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Blog entry by James Clapperton posted 09-23-2011 03:56 AM 1414 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, I figured I should post something. I’m mid way through this cabinet and I don’t really take progress photos all that often. But here’s what I’m doing right this second.
Specs:
2×12
Dovetailed Baltic Birch construction
Final dry fit before finish
I just worked out a new logo and the badges are being engraved at Lollar Guitars, here on Vashon Island.
If you don’t know who they are, check them out. Their pickups are amazing.

I’ll post more during the finishing process. I’ve gotten a few emails now about finishing Birch ply.
Cheers
-James



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MoshupTrail

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#1 posted 09-23-2011 12:58 PM

It looks like you’ve box-jointed the corners – but you’re using a plywood. I’ve never seen that, and it would not have occurred to me to do that, but it’s working great for you! Often cabinets like that are simply painted black. Is that your plan?

-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.

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James Clapperton

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#2 posted 09-23-2011 04:05 PM

There’s a few tricks to it but you can dovetail plywood. The first trick is using very nice plywood. This cab will be Dyed and then top coated with GF Polyacrylic. The baffles are spray painted black so they don’t detract once the grill cloth is put on. Thanks for looking.

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Gregn

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#3 posted 09-23-2011 04:39 PM

Nice looking cabinet. Good quality plywood is a pleasure to work with. I love it when people say that’s plywood!

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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Brett

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#4 posted 09-25-2011 04:58 AM

Looks great James!

What color are you dying it?

Is this one for you?

If you ever get over to the mainland, let me know, I’ll buy you a cup of coffee.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16 http://www.TheCrookedNail.blogspot.com

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James Clapperton

35 posts in 1923 days


#5 posted 09-26-2011 05:58 AM

Brett- This one will be dyed ebony, light enough to see the grain through it.. This is my production style of cab, all of them have this same aesthetic.

Barry- This one will be loaded with Celestion v-30s because that’s what my bandmate has on hand. Typically I would load a 2×12 with 1 Eminence Swamp Thing and 1 Eminence Texas Heat. That’s my standard configuration for rock and roll. If the customer has a bunch of cash I use Weber Blue Dogs.

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rance

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#6 posted 09-26-2011 07:22 AM

I did some box joints in BB ply. I love how they look and they are extremely strong. Nice build there.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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David Grimes

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#7 posted 09-26-2011 07:30 AM

Very nice. Glad to see you’re not going to tolex them. I have a Marshall 1960-A 4×12 bought new in 1983 with black tolex that I wish was wood finished like yours. I better leave it alone, though.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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James Clapperton

35 posts in 1923 days


#8 posted 09-26-2011 07:42 AM

Tolex is a PITA. I do it occasionally on pedalboards but I try to convince people not to bother. I have stripped cabs and stained them but the results are so-so. You’re probably right to leave it alone unless you want to get really in touch with your sanders. I had a JCM800 from about that same year. Marshall made pretty good stuff back then.

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David Grimes

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#9 posted 09-26-2011 07:55 AM

I had the Artist 30 watt head I used for years with this. I wish I had it back, too.

Dude, I still have the Peavey rack rig of the gods in perfect condition: Classic 60/60 stereo power amp plus two Rockmaster pre-amps and the stomps. Cab is wired stereo option, so it was / is extremely versatile.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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James Clapperton

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#10 posted 09-26-2011 08:08 AM

Wow, back when Peavey made the good stuff as well. I see that Vintage Peavey is really en vouge now. Never thought I’d see that happen. I’m trying to get my hands on an old Sovtek Mig100 right this second. I bought one for $100 10 years ago. Now the dam things are $700. Never should have sold it. If you get a chance, play one. They make Marshalls pee in their pants a bit. Built like freaking tanks.

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David Grimes

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#11 posted 09-26-2011 08:19 AM

I’ve spent some time with one. There were alot of mods and tube swaps being done to those. A poor man’s Mesa sort of. They are indeed rather sturdy and they are boy dogs as well (peeing freely to mark their territory).

Go to Harmony Central and read all the reviews of the Rockmaster pre-amps. They go for $250 in bad but working shape all the time on Ebay. I don’t want to break up the pair and the stereo power amp. Going back and forth on one preamp, back and forth between the two pre-amps, or both pre-amps at the same time. Real tube tone from blues to crunch to clear to extreme high gain with great on-board stereo EQ.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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