Vintage Ceramic

C10Q angled view
Vintage Ceramic

Vintage Ceramic speakers are designed to sound similar to the Alnicos, and were first developed in the 1960s as a cost effective alternative to the Alnicos. The advantage of the ceramic speaker is its ability to handle more power as well as a player's front end pedal accessories. Vintage Ceramic speakers are recommended for all types of music, and sound best at loud volumes.

The Vintage Ceramic Jensen® speakers were the heart and soul of guitar amps made throughout the 1960s and are still widely used today.

The C10Q was one of the most popular ceramic 10” speakers for mid 1960s Fender® amps and continues to be a very popular and excellent choice today.

The C8R was predominantly used in small practice amps throughout the 1960s.

Jensen® Vintage Ceramic speaker model numbers all begin with the letter C and are sometimes referred to as the “C” series. Next in the model number is the diameter or size of the speaker. Vintage Ceramics are available in 8, 10, 12 and 15 inch diameters. Following the size is a letter which designates the speaker power rating. For example, R (25 watts), Q (35 watts), N (50 watts) and K (100 watts).

Therefore a C12N speaker has a ceramic magnet, is 12” in diameter and is rated at 50 watts. After determining what impedance is needed, you are ready to choose your Vintage Ceramic speaker!

Click here to find recommended replacements for vintage amps

 

Speaker Diameter Rated Power Impedances Lows Mids Highs Overdrive
C6V angled view C6V
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6" 20 watts 4 Ω, 8 Ω Tight Firm Smooth Crunchy
Guitarist Description: Extremely versatile. Warm clean tone with top-end chime. It remains strong and articulate when presented with overdrive distortion.
C8R angled view C8R
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8" 25 watts 4 Ω, 8 Ω Tight Aggressive Bright Edgy
Guitarist Description: Crystal clear tone with brightly shining highs. Responds to overdrive distortion with a bright fuzz lead voice.
C10R angled view C10R
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10" 25 watts 8 Ω Loose Firm Bright Edgy/Crunchy
Guitarist Description: Colorful bell-like chime which transitions into a gritty response when presented with overdrive distortion.
C10Q angled view C10Q
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10" 35 watts 8 Ω, 16 Ω Loose Aggressive Bright Edgy
Guitarist Description: Straightforward tone with mid-frequency bite. Presented with overdrive distortion, it can sound edgy.
C12R angled view C12R
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12" 25 watts 8 Ω Tight Firm Bright Crunchy
Guitarist Description: Warm low and mid response with smooth/bright highs. When presented with overdrive distortion, it presents smooth crunch with low-end focus.
C12Q angled view C12Q
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12" 35 watts 8 Ω, 16 Ω Tight Aggressive Bright Edgy
Guitarist Description: Well rounded, straightforward tone with a lot of mid bite and bright highs.
C12N angled view C12N
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12" 50 watts 4 Ω, 8 Ω, 16 Ω Loose Aggressive Bright Crunchy
Guitarist Description: Smooth and straightforward, full bodied tone with high frequency chime. It responds to overdrive distortion with powerful mid bite.
C12K angled view C12K
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12" 100 watts 4 Ω, 8 Ω, 16 Ω Tight Aggressive Subtle Edgy/Crunchy
Guitarist Description: A real workhorse, heavy on the mids with a solid, straightforward tone. Presented with overdrive distortion it powers through with lows that are bold and heavy.
C12K-2 Angled View C12K-2
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12" 0 watts 8 Ω, 16 Ω Tight Warm Smooth Creamy
Guitarist Description: Fat, smooth and warm. Presented with overdrive distortion, it exhibits a silky, smooth, lead fuzz.
C15N angled view C15N
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15" 50 watts 4 Ω, 8 Ω, 16 Ω Fat Aggressive Bright Smooth
Guitarist Description: Tight low-end and clear, bright highs. Responds to overdrive distortion with a gritty edge.
C15K angled view C15K
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15" 100 watts 8 Ω, 16 Ω Fat Aggressive Bright Crunchy
Guitarist Description: Full, boomy low-end with aggressive mids and bright highs. Responds to overdrive distortion with a strong rhythm crunch and fuzz lead voice
Gaskets - for speaker cabinets Gaskets - for speaker cabinets
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Set of speaker gaskets for spacing/protection of your Jensen speaker. These will work in any cabinet, and are especially popular in Leslie cabinets. Four gaskets is enough for one speaker.