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A good example is a single coil strat or tele played with the bridge pickup through a cranked blackface Bassman (AB165).
The amp has a huge bottom end and a slightly edgy Fender 6L6 push-pull (class AB) cranked tone. Another example is a bright jazzmaster with bridge and neck pickup combined for some jangly surf tone, through a big clean amp like a Pro Reverb, Super Reverb or Twin Reverb with lots of reverb.
Speakers are like ice cream; we all have our favorite taste. You need to experiment yourself and taste the hundreds of speaker flavors out there.
It is interesting to hear other opinions but it can also be confusing since we lack a precise vocabulary to describe tone and taste.
In bigger, multiple speaker amps we often like speakers with lower power handling and less efficiency because the amps are more than loud enough and we want some tone out of them by turning the volume up (it’s all about playing in the sweet spot).
What someone finds harsh can be beautiful sparkle to others.
Smooth overdriven tones can mean very different things for heavy metal guys with Marshall and Celestion stacks and country musicians playing twangy Twin Reverb amps.
Modern speakers produced today have improved since the 60’s in terms of efficiency, robustness and clarity.
Swapping speakers is the most effective change you possibly do to change the tone of your amp, and is also a recommended move to all vintage amp owners who plan to gig heavily with their amps.
They sound great when they are fed high power, but very few of these speakers sound good with low wattage amps.