Greenbacks in a 50 watt Ampeg guitar amp?

frater106

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Hey, guys. I’m running an Ampeg Reverberocket 212 50 watt tube amp. It’s got 12ax7 pre-amp tubes with 6L6s in the power section. Right now, I’ve got Eminence Wizards in the open-back combo. However, these are very efficient speakers (102.8 db). I’m thinking of maybe replacing them with 25 watt greenbacks, to quiet the amp a bit (they’re rated at 98 db). I’m also going to buy from JHS one of their little amp boxes-you basically are putting a variable pot in the effects loop so that you can still run the pre-amp near distortion without going deaf. I’m concerned though, because the original speakers were rated at 50 watts each. Could I safely use Greenbacks? Out do I have to go with something like a G12H30 or Vintage 30 (both rated 30 watts, 100 db)? Thanks for the advice!!
 

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Oops-the Vintage 30s are actually rated at 60 watts-so they would definitely work. What about the Greenbacks, though? I’m hoping to use a less efficient speaker.
 

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If you are running 2x12 Greenbacks, wired either in series or parallel, it will handle 50 Watts.
 

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I had a Greenback in a 40w Carr Rambler.
No problem, sounded great, but I was aware about romping on it too hard for more than a few seconds.
Never needed to. Rambler is very Ampeg sounding. Good mix.
 


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