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25 Jul The Big Speaker Shootout

In my belief, speakers are the most important part of your tone. They are not only devices which convert electric current into sound. All speakers have their unique voice, they all sound and feel different. Because of this, I have always thought about them as an instrument. A good speaker actually acts just like an instrument, reacting to your picking dynamics, creating feedback, co-operating with your amp and your guitar in a way that can yield very pleasing results – if you use them properly. A good speaker has this mojo which cannot be written down in words. 🙂

 Just in case you missed the terrific post about the history of Celestion by JaiminhoPagina, you can find it right here

Why am I telling this to you? Because it connects directly to this one. I think that post is worth a reading before digging into this one, as it sums up the history of celestion, and the speaker models, cones etc. over the time very well, which I think is very important before you listen to them and judge. And now let’s get to the topic 😛

A long long time ago in a galaxy far away… there was a forum thread on thegearpage.net, started by Scumback Speakers, which contained amazing soundclips of different speakers. To be more specific, it is a comparison between original pre-rola celestions, new celestions, as well as several celestion clones, like Scumbacks.

Unfortunately the links became dead, so the clips were unavailable for some time. Recently I contacted Scumback Speakers, and I asked them to update the links, so that the clips are once again available to everyone! (more…)

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22 Jul Celestion Loudspeakers: From Blues to Greenies and beyond

Speakers are extremely important when we are talking about tone. They give the amp its “voice” and so, in order to get the right sound, you will need to use the right speaker. So, what should I get to achieve the tone I want? Well, now that’s a tricky question.

This article will be a (maybe not so) small post about the history of Celestion, as well as a brief description of each model they produced over the years. Of course, this won’t cover every one of them. I’ll simply feature the ones that I think are the most popular and most widely used models.

Let’s start, shall we?

Early years and the G12 AlNiCo

Celestion started as a manufacturer of speakers for general use (radio, TV, etc.) back in the 1920s. In 1947, it was bought by British Rola and, one year later, production moved to Thames Ditton.

AlNiCo Blue 15w (as used by VOX)

It wasn’t until the 1950s that Celestion developed their first guitar dedicated speaker: the G12 AlNiCo T530 (a.k.a. “Blue”), basically a modified version of the CT3757 radio speaker. These first speakers went through quite a few changes (also appearing in different colours like silver, chrome and red – also with different codes) during the early years, but they remained with a low (in today’s standards) 15w (20w in latter versions) power handling and with both 8ohms and 15ohms options. It was used in Vox and early Marshall amps. With the 100db sensitivity, it was a very “loud” speaker. It was also bright, lively and had a more restrained bottom end. It’s probably more suited for Blues with clean or lightly crunchy tones.

About Greenbacks

Let’s start with a simple little thing. Most of you probably already know, but it’s worth to clarify this to the “newbies”, alright? (just joking! ;P)

G12M Greenback

The old Celestions from the late 60s and early 70s had a green plastic back cover and this is why they were nicknamed “Greenbacks” (no sh*t, Sherlock!), but “Greenback” does not refer to any specific model. It’s simply a “generic” name that was given to the speakers of this period, similar to how “Plexi” is a name to all the pre-1969 Marshalls. In other words, both the G12M and G12H can be called “Greenbacks”. Not only that, but also their many variations, such as the 55hz “bass” cones and etc. But I will explain everything in details shortly. The bottom line is: be careful when using the name “Greenback”. (more…)

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16 Jul Updated: SoloDallas.Net T-Shirts. Who Wants Them?

Update as per July 16th, 2012 by Banane (Franz)

Dear members,

because we a) switched to solodallas.com (though solodallas.com still belongs to us, it’s just forwarded to .com) and b) there will be new shirts in autumn we decided to throw the rest of the shirts out, very cheap. We’re making a loss with them now but at least we can free up some storage space and the shirts get worn, hopefully.


As we announced on the Facebook page:

Headstock shirts are still available in the sizes: S, L, XL & XXL

Guitar shirts in the sizes: L, XL & XXL
Headstock shirts cost: 12€/ US $14,70
Guitar shirts cost 10€/ US $12,25


All prices excluding postal. Please drop me a mail to banane@exception.at for ordering.

No, the girl is still not for sale 😛


Rock on,



Update as per September 18th, by Banane (Franz)

Dear members,

Fil and I decided that I’ll continue the shirt handling. So I did some cleanup work here in this posting to make things short.

For ordering shirts, please leave a comment here, I read them all. Or write me a mail to banane@exception.at with your order and your full postal address, so I can calculate the postal costs and send you a mail back with all information.

And don’t forget to send a photo of yourself wearing the shirt to member frankjoss for our upcoming members gallery:

Member frankjoss (Frank) plans to make a nice rogue gallery poster of us all, wearing our shirts. So, if you want to see yourself on the poster, shoot a nice pic of yourself and send it to Frank: knarfm@wanadoo.fr

Please consider Frank’s needs for the photos:

Could all members who “donate” a photo try and get the full torso in arms and head from waist up no cropping… it’ll just make things easier for me without inventing hair-dos and adding elbows etc etc. Also when you send me the mail could I have your heights we’ll get the proportions right.


Final T-Shirt prices including package costs, without postal charges

Guitar T-Shirt


Headstock design 1 Shirt: €16,50 / US$23,24 / GBP 14,48                Guitar design 1 Shirt: €13,50 / US$19,01 / GBP 11,85

There’s no profit made with the shirts. Just our own costs will be covered.

Postal charges

Location              Costs 1 Shirt    Costs 2 Shirts    Costs 3 Shirts
EU Priority             6,20 €               8,00 €                 10,75 €
World Priority       6,85 €              10,75 €                17,85 €
World Economy    5,54 €                6,20 €                11,00 €

Because of the very long delievery times when using economy, I recommend priority delievery.


Payment can only be done via PayPal. Ask me for bank wire payment within Europe.

To give you an idea how his is how the shirts look like, I asked my stepdaughter Sonja for playing my T-Shirt model with the M size shirts:

Guitar design

Headstock Design


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