I've just checked, it's been four years and a half since I came here...
Anyway, with plans and help I found here, I've been able to build 2 jack 12 for bass, they still (
) need to have the grill cloth added, but anyway, they sound great, even if I don't use them that much, as I went back to my first love, guitar.
So, about guitar and my rig, I play on a Matamp Gt40 mkII, an amp similar to an Orange OR50, with a duet of EL34. I mainly play it on a Marshall 1960 Vintage (a 412 with vintage 30 speakers).
I like the tone I get from it, that's suiting my likings, and weight doesn't bother me that much, but lighter could, of course, be better!
But my biggest concerns are about size... As I've got a sedan car, with separate trunk, my 412 takes all the room available, and it's hard for me to manage the rest of my gear into my car.
So, I've come to the conclusion I'd like a 212, and came here, because I remeber the XF series...
I think they could be a good choice, but before ordering plans, I've got few questions about them.
1/- About the cab's sound : I mainly play stoner rock, looking for fat 70's, heavy distorted tone (not high gain, but really gainy overdriven to fuzzy tones, in the Black Sabbth / Orange Goblin kind of sounds). I guess an XF212 can give me that, but a confirmation would be welcome!
2/- About the wood : when I built Jack 12, I used 12mm (1/2") poplar plywood. Could the same wood be used there, or would spruce be a better choice? Does anyone has an idea of the effect of the wood chosen on the sound of the cab?
3/ - About my project... As Bill says, and he is 100% true, at least as far as I'm concerned, "Guitar players themselves have never had a problem with looking funny, but they do draw the line when it comes to how their gear looks"
And to get a nice looking cab, I would like to do it in the Matamp/Orange style, so square, like this one, but without the piping :
You can also see some pictures here : http://matamp.co.uk/speaker-cabinets/2x12.htm
I've seen Mark Coward's cab, and would like to do something like this, to keep the box square :
But then, comes my greatest concern about such an option : the size...
I guess you can't give me the exact dimension of the 212XF cab, but I'd like to have an idea of the footprint of it, because I'm afraid it would be too deep for my trunk. I have to keep my box under 40 cm (approx 15", a little bit less would even be better) deep so I can move it in my car... Weight and Height aren't such probematic, but the depth is, as far as I'm concerned...
Sorry for being that long, I only realize now I've writen that much...
And of course, thanks in advance for your replies!
Cheers from France,