Solid wood cab DOES make a difference

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  1. PaftDunk5555

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    Hi, Tele lovers. This is PAFT from Taiwan. Hope you doing well during the hard time. Staying home with your 6-strings is the best idea.

    Anyway, my friend started a carpenter business awhile ago and to support him, I order a custom cab with Taiwanese Koa and maple for the speaker plank, for my beloved 63' Vibroverb Reissue.
    Taiwanese Koa is also known as Acacia Confusa, as normal Koa is Acacia Koa. Same genus, different species. Taiwanese Koa weights a little more and has tighter grain, but the color is not far off from Hawaii koa.
    Here are the pics:
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1F0s2Qn50HuuzjFhkDNRGCqATEe9vzLK4
    Due to the fact that my de-humidifier is mostly on, I said I need no finish for the cab, although finish can make it look even more gorgeous.

    As for the sound. OMG the sound
    63' VV owners know that stock VV already has beautiful tones. However, solid wood brings everything up. Besides that low-mid is clearer now and high-end becomes much sweeter, its dynamic is what surprises me the most. My playing is very well responded in higher definition. I guess somebody calls it "organic feeling", or "breathe". To me it sounds like solid wood responds faster with wider dynamic range compared to compressed wood. The change in EQ is not the main thing here, the change in "feeling" or "playability" is the main dish instead.

    By the way, the egg-shape thing is his brand logo, which is named The Egg. Strange name, I know.
     
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    Man, that's beautiful.

    And yes, even good ol' white pine sounds better than compressed composition board.;)
     
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    Good looking cabinet. Glad it sounds good as well.
     
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    Nice
     
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    Very cool cabinet! Pretty.
     
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    Very nice!!
     
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    Thats looks fantastic! Did it make big difference in the weight?
     
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    Wow! That's beautiful!
     
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    That’s very nice!
     
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    Congrats! That is a beautiful cab.
     
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    Gorgeous cab! I think I'd put a coat of teak oil on it just to enjoy the color of the wood. As to tone, koa and acacia get used as tone woods in the acoustic world a lot, it's a more responsible alternative to rosewood. I'm guessing with those alnicos, your hearing lot's of depth and detail reverberating in that new cabinet.
     
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    Nice cabinet joinery at the corners.

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    I would say more than just a bit heavier than stock cab. If I were the CFO of Fender, I would like the idea of using compressed wood cab.

    Teak oil gotta be a great idea!! Thank you, telepraise.
    and your guess is very close to truth. Some flubby-ness is also removed, and low-end goes down a bit within control.

    Thanks, jvin248. Do you know the name of this kind of joint? The builder doesn't know the English name of this type of joint
     
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    The joint is a locking miter joint, used in drawer box making and cut with a router bit
     
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  16. El Tele Lobo

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    Gorgeous amp cabinet. That's some amazing-looking wood.

    I've felt this way every since I had an early Blues Junior cabinet (plywood) replaced with a Mojotone cabinet (solid pine). HUGE difference in tone and liveliness. You can keep your plywood. Added Bonus: CONSIDERABLY lighter weight!
     
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  17. PaftDunk5555

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    Thanks for the lesson :)
     
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    Did you mean Mojotone? Is it covered?
     
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    Yes. Autocorrect rides again. It was tweed covered. I don't have it anymore. My 5F11 (also now gone) and later my 5F1 ruined me for new-school amps.
     
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