Electric guitars, guitar
amplification, and the birth of Rock-n-Roll in the 1950’s collectively
established a new use for loudspeakers. Speaker choices were limited in
those days and amplifier manufacturers had to purchase products that were
common to other applications. Usually, this meant a low-power speaker,
often with an Alnico magnet, and limited cone and coil travel.
Due to the nature of the
speaker’s construction, the sound of the guitar and amplifier combination
was impacted by the speaker design. Amplified guitar was a bit more
aggressive duty than most other speaker applications at the time and the
speakers were frequently challenged in terms of their mechanical movement
and linearity. Guitarist learned how to control these non-linearities
and use the resulting tonal characteristics to their advantage. Speaker
break-up became cool and was a desired feature by most guitarists. The
great guitar tones we know now are a result of those events.
Although there are a
multitude of distinctive guitar speaker tones available today, they can be
broken down into two main categories. We have Marshall and Celestion to
thank for the distinctively “British tones” that we are so familiar
with. Fender, Peavey, and SLM (Crate/Ampeg) worked with speaker
companies like Eminence, Oxford, CTS, JBL, and Electrovoice to establish
tones that are distinctively “American”.
Eminence is proud to present
the Patriot and Redcoat series of guitar speakers. Incorporating both
British and American cone technology into speakers that we manufacture in
the USA gives us the ability to provide you with virtually any tone you
desire. Be it British or American, clean or dirty, big bass or screaming
highs, we have a speaker that will allow you to “Pick Your Sound”.
All Genuine Eminence loudspeakers
are supported by a 7-year warranty against any Manufacturer’s Defect in
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