#1
So, I've noticed on this forum that 4x12's are way more popular, but I've decided to venture out and build my own with 10s. I love the look of vintage cabs, but I can't afford to buy one, so this is ONE of my reasons for deciding to build one. Also, because I just need something to do

Here's my inspiration
http://www.dv247.com/assets/products/85647_l.jpg

Honest opinions only, how difficult should this be for me? I've got all of the tools on hand to work with, just none of my materials yet. Where does everyone build the materials online? (tolex, handles, etc??)

If you have any helpful resources at all, please don't hesitate to lend them to me, as there's not a lot of info on the Internet about building 4x10 guitar cabs.
Last edited by Sid&Nancy at May 8, 2011,
#2
found just about everything i needed here http://www.mojotone.com/amp-parts/Hardware Get the wiring harness, makes things a shit ton easier. And remember the check the wattage of your amp when picking your speakers.
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#3
I've built a marshall 4x12 cab with my dad. Not sure how much it'll help you but here's the plan of my cab: http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii127/Ozzygazza/Cabinet.jpg

It's not all that hard provided you have the tools and the wood. Typically the wood you need is 3/4" or 18mm ply. Birch ply is the recommended stuff but you can use other woods if you wish. I got the tolex from retrosound in aus but you'll probably want to find a US supplier. You can get a bunch of parts such as knobs, handles etc. from allparts.com.

You might want to check your local hardware store for stuff like castors, glue and wood. To attach the tolex you'll need a staple gun and some contact cement. Be careful though, the contact cement can soften the tolex and make it wrinkle, you usually try to put as much tension as possible in all directions and staple it down to prevent any bumps in the finish. The speakers and castors are typically attached with bolts and T nuts, which you can get from any hardware store. Have you got the speakers? Typically they're the most expensive part and worth checking out first..

Edit: ^damn, forgot about mojotone, great place...
Last edited by matt154 at May 8, 2011,
#4
Quote by matt154
I've built a marshall 4x12 cab with my dad. Not sure how much it'll help you but here's the plan of my cab: http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii127/Ozzygazza/Cabinet.jpg

Have you got the speakers? Typically they're the most expensive part and worth checking out first...

Thanks a lot for that plan and no, I don't have the speakers yet, but I'm looking at Jensens. A lot of this cabinet & head stuff is new to me because I've always just used combo amps, but I'm getting to the point where I'm interested in upgrading my style, you know?

Quick question...I'm thinking about making the cabinet 200watts (four 50watt 10's)...how do I go about picking out a tube head to go with that? Doesn't the head have to be like half of the cab's wattages or something? Just to let you know for whatever reason, I plan on playing medium sized clubs and small festivals.

Sorry about all the questions you guys!
#5
The head question might be best reserved for the GG&A forum, but generally you want to stay below the rated wattage for your cab. One thing you have to consider too is matching the impedences. Most large amps have options for output impedences and you can also wire your cab to suit.

Here's some links on wiring:

http://www.soundcitysite.com/sc_webpages/wire_diags.htm
http://www.colomar.com/Shavano/4x12wiring.html
#6
Ok, so I've changed my mind about the 4x10 and settled on a 2x10...I went out and bought this wood today, does it look thick enough to you? If not, I could always just double it up in places, right?


Last edited by Sid&Nancy at May 9, 2011,
#7
I prefer the sound of my 1977 Ampeg VT-40 to any other amp. It's a 4x10" combo and weighs a shit-ton.
I prefer it to a Mesa Boogie triple rectifier with the 4x12" cab and I mainly play metal.

But it seems you decided on a 2x12"... What a shame.

EDIT:
I prefer my cabs to be minimum watts of 1.25 times the amplifier output.
If I can do it, I aim for twice the power output, but settling at 1.5 makes me happy.
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Last edited by timbit2006 at May 10, 2011,
#8
Quote by timbit2006
I prefer the sound of my 1977 Ampeg VT-40 to any other amp. It's a 4x10" combo and weighs a shit-ton.
I prefer it to a Mesa Boogie triple rectifier with the 4x12" cab and I mainly play metal.

But it seems you decided on a 2x12"... What a shame.

EDIT:
I prefer my cabs to be minimum watts of 1.25 times the amplifier output.
If I can do it, I aim for twice the power output, but settling at 1.5 makes me happy.

And in what way does this comment help me?
#9
Quote by Sid&Nancy
And in what way does this comment help me?


Ha ha....well said

Im planning a simular caper. Have a look at this forum
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1439986
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