Wife just gave me a project...

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  1. jonyorker

    jonyorker Tele-Meister

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    So chit-chatting with the wife last night and she drops something on my lap.

    Talking about how I wished vox made a 1x12 cab then I could get the AC15 head, then discussing making my own cab...

    Anyways, it came down to, she asked me if I could replace the AC15's mdf with birch ply, but keep the ac15 aesthetic.

    Same went for the blues deluxe reissue (which is tweed covered)

    So...the question is, can this be done? and Can I salvage the existing coverings, or am I better off with brand new, and is it even worth it?

    Thanks!
     
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    Gotta go with reissue tolex covering, not sure how the grill cloth comes off but new cloth is probably best too.

    Marshall cabs even big 4x12 are 1/2' birch but better than cabinet grade from the home depot, more like baltic birch.
    Woodcraft sells baltic birch and also a similar "void free birch" that's cheaper than baltic and closer to vintage British cab ply.

    Not really sure about the vintage AC15/30 cab material though, just suggesting you don't need 3/4" and there's better stuff than at home depot.
     
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    The covering would be wrecked trying to get it off... I'd go with new...
     
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    Fair enough, I’ll see if I can find some sources for materials.

    Would the effort be worth it? Would the amps sound different/better/closer to vintage if in a non-MDF cab?
     
  5. schmee

    schmee Poster Extraordinaire

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    No you cant salvage the covering. If you are remaking the cab go pine, (northern pine not southern yellow) it's much lighter than plywood.
     
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    go baltic birch.
     
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    Will it sound different? That IS the question, isn't it?

    I know it's lighter, and that's enough for me. I built a cabinet for my old tweed Twin last year. It is so nice and light.... Between solid pine cab, thin baltic birch ply speaker baffle and neo speakers, I chopped it down to 46 lbs. That's a lotta punch in a lightweight package.

    Details here: https://www.tdpri.com/threads/tweed-cabinet-build-for-me-now.838824/ (warning, it's kinda long and rambling. But, I did try to include sources when I could) It should help you with the Blues Deluxe, anyway.

    Not sure about Vox stuff... But, I would wager some of it is certainly available.
     
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    +1
     
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    This!
     
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