G12M-65 Creamback

The G12M Greenback is perhaps the definitive vintage Celestion ceramic magnet guitar speaker. Developed in the mid-sixties it was quickly adopted by players like Hendrix, Clapton, Beck and Page who typified the louder and more aggressive blues rock playing styles that came to characterize that era.

The G12M-65 Creamback produces the familiar woody G12M tone but handles greater power, making it ideally suited for today’s amps when a vintage tone is desired. The increased power handling brings with it additional low end grunt complementing the warm and vocal mid range crunchy upper- mids and sweet refined highs.

G12M-65 Creamback Speaker and IR Go Head to Head

When we captured the impulse response of the Creamback G12M-65 speaker as part of our new speaker IR range, we knew it sounded authentic. But when we compared the physical speaker and IR graphically the match was so close to perfect even we were impressed!Which makes the IR a great way to “test drive” the Creamback G12M before you buy the real thing.

Read the full post on the CelestionPlus.com blog.

INTRODUCING THE CELESTION G12M-65 CREAMBACK, HIGH POWER VINTAGE GUITAR SPEAKER

The G12M-65 Creamback has the look and sound of a vintage G12M as well as

delivering a big enough power handling capability for today’s modern amplifiers.

The G12M, also known as the Greenback, is perhaps the definitive vintage Celestion ceramic magnet guitar speaker. Developed in the mid-sixties, it was quickly adopted by players like Hendrix, Clapton, Beck and Page, who typified the louder and more aggressive blues rock playing styles that came to characterize that era.

The new G12M-65 Creamback produces that familiar, woody G12M tone, but handles greater power making it ideally suited for today’s amps, when a vintage tone is desired. The increased power handling brings with it low end grunt that

complements the warm and vocal mid range, crunchy upper mids and sweet, refined highs.

Celestion Introduces the G10 Creamback Guitar Speaker Impulse Responses

Ipswich, UK (March 19, 2020) —Celestion, the world’s premier designer and manufacturer of guitar loudspeakers and well-known as the voice of rock and roll behind many of the world’s most memorable guitar performances,  is pleased to announce the addition of the G10 Creamback Impulse Responses to its impressive collection of Celestion Impulse Responses available for audition and download at CelestionPlus.

The G10 Creamback guitar speaker delivers rich classic Celestion Creamback tone in a smaller 10” format. With a ceramic magnet, a 1.75-inch voice coil, and 45-watts of power handling, the G10 Creamback is built using the same production methods and materials developed for the 12” Creambacks; and just like its bigger brothers, the G10 Creamback is hand-built in the UK. Punchy and dynamic, exactly as you’d expect from a 10; its tone is warm, expressive, detailed and well-balanced. Now the G10 Creamback guitar speaker has been captured as an IR, an accurate digital representation which provides all the warmth and detail that guitar players love about the physical 10” Creamback.

The G10 Creamback speaker impulse response collection includes five different cabinet configurations:

1×10 (open back)

1×10 (closed back)

2×10 (open back)

2×10 (closed back)

4×10 (closed back)

Each one of the cabinet configurations was recorded with painstaking accuracy by our expert sound engineers, in a world-class studio, using three pro-grade studio microphones – the Sennheiser MD421, Royer R-121 ribbon mic and Shure SM57 – each in six different positions (plus a rear mic for the open back cabs). All the positions are referred to in the IR files as Balanced, Bright, Fat, Thin, Dark and Dark 2.  A Neumann TLM107 room mic was also used to provide additional mic mixes, giving users an impressive range of tonal options.

As with all genuine Celestion IRs, the new G10 Creamback impulse responses are downloaded in .WAV format for compatibility with most DAWs, IR plug-ins and amp modelling software.

The new G10 Creamback IRs join the extensive collection of genuine Celestion Impulse Responses, with guitar IRs such as the A-TypeCelestion BlueCelestion Cream, Celestion Gold, Classic Lead 80, Heritage G12H 55Hz, Heritage G12M, G12 EVH, G12K-100, G12-35XC, G12T-75,  G12-50GL LynchbackG12-H150 Redback, G12M Greenback, G12M-65 Creamback, G12M-75 Creamback, G12H Anniversary, G12-65, Neo Creamback, V-TypeVintage 30  and bass impulse responses such as the BL10-100X, BN15-400X, BN10-200X, BN15-300X, PULSE10, PULSE12 and PULSE15.

About Celestion Impulse Responses

Celestion IRs, which capture the essential behavior of the cabinet in the specific space in which it was recorded, including the frequency and phase response of single drivers as well as the interaction of multiple speakers, offer the user significant benefits. In both recording and live production, Celestion IRs enable the desired tone to be precisely and consistently reproduced regardless of the music recording or live sound environment. And IR users can escape the limitations of a single mic and cabinet setup and explore a universe of possibilities to create the perfect tone. Once you find a tone that you love, it can be precisely recreated, in the studio or on the road, time after time. And the IRs allow Celestion customers to audition specific models before purchasing one or more physical speakers.

Celestion IR digital downloads are available in uncompressed, industry standard .WAV format at 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz and 96 kHz sample rates at 24 bit depth, in lengths of 200 and 500 milliseconds Once the files are downloaded and unzipped, users simply load the IRs into a convolution plug-in in their DAW or into other processing hardware. These formats will work in all known hardware capable of loading IRs, and for the most popular hardware Celestion have already grouped together the correct formats. Guitar processor manufacturers supported include (but are not limited to) Atomic Amps, Fractal Audio Systems, Kemper, Line 6, Logidy, Positive Grid, Two Notes, Headrush and Yamaha. The Celestion IR files may be downloaded in the sample rate and length appropriate for the hardware being used or as a complete package of all rates and lengths. Certain third party hardware requires the files to be converted into a proprietary format before use. Celestion Plus.

About Celestion and Celestion Guitar Speakers
An important element to essential British guitar tone since the birth of Rock & Roll, Celestion Guitar Speakers are famous for their lively and vocal midrange character with plenty of sparkle and chime. With worldwide headquarters in Ipswich, England, Celestion design, develop and manufacture premium guitar and bass loudspeakers, and high-quality professional audio drivers for sound reinforcement. These world-renowned speakers are used onstage and in clubs, theatres and other venues the world over. Contact Celestion at: info@celestion.com and visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/celestion.
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G12H-75 Creamback

Back in the late 60s the G12H was created by fixing an ‘H’ type (heavy) magnet to the body of a G12M guitar speaker. Result: a speaker with more power and a different tonal balance: firmer bass and a more pronounced top end. So we added an ‘H’ magnet to the G12M-65 Creamback to create a guitar speaker that delivers the sonic signature of a G12H combined with Creamback levels of power handling. The result is the G12H-75 Creamback. It delivers 75-watts of power handling with ease and has unmistakeable G12H tone with a tighter low end than the G12M-65 Creamback and a punchier more dynamic high end. The H magnet brings additional focus body and girth to the Creamback tone. It thickens single notes resulting in a highly articulate vocal character. These additional characteristics mean that the G12H-75 Creamback offers exceptional performance when used for lead guitar and sounds massive loaded into a 4×12 cab!

G12 Neo Creamback – Now Available as a Speaker IR

Launched less than 18 months ago, the G12 Neo Creamback speaker has proven itself popular amongst players, with the added benefit of the significant weight saving offered by the neodymium magnet assembly.
While it’s far lighter than the classic Creamback G12M-65 and G12H-75, it’s no lightweight when it comes to emulating that authentic Creamback tone. The overall result is instantly familiar, with the same vintage feel as a Creamback, but with a few of its own unique touches. Expect a punchy low end, warm mids, some crunch in the upper mids and highs that are sweet and refined, like we blended the Creamback M and H together in a super-light package. .
 
And this month sees the launch of its impulse response on CelestionPlus.com. Find out more at the blog, or download the Neo Creamback impulse responses here.

Celestion Launches Neo Creamback Impulse Responses

Ipswich, UK (June 8, 2017) —   Celestion is pleased to announce the addition of the Neo Creamback IR guitar speaker tones to their acclaimed line of Impulse Responses. As the premier manufacturer of guitar and bass loudspeakers with a rich history in creating classic guitar tones known the world over, Celestion insists upon the utmost standards for their Impulse Responses, which are created using state-of-the art gear, award-winning engineers and world-class recording facilities. As a result, Celestion Impulse Responses are the definitive digital representations of the company’s renowned classic guitar speaker tones. The new Neo Creamback Impulse Responses, along with the eight other classic loudspeaker IRs which premiered earlier this year, are available for audition and download at Celestion Plus.

While the original Neo Creamback has been created using a neodymium magnet assembly, making it around half the weight of a traditional ceramic magnet speaker, the weight of course doesn’t matter when it comes to Impulse Responses. But the newly designed magnet assembly also adds a little extra magic of its own to the Creamback-style tone. While still providing the punch of a ceramic magnet Creamback together with a warm and vocal midrange, the Neo Creamback adds to this the shimmering presence of an Alnico guitar speaker as well as some additional note separation, all captured as well in the new Neo Creamback IRs.

Five individual IR varieties of the Neo Creamback are available for download, which correspond to each of 5 separate types of cabinet, including:

  • 1×12 (open back)
  • 1×12 (closed back)
  • 2×12 (open back)
  • 2×12 (closed back)
  • 4×12 (closed back)

And for each of these cabinets, three different professional studio quality microphones were used, each placed in six discrete locations. (thereby resulting in eighteen impulse responses per cab). In addition, Celestion has incorporated eight more impulse responses for each cabinet, created by mixing together various single IRs, offering further tonal choice. Click here to find out more about the combinations of microphone that have been used for the mixes.

“Celestion is thrilled by the amazing reception from our customers to our line of Impulse Responses, says Nigel Wood, Celestion Managing Director. “We are pleased to add the Neo Creamback to the IR family, and we will continue to make more original, authentic Celestion Impulse Responses available as a natural extension of our product range — providing our celebrated speaker tones in a convenient digitally downloadable format.”

The new Neo Creamback Impulse Responses join the other classic set list of Celestion IRs available for purchase including the G12-H150 Redback,  G12M Greenback, G12M-65 Creamback, G12M-75 Creamback, G12H Anniversary, G12-65,  Celestion Blue and Vintage 30 models mounted in 1×12 and 2×12 open and closed back and 4×12 cabinets.  The new Neo Creamback IRs are available for download both as an individual single cabinet-type IR as well as a full collection.

About Celestion Impulse Responses

Celestion IRs, which capture the essential behavior of the cabinet in the specific space in which it was recorded, including the frequency and phase response of single drivers as well as the interaction of multiple speakers, offer the user significant benefits. In both recording and live production, Celestion IRs enable the desired tone to be precisely and consistently reproduced regardless of the music recording or live sound environment. And IR users can escape the limitations of a single mic and cabinet setup and explore a universe of possibilities to create the perfect tone. Once you find a tone that you love, it can be precisely recreated, in the studio or on the road, time after time. And the IRs allow Celestion customers to audition specific models before purchasing one or more physical speakers.

Celestion IR digital downloads are available in uncompressed, industry standard .WAV format at 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz and 96 kHz sample rates at 24 bit depth, in lengths of 200 and 500 milliseconds Once the files are downloaded and unzipped, users simply load the IRs into a convolution plug-in in their DAW or into other processing hardware. These formats will work in all known hardware capable of loading IRs, and for the most popular hardware Celestion have already grouped together the correct formats. Guitar processor manufacturers supported include Atomic Amps, Fractal Audio Systems, Kemper, Line 6, Logidy, Positive Grid, Two Notes, Headrush and Yamaha. The Celestion IR files may be downloaded in the sample rate and length appropriate for the hardware being used or as a complete package of all rates and lengths. Certain third party hardware requires the files to be converted into a proprietary format before use. Celestion Plus.

About Celestion and Celestion Guitar Speakers
An important element to essential British guitar tone since the birth of Rock & Roll, Celestion Guitar Speakers are famous for their lively and vocal midrange character with plenty of sparkle and chime. With worldwide headquarters in Ipswich, England, Celestion design, develop and manufacture premium guitar and bass loudspeakers, and high-quality professional audio drivers for sound reinforcement. These world-renowned speakers are used onstage and in clubs, theatres and other venues the world over. Contact Celestion at: info@Celestion.com

and visit us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/Celestion.
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The Creamback Story

Celestion’s G12M was our very first (and still one of our best-loved) ceramic magnet guitar speakers. Soon after its creation in 1965, the speaker became known as the “Greenback”, thanks to the trademark green can that covered the magnet at the rear of the speaker.

The G12M’s fabled ‘brown sound’ characterised by a warm,controlled low-end, a rich, vocal mid-range and a delicate, detailed top-end, can be heard on countless famous recordings from the 60s through to the present day.

The Race for Power

If the story of the guitar speaker is about anything though,it’s about the quest for tone in the face of the demand for increasing power.

The G12M itself was borne from a need to provide a guitar speaker with a higher power handling capability, when compared with the Alnico speakers that Celestion were producing at the time.  At 20-watts the G12M was thought to be a fairly substantial beast– for two or three years at least– until the cry came out for a 30-watt speaker. Celestion responded with the G12H, and the race for power was under way.

And so the cycle continued, with higher power amplifiers requiring higher power speakers to withstand their greater output.  This led to the development of a wide range of guitar speakers with increasing power handling capabilities.

The design changes and innovations made to the speakers that enabled them to deliver greater power handling, also resulted in speakers that had substantially different sonic characteristics. They sounded markedly different to their lower powered counterparts, thereby giving guitarists a never-widening tonal pallet from which to choose.

However great the choice of speakers available though, the fact remained that for anyone seeking the kind of tone delivered by a G12M (or similar low powered speaker of that era) –what these days we refer to as vintage tone- – then what you needed was a low power speaker.

This is because vintage tone has always been synonymous with lower power amps and cabs: it’s the tone produced by a low power speaker,manufactured with parts that aren’t physically able to withstand the higher powered inputs of more modern equipment. After all, that was the equipment that was available to guitarists back then.

Conversely, the higher power speakers, those manufactured with parts made to withstand higher power input, are best associated with a more modern sound, precisely because they are made for use with modern sounding, high power amplifiers.

A New Challenge: More Power, Same Tone

We’ve tried to build a higher power “vintage” speaker before, and with some success. The Vintage 30 was created in 1986 and while not having a truly vintage sound by today’s definition, has ultimately carved itself a place as one of the most unique-sounding and best-loved guitar speakers of all time.

In 2011 we set ourselves a new Vintage challenge: build a speaker that delivers true vintage tone, with sonic  characteristics as close to an original G12Mas possible, but with a level of power handling capable of keeping up with modern amplifiers and playing styles.

Could we create a speaker using modern parts, designed to withstand greater power, but that genuinely sounds close to an original Greenback?

The answer is yes, and comes in the shape of the G12M-65 Creamback. It has a hefty 65-watt power handling capability and an unmistakably Greenback-like tone.

Does it sound identical to the G12M? No, they’re not 100% alike:that would be practically impossible to achieve! However, they certainly sound like they’re part of the same family, think of the G12M-65 Creamback as the Greenback’s big brother: same vintage vibe, but with the extra heft giving the speaker a bigger bottom end.

No other speaker could sound as close to a G12M and offer this level of power handling capability.

The Legend of the Creamback

The G12M-65 is a brand new innovation from Celestion’s guitar speaker development team in Ipswich, England. However, this isn’t the first time Celestion has produced a Creamback.

There was a period during the early 1970s when occasionally we’d run out of green to make the rear cans for the G12M and G12H speakers.Back then, the significance of the “green back” wasn’t yet fully realised, so we’d use whatever colour came to hand. At various times we produced the Blackback, the Greyback and sometimes… the Creamback.

Whatever the colour of the can, physically and tonally the speakers were actually always Greenbacks.

So we’ve resurrected the cream can for the launch of the G12M-65: to celebrate family ties.

Celestion’s NEO Creamback Now Shipping throughout the U.S.

Ipswich, UK (December 11, 2016) — Celestion, the premier manufacturer of guitar and bass loudspeakers and professional audio drivers for sound reinforcement applications, is very pleased to announce that the new lightweight G12 Neo Creamback guitar speaker is now shipping throughout the U.S.

The Neo Creamback is every bit a classic Celestion, delivering all the magical tone that you’d expect from their celebrated guitar speakers– but packing half the weight of a traditional Creamback. The difference is that the Celestion’s dynamic engineering team designed and built the speaker with a lightweight neodymium magnet – enabling the Neo Creamback to deliver all the authentic tone, low end punch, warm vocal midrange and refined highs – together in a unit that’s half the weight that you’d expect.

“Celestion has a tradition of listening carefully to feedback from our customers and responding to their needs with innovative products,” says Nigel Wood, CEO of Celestion. “We are very proud to be able to offer them the Neo Creamback, with all the tone of our classic Creamback in a very lightweight package.”

With an 8-hole pressed steel frame and cream coloured rear can, the G12 Neo Creamback weighs only 4.2 lbs., and features a frequency response of 75Hz-5kHz, with 65w of power handling and delivers an output sensitivity (SPL) of 97dB. The G12 Neo Creamback is available in both 8 and 16 ohms.

The new G12 NEO Creamback is available at your local retailer. Discover more about the NEO Creamback.

About Celestion and Celestion Guitar Speakers

An important element to essential British guitar tone since the birth of Rock & Roll, Celestion Guitar Speakers are famous for their lively and vocal midrange character with plenty of sparkle and chime. With worldwide headquarters in Ipswich, England, Celestion design, develop and manufacture premium guitar and bass loudspeakers, and high-quality professional audio drivers for sound reinforcement. These world-renowned speakers are used onstage and in clubs, theatres and other venues the world over. Contact Celestion at: info@celestion.com and visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/celestion.

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Talking about the Creamback H

Rick Skillman, our man in California, was talking a little bit about the back story of the Creamback H on this edition of the The Flo Guitar Enthusiasts radio show. Click on the link here to hear hte show.

Studio guest is Dan Boul, president of 65 Amps, who talks in-depth about the ethos behind his company (and his love of Celestion!)

Click here to find out more about the G12H-75 Creamback, aka Creamback H.