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Upgrading the Fender Rumble v3 40w speaker

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Kikegg, Jan 18, 2018.

  1. Kikegg


    Mar 3, 2011
    Madrid, Spain
    Totally wrong thread... re-starting... I was sure it was loaded with a 8" speaker but not, it's a
    10" Fender Special Design. The combo sounds pretty good and has enough volume to stand against a regular drummer :)

    Anyway, the question is still valid.

    which 10", 8 ohms speaker would you recommend me for this combo? Would be worth changing the stock speaker with a better one?

    Thanks in advance
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2018
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  2. Eminence Basslite S2010 is the most common replacement driver.
    Speaker Detail | Eminence Speaker
    If you'd rather have a ceramic-ferrite motor get an Eminence Legend B102
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2018
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  3. bobcruz


    Mar 10, 2004
    Did you search the forum? There are at least 2 good threads with recent posts discussing this idea with pictures and technical help regarding how to retune the ports for the new speaker.
  4. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2007
    Toronto Ontario Canada
    You bought a practice amplifier. Trying to make it more by changing out the driver is wasted time and money. if you want more, trade the unit in and add the price of the new driver what you get. Buy something better.
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  5. Kikegg


    Mar 3, 2011
    Madrid, Spain
    Good point. As you said it primary use is at home for practice.

    I've giged a couple of times with it in small venues and IMO it has the "balls" to hold on quite good, that's the reason. My main rig is a Rumble 500 head + EBS Classic 4x10, so more than anything changing the speaker is a whim not necessity :)

    Thanks all for your comments.
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  6. So be sure to have fun with it! :D You'll be very pleasantly surprised at how much better it sounds! :thumbsup:
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  7. bobcruz


    Mar 10, 2004
    That particular practice amp has some nice features and is extremely lightweight, and well priced. The stock speaker is the weak link. The speaker upgrade makes an enormous improvement in the sound, as testified in the threads I mentioned. If you buy the combo used (in mint condition) like I did, as well as a used S2010 like I did, you can have the upgraded package for less than the already low price of a new one. :)

    But it is absolutely vital to read the prior threads about this.
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  8. Kikegg


    Mar 3, 2011
    Madrid, Spain
    Thanks a lot. Very useful.

    It's my fault I didn't search 'cos at first I thought it was loaded with a 8" speaker (What I was thinking of? I don't know) so I searched for other terms and no results were found. Later I realized that I was wrong and re-did the post not searching again. :rolleyes::rolleyes:

    edited to fix typos
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2018
  9. rllefebv


    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    Start here Fender Rumble v3 40 - First Impressions

    I followed the above thread, using @AstroSonic recommendations and it turned a pleasant practice amp into a coffeehouse-gig workhorse!! Honestly night-and-day difference!! I use it with an old-time band regularly in brew pubs and wine bars... an fdeck HPF in front of my upright handles most needs, also sounding great with the usual electrics...

    The speaker and port changes make a huge difference in sound and allow me to use it for sane-volume rehearsals with a roots group. It has definitely earned its keep. Of course, it won't replace your big rig, but the line out is decent to feed to FOH in a pinch. Folks can naysay all they want, but for the niche it fills in my lineup, I consider the amp and upgrade money well spent!

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