The Model A 2 x12″ Poplar Speaker Cabinet.
All of our cabinets are dovetail joined and come in a few different woods. When I first decided to make amps and cabinets I thought a distinctive look was in order so I began experimenting with natural finishes and stains. I always had an inkling that there are other woods out there that might make great sounding speaker cabinets aside from pine.
Poplar is a very lightweight soft wood with beautiful grain and with a little care can be dyed just about any color. It is a wood that mates up with my amps perfectly. Poplar is a very soft wood so we get a slightly more muted tone than cherry or pine. It’s a more neutral sound.
Our Poplar cabinets are planed from 3/4 selected raw Poplar stock. We lightly seal and hand dye the raw wood in Burnt Orange, then final seal with multiple clear coats of satin or gloss lacquer.
For those skeptical about natural finish guitar amps – we’re not building furniture here! Poplar sounds great for speaker enclosures and they look brilliant in satin or gloss. I often remind players who tell me that they might be afraid to take such beautiful woodwork out to the stage that they will still look amazing once they earn a few dings. Just like guitars do. In fact, these cabinets will likely look a lot better after 20 years than torn up tolex. We also offer custom fitted padded canvas covers and fitted flight cases.