The quest for the “Perfect Tone” had eluded guitar players ever since. Ever since the accidental birth of “distortion” by Grady Martin whose faulty preamplifier caused his guitar signal to create a fuzz sound, guitarists have continuously experimented with their gears to create their unique sound. One of which is their guitar amplifiers.
From the iconic Fender Bassman to the modern modeling amplifiers available today, the guitar player’s “Magic Box” has continuously evolved to new heights, yet the most basic concept of tone still remains intact – your input is only as good as the medium in which you would channel it through, in this case, the amplifier’s speakers.
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Celestion G10 Gold
- Nominal diameter: 10", 254mm
- Power Rating: 40W
- Nominal impedance: 8 and 15 Ohms
- Sensitivity: 98dB
- Chassis type: Pressed steel
- Voice coil diameter: 1.75", 44.5mm
- Voice coil material: Round copper
- Magnet type: Alnico
- Frequency range: 80-6000Hz
- Resonance frequency, Fs: 80Hz
- DC resistance, Re: 8 and 15 Ohms
- Mounting Information:
- Diameter: 10.0"
- Overall depth: 5.3"
- Magnet structure diameter: 4.7"
- Cut-out diameter: 9.0"
- Mounting slot dimensions: 0.25"
- Number of mounting slots: 8
- Mounting slot PCD: 9.6"
- Impedance: 8 ohms
- Power Rating: 50W Maximum Power
- Frequency Response: 80Hz-5kHz
- Voice Coil Diameter: 1.75", 44.5mm
- Depth: 4.3", 109mm
- Coil Construction: Copper voice coil
- Magnet Composition: Ferrite magnet
- Cone composition: Hemp Cone Ö
- Nominal Basket Diameter:10", 254mm
- Sensitivity: 99.1
- Magnet Weight: 30 ounce
- Core Details: Non-vented core
- Coil Former: Paper former
CELESTION Ten 30
- Power rating: 30W
- Nominal impedance: 8ohm
- Sensitivity: 95 dB
- Frequency range: 85-5000 Hz
- Unit weight: 3.13 lb
- Rich and expressive, characterized by warm lows with a vocal mid-range and articulate top end
- Perfect upgrade for compact recording amps and practice amps
- Ceramic magnet
So whether you are building your cabinet from the ground up or simply replacing a busted woofer, it is but fair that we learn the essentials on how to choose the right speaker for you:
Size – of course, this is one of the basic facts you should consider when choosing a speaker. Are you replacing a practice amplifier’s busted woofer, or are you creating your 4 X 4 monster cabinet? Would you use your amplifier for your bedroom practice, or are you planning to take this with you on your road gigs?
Tone – different speakers have different wattage, impedance and frequency response that influences its overall tone. A 10-watt speaker at 4 ohms will give you a crunchier tone than a 10 watt at 8 ohms.
Materials – the difference between a ceramic speaker and an Alnico could create a world of tonal difference for you. Different damping techniques, as well as the magnetic motor design of the speaker, contributes to the total sound your woofer would produce. There is no universally “perfect” speaker component; it all depends on the sound you are looking to achieve.
With all these qualities in mind, you are now ready to begin your quest. Here are some of the best 10-inch guitar speakers on the market today. Enjoy!
Celestion G10 Gold 10 Inch Guitar Speaker
What’s good: Very Good sound quality; packs the punch of a 12 inch woofer
Not so good: Compressed sounding on initial use (needs break-in)
Celestion has made its mark on the music world as one of the makers of the best loudspeakers that are being used in various venues around the world.
With this in mind, the company has continuously aimed to perfect the virtue of “true sound reproduction”, catering to various consumers in the music world. The G10 is a statement to this fact. Employing the mellow characteristics provided by Alnico to the fast punch response of a 10 inch driver – a speaker of various tonal possibility.
It’s rating of 40 watts RMS at 8 and 15 ohms, with its impedance at 98 dB, this woofer is solidly loud! Its low tone warmness complemented by balanced mid and clean highs. Whether you are planning to use this as a replacement speaker for your portable amp or as a series for you 4 X 4 cabinet, you’d definitely get your money’s worth. As its name implies, you can’t go wrong investing in gold.
Eminence Legend Guitar Legend 10516 10″ Guitar Speaker, 75 Watts at 16 Ohms
What’s good: Good replacement speaker
Not so good: Tends to sound too bright on the high end
The Eminence Guitar Legend 10516 packs a sound that one can grow into. It had great detailed mid, and decent sounding highs.
Not the speaker to go for if you are aiming for the classic Fender twang.
But these speakers have a character on their own. Its power is at 75 watts RMS at 8 ohms, and a frequency response of 100 Hz-5.8 kHz. A good replacement speaker for a musician on a budget.
CELESTION Ten 30 8 ohm 10-Inch 30-Watt Guitar Speaker
What’s good: Easy to install, warm sounding
Not so good: Tends to sound a little thin
The Ten 30 from Celestion is ideal for practice or back up amps.
This 30 watts, 10-inch guitar speaker has a frequency response of 85-5000 Hz and is a definite step-up replacement for the OEM speakers that comes with a 25-watt solid-state guitar amplifier.
The only downside is, you really can’t get that Fender-ish cut-through guitar tone. The tonal quality of this speaker is more of a Marshall or Mesa Boogie sound. A definite keeper if you are into the warm, blues sound.
Jensen Jet Tornado 10″ 100 Watt Guitar Speaker, 8 Ohm
What’s good: Very responsive; tight lows balanced with its well defined mid and highs
Not so good: The low frequency tends to buzz a little on initial use – needs break-in
Jensen has been one of the favorite speaker brands that are being used by a number of respectable instrument amplifier makers. The tonal quality of their speakers is remarkably versatile, adapting easily to the signal chain of the amplifier they are mounted on.
The Jet Tornado embodies all these characteristics. It packs the power of a 100 watt RMS speaker in a 10-inch driver. It is lightweight at 3.85 lbs. Its frequency response of 80 Hz-6 kHz delivers a full sound; from warm lows to sparkling highs. Tweaked properly, you can get the tonal quality inherent in a Princeton reverb. The only downside is its low thick tones on initial use, but nothing that a good break-in cannot fix.
A definite improvement on the mounted factory speakers that comes in with most boutique amplifiers.
Celestion G10 Vintage 10″ Guitar Speaker, 16 Ohm
What’s good: Produces unmistakable Celestion vintage tones
Not so good: A bit on the heavy side (5.3 lbs)
The Celestion G10 is the baby brother of the vintage 30. Its 10 inches, 60-watt driver packs a frequency response of 100-5500 Hz and a sensitivity of 97 dB.
This 10-inch guitar speaker sound great out from the box, with the top crunch desired by most blues player without the harsh highs. A definite upgrade for most 10” practice amplifiers.
The best part of this amplifier is, you get all the benefit of the vintage crunch tone without sacrificing the smooth mid and deep tight lows.
EMINENCE LILBUDDY Lead/Rhythm 10-Inch Guitar Speakers
What’s good: Warm vintage sound
Not so good: Lacks mid / high frequency
The Eminence Lilbuddy is the perfect replacement guitar speaker if you are more on the vintage sound. It is rated at 50 watts / 8 ohms and a frequency response of 80Hz-5 kHz.
With regards to its tonal quality, one can say that it sounds good on the mid-range which is perfect if you are into warm vintage tones, but is quite “stiff” when it comes to the low and high frequencies.
All in all, the Lilbuddy is a definite keeper once it finds its place in your tonal arsenal.
Jensen Jet Falcon 10″ 40 Watt Guitar Speaker, 16 Ohm
What’s good: Crisp, vintage sound
Not so good: Needs some tweaking if to be used for metal or similar genre
The Jensen Jet Falcon is the latest addition among the long Jensen line of speakers. Taking the needs of a budget-conscious musician in mind, the Jet Falcon was born.
This 40 watt 10 inch woofer produces a clear crisp sound, reminiscent of the classic Fender Princeton. It produces a decent fuzz / overdriven tone and is great with blues and country, though you will need some heavy tweaking if you are going to use it for metal.
All in all, the Jet Falcon lives up to the Jensen legacy of musical versatility at its best.