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What's the best 8" guitar speaker?

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by the_lyall, Mar 11, 2017.

  1. the_lyall

    the_lyall Tele-Meister

    Jan 15, 2017
    Bedford, UK
    I have a tiny speaker cab and I'm considering upgrading the speaker. In your opinion, what's the best 8 inch speaker for clean/slight break up (in 8 or 16 ohm)?

    I generally prefer 12 inch speakers (I think) and I like the Celestion Alnico Blue from what I've heard, though that doesn't come in 8" size.

    Or does anyone know a great sounding 1 x 12" cab that I should get instead of upgrading my tiny cab? The more portable/lighter the better :)


  2. mabley123

    mabley123 Friend of Leo's

    Aug 21, 2011
    ashland kentucky
    Celestion Cream for a 12 inch Alnico

    Look at the Tone Tubby Humboldt Ceramic

    Tone Tubby Humboldt Alnico

    Have Tim at TRM Cabs build you a cabinet.

    Have him build an EV cabinet with Ports, and 3 piece back, and take 1 or 2 panels off, and leave the Ports Open for the Cream.

    Cream is No Good using the Ports Only, but is great with Semi Open Back, and Open Ports.

    I had him use use. 3/4 Ply/Black Tolex.

    Last edited: Mar 11, 2017

  3. Danjabellza

    Danjabellza Tele-Holic

    Sep 22, 2014
    Pahrump, nv
    The blackbird speaker than blackstar uses in their 4x8 cab is pretty awesome and versatile. I've seen a few videos, but never had hands on use with them unfortunately.
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  5. the_lyall

    the_lyall Tele-Meister

    Jan 15, 2017
    Bedford, UK
    Nice! I think shipping over here will be a ***** though :|

  6. Tony Done

    Tony Done Friend of Leo's

    Dec 3, 2014
    Toowoomba, Australia
    I was looking for a bright speaker to fix the warm "woolly" sound of my highly modded Epi VJ, and chose this:

    It is much better than the original for the kind of sound I was looking for
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  7. strat1

    strat1 TDPRI Member

    Jun 28, 2003
    I'd suggest the Jensen C8R as well. I recently put one in my Gibson GA5 (Les Paul Jr) amp. The GA5 is a dark amp to begin with & the Jensen brightened it right up.

    Or if you are interested in upgrading to a 12" cabinet, go over to Avatar & they can build one for you with their selection of speakers or use your own.
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2017
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  8. FenderLover

    FenderLover Friend of Leo's

    Jun 11, 2009
    I think you'll find a 1x12 more useful down the road.
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  9. wildschwein

    wildschwein Tele-Afflicted

    Jensen Mod 8 is a great speaker. Totally love mine in my Peavey Rage 108. Great projection and thumping bottoms for a little speaker. It happens to be pretty affordable too.

  10. irie

    irie Tele-Holic

    Jul 15, 2014
    Orange County, CA
    i'm a fan of ted weber's 8" speaker.

  11. oldfish

    oldfish Tele-Meister

    Aug 23, 2015
    recently put a celestion 8-15 in a champ and must admit I was pretty surprized at how good it sounds cheap too.
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  12. jimash

    jimash Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 5, 2013
    I think the Eminence 820H is probably pretty good.
    8" speakers scare me, and I think I scare them.

  13. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Poster Extraordinaire

    Sep 14, 2005
    Nueces Strip
    I have a cab with a Weber Blue Pup 8" that i really like. Kind of gets that old Joe Walsh vibe.

  14. SnidelyWhiplash

    SnidelyWhiplash Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 18, 2009
    Really depends on the amp & application. Alnico vs.ceramic,etc.
    I really love the WGS G8C in my BFVC! :cool:

  15. pdcorlis

    pdcorlis Tele-Meister

    I can't say enough good things about Ted Weber's speakers. Great customer service too!

  16. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Poster Extraordinaire

    Sep 14, 2005
    Nueces Strip
    I am glad to hear this. I tried ordering a pair of 12s right after Ted passed away. At that point Weber seemed to be just two guys with cell phones who kept referring to the other.
    I did finally get my speakers ordered and they are great.
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  17. Geo

    Geo Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    Hendersonville, TN
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  18. xafinity

    xafinity Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Dec 24, 2015
    west of I-10
    What's the best 8" guitar speaker?

    There can be no consensus of opinion without knowing which color guitar you play.
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  19. Bendyha

    Bendyha Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

    Mar 26, 2014
    Northern Germany
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  20. MadJack

    MadJack Friend of Leo's

    Feb 18, 2012
    Candler, FL
    If you like the Alnico Blue type speakers, then the Weber Alnico Blue Pup 8 might be just the speaker you are after. I use Weber more than any other speaker manufacturer. I have the Alnico Signatures in 8", 10" and 12" and the 10" Alnico Blue Pup and 12" Alnico Blue Dog. I'm looking at putting the Alnico Blue Pup 8 in my Champ, or make a 1 X 8" cab.

  21. jwp2

    jwp2 Tele-Meister

    Apr 19, 2014
    Chicago Ill
    The very best 8" speaker you can buy without a doubt is an Eminence 820H! IMO.

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