Since I've been in the city, I've been trying to get lighter and lighter equipment to take to jam sessions and gigs. After picking up my bass 1x12, my dad and I were talking about the possibility of an ultralight guitar cabinet as well. He does a lot of work with composites, fiberglass, and carbon fiber in his capacity as large-scale model rocket enthusiast.
(yes, that is him, and yes, that thing actually flies. I think it's gone up to five thousand feet, although I'm not completely sure as to the actual altitude number.)
To get a small cab with a big sound, I decided to go with the EV TL806 design (better known colloquially as the Thiele). I settled on the Eminence Tonkerlite speaker, which has a more mid-forward British tonality, handles 150 watts, and only weighs just over four pounds.
My dad decided to build a prototype cab in wood according to the old EV plans before playing with more expensive and complex composites, so over the course of the year we (and by we, I mean primarily him; I bolted stuff onto the box, helped put together the grille, and that's about it) put together a plywood version, which we finished and tested yesterday.
Made with 3/4" ply from my old loft bed in my previous apartment. Overkill, but it's what the plans called for and we had it lying around. Strap handles were hand-sewn from random straps he had lying around, from the only thread he had on hand: 600lb tested stranded Kevlar string. Painted black with cheap satin rattlecans to make it look somewhat more "finished."
The grille is actually pet screen stretched over a wooden frame and held in place with tacks and staples, that is Velcroed to the cab (it's hard to take a picture of a black cab when you don't have natural light).
Looks great under the Marshall, and sounds awesome with the Marshall and the Mesa. Gets LOUD, even with one furious JCM800 watt driving it. Luckily, with the Marshall's low power mode, it still sounds great at "below conversation level" volumes.
Could probably use some white piping to make it a little less boring-looking, but it's a prototype and it sounds great. Only weighs about 20 lbs, too. Can't wait to see how light the composite version is... but this is a seriously awesome cab at any weight. Loud, balanced (no overly woofy bass, honky midrange, or harsh treble) and sounds great with clean and overdriven tones.
Been playing it all night. Thanks, Dad!
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