From Teleologis–(at)–orry.noEmail Thu May 30 08:37:43 CDT 1996
Subject: Re: Eminence Reissue Speaker
Date: Thu, 30 May 1996 06:53:23 -0500
Rory Wicks wrote:
> Fender is using a “reissue” 12″ Eminence speaker in several current amps.
> Can someone with experience with this speaker let me know:
> What’s the history behind the original “Eminence” speakers?
> Who’s making the reissue? Is it close to specs?
> What’s the sound like?
> How does the sound compare to other Jensen repros, including the Fender blue
> label, the mojotone and the kendrick?
> Responses are appreciated?
Eminence has been(and still is) around a long time – They were used in Ampegs,
some other amps, probably lots of clock radios, but not in vintage Fenders which
used mostly Jensens. Jensen stopped making ‘live-sound’ speakers so Fender was
forced to switch suppliers(or use 6×9 car stereo speakers!). During Paul Rivera’s
time, Fender used JBLs in many of his II series amps. Later, several of the ‘amp
guys’ recruited by the ‘new’ Fender came from Ampeg – so Fender started using
Eminence speakers – big surprise! With few exceptions, ALL current Fender speakers
are made by Eminence. Exceptions are the Celestions in many of the Custom shop
amps, and the Oxfords in the now discontinued Vibroverb reissue. The reissue
speakers are supposed to sound like Jensens. IMO the Fender/Eminence alnico 10’s
sound good, but the 12’s are terrible, the Kendricks miss the mark, and the
Mojotones are much much better, especially for the price. IMHO if you’re
looking for ‘original Jensen tone’, you’re far better off with a real Jensen –
even a recone IF it was done by somone who’s good. The cost is about the same as
the Kendricks! I understand there’s a guy up in Minnesota who recones, refinishes,
rebuilds old Jensens with NOS parts. He’s primarily into rebuilding old Hammond
organs, Leslies, etc. & advertises periodically in Vintage Guitar. I think it’s
something like Midwest Organ Repair.