MESA/Boogie® Fillmore™ 75 Speakers

by Boogie on November 13, 2013

in Mesa Boogie Speakers

MESA/Boogie Fillmore 75 12" Guitar Speaker

MESA/Boogie Fillmore 75 12″ Guitar Speaker (click to enlarge)

The Mesa/Boogie® Fillmore™ 75 speaker is the culmination of a nine-year effort that saw more than 500 custom prototypes from the world’s leading speaker manufacturers.  We drove ‘em crazy with our fanatical demands!  Finally, our old friends at Eminence Speaker in Kentucky (USA!) captured the magic of our Golden Reference speakers that date back to the peak of the hand-built British era.

Our new Fillmore FM-75 is a vintage voiced speaker providing slightly lower lows, more punch, and a more balanced, less-scooped mid-range.  Best of all, the highs have a vocal quality with harmonics that don’t “separate” from the fundamental tones, eliminating that thin mosquito buzz of today’s offshore speakers in high-gain applications.

We’re excited to present this first offering in the coming full range of Mesa® Fillmore speakers.  We’ve stressed over this project for nearly a decade, realizing we needed to develop our own speakers to best compliment our amplifiers.  And we’re pleased and proud that, once again, Made In USA triumphs!

- Randall Smith



{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Brian November 7, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Nice to see Mesa working with Eminence again. Please bring back the Eminence made MS-12, that was a great speaker.


John September 3, 2014 at 1:55 pm

I recently purchased the Recto-Verb 25 combo amp and I’m having a great time getting to know the various tones offered by this little wonder. That said, I am interested in your thinking on how to best “break-in” the Fillmore 75 speaker. In researching the web, there are folks who recommend “cranking the amp” and others who recommend a gentle, more gradual approach (playing the amp in clean settings) before heading for louder, more aggressive settings. I really want to do what is best for a long lasting, great sounding speaker…your thoughts?


Boogie Boogie September 4, 2014 at 2:10 pm

Hi John –

Glad you’re digging the Recto-Verb 25 AND the Fillmore 75! Great stuff. As for breaking a speaker in, MESA doesn’t really subscribe to the concept of breaking speakers in. Rather, we tend to think of it as, “the speaker never sounds as good as the first notes you play through it”. Somewhat tongue in cheek, but the main idea is, (in our mind, anyway) it’s playing through the amp/speaker that IS the break-in. Lots of people have different opinions on this so… to each his own… but we would just suggest rockin’ out and that’ll do just fine.

Great question and thanks for kind words!




Johnny August 15, 2014 at 11:33 pm

I think the Fillmore FM-75 is what makes the rectifier amp really versatile. But also! You guys put the triode mode witch is the best thing you could do. I don’t know why you removed the triode/pentode switch from the Road king series I. This switch brings a subtle change but very significant in the sound and it’s totally what it needs to be fully versatile. I wanna request that to you guys, can you put back the triode switch on the Road king series II + put Fillmore speakers? I think this way, with all improvements that were made on the Road king series II, it’s gonna be the greatest amp ever!

Johnny from Montreal, QC, Canada


Boogie Boogie August 25, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Hi Johnny –

Thanks for the kind words and stoked you’re digging the Fillmore 75 AND the Roadking. Also cool that you are aware of the difference between Pentode and Triode. Those power section wiring differences tend to be more to the subtle side BUT, they can be huge if you’re playing at live volumes and/or dialing in great tones for recording.

The Fillmore really is a super versatile speaker and hopefully the first of many great speakers under the Fillmore name.

As for triode wiring on the Roadking, I don;t think we’re going to be able to offer that again in the future but keep your eye out for other offerings that provide the Pentode and Triode variations in the Multi-Watt options. ;)




Vinod Chettur July 20, 2014 at 5:51 am

Would the 100 watt version that was in the special edition Kingsnake be available as a raw frame replacement speaker in the future?


Boogie Boogie July 24, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Hi Vinod –

Thanks for the great question. At the moment, the King Snake speaker is exclusively for the King Snake amp. We are in continuing R & D for other speaker models so there may be a higher wattage Fillmore in the future but nothing to speak of quite yet. Thanks for your interest!



Dave June 10, 2014 at 1:34 pm

Hi Mesa Team! I really like the balanced nature of the Filmore in my ROV, how would that speaker perform with the Mark series? Specifically a MKV?

FYI, I think you guys make the best sounding most versatile amps out there, and I’ve owned a lot!


Boogie Boogie June 10, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Hi Dave –

Thanks for the kind words on the Recto-Verb and the Fillmore 75!

Also glad to hear you picked up on the balanced nature of the Fillmore – one of the things we were going for and an important factor to the speakers we use.

ALL Mesa amps cover so much ground, it’s very important for us to have speakers that sound great for cleans, massive high gain, smooth clip, cutting crunch and everything else in between. The Fillmore 75 is that speaker.

Mesa also always designs it’s products so they work with everything we’ve ever made – we’d be nuts to make something that only worked with one thing after having so many other products out there from our 45 years history. So – the Fillmore 75 would sound just as good with the Mark V as it does the Recto-verb – or any other amp we’ve ever made. It’s the same wattage handling as a Celestion Vintage 30, so it can handle most of what you throw at it. With a Mark V 1×12 combo in 90 watts, you need to be aware of the slight wattage under-rating and not CRANK the amp beyond the speakers ability to handle it. If you’re playing that loud, you probably need a bigger cabinet with multiple speakers anyway – at least a 2×12. ;)

Again – thanks for the kind words and glad to hear it’s all working well for you!




Barry June 9, 2014 at 4:16 pm

Would love to hear you A/B the Fillmore and V30 . Would be very interested I hearing differences in the two


Paul Berger June 9, 2014 at 10:21 am


I have an F-50 combo with the original Black Shadow speaker. I have been thinking about a change, how would this new speaker compare and contrast with my current speaker?

Thanks, Paul


Eric Myers April 14, 2014 at 1:29 pm

I have a Dual Rectoverb 25 combo and a mini rec slanted extension cab. When will these speakers be available for purchase so I can load my cab with one to match the combo?


Boogie Boogie April 14, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Hi Eric –

The Fillmore 75 speaker is IN STOCK and available to be ordered either as a raw frame replacement speaker or with any MESA cabinet where you’d prefer that speaker.

You can order it via your local dealer or distributor OR – if you are in the USA, you can order it direct from MESA. Contact your local dealer or call MESA Customer Service and they can get you taken care of.

Hope you’re digging’ the Recto-Verb 25 and the Mini Rec Extension!



Neil Bell December 28, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Hi all at Mesa,

Tien, I think you might have been about to answer an earlier question – which was;

we know the Recto-Verb 25 combo will feature the Fillmore but can we assume that the matching cabs for the head will also feature them?

Very interesting news – thanks to all for your ears and desire to get this done.



Boogie Boogie December 30, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Hi Neil –

For the moment, Mini Rec 1×12 Extension Cabs will be shipping with Vintage 30s until our Fillmore FM75 production gets up to full speed.

You can certainly custom order a Mini Rec Extension 1×12 with the Fillmore 75 at no extra charge… Just not a stock offering… yet. ;)

Cheers and thanks for the interest and the kind words!



Andy in NJ December 13, 2013 at 7:26 pm

I have been checking-out the vids on the new MB Rectoverb 25 and it looks and sounds like a great little amp with the Fillmore 75 speaker in it. I guess the new cabs to go w/ the Rectoverb 25 head will also have the new speaker, like the combo? What has me scratching my head is the footswitch set-up in the new amp, two separate footswitches for channel switching and reverb, with two separate cables. I have a Stiletto Ace and an Express 5:25 and both have great footswitches, with both switches in one unit and with one connecting cable. The Stiletto has a two button switch and the Express has a four button. On the new amp it is like your design guys took a break and didn’t quite finish the job. I am thinking about buying one, but I think the switch design leaves something to be desired in a professional-grade amplifier, with the two separate switches. Other than this comment, your amps are the best and are true works of art and I really enjoy playing through them!
Thank you, Andy in NJ


Boogie Boogie December 19, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Hi Andy –

It’s a good point you bring up about the footswitch and thanks fonr the comment. In our experience, very few use the footswitch for the reverb so it was left a single button so people could incorporate a second switch if they wanted it and had the pedal board space to accomodate it.

We’ll mention it to the design team and see if there’s anything that might be done differently.




Mark Zug May 25, 2014 at 11:36 pm

I’m actually grateful for the separate switches. The fact that you don’t have a special integrated cable such as a stereo or midi line means that I can still use my single 8-channel snake, with three lines left over for spare. I run some pedals in the effects loop and some before the amp, and appreciate not having extra spaghetti running back and forth.


Batz December 13, 2013 at 4:13 am

Hi I wondered if the replacement speakers will be shipping to uk or if they will be available in the 1×12 recto cabs? I have a mini rectifier and love it but I hear that the fillmore will make it sound even better :D


Boogie Boogie December 19, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Hi Batz –

Absolutely… the Fillmore 75 will be available in the UK – as a raw frame speaker and for order in extension cabs and combos as a special request when it doesn’t come in that amp already. Please contact Mesa’s distributor there, Westside Distribution, for pricing and availability:

Westside Distribution 100, Fifty Pitches Road, Glasgow G514EB
Contact Tel +44 0844 326 2000
Fax +44 (0) 141 248 4813

Thanks for your interest!



A.J. November 18, 2013 at 10:57 pm

Not sure if Mesa thought of this but it would be cool to have some mp3′s samples or the Fillmore 75, Vintage 30 and the Black Shadow C90 speakers to hear the difference between them all. I’m excited to hear this FM75.


Boogie Boogie November 18, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Definitely a great idea. Stay tuned!


A.J. November 18, 2013 at 10:29 pm

How did you come up with the name Filmore?


Boogie Boogie November 18, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Hi A.J. –


Maybe it’s our proximity to a somewhat renowned West Coast Venue in San Francisco close to the one-and-only Mesa Factory in Petaluma, CA…?

San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium

Could be…


Paul Berger November 18, 2013 at 11:54 am

I have an f-50 That I have been thinking about trying different speaker in, it has a 5751 preamp tube in the 4th position. What would this speaker add and/or detract from the amp? Thanks.


Bill Downing November 16, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Very nice, congrats to both Eminence and Mesa! So which cab/combo will get these first?


Boogie Boogie November 18, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Hi Bill –

Thanks for the kind words. The Recto-Verb 25 is the first recipient of the new Fillmore FM75. Raw frame replacement speakers should be available for purchase soon and new models of Fillmore speakers and Mesa products will feature the FM75 and other potential Fillmore designs in the near future.



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