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Avatar by Fane M65 & H75 12" Speakers

Magazine article Guitar Player

Avatar by Fane M65 & H75 12" Speakers

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WITH FANE'S GUITAR SPEAKERS rebounding in the market in recent years, Idaho-based Avatar Speakers decided to approach the British maker about creating two bespoke 12" models for exclusive distribution. The aim was to capture two perennially popular flavors of genuinely U.K.-made tone at player-friendly prices. The Avatar M65 by Fane has a 35-ounce ceramic magnet, a 99dB sensitivity rating, and 65-watt power handling. It is voiced roughly in the mold of the "beefed-up Greenback," which is to say it's not entirely dissimilar to Celestion's G12-65 or M65 Creamback, but rendered with Fane's own distinctive character. The H75, with its 59-ounce magnet, 100dB sensitivity, and 75-watt capability, shoots for the "heavy magnet" formula of the G12H and H75 Cream-back, but again with Fane's own je ne sais quoi.

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I tested the pair in a 2 x 12 cab with both open- and closed-back options, and wired for individual speaker connection, using modified JTM45-style and AC15-style amps, with a wide variety of single-coil and humbucker guitars. Both speakers achieved Avatar's goals beautifully, very much as described, but the secret sauce is in the Fane part of the equation, which I heard, to put it simply, as a little extra punchiness, and a shifting of the midrange bark somewhat more toward the lower-mids spectrum in each speaker. The M65 has that familiar easy breakup, softer low end, and crackly-crunch when pushed, making it a great speaker for anything classic-rock derived. The H75, on the other hand, has more tightness and cutting power; more of a slap in the face from the highs--and a firmer low end, with greater note clarity overall. …

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