Tone Wood for an Amp Build?


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Apr 30, 2009
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I'm kind of confused as to where to post this but seeing my question relates mostly towards how sound is effected by different timbers I though it best to try here.

I have a good friend building me a 5E7 Bandmaster Tweed Amp & he has on hand Mahogany & Cherry Timber for this build.

Which would be the best
I am currently leaning towards the Mahogany though I know it will have a very deep Bass Response.

Woods in amp cabinets don't work the same way they do in guitars. In fact, most of the time you do NOT want the woods to contribute any resonance to the sound because there's little way to predict what that resonance might be. Resonance in an amp is far less about the wood than about the size of the panel, the shape of the panel and the kind of bracing you put on the panel. Don't kid yourself that you're going to get any kind of bass response simply by changing the wood to mahogany. Won't happen. Particularly with bass response, you're dealing with the range of the speaker itself, the shape, size and design of the cabinet (including any porting) -- and NOT with the wood. The best bottom-end cabinets I know of are built of Baltic birch plywood.

Most speaker cabinet builders try to eliminate resonances in the range that the speakers produce because you can get some really strange results.

Pick cherry because it's prettier than mahogany.


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Feb 10, 2009
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and birch for the board . just my vote. but cherry is real nice too.

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