Eminence Red Fang 10 Speaker
The Eminence Red Fang 10, is a ten inch speaker with a British voiced design similar to the old blue or silver alnico speakers found in classic Vox amps. The voice of this speaker definitely has a British character to it and it’s described by Eminence as having loads of detail, chime and grit and a nicely defined low end. The Red Fang 10 features a 35 oz. alnico magnet and is rated for 50 watts at 8 ohms. According to the specs the frequency response is 70Hz-4.5kHz with a 1.75” voice coil and its sensitivity is rated at 102dB.
On the Bench: As with all Eminence speakers the Red Fang 10 has a solid look and feel. The cone looks just like a smaller version of a vintage British speaker cone complete with Zurette dust cap. The only amp I have that uses a 10″ speaker is my 1980′s Fender Super Champ and I already had a Ragin’ Cajun in it. I was a little wary of taking it out because the amp sounded so good the way it was but I mustered up a little courage (or curiosity) and removed the Cajun.
In the Shop: Just like last time I had to remove the chassis from the Super Champ to remove the Ragin Cajun and install the Red Fang 10. The magnet on the Red Fang 10 is quite large and really fills up the tiny Super Champ cabinet. All you see from the rear is this tiny cabinet with this large, round red speaker….looks kinda cool if you ask me..!!
This time I chose my Gretsch Brian Setzer Hot Rod with TV Jones Classic pickups for this review. I figured I’d go in a little different direction with this one. I set the Volume on about 4, Treble on 6, Bass about 5, Reverb around 4 and the Master at about 8. I was going for a nice clear Grestch tone. Starting off with the two pickups combined to get that cool Gretschy rockabilly sound I was pleasantly greeted by a big, clear and chimey tone. Actually it sounded huge for such a little amp! There was some really nice midrange girth but not too pronounced as to overshadow the bottom or top end. There was a certain sturdiness in sound and feel as well. I could get some great rockin’ rockabilly tones and there was just enough texture to keep things interesting. I could dig in and because of the alnico magnet the speaker sounded and felt like it had good dynamics.
Switching to the bridge pickup I could get some twang happening. I really like the chimey clarity with the bridge pickup and double stops ala Chuck Berry sounded awesome..!! Single note lines had a nice bite to them but did not sound thin because of the midrange girth. Neck pickup playing also sounded clear but was fat sounding. Really nice and warm with a fatness that could fill a big space and would be perfect in a trio setting. If you did some nice Travis pickin’ you could hear every note and again sounded fat.
Switching the Super Champ into Drive mode is a whole other play. I left the settings as is and all of a sudden my Gretsch Hot Rod is a rock and roll guitar….a mean rock and roll guitar..!! The Red Fang 10 sounds absolutely unreal for driven rock sounds. Along with the fatness and clarity in Drive mode the Read Fang 10′s character really came out. There was a certain pronounced voice with a creamy texture component to the sound. The feel was more dynamic as well. I found myself rockin’ in the Drive mode for almost an hour..!!
On the Gig: I took my Gretsch Hot Rod and Super Champ loaded with the Red Fang to a few rehearsals and a gig. The one and only pedal I used was an older Eh Memory Man. This was more of a rockabilly older rock and roll type of gig and I played mostly in the clean mode of the amp. I did get into drive mode for a few tunes however.
I felt that the Super Champ with Red Fang 10 was more than loud enough for the gig and because of the midrange girth of this speaker I could hear and feel it perfectly. I was very impressed with how big it sounded. Having the amp behind me and not looking at it I could easily picture in my mind something larger like a Deluxe Reverb or something similar. But again along with the big sound there was plenty of high end chimey sparkle that really worked well with my Gretsch.
Final Analysis: The Eminence Red Fang 10 is another excellent choice if you have a small 1×10” amp that you want to get the absolute most out of or multi 10” configuration that you want to sound huge. This speaker will outperform some 12″ speakers with ease. It reminds me of a total high performance type of component designed to deliver maximum potential.
The Red Fang 10 is loud (102db sensitivity) with girthy mids that have a nice texture & character, clear chimey highs and a nice big fat bottom end. It will transform a 1×10 amp into a 1×12 amp imo.
I was really impressed with this single speaker in the small 1×10 Super Champ cabinet. I completely underestimated it. I can’t really say that it is better than the Ragin Cajun that I had in the amp….it’s just a different flavor. I can tell you that it is really big sounding, clear, warm, big low end, chimey highs sturdy mids and it is loud…! This is a great speaker for many different styles of playing and would probably record very well in a studio. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again. The Eminence Red Fang 10 is another winner and may have to reside on my Fender Super Champ for a while!!!