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It handled both cleans and leads extremely

EM12—into one clear, powerful, articulate unit. Given

street), which he spec’d as a three-way amal-

well, allowing the guitar and amp to sound like

a broader reference, you might call the lovechild

gam of the Tonespotter’s lows, the Wizard’s clean

themselves with little extraneous coloration.

of those two simply “a hemp-coned EVM 12L.” All

upper register, and the Red Fang alnico’s sparkle

Although Neo is known as a sensitive magnet,

this engineering brings the cast-framed speaker

and grit. This ceramic-magnet speaker handles

this speaker wanted to be pushed some to sound

with 80-ounce ceramic magnet in at a weighty

50 watts max and comes only in an 8ȍ version.

its best—consequently, it was a little dead with

16.3 lbs, but such is the cost of tone.

Much as Smith’s requested recipe would

the Deluxe at lower volumes, but came to life

The HempDog sounded superbly bold and

indicate, I found the JS-1250 a broadly “Brit-

at higher decibels, and it ate up anything on the

balanced, yet rich and dynamic with all guitar and

ish” speaker in nature, but one that took well to

65 Amps Producer EL past about 11 o’clock on

amp combinations, and it remained surprisingly

American playing styles too, with a voice that

the Master. Powerful stuff in a light package.

nimble and lively even at lower volume levels.

runs between Greenback and G12H camp, and

KUDOS Balanced and transparent, with excep-

This one seemed to love everything I threw at

a character that’s likely to appeal to a great

tional power-handling for its weight.

it, delivering a warm midrange, taut lows, and

many players who lean in that direction for their

CONCERNS None.

sweet highs that were never spikey or shrill. A

tones. Cleans were chimey and just slightly tex-

fun alternative to the legendary EVM, a major

tured, while lead tones pushed the speaker into

PETE AN DERSO N S IG NATU R E HEMP DO G

bargain at this price, and an Editors’ Pick Award

more upper-midrange sizzle, with rounded yet

winner along with it.

balanced lows. A great all-rounder, I see the

From Eminence’s Signature Series, the HempDog

KUDOS Clear and powerful, with a bold, rich

JS-1250 as an excellent choice for the player

($119 street) is one raging hunk of speaker. Capa-

voice and some sweetness throughout the range.

who’s having a tough time deciding which more

ble of handling 150 watts, its extremely efficient

CONCERNS None.

specific British alley to head down.

ever you throw at it into a lot of sound. The maker

J OS H S M ITH SIG NATUR E JS-125 0

ing several styles well.

tells us Anderson sought to blend his two favorite

Contemporary blues artist Josh Smith turned to

CONCERNS None.

speakers—Eminence’s Cannabis Rex and Legend

Eminence to create this signature model ($99

CONTACT eminence.com g

KUDOS A good Brit-voiced all-rounder, cover-

sensitivity rating of 102.3dB also translates what-

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