What is the biggest speaker i can use?

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  1. guitarmoron

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    For a small head, i wanted to build a cab and install a speaker, but I don’t want to mess with electricity

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    You can use any size speaker you like: 6, 6.5, 8, 10, 12, 15, even an 18" subwoofer or PA speaker. Just pick the right Ohms of resistance to match the amplifier you are using. Do you have an amplifier head already?
     
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    Ordering a small joyo
     
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    So no electricity has to be run to the cabinet?
     
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    A 10 or 12 inch rated enough to handle the watts and of the right ohms would be suitable.
    No power required for the cab,
     
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    If you don't want to mess with electricity, you can buy speaker cabs already built, plug and play. new or used. No electricity required for cab; comes from amplifier and speaker converts electrical signal from amp to mechanical energy; then speaker makes noise.

    but as mentioned above, the general preference is to match impedance. Your Joyo head has a rated impedance, info should be readily available. Match that with same ohm number for speaker cab, good to go. Make sure you use the right cord to attach speaker head to cab. Ask at store.
     
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    just fyi: fotos below are front and back view of a 2X10 open back cab I built for a 66 Tremolux head. It was something I wanted to do, and all in all it wasn't rocket science. But - unless you really like that kind of thing, it's probably more efficient to check out used cabs on reverb or on CL. Your choice.

    cab only.jpg

    cab reverse 2.jpg
     
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    Looks nice!
     
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    Joyo sell matched cabs for their heads. They are probably the cheapest way to go too other than building your own. I have seen listings for a couple of their cabs loaded with Chinese V30's for not much more than the cost of the speaker alone.
     
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    What do you mean? Even a speaker cable (that connects a speaker to an amp) uses "electricity". It's very low voltage and not dangerous, but it IS electricity and DOES have to be wired correctly.

    And what do you consider "small"? Joyo makes a bunch of low-powered amplifiers, but power alone has little to do with output level. One 15 watt tube amp may be much louder than another, and 2-3 times louder than an inexpensive 15 watt solid state amp.

    Output level has more to do with amp design and speaker sensitivity than watts and speaker size.

    FWIW this is the "electricity" I'm talking about. And you need to make sure the impedance of the speaker matches the impedance the amp needs to "see" (although it's usually a little more flexible with solid-state amps as opposed to tubes.)

    But if you're thinking a larger speaker will be louder, that's not necessarily true. Size does not equal volume - volume is a factor of speaker sensitivity (in "DB" - a rating on the speaker's specification sheet), cabinet construction, the frequencies being reproduced and to some extent, cone size - although cone size has more to do with how well a speaker "disperses" the signal and fills a space than output level.
     
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    I always thought it kinda funny that he used such a little guitar for such a big speaker
     
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    That’s what i’m talking about! Great job!
     
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    So i could get an appropriate size amp head and build a cabinet, and then use something like these?
     

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    And this
     

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    what amp head are you buying? This would be super helpful information to know.

    But literally, all that matters is that you match the impedance of the speakers you get to the head you have.

    Those are speaker cables, but you wouldn't want one with the ends cut off. You'll put a jack on the cabinet.
     
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    Ok got it, thanks !
     
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    Ironically, if you rewatch the video you will see him plug into a Gibson GA-5T amp...... so he really plugged into an 8" speaker!
     
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