Check out this cab Bob Burt just did for me. I had the pleasure of meeting Bob at the Tampa ToneFest last summer. I had been hearing about Bob's fine cabs for some time now, first here at TGP, of course. I'd also seen some beautiful hardwood cabs he had made for Scott Lerner, Tomo Fujita and others. Shortly after I met Bob I acquired a vintage Kelly FACS combo. The amp was in very good sonic condition, and came with the original attenuator, and a vintage JBL speaker. The previous owner told me the cab was in 'rough shape' from being gigged for many years, but the price was right, and I bought it. I wish I had some 'before pictures' but I neglected to take any. It was a black tolex cab. Because the amp's chassis and speaker are extremely heavy, the corner joints were starting to fatigue, and separate. The tolex was ripped and skinned down to the plywood in many spots. In short, it was a mess cosmetically. After a retube from Lord Valve and a bias tune-up, it sounded like a great Kelly should- basically a blackface super reverb on serious steriods. I sent Bob an e-mail, described the amp and asked him if he could fabricate a duplicate cab in hardwood with a cane grille. Those were available as a custom order with an upcharge from Jim Kelly back in the early 80's. I sent Bob a picture of a hardwood Kelly, pulled the chassis, speaker and reverb pan from my fixer-upper, and sent Bob the carcass. Yesterday a crate was deliverd by Fed Ex. Not a box, not a carton. A crate. Plywood. Big. Solid. Scary. Apparently Bob's crates are legendary. Below are pictures of the finished product. I asked Bob to build my cab in maple, rather than pine because I was leery of pine, knowing how soft and easy pine is to dent. Obviously we weren't going to use AAAAA flame unless we were building a guitar, but Bob picked very nice rock maple indeed. The fit and finish is really tight, and obviously Bob spends a lot of time and is very particular with his work. What really impressed me is the way that Bob rounded the edges on the back panels. The old tolex panels had hard edges A nice touch that shows thought. As you can see, the amp now looks as killer as it sounds. By the way-Bob sent me this shot of what another customer did with his shipping crate. My kid is a bit too big to fit in it, but I do have two 120 pound dogs that might enjoy it.... Thanks Bob!