Celestion Vintage 30 12" 60-Watt Replacement Guitar Speaker 16 Ohm

12" Guitar Speaker, 60W, 16 Ohms, 70Hz-5kHz
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Celestion Vintage 30 12
Celestion Vintage 30 12
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Put a Vintage 30 in Your Cab

The Celestion Vintage 30 guitar speaker sounds amazing. If you're going to replace a speaker in your combo amp or cabinet, you want to be blown away. The Vintage 30 handily does that. Easily twice as loud as other speakers at the same power level, the Vintage 30 handles gargantuan overdrive with aplomb. Punchy lows, meaty mids, and a creamy, harmonically-rich high end make the Vintage 30 an excellent choice for your 4 x 12" cab, but it's also great in one- or two-twelve configurations. Put a killer speaker in your guitar cab - the Celestion Vintage 30.

There's science behind great sound

In the development of the Vintage 30, Celestion used Laser Doppler Interferometry to analyze the cone behaviour of an original Celestion Blue. They then formed a precise model of the vintage speaker's characteristics and applied it to the design of a new speaker using modern materials for greater power handling. Celestion determined that their H magnet came closest in performance to Alnico. This magnet was then combined with a new cone and coil assembly employing contemporary materials with similar mass and physical properties to the originals, only better suited to handling the additional heat generated by higher power amplification. If you want the vibe of a classic guitar speaker, but with modern robustness, you want the Celestion Vintage 30.

Celestion Vintage 30 Guitar Speaker Features:
  • Power rating: 60W rms
  • Nominal impedance: 16 Ohms
  • Sensitivity: 100dB
  • Frequency range: 70-5000Hz
  • Voice coil diameter: 1.75"
  • Voice coil material: Round copper
  • Chassis type: Pressed steel
  • Magnet type: Ceramic
  • Cut-out diameter: 11.1"
  • Diameter: 12.2"
  • Magnet structure diameter: 6.1"
  • Mounting slot dimensions: 0.31"
  • Mounting slot PCD: 11.7"
  • Number of mounting slots: 4
  • Overall depth: 5.3"
  • Unit weight: 10.4lb
Vintage vibe and modern robustness - that's the Celestion Vintage 30!

Additional Media

Guitar Amp Buying Guide
How to Choose a Guitar Speaker Cabinet: Part 2

Tech Specs

Application Guitar
Size 12"
Impedance 16 ohms
Power Handling 60W
Magnet Type Ceramic
Magnet Weight 50 oz.
Frequency Range 70Hz-5kHz
Unit Weight 10.4 lbs.
Magnet Diameter 6.1"
Manufacturer Part Number T3904

Customer Reviews

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Orange PPC-112

I recently Bought 2 PPC-112 with the V-30, and I bought a G12H-75 to put in 1 PPC-112, so I could Blend my sound and wow ! Just pure tone nothing to take away from the V-30 just wanted a variety for recording and if only using 1 cab to switch up. Thank you Sweetwater you guys are Great !

Celestion vintage 30s

I play loud violent hardcore music with a 120 watt peavey 6534+ head, and I loaded these speakers into a straight Ibanez tone blaster 4x12.Can't say a single bad thing about these speakers. Rated at 100 decibels of sensitivity and it sure shows. They pack a punch. Perfect for loud, aggressive music.Nicest sounding speakers out there.Best part of all was how easy it was to order through Sweetwater. Incredible service and the 3 easy payment plan made this whole experience a dream.

Perfect for Heavier

Bought 2 Vintage 30s to replace the Celestion 70 80s that came stock with my Blackstar HTV212. Took a lot of playing last night and today to loosen them up, but I can already hear the difference in these.Super crisp out of the box, good warm clean tones and rich low end. Not too treble-y as you may fear if you read a lot of guitar speaker reviews. Guitar is however, a treble-y instrument. Guitar should never sound like a 1 string bass being beaten with a beaver tail.Overdrive channel might shock you at first. It's good to know that these speakers are notorious for a tight design that settles in nicely once you log some hours at high volume on them. (ASIDE:I have heard everything from 15-500 hours, gotta love the internet. Some guys coat them in butter, light oil, WD40, light misted water. I just plug my Gibson LP into them and that seems to do the trick)Glad I have have experience with them in the past, because I was not alarmed at the initial fizzy tone they produced. The first trip into high gain is ugly for sure. They fizz like pop-rocks for a little bit. I hated my first pair until someone told me to play a loop, and let it cycle for an hour, rinse and repeat. I didn't do that this time around and the fizz faded away in a few hours.I'm not an engineer or a speaker expert, but I do know there is a break in time for both the speaker and your ears.In my experiencing, raising the bass but not dime-ing it (2 0'clock on my dial), dime-ing the mids and kicking the treble down to about 9-10 o'clock seems to do the trick.I played mine for about 5 hours yesterday, close to 10 so far today... and although I tweaked the EQ on my rig, I no longer hear that "ice pick"/"fizz" so many complain about.These speakers are amazing for heavier music. I closed in the back on my cabinet (convertible) and it sounds great open or closed. Seems a great fit for my Blackstar HT Club 50 and HTV 212 convertible. Loving it!Things to remember: Do not be afraid of these speakers! Tweak your EQ, it was previously set for different speakers! Play hard! And trust me - Vintage 30s only get better with time.
Music background: Guy who loves great music and tone!

Why did I wait?

I had bought a 4x12 Ampeg cab years ago that was loaded with "Celestions", which I later found out were speakers created for this particular Ampeg line. For years it just didn't sound right no matter what head i used with it, pedals, etc. I finally bought vintage 30's from Sweetwater and swapped them out. No wonder virtually every major name uses them. My entire rig transformed immediately. I can't believe I waited so long. Thanks to Sweetwater for great customer service and wise direction.
Music background: Recording, musician, songwriter

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