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New Cabinet for 1950's Guild Guitar Amp

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Project by thamar posted 07-29-2013 03:12 AM 1864 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My old Guild Guitar Amp’s case was absolutely vile. The amp itself sounded fantastic as only an old tube amp can sound. I built a new case for it using maple and teak. Hopefully it still has a bit of a retro feel. It still sounds absolutely fantastic.





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kody

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#1 posted 07-29-2013 04:15 AM

WoW.. that looks absolutely beautiful and you have some extremely nice guitars. Love it..

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aussiedave

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#2 posted 07-29-2013 11:06 AM

That is an excellent job you have done restoring old to new….amazing job.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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Underdog

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#3 posted 07-29-2013 12:43 PM

Nice! And it matches the guitars better too. Enough of the old pasteboard shells – Solid Wood!

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majuvla

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#4 posted 07-29-2013 01:08 PM

Very nice colours,beautiful choice of woods. Dovetails looks great on it. Something like connection between modern and retro.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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NaptownWood

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#5 posted 07-29-2013 02:28 PM

did it change the tone at all? i have some old 50’s vintage tube amps, and was wanting to do the same thing, but i’m terrified that the wood would change the resonance and ruin it.

-- Witty signature line still pending

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NaptownWood

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#6 posted 07-29-2013 02:29 PM

did it change the tone at all? i have some old 50’s vintage tube amps, and was wanting to do the same thing, but i’m terrified that the wood would change the resonance and ruin it. PS, they are twin supro comets. lovely little gems.

Yours looks great.

-- Witty signature line still pending

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thamar

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#7 posted 07-29-2013 02:40 PM

Reply to NaptownWood – The amp sounds better. The new box is a whole lot heavier than 3/8” rotting pressboard so things don’t rattle around at all. I’m loving it. If you are worried about doing something like this, just make sure that the electronic guts can be put back into the old cabinet (especially if you feel that it will reduce its value if you cannot bring it back to the “all original” state. I have no intention of ever selling this amp, so I don’t mind throwing out the old cabinet (it’s falling to pieces anyway).

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thamar

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#8 posted 07-29-2013 02:45 PM

I forgot to mention that this is an open back type of design. I don’t think the acoustic geometry is all that critical for this type of design.

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OggieOglethorpe

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#9 posted 07-29-2013 02:59 PM

Nice!

I like the handle, too!

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Rick Dennington

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#10 posted 07-29-2013 07:28 PM

Nice collection of guitars you have there….Looks like a couple of Les Paul’s, and is that a couple of Country Gentelmens, or just double cut away Gibsons…..Looks like 335’s, but it’s hard to tell in the pictures….I also am a vintage guitar collector…..i collect Martin D-18 and D-28’s, made in the ‘40s and 50’s…...Hnag on to that old tube amp….Those things are getting rare as hens teeth….Thanks for posting….!!

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#11 posted 07-30-2013 01:36 AM

Awesome. As a woodworker and musician: awesome.

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dnick

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#12 posted 07-30-2013 03:29 AM

Great job. Man, I wish I had any one of those guitars. A really great collection.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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thamar

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#13 posted 07-30-2013 12:36 PM

To dnick – out of all the Gibson guitars that I own, my absolute favourite by far, is the 1978 Gibson Les Paul 25/50 (it’s the blond one on the right). Although it weighs 12 pounds or so, there is just something magical about it. Running a close second is the 1983 SG. It was in sad shape when I got it, but after fixing it up it plays real well (and it feels super light after playing the 12 pound Les Paul!)

To CessnaPilotBarry – the new amp case is quite heavy. everything in it is a legit 3/4” finished solid wood. I thought that the teak front and rounded maple edges on the sides kind of gave it a nautical look. That’s why I chose the handle from a boating shop. It’s the thing that you tie up a boat to the dock with (don’t know the name of the part). That handle is not going to rip out because it’s held in with through bolts.

To all – the dovetails were cut using the Leigh dovetail jig. I got the original one many years ago and it worked OK but not perfect. They came out with some upgrades a couple of years ago. They now make all the difference. As well, I got their vacuum extractor thing for the jig. I’ve found that most things that are designed to help get rid of sawdust, just dont’ works all that great. This one works unbelievably well. It still shocks me that I can route dovetails for hours and have only a small handful of dust on the floor. Highly, highly recommended.

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Earlextech

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#14 posted 07-30-2013 12:42 PM

Beautiful and it has elements of my threee favorite things, music, woodworking and boating!

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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FaTToaD

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#15 posted 08-01-2013 12:54 PM

Awesome cabinet! I’ve been wanting to make a wooden amp cabinet for years. Maybe on my Mesa Boogie… anyways, it looks geat. You’re right, switching from a LP to a SG is a big difference in weight. That’s why I love my SG so much, super light and that long neck that just wont stop!

-- David

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