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
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
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
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-