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Resonant Frequency of Celestion Speakers

Q: I’ve seen Celestion speakers that say they are “55Hz” and others that say they are “75Hz.” What does this mean and how does it affect the sound?

A: The difference is the bass resonant frequency of the speaker. The 55Hz G12H was intended for bass guitar use, but guitarists also found that it offered a deeper, bassier tone with slightly laid back upper mids. The 75Hz model — there are also 85Hz Celestions by the way — raises the resonant frequency a bit, which affects the deepest lows, but also will tighten things up a bit on the bottom and bring out the upper midrange.

Some sources say Hendrix used the 55Hz Celestions (others dispute this), while Page and Van Halen have been known to use the 75Hz models.

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