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Celestion 25-watt greenback versus ElectroVoice 300-watt EVM (Black Label)

Obviously it's all a matter of preference and is relative to the individual; i'm just making fun of all that i've seen on BBS's about this.    :)

EV speakers are great if you're happy with your tone and simply want to amplify it with as little coloration as possible.  These sound-reinforcement-like (aka PA) drivers are designed to reproduce sound consistently at low and high volumes with the minimum possible of distortion being added by the speaker itself.

Many people using vintage amps for clean tones will use ElectroVoice speakers.  EVs (in my opinion) are like 60's Vox Bulldogs on steroids but without the midrange "honk".  These speakers are amazing for surf and rockabilly.

At the other end of things, you have the mega super heavy metal bands using these speakers because you can crank the living hell out of them while retaining all of the definition and punch that those 120-watt amps put out.

Alot of people say that this type of speaker sounds "too muddy" or "too bassy" for electric guitar, and that would be a problem (for some) if it weren't for EQ, which comes with presets and on stompboxes and mixers and even on 99.9% of the tube amps themselves.

If you're going for that classic 70's/80's Marshall tone and you're willing to use an actual Marshall amplifier to get it (as opposed to amp modeling), you'd be making a big mistake in going with the EVs.

Celestion greenbacks begin "breaking up" at higher volumes, adding their own distortion to the sound.  For fans of the mighty Celestion, this distortion is a completely desirable characteristic that is as much a part of the sound (of many many rigs) as the amplifier itself.

I can't stand Yngwie Malmsteen, but i have to say that his live tone is probably one of my favorites of all time, and is a perfect example of that classic Celestion distortion (on a strat with single coils!).  The cranked Marshall sound is arguably the most popular (it's certainly the most ubiquitous) in the history of electric music, and some modelers have come close with the amplifier, but i have yet to hear a model that even remotely approaches the characteristic of a Celestion being pushed by a tube amp.

Speaking of which: If you've spent hours and hours perfecting presets on your POD, V-Amp or ToneLab modelers at either high or low volumes, you're gonna have an unpleasant surprise when you adjust the volume in the opposite direction when using Celestion greenbacks.

If you need good *clean* VOLUME, Celestion is probably not the speaker for you.  If you desire the ultimate in great low-end response & definition, this is definitely not the speaker for you.

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