How about a Bubinga Vibroking Cab...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Distortion, Jul 14, 2005.

  1. Distortion

    Distortion Member

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    Here are a couple pictures of a replacement cabinet I recently built for Marcus McQ.
    Mark received this amp in multiple pieces after an adventure supplied by FedEx, and I was ask to build a replacement.
    After some thinking we came up with the idea of building the cabinet out of figured Bubinga with some nicely flamed maple thrown in for a little extra spice..
    The cabinet turned out so well I just had to post a few shots of it..:D

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    This last picture was taken before a trans orange stain and the finish were applied.

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  2. tonedaddy

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    That looks great!!
    Very cool!!
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  3. Nigel

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    Yowza! That's beautiful. Looks way better than the one factory-issue hardwood Vibroking I've seen.
     
  4. Strung Up

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    Gorgeous.

    I wonder what it tips the scale at fully loaded.
     
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    Larry, you trying to be Bob Burt. Those dove tails are awesome!
    I love Bubinga! Great work!
     
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    How does bubinga sound as a tone wood for a cabinet? I always wondered how some of these real exotic woods stood up sonically. They sure look great! NICE job!
     
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    Yeah, that'd be my question, as well...

    George Alessandro builds some cabs with exotic woods, and they weigh a fair amount more than they typical birch ply or pine cab...

    I love the way they look, but at 3 in the morning, I'm not too sure I love the way they feel... LOL!
     
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    Gorgeous I love the way it looks. I certainly don't care how much it weighs it would never leave the house.
     
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    Stunning!! I love that kind of stuff. Really looks like a great job.

    What does something like that set one back (if you don't mind sharing that info)?
     
  10. Distortion

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    Hey Guys, thanks for the positive comments..

    As far as how it sounds, I don't know yet. I shipped the cabinet off to Mark and I don't believe the speakers have yet been installed yet, but it should sound great..
    As far as weight, it was a bit heavier than the original cabinet, but less than I thought it would have been. Bubinga is a pretty dense hardwood but I was really happy with the results. The halfblind dovetail joints really set it off.

    Bob, shoot me an email and I will be happy to let you know about the stain..
     
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    That looks amazing Larry, I didn't know you were into wood work too. Now I want one:D... And maybe a Vibro-King to go with it :dude

    -TJK
     
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    Nice work gentlemen!
     
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    I suppose subbing a strong hardwood like Bubinga for pine or birtch ply and losing all the glue and fabric/tolex from a typical cab ends up as only 5 pounds in this size cabinet. I could live with that.

    That type of wood will give you the GAS fo sho!!
     
  16. Distortion

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    I realized that weight might be a concern if the cabinet was built to the exact dimensions as the Vibroking cab. Because of the strength of the Bubinga I decided to build it 1/8" thinner than the pine cabinet. I know for a fact that it had to reduce the weight and hopefully it will make the cabinet more resonant.
    I will not know for sure until the speakers are installed, but if it sounds half as good as it looks it will be amazing..:)
     
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    Thinning the planks definitely saved pounds with that material, and I'd bet it made it more resonant and responsive.

    I would really like to hear the tone report on this cab and amp when it's whole. I like the VK, one of the best Fenders in years.

    What will the baffle board be constructed from?
     
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    The baffel board and speakers are the ones from the original cabinet.
    When FedEx did their thing, the cabinet was damaged, but the speakers, chassis, and baffel board were not harmed.
     
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    Bubinga is cool!:D
     
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    "How does bubinga sound as a tone wood for a cabinet? I always wondered how some of these real exotic woods stood up sonically."

    I have a bubinga Blues Jr. and compared it side-by-side with the ash and the standard (particle board?)... before springing for it. No comparison. It's without question a great wood for boxes: sharp, projecting, clear, clean... great choice. Fine craftsmanship on this post.
     

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