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Pine combo amp cabinet for a fender blues jr

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Project by Watercolor posted 05-25-2022 01:57 PM 496 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Client had a pro jr that he wanted to juke up. Pine is a very warm sounding tone wood. Amp sounded good.

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rtbrmb

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#1 posted 05-26-2022 12:56 AM

I would never have thought of pine as a tone wood- thanks for posting.

Bill in MI

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Watercolor

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#2 posted 05-26-2022 01:23 AM

I built a bolt neck sg from a piece of white pine and a telecaster from a 100 year old piece of burnt pine barnwood. The sg had a rio grande muy grande in the bridge, wired with just a volume. It had a really nice balance and a distinct upper mid bite.
The tele was a single coil stacked hum bucker in a traditional top loaded ash tray bridge wired straight with just a kill switch and a little bit of taming circuitry. The pick up was some cheap bargain buy but it was surprisingly good. The tele had an aggressive bite but wasnt shrill. Was a good down tuned guitar. I think i had it in drop c or B. That piece of pine was much harder, tighter growth rings.

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#3 posted 05-27-2022 01:49 AM

That is great work!

To do that, did you have to remove the normal “pleather” casing and replace it with the pine? i.e. do some de-construction of the fender amp.

Or, did the pine encapsulate the whole thing? if that makes sense…

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#4 posted 05-27-2022 03:03 AM

The cabinet was built from scratch. The only things that were used from the original cabinet was the baffle with grill cloth, handle, chassis bolts , ,and feet.

The dimensions were modeled from the original cabinet, as far as i know the original tolex cabinet was thrown away.

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#5 posted 05-27-2022 04:33 PM

Cool,
I am definitely going to give that a shot one day. I have a fender amp, I forgot what model.

Do you think white oak would be a good choice?


The cabinet was built from scratch. The only things that were used from the original cabinet was the baffle with grill cloth, handle, chassis bolts , ,and feet.

The dimensions were modeled from the original cabinet, as far as i know the original tolex cabinet was thrown away.

- Watercolor


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Watercolor

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#6 posted 05-27-2022 05:56 PM

White oak being hard and dense may be bright and have that ice pick frequency. Ive built cabinets from voidless birch ply, pine, and cherry . Alot of cabinets are made from mdf…

If i wanted to use white oak I would try it. If it fails, then its a lesson learned. You could always use plywood and veneer it with WO.

Ive found that cabinet wood affects sounds more so than electric guitar body wood. Acoustic guitars are a total different animal and out of my realm.

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#7 posted 05-27-2022 07:50 PM

Great job! I’ve always been curious to play something like this made out of solid wood. I’m a Boogie owner (Mark V:25) and know that they have custom versions of the cabinets in various hardwoods. Always wanted to compare the sound side-by-side with the non-hardwood versions, just never had the opportunity.

-- Chris, Pennsylvania

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Watercolor

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#8 posted 05-27-2022 08:54 PM

Ive played a few mesa marks that were hardwood. Mesas are so complex and versatile that the cabinet doesn’t always affect them, or at least in my opinion. Tone is always subjective. I find porting to be more important with mesa amps. I prefer closed back ported fronts, hard to do with a combo amp.

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#9 posted 06-01-2022 01:02 AM



White oak being hard and dense may be bright and have that ice pick frequency. Ive built cabinets from voidless birch ply, pine, and cherry . Alot of cabinets are made from mdf…

If i wanted to use white oak I would try it. If it fails, then its a lesson learned. You could always use plywood and veneer it with WO.

Ive found that cabinet wood affects sounds more so than electric guitar body wood. Acoustic guitars are a total different animal and out of my realm.

- Watercolor

Thanks for the feedback! I really like the look of white oak, but who knows what it does to the sound…I have heard that the amp affects sound more than the guitar itself, regarding tone etc…which seems like you might agree with.

Could be a fun experiment!

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Watercolor

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#10 posted 06-01-2022 01:54 AM

I do. Ampeg used to make guitar bodies out of acrylic and they sounded great.

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