The Perfect Mate to a Fender Amp and Axe!
No doubt about it, the Texas Heat speaker was MADE for Fender amps and guitars. I own a 2013 Hot Rod Deluxe iii which came with a Chinese Celestion 70/80 speaker, which I immediately replaced with an old Eminence Legend 125 I had hanging around in the parts closet. That was a good decision, as the amp came alive and began to "breathe" more in the mids and highs, plus it really tightened up the flabby bass. But not really happy with the amp's sound and after reading rave reviews about the Texas Heat for the past few months, I decided to slam one in the HRD and see if there was any significant improvement. Boy, was there. I had to turn the volume DOWN because of the increased volume due to the speaker's high efficiency, and the highs and mids just jump out at you without being unbalanced. It let the natural voicing of the amp loose, and you get tons of the Fender signature sound, especially crystalline in the clean channel. But the speaker is also impressive in the mid range, being able to project warm, round jazz tones as well as any I've heard. A very impressive speaker that could take on just about any type of tonal challenge I chose to throw at it. Fender ought to make these the standard issue in their amps and quit messing around with cheaper speakers. People would be GLAD to buy a Fender amp at a bit higher price if they sounded like THIS one!
Bottom line: This speaker was made for Fender amps, especially the tube variety. And if you really want to hear the Tele twang and bite, and the Strat "quack," you need to run this speaker. Period.