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guitar cab-- ohms question

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Lonesomedave, Jun 29, 2013.

  1. i didn't know whether this belonged here or in the misc. forum...so i put it in both....mods are free to close whichever is in the wrong place....

    ok....so i want to build a guitar cabinet for my son....his head has a switch that allows 4, 8, or 16 ohms to be selected....

    here are my choices:

    two 8 ohm speakers in parallel for a four ohm load

    two 8 ohm speakers in series for a 16 ohm load

    two 16 ohm speakers in parallel for an 8 ohm load

    which should i choose and why....or does it matter....for reasons of sounding better or for any other reason.


  2. There are also several problems associated with building your own cabinets and this page (http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f15/cabinets-building-your-own-how-why-pros-cons-166257/) includes many things you should read about if you're considering building a cabinet.

    None of the impedences sound different tonally.
    Generally a lower impedance allows more power to be transferred, and you'd have to pick the speakers that can handle it. If it will be the only cabinet, not combined with another that is, i'd go with 4 ohms. And besides, you could rewire it in the future so it could work with other cabinets anyways.

    I'm no expert on this matter, however, and what I know was amassed from reading. The search button is your friend!