See our Buyer’s guide to vintage Fender amps for a guide and picture gallery of the known original speakers in the blackface and silverface amps.
You may compare these with your own speakers to determine what you have.
What is also interesting is that our own taste developes over time.
After many years with vanilla ice cream, the taste of chocolate will be a tone explosion, not to mention a mix of the two.
In such cases we tend to favor British voiced speakers to give us a throaty and meaty tone where the treble is tamed and compensated for.
Such speakers may not be well suited for crystal clear and soft clean tones, but they match perfectly with our blackface AB165 Bassman with jumped channels and lots of preamp and power amp distortion.
They have a balanced and transparent characte that works good for most music styles.
The term “American” speakers is wide and not a very precise term.
There are of course exceptions to our preference of American speakers.
One is a heavily cranked amp with a bright single coil guitar.
In some cases we want more power and headroom, particularly in small single speaker amps like the Princeton Reverb and the Deluxe Reverb who were poorly equipped from the Fender factory (it is a big shame that the Jensen C12n never was installed in the blackface Deluxe Reverb).