Celestion Vintage 30
Celestion Vintage 30

Vintage 30, Guitar speaker from Celestion in the Classic series.

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Average Score:3.5( 3.5/5 based on 20 reviews )
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nickname009's review

Celestion Vintage 30
My first experience with these speakers was in 2007. Since then they've been in a lot of amps and have become the industry standard speaker for high gain applications. And I can see why! It's a great sounding speaker with a specific midrange character to it that a lot of metal or high gain players can work with. However, there is some fizziness to it in the high mids and trebles that I sometimes HATE, but that's also the same character that adds to that midrange making the speaker so unique on it's own and thus famous! I have to say that it has generally been good sounding through almost any type of cab, whether it be 412s or 212s or even single 112 cabs. The V30 is sort of like the SM57 of guitar speakers. They've become the standard sound and it's not necessarily a good or bad sound but definitely a workable sound.

In terms of headroom I have to admit there isn't much. Cleans are good but can lead to break up quite early depending on how it's used. This is of course what is known to help with the high gain applications, it breaks up earlier, which generally equals better for metal etc. More distortion is always better, apparently. It is generally a darker sounding speaker in comparison to other standard celestions for eg the G12T-75. Not REALLy dark but darker. And if paired with the right cab can sound great. I have found however that these speakers don't sound good to me, with the oversized mesa cabs. It's way too dark and actually sound too thick and muddy, notes become indistinguishable and the low end is all over the place, while the highs are generally fizzy. It could just be the character of the mesa cab itself too, I haven't had much luck with the oversized ones..

But in general this speaker is decent and has become the industry standard rock/metal high gain speaker. Definitely can sound good, but maybe not the most versatile.

Hatsubai's review"My go-to speaker"

Celestion Vintage 30
The Celestion Vintage 30 has been one of the most used and most notorious speakers of the guitar world. This has been the predominant speaker when it comes to heavy metal recordings, and for good reason. It’s a standard 12’’ speaker with a ceramic magnet, 60 watts worth of power and comes in either 8 or 16 ohm format.

In the midst of speakers delivering a classic breakup, there was a need for a higher wattage speaker that could handle the extreme riffs that metal players were dishing out left and right. Celestion introduced the Vinage 30 as a means to allow the guitarist to scoop their mids but still allow them to cut through even the most dense mix.

This speaker is very polarizing. Some people love it, and some people hate it. Those that love it enjoy that it handles low tunings well, cuts nicely, records very easily and seems to really excel at a higher gain setting. Those that hate it mention the mids are too harsh, it doesn’t break up nicely and lacks that sweetness some of the more vintage speakers have.

Personally, I’m a huge fan of this speaker. I’ve used this as my main speaker for the past decade, and it has never let me down. I never had issues cutting, and it handles the extreme low tunings without any problem. It also remains tight without sounding like cardboard or too stiff. I never really understood how people could complain about the harshness, but I guess it’s all in how you’re setting the amp. I find this speaker tends to work better with my 5150s and Dual Rectifier better than my JCM800, so it could also be the gear you’re using.

I highly recommend the speaker, but considering how polarizing this speaker is, I recommend checking it out first. If you can, try it in a Mesa or Bogner cab as those tend to sound the best, in my opinion.

Rockmonster's review

Celestion Vintage 30
Celestion Vintage 30's... had them in a pair of closed back birch cabinets.. broke them in.. used for a few weeks.. so.. I did give them a thorough workout... This is a GREAT speaker for scooped out metal... where you are looking for sizzling highs and huge bottom.. not much character to get any sort of meaty leadwork (at least not in any 6L6 based rig) Never tried these with EL34's... which was probably a mistake on my part... It may have imparted a bit more "organic" flavor. Using it with a Carvin T100 (6L6), Voodoo Lab Preamp, GT8 preamp or Digitech GSP2101 preamp... had the same characteristics with each. I know these are the stock speakers in the Vai Legacy cabinets from Carvin.. and he DOES get a very balanced tone...(after he runs his signal through about 15k worth of processors... hmmm. This music is expensive biz!) So, I would suggest trying both types of tube power amp sources if you go with these speakers. They may be a bit "screechy" with the 6L6 setup. Perhaps it is because these are TOO tight..(which is great for modern metal rhythm work..not so great if you want a round, detailed tone for single lead notes)
Value..I think these speakers are a bit of a ripoff. $109.00 for a made in China speaker. I'm not impressed. Eminence seems to have much more balanced, well made speakers... at literally half the price and made in the USA. With 10 times the available choices that Celestion has! ( I don't want to sound like an ad for Eminence.. but I just don't understand Celestions prices. They are NOT great speakers.)
Would I make the same choice... um, no. Absolutely not. I might try them in an EL34 based setup...but for that matter, I would just use the speakers I like much more (Cannabis Rex, P-50's, or even Celestion Greenbacks) and yes, I DO play metal... if I wanted this scooped out sound...I would just try the Governor from Eminence.. which is supposed to be the equivalent. Or even the Texas Heat's. Again... I think this is an overhyped speaker that has become kind of the standard tone for Nu Metal... but does not seem to cut it with any of my gear.

myriam63660_en's review

Celestion Vintage 30
- The all in one HP: great for cleans but also for distortion: thick sound, great bass and treble, spike in the mids. Brand new, treble fréquencies can be a little harsh but it's much better when broken in
- had two of them in my 2x12 mésa vertical rectifier, i like the warm tone they provide, but i wanted more bite for my heavy distorsion patchs so i swaped one of the V30 for a century vintage. The century vintage sounds not as huge as the V30, but it has more clarity and definition.
- V30 are excellent HP, you can't go wrong with it.

marcan71's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" So, why?"

Celestion Vintage 30
Impatient to ring my head TubeMeister 36, and to follow such panurge, the almost general opinion, I ordered a vintage 30 hp to power my home 112 bass reflex cabinet. So actually in the clear, okay, with a crunch and distortion against the abomination is there, the slurry spin sound our ears!
J4ai then bought a celesion G12H30 (annivesaire not true), and then everything has changed, the screaming gave way to creamy, and all is well dan sle merilleur worlds.
What upsets me about this story is that 60% of manufacturers are equipped with baffles that shit! They must touch at a low price, otherwise I see no interest!

peet0499's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" hp interesting, but ..."

Celestion Vintage 30
This is particulary hp for my part, I explained m

I had bought the put it in a fender hot rod deluxe (version 3) has a Celestion hp of origin but not great, I wanted a good rock sound (with good pedal hot rod rings of hell yes I will yes guaranteed;)) and saw that it is in 3/4 hp amps mounted to I originally got interested in telling me that the engineers know all the same that they are ...

and then after being informed listened SEVERAL video on youtube etc, the sound m not interested badly and I bought ... after installation, clean is good I find asser rich character with an air of deja heard since good number of great guitar playing with or have played with ... so very pleasant to clean, but once the distortion engaged and I've tried several (various pedals) with the several guitars c was the horror of acute exploding ears really has to hurt ... so ... very very disappointed not to play with AC and not want to finish with a sound like running for at least 50 hours!

I have it replaced by a wizzard eminence red coat and there it was the day and night!) (ca sent) I will not talk about this one, but in my hot rod is there for 3 years and I tale not change ...

there is little I decided to go on a 4x12 ... playing well punchy rock demange ca me from longemp :)

my choice is on a blackstar ht club 50 head, very happy with this purchase, but the 4x12 of the same brand is not me they are trying Celestion seventy 80 hp good and I wanted something beefier ...

after some testing and research my choice of a 4x12 cab that provides a classic (ie not me that my ears are choosing :)) a Marshall 1960b with 4 G12T75 made in uk please, I like the sound directly, but after some rehearsals and concerts he missed me a pti some things ... the G12T75 is very good but a little smoother and it said there asser dark I go into detail because the sound is very good,

I'd already read that the couple v30 G12T75 Was asser magic, ok even if it wasn t good in one cabinet and an open amp (hot rod for example :)) I decided to test v30 with 2 x 2 G12T75 therefore (according to advices of Celestion mail;)) in my marshall 1960

and here I must say that ca n have nothing to do with the sound that I had with the v30 in my hot rod ... I had a distortion pedal black star so very similar to my blackstar head to compare c is not bad because strong Similarly, since the distortion of the hot rod is rotten

now in this config the sound is fuller with that 4g12t75, clear sound as distortion, c is richer, melodious, we say that there are frequencies in all directions, c is more alive, c is powerful with assé of vintage bass tight and not at all the way it should not be proud to have his name ca, I really like ...

So to sum up a little after this romant, the v30 is not a set hp in most amps and cab for nothing c is on, but it should in my opinion, it is personal, knowing that it can be very hateful in some amp with some very good config and config in else, maybe it does give his best even mixed in with other hp and can be given t he best in cab and amp fermé..certainement of BTW in my opinion

anyway maintenat the config with the v30 I really like and now I am really pleased to see after running because apparently it needs a lot of hours of play ... but now the garish side is not aggressive to the ears. No ..I have not tried a full cab v30 for comparing m but may not matter because I love the evil G12T75 with v30 and I think his stuff pti who are waiting just missed :)
a really effective couple ...

I have not said with what guitars I tried all this because the characteristics are similar each time but ... jle said anyway :)

telecaster with us (with dual Seymour Duncan jb in the bridge) a fender with double seymour duncan alternative 8 Chavalet and custom fender fat 50 middle and neck, gibson sg junior and p90 ...

in the end I put 8 because my experience was a little ca all or nothing, but in the end very happy ... strongly depends on the gear so ...
Linn Sondek10/13/2013

Linn Sondek's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Pretty bad."

Celestion Vintage 30
The Celestion Vintage 30 HP is a high reputation team a fairly substantial number of speakers manufacturer. And one can legitimately ask this almost existential question: "But, mashed, why?".
It should however be careful when reading the name of HP, "Vintage 30" ... Not only because it does not sound vintage, but it is not more than 30 years it is 30W. So, once again, "Why Why so much hate and lies in the world of harmony and serenity Yes, why?".
Well, I do not know damn thing!
Who wants to severe drooling endlessly? Who wants projected even at low volume mediums? Who wants screaming highs and without definition? Anyway, who wants a bad sound? This one has only one choice: the V30.
Made in China but sold at UK, I can not find anything positive to say about this Celestion. Maybe he needs a break of several years? Perhaps it should always be associated with a very different HP?

fabbcrich's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" To what use is HP?"

Celestion Vintage 30
I used rpeter for 1 month on a 212 marshall with one V30 and one eminence legend. Personally I built a 212 with Celestion G 12T 100 HOT and I'm another one with 100 K lead singer of my band, I use the site marshall (its keeps me from lugging my 212 ).
For starters are not heard at all eminence (a 212 unbalanced and expensive manufacturer) and the V30, but why 3/4 baffles factories are equipped with V30?
Low and almost nonexistent cardboard mediums too loud and shrill or harsh for the ears as it is or with respect to hp, but very sharp slap means therefore obliged to go very, very slowly on the attack strings.
As soon as one goes a little low volume dégueules and garish side forced to wear hearing protection to avoid being dull after a pieces. With my metal band we play in C or D, the V30 hardly makes its frequencies so it's pretty hard to hear and identify.
To summarize: they are heavy, expensive, dry and shrill sound, and part of the punk caves I see what to do with.
My 212 with the T 100 HOT cost me just under 300 €, sounds far better in all respects and is much more versatile.
So think before you order your HP or buy a cabinet, the 30 V are far from the best ones to play metal, better buy an empty cabinet or do it yourself, and it paste G12 T 100 HOT or G 12 K 100 and you will get the top to the metal, hot or cold, dry or greasy, clean and precise, these two models can do everything, rhythm and solos, and all styles of music.
Scrape and good choice.

tuvok's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" blah blah blah"

Celestion Vintage 30
How long have you been using?
I used 8 years on very good tube amp (Soldano SLO and Steavens Poundcake).

Did you try many other models before buying it?
No, it was after acquisition that I had the opportunity to compare.

What is so special that you like most and least?
What I like most: uh .... ben nothing (after comparison with other hp)
What I like least: the name is completely misleading Vintage, it sounds too modern for that, more high-volume sound is aggressive, loud, nasal, too straight and mids are not creamy or singing, they sound too "metal" hard ".
The Vintage 30 cab occupy most of the same high quality is really wonder how this is possible ...
Makes you wonder if Celestion almost does not pay the builders for installing in V30.

How do you rate the quality / price?
Cher for performance.

With experience, you do again this choice?
Certainly not!
I think his hp are ideal for youngsters playing metal today, for everything else they are not really recommended.
Basically they seemed not too bad the V30, but hey I never had the opportunity to compare with other hp.
Once the opportunity to be able to compare to other models hp, then I really realized how much they were "lame."
For me, that price is one of the "worst" hp available on the market.
I joined the opinion of Qillax we read everywhere that hp are great and wonderful and blah blah blah .... especially do not get trapped!

KirKill's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" uh ... no ..."

Celestion Vintage 30
it is a HP one hears everywhere that it is wonderful, wonderful ... we see that it is used by Slash then we say that the master has good taste and that is wrong and not taking it away .... it is not at all the vintage sound, warm with a nice round fat medium is just the opposite is brilliant, super straight, precise limit hi-fi I'm exaggerating a bit on the form but the substance remains the Similarly, on the Mesa for the modern is excellent after a Fender or Marshall is yuck ... suddenly I caught a Celestion Alnico Blue for my Fender and Marshall on a small Celestion Greenback Heritage, where it kills more than his mama ... dirty bluesy sounds a real wonder compared to V30, so after all depends on what you search ... for me it is not the ultimate in HP Celestion, they would have had to baptize the Modern Vintage 30 instead of 30, at least it would avoid confusion