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Old 04-12-2012, 04:39 PM   #1
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2x12 Cab Building & Planning Thread

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Recently I wanted to build a guitar cabinet and a week ago my friend got a Marshall head amp that really wowed me. so now im looking for one myself but i dont have all the money in the world so i couldnt but a cab. So i decided to build one.

I want a 2x12 just because it's a LOT cheaper. one question: Would it affect the sound quality compared to a 4x12? also i was looking at another cab build thread and i was thinking for dimensions, how's: L-31", H-29", and W-15". does that sound right? i think it might be a little big as in i would have lots of empty space. I hope to start on Saturday so i'd like a quick reply on dimentions.

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Old 04-13-2012, 06:35 AM   #2
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well, a 2x12 will sound full and boomy but still be portably compared to a 4x12. however, simply put, 4 is just more.

the dinensions will affect the tone. thats part of making a good cab. that and build quality, speakers, and acoustics.

i would say the best points to consider are going to be overall design, build quality, and open/closed/convertible/semi closed back.

of course, do not cheap out on the speakers. given the quality and price, i would say WGS speakers are about the best value out there today. second is eminence probably
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:16 AM   #3
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well, a 2x12 will sound full and boomy but still be portably compared to a 4x12. however, simply put, 4 is just more.

the dinensions will affect the tone. thats part of making a good cab. that and build quality, speakers, and acoustics.

i would say the best points to consider are going to be overall design, build quality, and open/closed/convertible/semi closed back.

of course, do not cheap out on the speakers. given the quality and price, i would say WGS speakers are about the best value out there today. second is eminence probably


how would it affect the tone as in, if i made it bigger, would the noise get beaffier.
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:30 AM   #4
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i guess it would.. with a bigger internal space. you have more air being moved around.

i recently had to plug my 5.1 subwoofer hole to cut the vibration.
would work on the same principle.. less space for air to move around. less bass would be produced & vice versa
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Old 04-13-2012, 02:41 PM   #5
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i guess it would.. with a bigger internal space. you have more air being moved around.

i recently had to plug my 5.1 subwoofer hole to cut the vibration.
would work on the same principle.. less space for air to move around. less bass would be produced & vice versa


sweet. so would the dimentions i want be good or too big?
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Old 04-13-2012, 03:40 PM   #6
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Wesbanez built a killer 2x12" on this forum... let me see if I can find a link, it contains the basic dimensions that you can use

here it is: http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/foru...d.php?t=1363496

EDIT: a cab with a nice wide open back is much less susceptible to tone changes from dimensions, if you've got ported or closed back then you start getting a lot of variation from dimension changes there's countless articles about it and you can basically mathematically tune your cab to a certain pitch emphasis, open back is probably much simpler in the end
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:41 PM   #7
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Wesbanez built a killer 2x12" on this forum... let me see if I can find a link, it contains the basic dimensions that you can use

here it is: http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/foru...d.php?t=1363496


lol. i found this build on youtube. another thing, boy do i hat metric units (i use inches)
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:02 PM   #8
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google "351mm in in" etc. its very handy
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google "351mm in in" etc. its very handy

ill do that
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i dont know enough about it to give advice, but yes the type of wood, thickness of wood, inner domensions, acoustics, speakers, everything.

i mean, all it does is make the sound come out. end of the signal chain.
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Old 04-14-2012, 05:58 AM   #11
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i just figured the dimentions out (about time) and i did adjust the height and width a little. so i'm probably going with: W-15" L-27" H-20"

I'm thinking of raising the heigh just because i've been looking at some other sites dimentions and they seem higher. so i'll see what i can get done today.

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UPDATES!!

got a lot done today with some spots that need touch ups here and there. Here's the main idea:




stinking nails:




perfect:



gotta get the nails out and i will cut for handles.

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Old 04-14-2012, 04:30 PM   #13
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im not sure which side the front is looks pretty clean minus the nails hehe
did you change your plans to a 1x12?

Edit: nevermind, it just looks really square so i assumed it was a 1x12.
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im not sure which side the front is looks pretty clean minus the nails hehe
did you change your plans to a 1x12?


nope. the front is the front. the back is where the boards go across
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cool! really want to build a 1x12 so i can make a mini stack with my orange rocker
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cool! really want to build a 1x12 so i can make a mini stack with my orange rocker


sounds sick. i want to buy a marshall head. i have a vox amp that u can use as a head so that will have to do until then
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:50 PM   #17
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I found some 12" Matrix speakers in my basement. anyone hear of them?
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can only find car audio/pa speakers by matrix, not good for guitar
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:56 AM   #19
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thats what i thought
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:53 PM   #20
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not really an update but i cut the plywood for the front. im selling an amp so i can buy speakers with that money. here's a pics:



also bought the head amp. its a Peavey Vypyr 30 head amp and should be here Friday. A pic:



thats all for now. ill cut for the speakers tomorrow.

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