Eminence Patriot Series Swamp Thang Speaker Review

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.

  1. It keep the Fender top end chime in tact
  2. It’s a very clean speaker with very little break up
  3. 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.

Changing the speaker in a Fender Mustang III Amplifier

Changing the speaker in a Fender Mustang III Amplifier

Changing a speaker in a Fender Mustang III will give you mixed results.  I finally found one I actually love on the presets I made for Mustang Monday and it’s called an Eminence Swamp Thang Speaker.

This particular speaker has very low breakup and high output so it’s perfect for a Fender Mustang III.  It did make the amp a little more heavy but in terms of upgrades it was the best one I’ve tried so far.

If you’re swapping a speaker in this amp you need to make sure the speaker is rated at 100 watts minimum and rated at 8 ohm.

If you’re swapping a speaker in this amp you need to make sure the speaker is rated at 100 watts minimum and rated at 8 ohm.

How much better is it than the stock speaker?

It has more “oomph” and low end over the stock speaker. Tonally the Eminence Swamp Thang it’s different enough to notice a pretty big difference especially at louder volumes where you can feel the speaker starting to work. Buy a Swamp Thang Speaker on Amazon.com

Any questions please let me know.

Changing the speaker in a Fender Mustang III Amplifier

Eminence Patriot Speaker vs Eminence Red Coat Tonespotter Speaker

Eminence Speaker Shootout Video

Eminence Patriot Speaker vs Eminence Red Coat Tonespotter Speaker

The guitar is a Stratocaster with Fender Fat 50 Pickups through a Ceriatone Overtone Special 50 Watt Head.

The sound samples are recorded guitar loops through a RC-30 Loopstation to keep the consistency in the the playing and recording. Both samples are just off center with a SM-57 instrument microphone.

A huge thanks to Brian for lending me his 2×12 cabinet with fitted these two awesome speakers! :) Thanks mate!