Fuchs Audio Technology combo amps and cabinets are now shipping standard with the Eminence Patriot Red White and Blues 12" guitar driver. Radical Tone also offers an upgrade option on a variety of speakers. Eminence Red White Blue Speaker

A Critical Element of Tone

In the years since I've been working with Fuchs amplifiers, it has become increasingly evident to me just how critical it is to find the right speaker for your tone. There are a number of speakers that work well with the Fuchs. Which speaker is best for you will depend on the tone you're trying to achieve and the type of guitars that you prefer to use. I found the Fuchs to be an extremely versatile amp. Interestingly enough, I haven't found a speaker that is as versatile as the amp.

The stock speaker that comes in the Fuchs cabinet is the Eminence Red, White and Blues (RWB's). The RWB is a jack of all trades and an ace of none -- it does a lot of things pretty well and is a good all around speaker with a lot of versatility. If you're looking for a speaker that covers a lot of territory, you can't go wrong with it. That said, if you are looking for a very serious and specific tone, you're probably going to want to upgrade to something else, though that usually comes with a price tag. Expect to pay $200 or more for upgrade speakers.

Most guys who are looking at the Fuchs ODS or TDS are interested in getting a Dumble type of tone, probably along the lines of Robben Ford or Larry Carlton. They are the first two names that come to mind when you think of Dumble tone. Interestingly enough, they both approach their tone somewhat differently. They both run 100 watt Overdrive Specials, but Robben uses a pair of Celestion G12-65's and Larry uses a single EV12L with his effects running through a set of PA speakers set on both sides of the EV12.

What is your signature sound?

The biggest difficulty I run into with most players is that they are fans of so many tones, that they tend to try emulate them all. Most of you have Strats, Les Pauls and at least three or four other guitars to try and cover all the bases. While the Fuchs amp is your best choice for versatility, you need to be realistic and realize that you'll also need a closet full of speakers if you hope to emulate the exact tone of all your favorite guitar heros. If you think about Robben Ford and Larry Carlton, usually a signature tone comes to mind. I recommend you chose a speaker that is going to get you in the range of that tone and then seek to develop your own version of it -- something that is uniquely you.

I've spent a good deal of time experimenting with a fair amount of speakers, but there are dozens of them out there and I haven't gotten to all of them... yet. The Celestion G12-65 is a great speaker choice. I like it best with my humbucker guitars. I had written it off for Strat use, but now I'm not so sure. One of the down falls to experimentation is that it's hard to find your way back to where you started and you can get lost in the forest of tonal options. For Robben Ford tone people, the G12-65 is for you and if you use it with a Strat, it may work fine. Give it a try.

If you want to hear less speaker, you might want to go for the EV12L. It is a firmer speaker, not as chewy a character as the 12-65. I find the EV to work pretty well with a Strat and it works good for jazz too, with my jazz guitars (think Larry Carlton). Stevie Ray Vaugh also used the EV12L, though he didn't use much distortion from his amp, he used his overdrive channel to give him a semi-break up, then used a tube-screamer (see www.rkfx.com for the best, non-original Tube Screamers you can find) to kick it into higher distortion.

Certain combinations of speakers can broaden your tonal pallet (check with the manufacturer to make sure the sensitivity specs are close enough to not have a problem.) For instance, I've found a cool combination with an EV12L and a Classic Lead 80. I also like my single EV12L with my 210 cabinet. I have not found the EV12L and the G12-65 to work well together.

For the Fuchs Frost (Marshall tone) these various speaker options all work pretty well. Best to try some things out.

If you order a speaker from us and you don't love it, we have a trade in policy. Ship the speaker back (you'll have to pay shipping) and you'll receive full credit towards a different speaker.

It takes work to find your tone, but with patience and a Fuchs amp, you'll get there. I have no hesitation recommending the Fuchs amp as the foundation to a great tone. Tubes, voicing, effects and speakers have more to do with "season to taste."

I will continue to experiment and test and I'll let you know what I find. I hope to get some more Celestions in here soon to test the sound of the different models they offer.

-- Michael Lewis

Price List - Celestion Speakers

Celestion speakers weigh 10-12 lbs. each.






• Celestion Gold
12" / 50 Watts / 75Hz-5kHz
• Classic Lead
12" / 80 Watts / 80Hz-5kHZ
• Celestion G12-65 Heritage
12" / 65 Watts / 80Hz-5kHz
• Celestion G12H Heritage
12" / 30 Watts / 55Hz-5kHZ