Fat Jimmy Speakers
I had spent years searching for a speaker that sounded as good as the original Jensen Special Design that blew out in my 1959 tweed Vibrolux. I tried them all, but nothing brought out the brilliant sound of that beautiful tweed circuit quite like that old Jensen. Forrest White (the general manager of the Fender factory under Leo Fender) wrote in his book Fender: The Inside Story that Leo claimed the magic ingredient of the tweed bassman was the Jensen “special design” speakers! I still loved the Vibrolux, but it was lacking that special something it once had. Big time.
Then we stumbled across some specific WGS made speakers. As soon as I installed that 10″ into my Vibrolux and hit that first chord, I knew my search was over. My amp was alive again! Incredibly full three dimensional sound; rich, detailed mids loaded with beautiful harmonic overtones, tight punchy bottom end, sweet round highs, these speakers had it all! And the DETAIL!! WOW!!!
For years we have been using Jupiter Condenser speakers here at VFAR in our vintage Fenders with excellent results. So we approached WGS, the guys who were assembling the speakers for Jupiter, with a few changes.
Dean Birdsong at WGS modeled the Fat Jimmy Vintage Series speakers after the Jensen Special Design speakers of the late 50’s, but they are not clones. They were designed to bring out the subtle nuances, articulate response and full rich sound those classic speakers but with some modern tweaks to enhance performance. And he nailed it. Dean was very excited about the idea of working with Fat Jimmy Amplifiers to tweak his designs to better pair with not only Fat Jimmy circuits but vintage Fender amplifiers as well!
Here are our suggestions:
C825: Classic tweed champ, Blackface or Silverface Champ, Bronco or Vibrochamp. This speaker is remarkably rich, detailed and 3D sounding, with a full, punchy low end that you won’t believe can come from an 8″ speaker. READ MORE BELOW
C1025: Princeton Reverb or any vintage Fender with 1 x 10″ speaker, full replacement set in any 4 x 10″ combo such as a Super Reverb or Tweed Bassman, or any 2 x 10″ combo such as a Vibrolux Reverb, Brown Super, Tweed Super, etc. READ MORE BELOW
C1060: Princeton Reverb, Vibrolux Reverb, or any 10″ speaker situation. We also love the combination of pairing the C1025 and the C1060 in the Vibrolux Reverb and Super Reverb. READ MORE BELOW
C1225: Perfect for reducing the volume and headroom in a Deluxe Reverb intended for studio or practice use, or for a Princeton Reverb with a 12″ speaker. READ MORE BELOW
C1270: The perfect upgrade for your Deluxe Reverb or any 1 x 12″ or 2 x 12″ combo, such as the Blackface or Silverface Twin Reverb, Pro Reverb, Brownface Twin, Tweed Twin, Bassman 2 x12 cab, Bandmaster 2 x 12 cab, etc… or two of these in a Pro or Twin Reverb. READ MORE BELOW
A1270: These speakers pair incredibly well with vintage Tweed circuits – pure magic in a vintage tweed Deluxe or tweed Twin! While these speaker sound amazing in any Deluxe Reverb or 5E3 Tweed Deluxe, they truly do something truly magical in the older Tweed Deluxe circuits like the 5B3, 5C3, and 5D3… READ MORE BELOW
Order my Fat Jimmy Speakers!
$49.00 – $249.00
Please select your speaker type and OHM rating.
These speakers come highly recommended by Vintage Fender Amp Repair. People write in all the time, asking what capacitor kit will fix their flubby low end. While new filter caps might help tighten up the sound a bit, the real fix is is to upgrade your speaker! Believe us, the Fender circuits are not inherently flubby in the low end – they are designed to handle the entire range of instruments (and they deliver)! It’s the speakers that wear out and get soft & farty as the years go by.
Fat Jimmy Vintage Series speakers are the perfect match for your vintage Fender amplifier.
Not only do these speakers sound incredible, they look great too! And lets face it, when you’re dealing with your vintage Fender, looks are important!
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A1060, A1260, C1025, C1060, C1225, C1270, C1570, C825
C825: The best sounding 8″ speaker we’ve EVER heard! NO JOKE!! This 8″ speaker will breathe new life into a classic tweed champ, or bring your Blackface or Silverface Champ, Bronco or Vibrochamp into another whole realm of Tone Nirvana! This speaker is remarkably rich, detailed and 3D sounding, with a full, punchy low end that you won’t believe can come from an 8″ speaker. Full spectrum sonic bliss. You will be blown away by the sound this 8″ speaker can deliver. You won’t believe your champ could ever sound this good, and you very well might kick yourself for waiting this long to find out!
C1025: Our favourite 10″ speaker. Rated at 25 watts, this 10″ speaker has a certain magical quality to it. It delivers everything you could want in a 10″ speaker – punchy lows, richly textured mids, and smooth, round highs. As a single speaker it adds just the right amount of speaker breakup to your sound when pushed, without losing the tight ‘clean’ characteristics you need for optinal performance, even at higher volumes. This speaker has the smoothest, creamiest overdrive characteristics of any speaker in the FJVS lineup (which is saying quite a bit). An incredible upgrade for a Princeton Reverb or any vintage Fender with 1 x 10″ speaker! Highly recommended as a full replacement set in any 4 x 10″ combo such as a Super Reverb or Tweed Bassman, or any 2 x 10″ combo such as a Vibrolux Reverb, Brown Super, Tweed Super, etc. MAGIC in Tweed circuits (does wonders for a tweed Vibrolux)!! This setup will also help your 4 x 10″ or 2 x 10″ combo shed some serious weight!
C1060: This is an excellent speaker if you are looking for more volume and headroom from your Princeton Reverb, Vibrolux Reverb, or any 10″ speaker situation. This is a cleaner, more efficient speaker than the C1025. While not as creamy for low volume overdrive as the C1025, this speaker delivers more volume than you might expect from a 10″ speaker. If you just need ‘more’ from your Princeton Reverb, this is the speaker for you. We also love the combination of pairing the C1025 and the C1060 in the Vibrolux Reverb and Super Reverb. These two speakers work remarkably well together in these two particular circuits. You get the best of both worlds – the smooth texture and creaminess of the C1025 combined with the punch, headroom and clarity of the C1060!
C1225: The Fat Jimmy Vintage Series C1225 in an excellent choice for low powered 12″ speaker applications. Full and rich, this speaker delivers the same creamy overdrive as the C1025. Perfect for reducing the volume and headroom in a Deluxe Reverb intended for studio or practice use, or for a Princeton Reverb with a 12″ speaker. Also an excellent choice for any 12″ speaker application where the qualities of a lower powered speaker are desired: reduced volume, less headroom, creamier overdrive, and adding speaker distortion into the mix.
C1270: Our favourite 12″ speaker overall! The Fat Jimmy Vintage Series C1270 is incredibly versatile and the perfect upgrade for your Deluxe Reverb or any 1 x 12″ or 2 x 12″ combo, such as the Blackface or Silverface Twin Reverb, Pro Reverb, Brownface Twin, Tweed Twin, Bassman 2 x12 cab, Bandmaster 2 x 12 cab, etc etc! This remarkable speaker personifies the perfect balance of volume and headroom, while truly allowing the rich natural tube overdrive of your amplifier to be heard and properly represented! This speaker will launch your Deluxe Reverb head first into the full on professional gigging arena, while also providing the subtle detail and articulate response required for lower volume practice and studio recording situations. Two of these in a Pro or Twin Reverb will deliver the punch, clarity and headroom you need and expect from a 2 x 12″ Fender, while also delivering a warmth, richness, and 3D sound unmatched by any new production speaker available today. TIGHT, punchy low end; rich, detailed mids; and a very clear yet smooth and warm high end! Perfect in ANY 12″ speaker application!
A1270: This speaker shares many of the sonic qualities of the C1270, but delivers that vintage AlNiCo sound! If you’re an AlNiCo fan, this speaker is for you. AlNiCo speakers have a different ‘texture’ than ceramic speakers. They have a certain sonic quality when pushed – a certain compression and detail that is differnt from a ceramic speaker (you AlNiCo conniseurs know what I’m talking about). These speakers pair incredibly well with vintage Tweed circuits – pure magic in a vintage tweed Deluxe or tweed Twin! While these speaker sound amazing in any Deluxe Reverb or 5E3 Tweed Deluxe, they truly do something truly magical in the older Tweed Deluxe circuits like the 5B3, 5C3, and 5D3… These speakers also blend *perfectly* with a ceramic C1270 in 2 x 12″ combos – another case where ‘one of each’ gives you the best of both worlds!!
Fat Jimmy Vintage Series speakers are custom speakers that are typically made to order by our friends at WGS. They are shipped to you directly from the manufacturer! This helps keep prices down (by not having to ship twice). As a result, tracking information is not immediately available as it is for most orders. Most Fat Jimmy Vintage Series speakers are delivered to domestic customers within 5-8 business days of the order being placed. If you are in a rush or hell bent on watching your speaker make its way through the UPS delivery network, please contact us via email and we will work with you to expedite the process or offer expedited shipping.