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Old 13th August 2015, 03:27 AM   #1
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Default Need a good 8" guitar amp speaker

I like building amps, not cabinets. And didn't think too much about speakers until I put (what I thought) was a great Fender Princeton clone I'd built into a combo cab with some new inexpensive 8" speakers. "Brand new, should sound great!" I thought. Was I wrong. Luckily, I plugged the amp into a Bugera 2x12 cab I'd bought cheap (less amp), and it sounded KILLER. But that cab was rated for 100W, and I had other plans for it. And I can't fit even 10"-ers in the amp with my Princeton clone. I need suggestions on 8" speakers that don't cost $80 or more, but will give me a good guitar sound. Cabinet was a Crate chorus SS amp, open back. Any ideas? Thanks
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Old 13th August 2015, 05:17 AM   #2
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Use only REAL guitar speakers: Celestion Eight 15, Jensen C8R or Eminence 820H, but you have to hear them first. Every guitar loudspeaker is a musical instrument on his own and creates a different sound. Jensen C8R is smooth and bright, for example.
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Old 13th August 2015, 09:28 PM   #3
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If you opt for the Jensen go vintage. Much sweeter than the new stuff.
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Old 13th August 2015, 09:48 PM   #4
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You could use an extension cab to put in bigger speakers.

I used to work for a mobile disco where all the guy who built it used was 6 inch speakers.
But he had about 20 in each box !
It didn't sound bad at all, maybe a little bass light but fine otherwise.
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Old 13th August 2015, 10:03 PM   #5
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Interested in this too as i built a priceton clone with a cheap as chips Jensen Mod 8" speaker. Big mistake as it sounds like a cheap paper speaker, just meh.
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Old 14th August 2015, 12:18 AM   #6
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Hi,

The Jensen Mod 8 is ideal for open backed, but has no presence peak.

rgds, sreten.
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Old 14th August 2015, 05:43 AM   #7
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Another positive vote for the Jensen MOD 8 , killer speaker.
Low price is just a bonus but makes many dislike them, I mean those who listen with their wallets.
Compare it to other 8" guitar and it works fine, definitely in the same league .

Compare it to a 12" V30 or similar and it will seem weak .... like all the other guitar 8" speakers mentioned, by the way.

Compare pears to pears and oranges to oranges.

As a side note, found the
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sounds like a cheap paper speaker, just meh
comment very funny
Should it be made out of Plutonium or something?

FWIW 99.99% of speakers (and 100% of guitar ones) are still being made out of paper, I wonder why
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Old 14th August 2015, 01:31 PM   #8
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Great info thanks! I also have a Champ clone (my first build) with a (again) lame speaker in it, thinkng of buying two different speakers, try them in it first. You don't have to put matching speakers in a 2x8 com o cab, right? And I read about the "mid scoop" in guitar speakers. My Champ has no tome controls. Can you build a simple tone stack the adjusts mids only? Could make the speaker sound better....?
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Old 14th August 2015, 04:52 PM   #9
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thinkng of buying two different speakers,
You don't have to put matching speakers in a 2x8 com o cab, right?
No! They must be identical.
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Old 14th August 2015, 07:26 PM   #10
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Another positive vote for the Jensen MOD 8 , killer speaker.
FWIW 99.99% of speakers (and 100% of guitar ones) are still being made out of paper, I wonder why
You forgot the Eminence Cannabis Rex
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