds application in small home and student amplifiers; but with a microphone in front, it is capable of transferring on tape some of the biggest tones ever. Not by chance, the vintage Fender® Champ® amplifiers produced with the C8R speaker are treasured by many players as a great studio tool.
Speaker - Jensen® Jets, 10", Falcon, 40W, Ferrite
A very successful and versatile 10”, the Falcon 10 adds a new dimension of openness to the classic, fat and warm tone of its 12” version. The seamed cone membrane delivers an unexpected bass response for its 10” size and it is balanced perfectly with its sweet, yet cutting and present high end.
Speaker - Jensen® Jets, 10", Electric Lightning, 50W
The Electric Lightning 10 shines and shimmers with clean tones, because of its exceptional response on the upper frequencies. The midrange and bass may seem slightly subdued, yet the tonal balance is remarkably even. Capable of cutting through any mix, the Electric Lightning 10 delivers warmth, boldness and articulation.
Speaker - Jensen® Jets, 12", The Raptor, 100W
The Raptor is one of the newest Jensen speakers, released after a long time in development refining the ideal qualities of a contemporary, sophisticated, touch responsive speaker. The result is a 100W ceramic speaker with a characteristic, vocal, rounded midrange and a silky-smooth top end, all based on a solid, fat and firm bass foundation. Eminently versatile, the Raptor is equally suitable to clean, crunch and lead tones. Guitarist Description: Powerful, smooth and warm. Excellent definition in the upper midrange. When presented with overdrive distortion, it exhibits a silky, full-sounding lead tone.
- Lows: Fat/Deep
- Mids: Firm/Vocal
- Highs: Subtle/Extended
- Overdrive: Smooth/Crunchy
Speaker - Jensen® Jets, 12", Falcon, 50W
The Falcon 12 is a mid-power, rich and fat sounding speaker. Very smooth in the top end, rounded in the midrange, it delivers exceptional bass depth and power for its power rating. The secret lies in its proprietary, green cone membrane, the only seamed cone in the Jet Series which is an integral element of the pronounced bass response. The Falcon is very suitable to low/medium output power stages with its ability of making even small amplifiers sound bigger.
Speaker - Jensen® Jets, 12", Electric Lightning, 70W
A modern, authoritatively voiced speaker, the Electric Lighting exhibits punchy, fast basses and crystal-clear highs, with a slightly throaty midrange. It covers well the ‘super cleans’ and ‘super overdrive’ tones typical of the most contemporary pop and rock music, up to the most extreme hi-gain, detuned or baritone applications.
Speaker - Jensen® Jets, 10", Tornado Classic, 100W
Like its 12” version, the Tornado 10 is remarkably versatile, with evenly balanced tone, excellent articulation, and a detailed, dynamic response with a hint of a very musical, sweet dynamic compression. The powerful Neodymium magnet and the 2” voice coil allow for 100W of power handling in a featherlight weight of just 1.7kgs (3.75lbs)
Speaker - Jensen® Jets, 12", Tornado Classic, 100W
The Tornado 100 is the first Jensen Jet speaker loaded with the 2nd Generation Neodymium magnet design that has since been extended to the Tornado Stealth line. The Tornado speakers are voiced similarly to AlNiCo speakers, unlocking their full tone potential. The Tornado 100 is an evenly-balanced speaker: clear, smooth, and well-defined with a solid, powerful bass range. Excellent dynamic range and headroom make the Tornado Classic 100 eminently versatile, from clean to crunch and lead tones. It is designed to suit open back, closed back, and ported cabinets.