Eminence Patriot Series Swamp Thang Speaker Review
The Eminence Swamp Thang has been my go-to speaker in my Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue guitar amplifier for almost 2 years. The reason I went for the Swamp thang was for three main reasons.
- It keep the Fender top end chime in tact
- It’s a very clean speaker with very little break up
- The Eminence Swamp Thang is a very loud speaker rated at 102 dB
The stock Fender speaker sucks unless you like a speaker that has ice pick high end and an uncontrolled low end. I have no idea why Fender continue to put these speakers in their amps. While they can work “okay” in a 2×12 cabinet, in a single 12 cabinet they are very lack lustre.
The Swamp thang is pretty heavy on the low end so you won’t need a lot of bass dialled in. I very rarely get it up past 9 o’clock on the EQ control. I tend also to push the mids on the amp to about 1 to 2 o’clock to fill out the sound the way I like it and the treble is generally set to about 12 o’clock.
The first video below shows how the speaker sounds in the Fender Blues Deluxe on 10. I know most people won’t run it at that volume but I thought it would be fun to share how it sounds. The second video shows the speaker at regular volumes against another great speaker called the Eminence Texas Heat speaker.
The Texas Heat is a nice speaker but it’s very different to the Swamp Thang. If you’re looking for more speaker breakup and a fatter mids with less high end it would be the choice over the Swamp Thang. If you want a very Fender sounding speaker the Swamp Thang is the way to go. You can get them to sound pretty similar by tweaking the EQ controls but I found the Swamp Thang is a better amp for my sound because it kept the Fender high end in tact.