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Roland Cube 80XL Pine Cabinet Conversion

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by sluglas, Oct 16, 2020.

  1. sluglas

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    After building pine cabs for my Vox VT50 and my Peavey Bandit Red-Stripe I have decided to do the same for my Cube 80xl.
    I try to build the combo cabs exact or close to stock so I can use all corners and parts of the stock amps plus the stock amp covers will fit.
    Now the stock cube 80xl uses 1/2 or 9/16 inch particle board plus tolex which makes the sides about 5/8 thick. For this project I will be using 3/4 pine. I will make the inside of the cab the same dimensions as stock so the amp will be about 1/4" larger than stock in height and width.
    I have cut the top, bottom and sides glued and screwed , let dry remove the screws, drill out then glue wooden dowels in their place.
    Pics show the completed Vox , Peavey and Roland progress so far! PSX_20190714_124737.jpg IMG_20201007_093349186.jpg IMG_20201016_085244563.jpg IMG_20201016_085313503.jpg
     
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    Beautiful work!
    I’m also a Cube 80XL devotee.
    I’ll be checkin’ in!
     
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    While I am working on Roland cube 80xl. I am wondering if anyone has converted one to an open backed cab or done a speaker swap.
    I plan on opening the back or installing a removable panel.
    But I may upgrade the speaker if anyone has done so ,I am open for suggestions.
     
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    I'm waiting for 'baby brother' to arrive from Sweetwater, today!
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    It's just so cute!
    -but hopeful perfect for me to do some electric guitar practice, which I don't really do in our apartment (gig alot, but just play acoustic here)
     
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    Nice work, I'm envious.
     
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    I converted a Fishman Mini with new poplar sides and an optional open back. I used a 6" diameter boat hatch, round plastic. I faced the inside of the hatch lid with foam to avoid any resonance issues.. I had to cut it because the amp is so small, but on a larger amp you could just use the hatch round as it comes. It comes with an outside ring and the hatch screws out or pops out normally.
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    IMG_20201026_114919799.jpg IMG_20201026_114953786.jpg Finally had some time to continue.
    Framed out the face with some poplar which tends to take the stain a little lighter than pine.
    Cut a plywood speaker baffle using 3/8 ply was planning on using 1/2" ply but I am not concerned with strength cause it's such a small area 14 3/4" x 15 1/4".
    Still deciding on open or closed back and whether to change the stock speaker.
     
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    Looks quite nice! I know the previous gen Minis had tolex issues and I was contemplating something like this. I've got a newer one now and the tolex is in good shape, but the real wood looks better anyway. Nice job!
     
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    I really appreciate you posting your progress here. I'll probably make a speaker cab at some point (once I actually have tube amp head). I was thinking about possibilities of construction, and you pretty much confirmed what I was thinking. Hadn't thought about removing the screws for dowels, though. I like that idea. You do good work!
     
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    yeah, that brown vinyl almost fell off on it's own! I guess they improved it.
     
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    Roland Cube 80XL pine cab finally finished. Be so busy haven't time post as it was happening.
    I couldn't use the roland's corner protectors cause the wood I used was only 9 1/4" wide the roland's are about 3/16" longer. So used aftermarket corners. Made it open backed and sounds good but need to use it on a gig to really judge but Lord knows when that will be.
    Probably 5-7 lbs lighter.
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    Sweet......I have a Fishman that has the tolex coming off if you barely touch it. I might give that a try with mine.
     
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    THAT'S SO NICE LOOKIN' WORK THERE BUDDY . THANKS FOR SHARING.
     
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