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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 11:10 am 
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I'll be ordering a new XF210 guitar cab in the near future. Would like some recommendations for a good choice of plywood to use.

I'm looking for an optimum combination of maximum strength and rigidity, with maximum light weight and portability - not necessarily the ultimate strength and rigidity or the ultimate light weight and portability, just the best possible compromise between the two factors. Suggestions, anyone?

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 12:33 pm 
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MysticMichael wrote:
I'll be ordering a new XF210 guitar cab in the near future. Would like some recommendations for a good choice of plywood to use.

I'm looking for an optimum combination of maximum strength and rigidity, with maximum light weight and portability - not necessarily the ultimate strength and rigidity or the ultimate light weight and portability, just the best possible compromise between the two factors. Suggestions, anyone?

MM


Baltic Birch....period.

I just built an XF210 out of BB. It's not very heavy at all. No reason to use crappy ply on a nice cabinet.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 12:44 pm 
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+1 to Bruce, as always......well, almost always :). "Baltic Birch" specifically... peruse the forums more and you'll see this time and time again. 1/2" Baltic Birch

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 3:13 pm 
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Baltic Birch is very nice to work with. I have heard that Arauco from Menards is lighter, but man BB is so nice to work with...

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 3:15 pm 
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Some ply, like Italian Poplar, would produce a lighter cab.
Italian poplar is not as strong as Baltic Birch (BB) though, and is not in the same ballpark as BB when you consider durability.
No matter how careful you are, unless the cab is roadcased, eventually it will suffer knocks from gig to gig.

Unless your goal is to purchase an XF210 with a stained finish and you desire an exotic type grain on the exterior, stick with BB.
Even then, BB, by and large, usually has a nice grain to it for a stained finish.

Given you have said "I am ordering..." I assume you're having one made for you.
If this is the case, and you want a stained finish, you need to tell your builder this from the outset...

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2015 12:11 am 
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OK, gentlemen. Got it. If Baltic Birch truly is not very heavy, then that makes my decision a no-brainer.

Since I'm one of the least handy guys you'll ever meet, no way am I going to try to build this cab myself. It's well worth my while to hire a professional.

I'm not interested in getting a pretty, furniture-grade, natural wood finish on the cab. I'm going strictly utilitarian all the way. My XF210 will have basic black Duratex.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2015 9:02 am 
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Even though BB is a little heavier, there really aren't that many parts to the cab and the panels are pretty small.

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