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SY 5th April 2005 02:25 PM

Guitar amp speaker advice needed
The good news is that I have a new (for me) guitar. And it deserves the best amp and cabinet I can build. The amp part is pretty easy, but I don't really know what's out there these days for speakers. Advice appreciated. Here's the specifics:

It's for playing in my garage- I stopped performing in public 25 years ago. Don't need stacked Marshall equivalents!

Amp will be tube, probably EL84-based, maybe 15 watts.

Music played on this guitar will be mostly electric blues (I'm a big Stevie Ray freak).

It would be nice (though not necessary) if I could use this setup as a PA for my electric flute.

I don't want to spend a mortgage payment on the driver.

Giaime 5th April 2005 03:04 PM

Hi! Look at Eminence Speakers, they make copies of almost every famous guitar speakers, such as Celestion or Jensen. You'll want the old Fender-kind of Jensen. Maybe a 10"?

I suggest you a 6V6 based amp, much more Fenderly and Stevie-y. Good luck!

(well, when I'll get the money I'm planning on building something like that... big SRV fans we are!)

RKH 5th April 2005 03:06 PM


Parts Express carries a number of guitar drivers depending on what sound you're looking for. I'm on a similar project but no where near the point of making the decision

Emminence (Red Coat and Patriot series look enticing) and Celestion are the two brands that PE carries. Prices are not exhorbitant. There are other brands to consider.

Sorry if I've stated the obvious.


SY 5th April 2005 06:10 PM

Guys, thanks. Any specific comments on drivers you've tried? Since I'm garage-confined, would something in the 6-8" range be a good choice? Or is it hopeless finding things under 12" which will wail happily?

Giaime 5th April 2005 06:25 PM

Absolutely not, I believe in 10"s. I know some people that use to search in dumpsters to find old, broken speakers just to get "that" vintage sound. Go figure...

While I do not encurage such dirty practices ;) I suggest you some 8s or 10s. 2 of them is better.

pinkmouse 5th April 2005 07:38 PM

Celestion G10. Cracking little speaker. Nice mellowvintage tone, but it wails away with the best when you crank it up.

The newer G10 Vintage is supposed to be nice as well, but I haven't heard them.

SY 5th April 2005 10:02 PM

The price sheets show the G10 Vintage, the Tube 10 (like the sound of THAT name!), and the G10A-15. Is the last the one you're referring to?

leadbelly 5th April 2005 10:11 PM

A few comments, mostly speculation and not experience.

Pinkmouse is dead on about Celestions, their reputation on the pro side is untouchable. You may be able to find them pretty cheap in uncommon places. I once found them at MCM a few years ago :)

Don't tie speaker diameter to your SPL needs so readily. 12" for guitar is common because of tone. This Eminence chart illustrates this by comparing FR of various drivers:

I would go with 12" on a tube amp.

pinkmouse 5th April 2005 10:19 PM

I just used to order them as G10s, but the G10A-15 with the alnico magnet looks like the one.

SY 5th April 2005 11:55 PM

When it rains, it pours. A ready-to-refurbish Ampeg Portaflex just showed up on my doorstep. Looks like it's about to get a Celestion as a mate.

This is cool; I haven't broken out an electric guitar in years.

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