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  1. I have accumulated enough shop built cabinets, that I need to do something about selling some. Maybe. Someday. In the meantime, I have been cleaning out surplus stuff and realized I still have many supplies laying about. Wood, for sure. Some great and unused 12" speakers. Tolex and grill cloth and handles and wires. Oh WTF, I'll just use it (some of it) up by building some more..... I think I figured out how to build my all time favorite speaker cabinets, the Forte 3D style, a bit more efficiently. So, work in progress..... Not quite picture perfect routing, but not too bad either......And it will all be enclosed anyway. (A person can never have too many clamps!) One sheet of birch plywood is enough for two 1 x 12s, with some left overs if cut carefully. The internal reflecting panels will be installed later. This style is relatively small and light, but a simple 1 x 12 combines the best of both open and closed back tones.....And sounds like it is 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide. At least. Stack one with an Alnico Cream atop one with an EVM-12L and it is a monster. To my taste, at least. I like to use uncovered woods rather than plywood (see below) but since I have the other supplies.....Doing the tolex work is a PITA, but I have the supplies. I am thinking one will be done in "tooled western" and the other in "python". A bit indulgent, I suppose..... After I did the series with 15"speakers, I decided I was not completely thrilled with the "antiqued" finish on my earlier pine and walnut 10" varieties....So I got out the sander and stripped them down to refinish with a clear satin poly. I think they look a bit better. (A variety of Forte, Thiele and open back styles). Lots of fun to experiment with different combination of speakers. A Thiele and Forte are a great combination, for example. And small and light enough to be pretty portable. Yes, one of these days I need to find some good local homes for some of these offspring...... (Some older Tolex efforts......I STILL need to get around to installing the Mesa-style leather corners).
    15 points
  2. After talking to Josh about so many things including pickups for a few hours the other day, he suggested I try his Mongoose model in my "Strat." I agreed to give it a shot. Then he called me back a few hours later and asked me color preference and wire preference. I said cream and black with cream on the screw side and 2 wire since I'm not going to split the coils. The pickup arrived just a few days later and this is what I found. So I was thinking, "Okay, no slugs. I guess you can mount it either way." Then I flipped it over. I called Josh back and asked about the pickup because it wasn't quite what I had ordered. I wasn't mad or disappointed, just ever so curious. He said after talking with me about what I wanted to do he custom wound this pickup for me and said it's just a prototype and to try it out that we can tweak it anyway I want to. I made a joke that it must be my signature pickup. He said yes it is and we need to come up with a name because "Thornbucker" is taken by Suhr and Pete Thorn. So I'm thinking about reptilian flavors of pickups. Of course there is always Crown Of Thorns (COT) because I was named after an Archangel.
    6 points
  3. You obviously have the talent but why limit to cabs?.. you should build custom home speakers as well ๐Ÿ”Š You can join a group such as this group... some designs are pretty impressive https://www.facebook.com/groups/DIYLoudspeakerProjecPad/?ref=share
    5 points
  4. It would be difficult to get me to ship overseas......Based upon issues with shipping recently, I am hesitant to ship anything, even in the States. then there is the packing and weight. The 1xs are not bad. The 2 x 12 Forte (which I absolutely love) has 2 fairly heavy speakers (most so, the EVM) and it is both heavy and bulky. Not to mention that the two raw speakers alone cost me near $500. There are a few pro builders that make replicas. I think the run about $400 for a 1 x 12 WITHOUT speaker, over $700 with an Alnico Cream. God only knows about shipping. A relative "bargain" if you get the 2 x 12. BUT, I don't like their standard configuration.....They show as the bottom being a more standard closed back. For my own build, I made the top and bottom separated into two chambers (sharing the panel between upper and lower). But with each having the 3D style......With a "Plug and Play" panel, I can select either speaker at 8 ohms (great for stereo!) or run as a 2 x 12 at either 4 or 16 ohms. But again, it is a bloody load, so I prefer stacking a pair of 1 x 12s. I am getting old.....I can recall when speaker cabinets were pretty cheap.... Tweed.....I do not think advanced tools are absolutely essential. Most of what I do here COULD be done with a Skilsaw, jig saw and drill. Of course it is easier and more exacting with a table saw to get perfectly square panels. But if you use a simple fence and a few clamps, you can do that. To be honest, it IS much easier with more tools. I use a biscuit joiner to make the glue joints rock solid. Cutting the internal grooves, not so easy. Unless you have a router table......I have done it with a handheld router, but you need a good shop built jig AND firm control. Even then, the results were not exactly pretty....But that is all internal, so at least you cannot SEE the sloppiness. The side ports were cut with a jig saw......Using a spindle sander makes short work of getting the edges are cleaned up from the rough cut of the jig saw. That would be a bitch by hand. Oh yeah, I also use the router to round the edges of the cabinet, as well as the ports. BTW, there IS a shortcut. Rather than rout the grooves, perhaps use 1/2" plywood and glue thin strips in place to more or less provide the same "break up the sound waves" result. Not as aesthetically pleasing, but (again) hidden away inside. I know you can also use a LARGE CNC machine to cut these panels out of whole sheets of plywood. Maybe the commercial builders do that. WAY above my pay grade! I got a helpful hand from someone that took pictures and measurements of an original cabinet which enabled me to work backward and reverse engineer them. More than happy to pass on such ideas to others! I may have a delay in finishing these....No one locally seems to have the contact cement (for tolex) in stock. Other than in the small bottles. Must be a "supply chain" issue.
    3 points
  5. Play jazz and call it the "Thorn Bird".
    2 points
  6. 2 points
  7. Snakebucker FTW! The anti-Mongooseโ€ฆ.
    2 points
  8. DungBucker? (Maybe not ๐Ÿ˜†) TingBucker? Congrats on the Signature pickup!
    2 points
  9. My wife found an old GoPro-type video camera she had and was clearing off the saved videos when she found this from 2014! I didn't even know it existed. Sorry about my stupid intro trying to describe the guitar. lol
    2 points
  10. @Ting Ho Dung Thorn Snake Nite Coils
    1 point
  11. Driving with my wife in her car yesterday, and her radio station is of course no longer playing Christmas music 24/7. I accidentally heard some Starship. Now I'm afraid nothing's gonna stop the sound in my head.
    1 point
  12. What do you suppose he played that wouldn't melt their brains?
    1 point
  13. Just reread through the thread and I gotta say this was one of the coolest guitar things I have ever been involved in. You folks made it happen. I really got lax a few times letting it sit and I see a few folks got left out that really wanted a visit. Maybe a second trip out after COVID really clears. ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    1 point
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