Celestion G12H-75 Creamback. Freakin' Killer !!!
I've been playing a very long time and have owned a multitude of amps and speaker cabinets. Altec, Electro-Voice, Jensen, JBL Celestion, Eminence and Weber speakers have all had both good and less than good product offerings. The new Celestion G12H-75 Creamback is an especially good speaker and, in my opinion, for it's build purpose of bringing G12H tone to those needing a speaker that can handle a much higher wattage, it's excellent at delivering what the buyer is hoping for.
My personal favorite speakers, to show where my head's at are, in no particular order, Eminence 12" Wizards and 10" Ragin' Cajuns, EVM 12L's, JBL D120 and Celestion's Heritage G12H 55Hz and 75Hz, G12H Anniversary, Vintage 30, Alnico Blue, Alnico Gold and 10" G10 Alnico Gold.
My reason for purchasing the new G12H-75? I own a wonderful hand wired 60 watt Fender Concert 1 X 12" combo built in 1984. I wanted to pair it up for some stereo applications with my Tony Bruno Underground 30, (approx 38 watts). The Bruno is a 2 X 12" and, in my case, sports an Alnico Blue paired with a G12H Anniversary. After ready the specs on the G12H-75 I thought I'd give it a shot. It actually worked out much better than I'd hoped. The higher wattage capability causes the G12H-75 to be a bit darker than the G12H Anniversary and has a fuller, somewhat thicker sound quality to it. It actually compares quite favorably to the combined tonality of the G12H Anniversary and Alnico Blue used together and this is exactly what I was going for. I needed a speaker that could, by itself, stand up to the 60 watt RMS rated Fender Concert. Considering the limited number of speakers up to the task I don't think I could have made a better choice.
A little icing for the cake ..... the Celestion G12H-75 has 8 mounting holes that matched up perfectly with the 8 mounting screws in the Fender Concert cab. The label on the speaker magnet is cocked a bit to the right but no one's going to know. Many speakers today sport 4 instead of 8 holes and it's a pain to either cut off four mounting screws or drill four mounting holes in a brand new speaker, (returns can be a bitch).
I've now had time to use the G12H-75 both for it's original purpose as well as in the Fender Concert as a stand alone amp and truly couldn't be more impressed. The G12H-75 is not vintage Fender voiced but the 1984 Fender Concert had traded it's original "'60s Concert" second channel for a higher gain channel to fit the times and, for those times in the mid 1980's, the Celestion G12H-75 is absolutely perfect. Had it been around in 1984 I would have to believe it would have been Fenders speaker of choice for the Fender Concert 1 X 12" combo.